Tag Archives: Learning to surf
Artwork Spectrum Cafe Anna Bay

Escaping Routine in Anna Bay

One of the reasons I travel is to escape routine. Ironic, then, that routine is one of the things I miss when I’m on the move. For example, I recognize that I have an unusual (or so I’m told) obsession with breakfast. Every day I eat a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, coconut, chopped walnuts, […]

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Four Years of Learning to Say “Yes, I Surf”

“What?! Lauren, you surf?” Lindsay, my friend Courtney’s sister, was taken aback by the news, and understandably so. Girls from the Midwest, by definition, do not have access to an ocean. Therefore, we do not surf. “I, uh, yeah, well, kind of. I’m learning,” I stammered. I’ve been learning to surf for four years. FOUR […]

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Milestone

I have officially stood up on a surfboard, while it was riding a wave.  I say ‘it’ was riding the wave, because I was certainly not the one in control of things. Jared took me surfing on Christmas morning, while it was still hot and the sun was shining, before the wind and rain came […]

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Temper Tantrum at Sea

I had my first semi-breakdown in the water on Sunday. After a long afternoon the previous day at the Old Bar bowling club, betting on losing horses while my second choices (the ones I didn’t bet on)consistently crossed the finish line, I wasn’t feeling fantastic. I’d probably only lost six dollars, but it was the […]

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Paddle Pops

Surf lesson #2 took place on Sunday at Dudley Beach in Newcastle. The sky was partly cloudy, the sea was reasonably gentle,and my wetsuit was still child-sized for maximum discomfort. I took the longboard, which seemed awkward and ungainly, much like I do on a surfboard. This turned out to be  a wise decision, because […]

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Current Events

I lied when I said I’d be updating the blog and/or starting a new one in a week. Nearly a month has passed since that post and much has happened. What has not happened, however, is people making suggestions. So I still have no name suggestions for the new Australia blog. Looks like I’m on […]

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