Gold Coast & Surfers' Paradise!

by - 9:26 PM

Leaving the hectic city pace of Sydney, I headed for the infamous Gold Coast and Surfers’ Paradise!

The skyscraper-style hotels and buildings along the coast reminded me of Kuala Lumpur. It was a strange sight for me. I woke up very early at like 5 in the morning the next day to catch the sunrise and take a morning jog along the coast. It was a stunning sight. It was good to be at where the ocean is – the sound of waves, the sand in your toes, the wind in your hair, the sun on your face.

As I was walking, I just couldn't believe that there was no one else with me. I was all alone. And yet not truly alone. It is in these quiet moments that I feel God’s presence most dearly. It’s that peace, that stillness – that steadfast joy. Oh joy and true gladness of heart indeed! How thankful I am to be able to embark on a journey of chosen solitude for a few weeks. I’m thoroughly immersing myself in it! 

But I wasn't going to be staying for long in Surfers’ Paradise. It was a bit too city-like for me – too many people around and there weren't any coastal hiking or national parks to explore. So I decided to move on to a more adventurous spot: a three hour train ride up towards Brisbane and then a ferry ride from Cleveland towards the gorgeous Stradbroke Island!

Stay tuned for my next update on my island escapade!

~ J a n i e ll e

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Welcome to my wayfaring world of stories. I’m a traveling musician and music educator from Melbourne living in Kabul, Afghanistan. Join me on my quest to embrace people of peace in tough places, inspire creative education where none exists, spark conversations that challenge the status quo, and collaborate with like-minded young people to catalyze a movement of peacemaking through acts of compassion and creativity among the young and free. As a nomad at heart, my ‘home’ is wherever I journey with people on the ground and discover life on the frontiers.