About Carolina De Martino

Hello there! My name is Carolina, and I am a Sydney based travel blogger. I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, however I've been living in Sydney for the past four years. I am currently studying Communications and International Studies at University of Technology, Sydney. Being in my first year at university I am completely lost and wondering if this is what I want for my life. It is a big decision and I don't know whether I am ready to commit to it. My travel bug has taken me to thirteen countries so far, but my dream is to conquer them all! Join me in my journey of personal discovery and a hella lot of fun.

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

Last Monday a few close friends and I decided to go on an adventure to the Blue Mountains. The first idea we had was to go on the Valley Of The Waters walk. After doing some research on this walk we decided it was best for us to choose some other place to go, because we are all inexperienced bush walkers and this particular walk was 3-4 hours long.

So we all agreed on seeing the famous Three Sisters. We caught a train from Sydney Central station to Katoomba, it was a very long train ride but at the end of it, it was all worth it. The train was packed with people, and there was this old couple who were standing next to me, I offered them my seat, the lady sat on the available seat next to me, but the gentleman refused to accept my seat. He said that he was used to standing for a long period of time. Throughout the journey I got to get to know this couple a bit better. They told me they go for bush walks twice a week together, which I thought was pretty awesome for someone their age (70 ish). I want to get to that stage in life and have the same vitality that they have. They were nothing but nice to me and they did really inspire me to keep doing what I am doing, and follow my dreams.

Failed attempt to photograph the couple!

Failed attempt to photograph the couple!

After arriving in Katoomba, we were meant to catch a bus to the Three Sisters, but we could not figure out where to catch said bus. So we walked from the station to Echo point, it was a 30 min walk, 2 kilometers long. It wasn’t so bad. We got to see Australian Wildlife on the way and beautiful traditional houses.

The Echo Point was quite crowded by the time we got there (around 11 am), mostly because it was Easter Monday. Everyone was trying to get a photo with the Three Sisters on the background. For me seeing the scenery was amazing. I had never seen so many mountains, and trees combined in one place. Only in photos haha. We spent about half an hour looking at the amazing view, but we got bored afterwards and we hadn’t planned a bush walk. I saw a few people going down some stairs leading to a walk, so I thought if those people were going there, it meant there was probably something to be seen. And I wasn’t wrong. We took the walk, which was about 45 minutes long, return. Throughout the walk, which I don’t know the name of (sorry), we had a broader view of the mountains. At the end of this walk we found a waterfall!! We sat there for a while, as we were all tired haha. Then we returned to the Echo Point and walked back to the Katoomba train station.

The famous Three Sisters

The famous Three Sisters


Walking in the track

Walking in the track


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The amazing view!

The amazing view!

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Overall, the day was a lot of fun, it is better to go with friends so you have someone to share the experience with. The Blue Mountains are enormous and you do need a lot of time to see all that there is to see.

Moving to Sydney

Ok. I am not going to lie to you. Moving out of my home country was pretty scary. I was 15 at the time and all my friends and family were staying behind. I was leaving those friends who I grew up with and going into a a whole new place where I knew no one, except my family over here. But, it was my decision to come here and I knew I had to do it. And I am so glad I did not give up on coming to Sydney, because now, I am fluent in two languages, have a lot of experience overseas, met a lot of people from all over the world and other cool stuff.
I do miss my family like C-R-A-Z-Y! Last time I went back home was in December 2012. It is really hard moving to a foreign country, and leaving all my life behind.

The reason why my mum and I moved here is because of my future. Brazil is not bad, but it is a developing country and we decided it would be best for me to finish High School over here and get my degree as well.
There are a few night where I fall asleep with tears in my eyes because all my family is back in Brazil and I miss them so darn much.

Going to High School was very weird at first because I was put into an all girls school, which we do not have in Brazil. I found it very odd that there were no boys around. And I still think it is very funny when girls from my school have contact with boys, because it is like they have never seen a male human before. It is hilarious. Another thing that was different from schools in Brazil were there subjects. Here we could choose the electives we wanted to take as part of our last two years of High School. Of course I chose easier subjects, because it was hard enough to go to school and learn in a different language.

Moving here allowed me to grow up as a person, and see the world with different eyes. I now can see the beauty that mother earth has to offer us and I want to explore every tiny bit that there is to explore. I matured faster than normal teenagers. Overall moving here was one of the best decision I ever made.

Another big step in my life was taken in Sydney, I got my first job here and it opened so many opportunities to me. I currently have a job but I am an aspiring travel blogger. I want to make a living out of what I love. Since I was a little kid, I loved travelling, I would get excited just to get in the car and go to the supermarket with my mum.
I am very keen to start a new chapter in my life, a journey that will take me all over the world, because I am only alive when I am living.

First stop, Sydney, Australia!

Sure, I live here.

But there’s so much more about this place that I want to know of! So much more that I haven’t explored. In the next few days I will be out in the streets, looking for things that I have never seen and done before.

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My one and only place to be is Maroubra Beach. Situated in the eastern side of Sydney, Maroubra Beach is for me one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Even though it is not one of the most famous aussie beaches, like Bondi, I still love it.
I like it because it is a beach where not many tourist come and visit, it is a more local beach and on daily basis it is not packed with people. I love how I can seat on the rocks by the sea and just have some time for myself.
Being born and raised in big cities I enjoy taking some time off of this chaos I call life. I study marketing full-time and work part-time, so I have little time for myself. It’s moments like this that I like to escape reality and run down to the beach on my own and relax, even if it is for just a little bit.

This beach is not only perfect for some time off, but if you like surfing Maroubra Beach is great for you. I never surfed in my life, but according to everyone, Maroubra has killer waves. Beware of the sharks though!
Want to swim with locals? Come at 6am for a surf, the sea will be packed with aussies going for their morning surf before work.

If you are coming to Sydney or even live in Sydney and have never been to Maroubra Beach, I strongly recommend it for you to come, I promise it won’t be a waste of your time.