Footprints and Memories

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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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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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