Tagged with backpacking

A long awaited trip to the Great Barrier Reef

A long awaited trip to the Great Barrier Reef

It is a crying shame that I had never visited the Great Barrier Reef, especially considering I lived most of my life in Cairns, North Queensland! I guess it’s one of those things that many locals think they will do ‘one day’ or is perhaps just for tourists. For many like me, the call of far … Continue reading

Bologna on a whim…

Bologna on a whim…

The definition of magic – having a spare weekend and a spare £35 and ending up with flights to Bologna! With very little effort, funds or planning (beyond printing out the Trip Advisor Top Ten), we had an incredible girls’ trip to this amazing and completely underrated northern Italian city. I’ve heard very little of Bologna … Continue reading

The 12 Days of Eatmas

The 12 Days of Eatmas

Ohhh so this is why all my clothes currently feel like they are trying to strangle me. Welcome to the highlights of our Christmas in Europe, n.b. it’s mostly food. More posts with bigger photos to follow! On the first day of Eatmas my food love made me eat… 25th December: A glorious, classy, home made feast of duck, pork, potatoes, … Continue reading

Only in Lyon

Only in Lyon

Only in Lyon would I: task myself with eating entrails when there were perfectly good duck options on the menu; find a new passion for pink; sneak beer into a youth hostel to calm my nerves. After a few working days in Paris and a medieval adventure in Pérouges, I set out to explore France’s … Continue reading

Austria: I’ll be back!

Austria: I’ll be back!

After Bratislava, I caught the short train to Vienna for the rest of my Central European weekender. Talk about contrasts. Vienna goes on my list of places I could happily live forever (and is on a lot of other people’s lists as well). Elegant and unassuming yet so jam packed full of attractions, I wish I’d … Continue reading

“Nowhere near Berlin”

“Nowhere near Berlin”

Given Bratislava was made notorious for being an Eastern block backwater in the Eurotrip and Hostel movies (apparently there was a 75% decrease in backpackers after the latter was released) one might be wondering why I decided to visit. Simply, because  it was on my way to Vienna so why not? The weather was great, I … Continue reading

‘Atypical’ Amsterdam long weekend

‘Atypical’ Amsterdam long weekend

After my fantastic long weekend in Prague, I was pretty excited and/or exhausted when three days later I packed up my bag again to jump on a bus to Amsterdam. Let me repeat that. I jumped on a bus. To Amsterdam. Usually I make my holiday bookings in the midst of a hyper positive, can-do, … Continue reading

Fakt dík Praha!

Fakt dík Praha!

A fun, meaty, blue sky trip to Prague for my friend Hanna’s birthday! We jumped on a plane, sidestepping the drunk masses of grooms-to-be in onesies (so original!) and landed just two hours later, into the waiting arms of our stoney-faced Russian taxi driver, Victor. As our taxi shot over the bridge into Prague’s old … Continue reading

A stroll between the Cinque Terre

A stroll between the Cinque Terre

The final Italy post, full of cats! Armed with our Cinque Terre train cards we left La Spezia for the first of the five villages, a seven minute train journey to Riomaggiore. The town was small and very sleepy at 10am. I couldn’t help thinking how lucky we were to have such an iconic location (almost) … Continue reading