Footprints and Memories

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Dec

19

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Why You Should Visit Moscow in Winter

It was as if I was asking my husband to jump in a freezing lake for a swim, or dance naked on the streets. “I am not going with you to Moscow in December. That’s that!” He had said with such ferocity when I asked him if he would like to come with me to this beautiful city this time round. Sure, I knew it was going to be heading straight into winter, I knew the warnings of -15C range temperatures, but I was excited. I am loving the cold, it is still a novelty for me to be in this kind of cold, and the promise of snow was […]

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Dec

08

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Eating at the German Christmas Markets

Don’t be surprised that most of our activities at the Christmas Markets had something to do with food. Well, after all, I do love some market street food! In my opinion, Germans have got the best ‘street food’ culture in Europe, mostly because Europe as a continent just doesn’t really associate itself with street food that much, not in the intensity as the night markets in Taiwan and foods in the Philippines. However, at the Christmas markets, especially in Germany, you can indulge in some good quality German street food that will satisfy a craving between ice skating and shopping for trinkets. Wurst This is a no brainer. No German […]

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Nov

29

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The Christmas Market(s) in Cologne

I have been waiting for this moment for ten years, when I am able to finally spend Christmas in Europe and have easy access to the Christmas markets that I loved in Germany. It took an easy hour’s hop from London to Cologne, and we were among Cologne’s four Christmas markets. Markt am Dom The most immediately accessible market (and hence, the most crowded and commercial) is the Markt am Dom at the Cologne Cathedral. Having arrived early, we were able to walk around relatively freely and enjoy the festive markets with my first mug of Glüwein (mulled wine) to warm my inners. A large Christmas tree dominates the centre […]

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Nov

23

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Visiting Moscow and Its Many Layers

I’ve just spent a week in Moscow. Average temperature throughout hovered around -6, the air was super crisp and every breath I took was a steam of confirmation that this was indeed winter. And I loved it. “It’s not the coldest yet!” Said a writer friend in an email to me, when I described how I have been enjoying the refreshed feeling I get each morning walking from the hotel to the office. “Around January and February it generally drops to between -20 and -40″. (For reference, I am using Celcius) I spent every minute of my time outside the office checking out this city that has seen Russia transform […]

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Nov

09

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Bear Hunting in London! Follow the Paddington Trail

I’ve been bear hunting on the weekend, apparently Paddington has hit London town, and it’s become an obsession to track him down! He is everywhere, all 50 of his ‘incarnations’, but my priority was to find the Dr Who Paddington, and whichever one I see on my way are just bonuses. My hunt took me to Greenwich, yes, the ‘Greenwich Means Time’ Greenwich. It was an appropriate location for Dr Who Paddington whose coat of Tardis and Dalek attracted many Whovians tapping on his footsteps. There is something a little different to following ‘icons’ than just attractions when doing the rounds in London, because you are looking for something that could […]

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Nov

05

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I moved to London because I preferred the weather!

It’s been a running joke at work, because no one so far has done it this way round, that I had moved to the UK because I preferred the weather. I have (officially) been here for a couple of weeks now and have seen the weather turn from beautiful to horrid, most times within a day and no doubt, as Europe comes into the colder months, it is also getting rather chilly. I understand the human desire for blue skies and warm air, and yes, it has been quite difficult to get up for work in the mornings, however, I want to stress that there is in fact a small […]

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Oct

28

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Sunset on Boracay Island, Philippines

I have a thing for sunsets, as you probably have gathered from my post about Chasing Sunsets. This particular sunset was captured on Baracay Island in the Philippines, taken by Peter Navea. It has been almost a year since our trip to the Philippines. We never made it to Baracay but it is certainly on the cards for our next visit. Where else have you seen some amazing sunsets?

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Oct

26

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Five Step Checklist for the Big Move

I’ve finally ‘settled’ in our lovely home in Surbiton, and having looked back to this entire process I though I’d share some of my learning of the big move with you :) I am no stranger to moving, I pack up, I drive and I settle. It’s that easy. However, it is always different moving to a different country, where you may have to deal with layers of bureaucracy. So here’s a little checklist from what I learned through my experience, to make your big move smoother and get you settled faster. 1. Visas The obvious item on the list is to ensure you are eligible for, and have the […]

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Oct

06

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The Bridges of Sydney

I was driving home last night from the east side of Sydney back to the west. I haven’t driven this way for a while and at one stage took the wrong turn and instead of heading toward the main road that would have taken me directly west, I was heading east again. Then, like the beacon with a thousand iron rays, it appeared right in front of me – Sydney’s other beautiful bridge – the Anzac Bridge – proud and magnificent, beckoned me to cross. Most people know of the Harbour Bridge – the Coat-Hanger – with its old world charm that straddles the north and south of the Sydney […]

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Oct

02

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Donate Your Old Digital Camera to Lend a Hand

Got an old digital camera at hand that you no longer want? Donate them to research! From time to time, there are project that I support because they contribute to the wider world community that I care so much about. And if you are reading this, it means you care too! So, if you are reading and are based in Sydney, read on. Meet Johanna Wong Johanna trained as a vet, however after a few years in the practice realising that not only did the job not satisfy her, she often felt that she wasn’t contributing enough to the world around her. Now, she is embarking on a challenge to […]

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