Footprints and Memories

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Sep

21

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Sydney, from an Insider’s Perspective

I work for an international office and have colleagues all around the world. From time to time, they would come for meetings in Sydney and being the traveller of the office, I end up being the ‘go-to’ person for travelling around Sydney. And just like what I mentioned about tourist destinations, they all want to know: What’s there to do in Sydney that locals do that isn’t touristy? So, I’ve written back to the colleagues, and thought I’d also share my advice here. After all, Sydney is coming to its golden season of Spring and Summer, and it is an exciting time to visit right now! Walks in Sydney Ok, [...]

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Sep

14

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Speaking English in England

I spent two and half months in Germany without a problem, but as we touched down in England, I am having communication issues. What language do they speak in England? Trick question of course, but not the English that you’d expect to hear. At least for me. The ‘Quilt’ It happened as soon as our first day. Having moved into our new flat, we were in need of supplies and household items. So I walked into one of the many charity shops on the high street looking for good quality beloved items. “Excuse me. Have you got any donnas?” “Doonas?” The shop volunteer looked quizzically at me. “Err… quilts?” “Quilts? [...]

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Sep

12

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I Read: What Caesar Did For My Salad

If you have been following my journeys for a while you may have noticed that food features heavily in all parts of my travels. I am b y nature fascinated by food, and have realised that what we take on face value of a dish isn’t always what we assume. Similar book review: A Moveable Feast I picked up this book because it intrigued me. What Caesar Did For My Salad contains the sort of stories that have always plagued my mind: what if Chinese food isn’t Chinese food? Why do we insist that bread must be part of certain diet and have such national pride about certain dishes that might [...]

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Sep

08

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“How about here?” — Explore Egypt’s Overlooked Travel Destinations

I am starting to look into possible travel opportunities around Europe,  and many of you know that the Middle East has always intrigued me. One of the first I’d like to attempt is Egypt (because cats were worshiped as Gods in Egypt – you know where this is going ;-)), having spoken about tourist destinations in great depth in the past weeks, I thought I’d do a bit more research into Egypt’s surroundings. The pyramids of Giza, the souks of Cairo and the magical Sinai Desert are just some of Egypt’s famous attractions, and are therefore, on my list to visit. However, my researches have found that if you explore [...]

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Sep

06

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How to be a Different Tourist

I thought I’d write a follow up post to pair up with what I wrote last week on In Defense of the ‘Tourist’. As I said, you can’t avoid being the tourist, but you can avoid being that tourist. Even the most touristy destinations have local areas that will give you an insight into the lives and soul of the place. It is about your willingness to explore and learn that will enrich your travel experience. Here’s how you can enjoy the attractions at the same time, avoid ‘tourist traps’. Learn a few local phrases I aim not to be as snobby a traveller as I used to be, but I [...]

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Sep

04

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My Wurst Months (and Other German Street Food)

Street food does exist in Europe, and in Germany where the society is used to the concept of ‘take away’ snacks, it is no wonder that there are countless of these wurst stands all over the country, selling variety of sausages and meats stuffed in a bread roll, just enough to fill the gap between main meals. Wurst, is the German word for a sausage, and can be used for the  sausages as we are used to in English speak (long and stuff, and I am trying to keep it clean here), but also used for bigger rolls where we might otherwise classify as ‘ham’ or simply ‘cold cuts’. They [...]

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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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