Footprints and Memories

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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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Jun

27

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Of All Paris’ Glory and Flaws

Whether it be the City of Lights or the City of Love, it’s one of the most photographed cities in the world and the setting of many romantic (and often tragic) novels and films. Audrey Hepburn, in a series of photographs and films, created the romantic image of Paris many women now dream of. Paris is synonymous with famous people, mostly dead and buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, where you’ll find the graves of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and many classical composers. The city is also the focal point for France, with its most iconic tower has become the icon of France, along with French men in stripped tees holding [...]

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Jun

25

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When in Saint-Gence, Do What the Romans Do!

While in Limoges, we had the opportunity to take part in the Le Journées Gaulouises de Saint-Gence, (The Gaulouises Day of Saint-Gence), a festival dedicated to the ancient history. This year’s theme was the Roman chariot and military splendors and the entire town was there (which, for Saint-Gence, a small village in the region, isn’t a lot of people) and it was a whole day filled with Roman fun. Saint-Gence is located en-route to an ancient commercial warehouse established around the third century BC as well as being a large Gaellic city prior to the founding of the modern Limoges. This town remains an archaeological interest and it is no wonder the [...]

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Jun

24

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Fete de la Musique, Limoges

  Limoges doesn’t usually make that big a fuss. It is a relatively quiet and sleepy city, and doesn’t attract that many tourists besides the odd few that are driving through this region of France. However, one day a year, the city becomes alive with music. One this day, Limoges holds a giant street party – Fete de la Musique – and it is held annually on the 21. June and it so happened that we arrived in Limoges just as the festival was heating up. The music festival was originated to be a welcome to summer festival, held on the longest day of the year where there is still [...]

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Jun

18

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Hostelling it – Revisiting The Backpacker Life

When I was in Yogyakarta a week ago, I had the opportunity to stay at EDU Hostel, who was kindly enough to host my stay. I have not stayed in a hostel for eight years, since our Peru trip, we’ve stayed more in hotels or guesthouses than hostels. I guess it isn’t something you want to do as a couple, but I kind of missed it, so I really looked forward to Jogja, not only for the sightseeing opportunity, but also to return to my backpacker roots once again. I am a backpacker at heart. I know I have recently had the fortunes of staying with many great hotels around [...]

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Jun

14

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Home Sweet Home in Bonn

We have settled into our Bonn apartment, our home for the next two and a half months. The excitement of moving somewhere new gave us a wave of adrenaline rush as we battled with jet lag, and as soon as we dropped off our bags, shook hands with the landlord and had a quick bite to eat, we went off exploring our new hood. Ten years ago when I lived in Germany I visited Bonn twice and have always had fond memories of it. Thankfully, my memories has not failed me and the city is as charming as it was before, just a little busier but have become more convenient. [...]

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Jun

14

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Food Glorious South East Asian Food!

I’ve been eating too much. Oh but I have been in food heaven. Not only have I had the opportunity to sample some regional Javanese snacks with Agata from Withlocals where we zigzagged the back alleys of local communities in search of her favourite street snacks and eating at some of the best local eateries. In the four days I was in Yogyakarta, I’ve had my share of Nasi Goreng, learnt the concept of Sego Kucing (cat rice) where things are served and eaten in small portions allowing better sharing and variety in dining. With Aggy, going hungry was never an option, and we eat our way through the city, drank Wedanguwuh, [...]

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Jun

03

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First Impressions of Yogyakarta

Our flight had to circle when it got to Yogyakarta (locals affectionately call it ‘Jogja’), that’s how popular the place is. From the window I can spot the pointy tip of Mount Merapi in the distance, tall and mighty like a volcano would, with a lush green landscape sprawling from it. “There are a lot more trees here than Jakarta” the girl who sat next to me laughed. We started chatting within 10 mins of getting to our seats. She is from Yogyakarta, but had to move to Jakarta for work and she misses it here. “It is nicer, no traffic, no tall buildings, less pollution.” I was already sold on [...]

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Jun

01

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Oh Jakarta

I am in Indonesia to see if we can get sponsors for the Asian Women’s Empowerment  Conference. I thought I’d mix business with pleasure and check out the area too. A friend from Jogjakarta warned me about this. “I prefer to avoid Jakarta at all costs,” she said, “you’ll never get anywhere.” I was determined however, that since I am in Java, I had to check it out. So instead of flying straight into Jogja, I decided to stop by Jakarta and see it for myself. I arrived in Jakarta on Friday morning. Albeit all warnings about immigration I entered the country smoothly, which once again reinforced my idea that [...]

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