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  1. Jess

    Ooooh! Congratulations Hannah!! You should come to Madison, WI, it’s beautiful here. 🙂 We have lakes and 100 degree heat. 😉 I’m so happy that you’ll get to travel again, it sounds like it’s just what you need. No more 45 page work reports, hurrah! 🙂

  2. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    I am excite! I knew you had some travels planned but I had no idea they would have indefinite conclusions. If you spend even an hour in Atlanta and do not tell me I will surely never speak to you again. 😉 I hope hope hope this little jaunt of yours turns into everything you need it to be.

  3. Evan Thomas

    Congratulations! I hope this means we’ll get to meet and eat chocolate together sometime soon.

  4. Gabby

    Wow congrats! So excited for you! I don’t know when you’ll be in Toronto but I’m moving there in September 🙂

    I hope you get what you’re looking for and enjoy the excitement of the unknown!

  5. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    Um, add to your list GO TO DC TO GO TO BIAGIO AND VISIT ME

  6. Lisa

    what an awesome, wonderful LEAP!! 🙂 You will have an absolute blast – I just know it 🙂 Hope you take us along for the ride!

  7. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    SO excited for you!!!! You are going to have a blast. If you ever get to Atlanta – even if it’s just through the airport – you MUST let me know. You always have a place to crash here! 🙂

  8. veganlisa

    Already planning out the dessert spread and the sound track. Love you lady. xo

  9. Fiona


  10. Gary

    Wow. That’s fantastic. I’m so excited for you. That is so good.

  11. Lou

    I knew it! I could smell the alluring whiffs of adventure and the unknown straight through my computer screen (did you know it smells of cloves, vanilla and lemon zest?) I am SO EXCITED (and yes, envious!) of your adventures…. who knows what will happen? I didn’t know when I bought a 1 way ticket to Melbourne 5 years ago, and now I have a Misty and am getting married (!)

    Can’t wait to read of your travels xxx

  12. Em

    Yay for you! That is very exciting news and I wish you all the best for all the amazing adventures you are going to have.

  13. hungryandfrozen

    Hannah, congratulations, this is brilliant, I couldn’t be happier for you. Houses can fall down, jobs can always be found again one way or another, and as for kisses being a promise you can’t keep, can you please go back in time and write that line into a pop ballad for Mandy Moore circa 2000?

    Can’t wait to see where this journey takes you, and I have my fingers crossed that we might be able to cross paths in October in New York – if not, there’ll be other times, there will there will!

    (but what will you do with the giraffe?)

  14. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    This post makes me so, so, so, so happy.

  15. CheezyK

    EEEEEEEPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how happy I am for you! Well done for taking the leap, you know you’ll not regret it. If things come up they come up and you’ll deal with them accordingly but you can’t stay home ‘just in case’. So jealous about the hiking in Utah, very much planning on getting there myself one day. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy 😀

  16. Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?

    Congratulations! have a ride of your life!

  17. Vien

    OMGGGGGG 😀 I’m so so so happy for you!!!! Such exciting news and you’re gonna have so much fun!!!!!! Whatever you choose to do, I’m sure that you’ll be amazing at it 🙂 GOOD LUCK GIRL! omgoshhhhh so excited!!! hehe

  18. Sophie

    WOOHOOOOO!! You must be one of the most courageous people in the world, doing what it takes to make yourself happy. I’m sure that you light up the lives of everyone you meet, and it’s only fair that Australia gets to share you with the rest of the world.

    Wishing you all amounts of happiness 🙂

  19. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts


    (When I read the title, I did a big intake of breath, and then started wondering – would it be travel? – or is she writing a book? – perhaps you can do both!)

    More seriously, I belive and support wholeheartedly that many big things in life require a leap of faith – and as E.Moonbeams aptly noted, you can not leap with one foot still on the ground. After your horrendous month at work, it is even more exciting to think that you are so close to finishing up there. I am a little sad to think that the distance between Perth and Canberra is stretching to the distance between Perth and America (eek. eek.) but really so thrilled to hear this news 🙂

  20. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Ahhhooooo I am thrilled for you!!! And you might come to Toronto, whatsay?? I will surely have a couch available come September.

    Leaps of faith are scary but very necessary once in a while. I am sure this adventure will turn out smashingly for you!

  21. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Woohoo and congrats! My heart leaps for joy just like you seem to do in every photo! Life is too short to let it pass on by. Think of all the peanut butter happiness that awaits!

  22. Mike

    “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” — Oscar Wilde.

    Hannah, you are doing what’s right for you. And your diary (well, blog actually) will be “simply the best”.

  23. Margaret

    WhoooHooo!!! Good on you, you brave girl.
    I’m happy as long as you take us with you. 🙂
    Oh gosh, the thrill of arriving in New York. Sweet memories. It was 1:30am but I was more awake than ever. 😛

    1. Whispering Gums

      Absolutely, Margaret … We will be watching out for her posts with much impatience … What’s she doing will be uppermost in my mind!

  24. JohannaGGG

    how exciting! Sounds like a wise decision – and best to do it while you can because you never know what lies ahead. It seems just right for you – as your passion for travel comes through loud and clear – have you asked the UN if they need a chocolate ambassador because I am sure you would be perfect? Good luck with preparations and I will look forward to some wayfaring blog posts

  25. Lexi

    Holy Moly! Amazing stuff, Hannah-Bee. I hope one day to be as brave as you! x

  26. Catherine

    Wow, good luck! I hope you have some wonderful adventures!

  27. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    OMG. Sugar Twin, I am so proud of you. This will be an amazing journey for you. I can’t wait to hear of your many adventures to come. Best decision ever.

  28. Sarah

    Amazing! Travel safe. Very jealous x

  29. Choc Chip Uru

    Congrats my friend, can’t wait to hear about your experiences to come 😀
    You deserve this and to leap all you want!

    Choc Chip Uru

  30. Debi

    I’m so excited for you! Change is hard for most people to accept, but it is the best thing that can happen to us. If you happen to decide to come through Ohio, let me know!

  31. Phil

    Fair winds and soft landings! There’s a couch in Seattle with your name on it.

  32. Leah

    HANNAH!! So very excited for you lovely. I wish you all the very best on your new adventure.
    Can’t wait for you to take us along :):):)

  33. Kath Lockett

    Darling Hannah

    My eyes filled up with tears as I read your news – if it wasn’t 7am and Sapph was awake I’d do the classic stand up fist pump stance and bellow out a ‘Whoo Hoo!’ I know we haven’t met in person but I feel as though we actually have. You’re an incredibly intelligent and warm soul and if the US and Canada is calling you, then don’t leave them waiting.

    GO FOR IT, girl. I remember chucking in my first job two years after uni and heading over to the UK on a two year working visa – the best (and probably bravest) thing I ever did. I still bore my husband and daughter about my friendships, adventures and experiences over there and will be taking Sapph back to London a week before the Olympics on a small ‘girlie’ trip that we’re both looking forward to.

    I’ll be here, waiting for all the news of your adventure. And if you ever find yourself in Geneva, there’s a spare room, friendly dog, great coffee and a family who’d love to see you!

    Kath xo xo xo

  34. Sig

    SQUEE!!! (I’m so proud that I learnt that from you!!) I am INCREDIBLY happy for you that I am grinning to myself like an idiot and have to stop myself from doing a happy dance in front of my laptop.

    This. Wow.

    THIS is you. What you need to do – what you have been waiting for.

    The world is your chocolate (more tasty than an oyster) and I am looking forward to hearing your adventures from the other side of the world.

    Go, with a hundred kisses and hugs gently pushing you along, go – GO live your dream 🙂

  35. Cate

    Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! So excited for you!!! xxoo

  36. Hotly Spiced

    Wow! That’s so exciting. It sounded like you were hating your job so great that you are moving on. Are your parents thrilled about getting all your stuff to mind? They’ll miss you terribly. It sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime and you’ll be arriving in NY at a great time of year (might be a tad warmer than Canberra!) I’m looking forward to sharing your journey through your blogging xx

  37. Camille

    Hooray for you!!! I’m so excited that you’re living your dream, and if you happen to find the time to swing by Paris, my couch is open. (won’t be there most of August, though, so let’s try to plan around that, eh?) 🙂

  38. Libby


    This is so, so amazing, Hannah! Good on you for taking that step! And yeah, screw what other people will say or think, or have already said or think, you need to do what’s right for YOU, even if it means going against what they think is ‘right’ 🙂 xx

    PS. While we’re on the subject of USA, I’m planning to do an exchange semester in NJ in Fall 2013 (see, already speaking like an American haha) so it would be sweet if we finally met – in America, out of ALL places! 🙂

  39. Samuel Clein

    Serendipity is AMAZING! You’re doing the right thing. <3

  40. Jess

    Well this is RATHER AMAZING. 😀 It sounds like one of those decisions that you’ll look back on and deem one of the best decisions you ever made, haha! I’m so absolutely thrilled and excited for you, Hannah. Getting ready to live vicariously through you from August onwards…

    BTW did you get my email? I remembered after I sent it that your previous email had been about how you thought your Gmail account might be eating up emails and making them disappear. Anyway, I guess this post pretty much fills me in on what your reply would have been anyway. 😉 How ridiculously exciting! You better keep us all updated about basically everything you do and every awesome amazing thing you eat, lady.

  41. whisperinggums

    But, your parents need to approve any couches you land on, missy! We might be letting you go (ha, as if we could stop you) but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop caring.

  42. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Woman, you are my heroine and an inspiration! This is the sort of thing I think about but don’t act upon because of my silly attachment to future payslips. Please share your courageous secrets with me. So happy for you, you’ll have tons of fun!

  43. Rachel

    That’s so great!!! I’m so excited for you! I know a couch in Princeton that would almost certainly be happy to have you stay…it’s only an hour from NY. I can’t wait to read about all your adventures!!

  44. msihua

    OH my Angle Babe! What huge news!! Sorry I’ve been MIA for such a long time!! I love it! Well done and yayy to living on your dreams 🙂 I wish I could do the same too!!!!

  45. Agnes

    Hooray! It will be ace.

    Fingers crossed for that visa. Do you need all of us to contact Canada and let them know how amazing you are? x

  46. Emma

    Why would anyone scoff at you? Never. Nevernevernever. You are too swirling whirling lovely:)

    Oh hey, and since no one apparently wants to hire me here, just know that I am available for hire as a Travel Squire and Chocolate Co-Taste-Tester. For pay I would accept seeing you do one of those heel clicks thingys and dissolving into laughter.

  47. Fiona

    This is so exciting to read, Hannah – I wish you all the best and hope you will keep blogging!! Good luck 🙂 xx

  48. Silvia

    How exciting! I wish you have all the best!

  49. Rach

    That’s so exciting! Congrats, girl! 🙂

  50. Vaala ◪

    Wow! This is awesomeness and amazingness (and a little bit of sadness as the America and Canada lands are a lot further away for visiting). Very brave and wonderful of you. Life is most definitely for living. Thank goodness I finally got online to have a look at your blog in time to see this announcement. I have been so out of the loop of stuff in the last little while. I miss reading your magical writings.
    I have also recently quit my job and am, as people at work joked, now “retired” (possibly could be rephrased as “really tired”). Not planning on returning to normal work any time soon. Much to much amazing stuff to do first I hope. I will update my blog soon (soon may mean days…weeks…or months…hopefully more like a couple of weeks).

  51. christina

    How wonderful! You are absolutely right, the moment is now, and when you are young is the very best time to do it (leap). It gets harder as you get older, though it’s still possible.

  52. Ricki

    Hannah, such fantastic news! Huge congrats to you for following your heart and taking the leap. We never regret the chances we take–only the ones we don’t. This will be an incredible and amazing adventure for you, and I’m so happy for you! I wish you all that you dream of. And guess what? We may actually meet in NYC–I am planning another getaway as we speak (well, type, or whatever–you know what I mean). 😉 And will keep my fingers crossed for you that you get that visa. How awesome would that be??? 😀 xoxo

  53. Julie

    Oh wow Hannah this is amazing. 🙂 so glad you are doing this, please stay safe and I know you will have a blast 🙂

  54. Gena

    Oh my god! So glad you commented tonight! I clicked over to find this message.

    My dear, I am so glad you’ll be here! And excited.

    I’m in NYC for about one night on August 2, then about 2 weeks after the 12th. I’d love to see you there. Then I’m traveling a bit myself, then back to DC by Sept. 1st. From then onward, you have a sofa at Hobbit House if you want to visit the Nation’s Capitol. I’m in class and studying almost all the time, but can always take breaks for dessert and talk 🙂

  55. Leigh

    Fantastic news Hannah! Very pleased for you, although slightly envious. Looking forward to seeing where you end up! Bon voyage!

  56. Winston

    Ohhhhh Hannah… Can I just say how much I admire your courage right now. Honestly, only someone who loves life as much as you would be able to make such a major decision like this!! It may be daunting, but I have full faith that you will touch ppl with your personality everywhere you go and you will find your way. Blown away by this. Take good care okay, Hannah!!!!!!! Big big hugs =)

  57. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    Congratulations Hannah! I can’t be more excited for you! I know taking that leap of faith is never an easy decision as it definitely wasn’t when I quit my job…but the moment I closed the computer and handed back the key, ready to waltz out of that front door, the feeling was so exhilarating I thought I was going to choke and die on the spot. It felt like I was being reborn. Cherish every moment you have overseas and make the most of it. 😀
    Hope you can keep blogging about your new experiences and new friends because it just seems so exciting!! Can’t wait to see what you get up to and the wonderful food you’ll eat. 😉

  58. Hannah

    If I could shriek like a little girl, I totally would right now.

    No wayyy though, I’m so excited for you, and for me! We really can meetup now! I’m just a hop, skip, and jump away from NYC, so name a date and I’ll be there. <3

  59. Emma


  60. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG Hannah 🙂 I can’t say OMG enough 🙂 I am SUPER DUPER HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! I’m also really proud of you for making this decision! I want to do the exact same thing that you are doing right now!

    I only just started work…so don’t have enough money…so I can’t do that yet, but I’m going to work hard save some money and like you YET OFF 🙂

    I am so happy for you right now! Wish we could do a happy dance together! You’ve made a great choice too NYC is one of the best cities to go to!

  61. ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    Congratulations and it would certainly be an exciting time for you, discovering and unearthing new dimensions in your life. Here’s to conquering the Big Apple and more chocolates and goodies coming your way.

  62. kim

    While I can’t offer you a couch in NYC, I am from NYC and just want to welcome you here! 🙂

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  64. Elisabeth emter

    How exciting! Just caught up with your block. Madison, two 1/2 hours away from chicago. There is a nice bed waiting for you! At the moment we are in Germany, but we’ll be back in the middle of August. My Aussie husband will be overseas in Munich for 5 month. Thus me and my two kids are lonely and need some company. We have nice chocolate makers here. It seems that Madison people really love good local made chocolate. A friend of mine is just now in Equador, and learns more about chocolate beans…..and she does really good chocolate treats.
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  66. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    Hannah this is amazing! Good for you, you’re so brave (and I mean that in a good way, not like when someone looks at someone’s new haircut and says, “ooh that’s so… brave”!) and the bit about the pockets of time being yours and yours only is 100% true.
    Live it, love it and just – have the best time ever, I’m sure you will! Xx

  67. Ashley

    Wow! How exciting!!! 🙂 I can only think of all the adventures you’ll have and exciting new chocolates you will share! I can imagine how scary it will be to back away from routine…but so exciting at the same time!!

  68. charlotte

    Never commented before – congrats, i hope it is everything you want it to be. Just wanted to say there’s a website ‘couchsurfing’ you should check out x

  69. Catherine

    Wow Hannah! I am just catching up after running away to France for work/holiday. What a fabulous piece of news and I feel very bubbly for you. I LOVE New York and started kindergarten in Toronto many – erm – moons ago. You will love it!

    If you feel like crossing the Atlantic at any point in the year there will always be a bed for you around the corner from Vicenza xxcat

  70. ck

    What wonderful and exciting news. Serious congratulations Hannah. I firmly believe you are the sort of very clever and accomplished person who will always fall on their feet, not only with having amazing adventures but with pursuing your career again in the future. I think your adventures will only add to what seems to already be an amazing package (you). May the only 20 hour days or seven day weeks for the immediate future be of travelling, adventure and fun. The best bit is, we will get to follow your adventures and for those of us not in a position to travel, maybe get to experience some of the joy and freedom. Congratulations on your massive decision.

  71. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    OK holy crap, how did I miss this announcement? Where was I? Was I out doing spay lady poses? My god girl, good for you!!! You will be gloriously brilliant there 😀 I expect to see your name in lights 😉

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  73. elise

    i know im late, but this is so exciting!!!!!!!!!

  74. Louise

    Oh wow, this is such big news. Travel like this is really only possible while young and untethered (or out the other end of the workforce I guess). I went to Canada when I was 20, was planning on 6 months, stayed for 2 and 1/2 years. BTW never underestimate how cold a Canadian winter is. I know you’ve been in the US a bit, but we Aussies just don’t get it. I naively thought that below zero was just below zero. -40 is as different from 0 as 40 is. I used to go out of the house when it got UP to -20, otherwise you go crazy. It can seem a difficult thing to step out into the void, but it’s where the amazing adventures happen. Good luck with it all , you’ll have all of us here cheering you on, wishing we could experience it too, and living vicariously through your gallivantings. Such exciting times ahead for you, young lady. Enjoy.

  75. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Oh wow, what an awesome and exciting plan! I totally admire you – myself I could never do that because I need some more stability in my life and a secure home, but two of my best friends are nomads (they say of me that I’m a mental nomad, haha), and I know you have to go if your are a nomad as well. Nomads can’t become happy when they’re stuck at one place forever. I’m so happy and excited for you that you dared to make this step! If you’re feeling more alive now already, it was the best decision you could make. 🙂

  76. Alisa

    Soooo happy for you!! You only live once, so go enjoy it! We’re on the west coast, not sure if you’ll be making it out west?

  77. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    ahhhh congratulations hannah! so excited for your big move!!!! what kind of job are you looking for?

  78. April

    Oh wow!!! I’m so excited for you and the adventures!! What a big leap of faith and brave thing to do, I’m sure this next part will be one of the best times of your life. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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  82. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I’m super late to this news but that is amazingly exciting! I think you have absolutely made the right decision, it is going to be the most amazing time and well worth the cliff leaping, heart stopping moment. I’m so excited for you.

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    so very belated but I’m so very excited for you I had to comment 🙂 hope it’s going well, lovely. ahhhh so exciting!! very proud, well done! Living life, right here.
    Heidi xo

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