From Backpacker to Corporate Traveller


I’ve been a backpacker for a long time, and at heart, I am still that free spirited, messy haired, baggy pants wearing, public transport riding, dorm room and bathroom sharing person that I once was (as I discovered that I still enjoyed the hostel experience last year in Yogyakarta). However, circumstances has it that I have now also turned into that neatly dressed, wheelie case dragging, laptop lapping, taxi hailing and up-market hotel.. Read More

5 Things I Miss About Australia

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  It’s one of those stories that begins with “In a land far far away….” Last month I shared my thoughts on what had surprised me about the UK. Most of these surprises don’t bother me all that much but while life has been more than wonderful (yes, you heard me, I am thoroughly enjoying myself!) there are times when I do miss the land down under. Here’s 5 things I definitely miss about Australia. 1. I.. Read More

Celebrate With Me On Turning 35 And A New Chapter


Hi you! Welcome to the new Footprints and Memories! I was going to wait until my birthday to launch the new design, but I couldn’t wait. It was ready and I was dying to keep writing! I am however, turning 35 this month and I am in the mood to celebrate. I am celebrating the fact that for this long I’ve achieved (or on the way to) almost everything I wanted in life… Read More

Notes From Kitty: My Travelling Mum


Hello. Yes, it’s the cat writing. I’ve been quiet for too long about this and it’s time to break my silence. Seeing that you have all been following what my mother gets up to trotting around the globe, I figured that you already know the pain and sufferance she has endowed upon me (not us, just me), so I needn’t explain why I am now pawing my way on this keyboard to tell.. Read More

5 Things That Surprised Me About The UK


It’s approaching my 6 months anniversary of being a resident here in the UK. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun? Remember how I was both excited about and dreading the move to London? A couple of months ago, a friend asked me how I was and what I liked and disliked about the UK, and whether anything surprised me. As you would expect, the society here is quite similar to that of.. Read More

Eating Out in Kiev


That’s right. It’s about food again. I can’t help it. As you know food always play a large part of my travels! One of the best things about business travel, is that I get to eat in good cafes and restaurants where my backpacking budget would never have allowed me to. Kiev surprised me with its collection of dining venues, including a good selection of micro-breweries and fine dining options. Besides the ones.. Read More

Food You Must Try In Kiev


I am falling in love with fat. Yes, that’s right, fat. We are talking lard, we are talking slices of pig fat rolled in spices, we are talking pan fried dumplings with its thin coating of oil. It’s very much country food in this region, and for both Russia and Ukraine, I have been so impressed with the food! So here is a selection of my favourites in Kiev and where to find.. Read More