Footprints and Memories

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Sep

01

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Auf Wiedersehen Bonn!

It’s been nice. Our little apartment in Bonn. We packed up, cleaned it spotless and gave the keys back. The door closed with a loud thud behind us marking the end to another chapter of our travelling life, and what a fantastic couple of months it has been Living in Bonn has been a different experience to living in Saarbruecken ten years ago. I was a student then, and it was my first ever big trip so everything was exciting and novel. This time round I had more responsibilities, I was still working full time, at home, with limited social opportunities. However, this time I had a husband with me, [...]

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Aug

30

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Why I Am Excited About London, and Dreading It At The Same Time

In exactly two days, we’ll farewell our temporary home in Bonn and move into our next ‘base’ in London. Bonn had been lovely and I will certainly miss it dearly, but there are more opportunities for Will in London so it is to London we shall go. Those of you who know me, or have studied me through my posts will notice that I am more of a country girl at heart. I much prefer smaller places than big cities and have a love and hate relationship with Sydney. I am drawn to places where my local café has my coffee order ready as they see me approach the shop; [...]

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Aug

27

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In Defense of the ‘Tourist’

I don’t want to go to touristy places. I want to visit like a local. I hate Eiffel Tower because it’s too touristy! Ok, admit it, even the seasoned travellers, how many times have you said these yourselves? I know I have. For years I have been thinking about this. What defines ‘tourist attractions’ and why many of us are suddenly so against it. What’s wrong with tourist destinations? Just read what’s been written lately in the publications and blogs: we are all writing about ‘getting the local experience’ and ‘don’t be a tourist’. There’s a push for authentic activities and it seems that we all want to avoid having [...]

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Aug

25

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The Name is Black. Black Forest.

I am a mountain person. Have always been. I do love the sea very much, and have a soft spot for the excellent dive sites around the world, but I will always favour the mountains and its forests, the furry and tweeting creatures in them, the trees and the streams and waterways that run through them. And it was why we decided for our last leisure weekend in Germany before our move to London that we visit the Black Forest. Yes, the Black Forest, where the cake of its namesake originated from. We wanted to make use of the still warm climate and get closer to nature, at the same [...]

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Aug

18

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Taking Care of Things at Home

“Hey Everyone! Look! I Am Going On Holidays!” That, is not how you do things. When you are about to go away for a while, it is perhaps not recommended to announce it to the world. Well, with the rise of social media combined with your own excitement, you probably can’t help it, but think about how many cases of robbery happen while the home owner is away having the time of their lives, only to come home to find their house has been broken into and possessions gone? Touch wood, it hasn’t happened to me yet, but that might have something to do with the fact that we don’t [...]

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Aug

12

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Beyond the Red Neon Lights of Amsterdam

Discovering a place is like making a new friend. The first time you meet them, you may be taken aback by what it immediately throws at you, and the more you visit and get to know a place, the more you realise there are layers to the personality that you never know existed. This is Amsterdam for me. My first visit ten years ago was rather confronting, because I have been brought up in a society where there are rules that apply to all forms of appearances, and laws against several liberal forms of lifestyle that are usually perceived ‘bad’ and ‘criminal’, and Amsterdam opened my eyes to the lifestyle [...]

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Aug

08

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Weekend Rendezvous with Luxembourg

Luxembourg really was a blur. Ten years ago I had come here, on a weekend trip with my fellow in-country studies students. It was the beginning of Spring in 2003, we braved the cold chill in the morning air and got on the train (in those days, we enjoyed both the student discount and the group discount) to explore this not so much of a city/country in the middle of Europe. Oh but what a beautiful city it was (and still is). Having just landed from the not so ancient Australia, it was one of the first places I’ve seen since arriving in Germany for my studies and I was [...]

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Aug

01

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Visiting the Ghosts of Yester-year

We went for a walk yesterday in a quiet and serene part of the neighbourhood, where the grass is green and the ground covered by flowers. Its residents never make a sound, and some often prove to be great listeners to all one’s concerns and troubles. Many come here to sit and listen, to the birds that sing and the bees that buzz and for some, this is where they come to recollect beautiful memories, as well as visit masters of the old world. The Bonn Alter Friedhof, the old cemetery, in the middle of the city centre is certainly a place that doesn’t feed like death. Like many other [...]

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Jul

18

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Living in Europe for the Adventurous! On Budget too!

“What do you feel like doing next weekend?” “Want to go to Luxembourg?” Sure, there are people who are rich enough to have access to a personal jet and may feel like having dinner on a secluded beach in Fiji. or a weekend getaway with their latest love interest in Hawaii, Paris or Singapore. However, this wasn’t their conversation, it is a repeated conversation Will and I have since arriving here to live in Bonn. And is one of the many reasons why I love Europe so much. The perk of living in Europe for the adventurous souls is that most thing are in close proximity. Coming from Sydney where [...]

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Jul

11

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4 Years of Adventures and Counting!

Facebook kindly reminded me that as of yesterday I have been married to Will for 4 years. It started with an adventure Our relationship started through an adventure in Peru and we’ve upheld our promises to each other that we will never ever stop travelling. This year, we celebrate our anniversary in Germany, in our temporary residence in Bonn with a home cooked chicken curry and an almost failed attempt at stove top rice and on the weekend, we’ll be in Berlin soaking up its vibrant atmosphere and hopefully get in the action with the fans of the German team for the World Cup. Has our marriage been an adventure? [...]

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