Footprints and Memories

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Feb

21

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5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Kiev

As I am about to head over to Kiev for the second time, I thought I’d share 10 interesting facts I learned about Kiev that you probably didn’t know! 1. Kiev, or Kyiv, is one of the largest and oldest cities in Eastern Europe. The city was founded in the year of 482BC. That’s pretty old. Ok, I am not entirely surprised at this one, as there are plenty of ‘oldest’ and ‘greatests’ all through out in this area of the world! Walking around Kiev however, you can sense there are ghosts among its buildings and walls, in the way that you can sense that the city really has been there for […]

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Feb

13

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10 Reasons Why Travellers Make Terrible Friends

(First published on Huffington Post Blogs: 10 Reasons Why Travellers Make Terrible Friends)   Yep. You know us. We are the ones who post photos and updates from exotic places on Facebook. We are the ones whose fashion collection make up of cultural rags from all the countries we have been. We are your friends. Your terrible, terrible friends who travel. Why do we make such bad friends? We are never there You know the bonding time friends are supposed to have? Going to the pub for a pint, a night in with the girls for a Pride and Prejudice series marathon? When you get your heart broken and you […]

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Jan

29

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What Make Expats Awesome?

  Last year I became an expat for the second time of my life and moved to the UK. Four months in now, and things are still as awesome as ever and for those like me, we find ourselves thriving in different environments, learning new ideas and making new friends. Many stick around for a year or two, others remain long term expats, however I know that all of us have one thing in common – our expatriate experience defines us, our travels shape us and as a result, our lives become pretty awesome. Why? Expats Are Gurus Of Their Countries “You are the guru, the go to person, relating to […]

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Jan

26

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The World Remembers Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. I visited more than ten years ago, in 2003, to this place that brought me to tears just standing on the empty rail line, where a small bouquet of flower was laid by a visitor reflected the grievous mood felt by all those around me. Of course, I’ve read all about it in text books when learning about the War World II history. I thought I was prepared for my visit, by having researched into the facts and stories behind Auschwitz-Birkenau; yet, nothing compared to facing the actual place where the captured were crammed in like pigs, chained […]

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Jan

10

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Walking Harry Potter’s London

One of the best things about living in a ‘global’ city is that you get to experience film and tv sets everyday. How many times have you seen the Tower Bridge, the Big Ben and those iconic red Double Decker buses on screen? From James Bond to Harry Potter to Doctor Who to Thor. London (along with cities like New York) is one of the most filmed cities in the world! In fact, I found out that the train station where I live, was used in Harry Potter. See this platform? I walk up and down it everyday! So, it comes to no surprise that there are many ‘film/tv’ based […]

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Jan

06

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Russian Food! English Menu!

I have been to Moscow a couple of times and will be heading off again in a few days. One of the things I have enjoyed in Moscow (as usual) is the food. You can find any sort of cuisine in Moscow, even an American Diner just a block away from the Red Square (notice the irony here) but what I have enjoyed the most is the Russian cuisine, especially dishes most suitable for their harsh winters. Remember what I said about always try to eat somewhere where the menu is not in English? (Read: How to be a Different Tourist) Well, you can safely not follow that advice in Russia, […]

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Jan

01

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Looking Back to a Year of Adventures

  I got to celebrate the New Year for 10 hours this time, starting with a live web broadcast of the Sydney Fireworks all day until Big Ben struck 12 in London. It was ample time to reflect on 2014, a year that was filled with adventures for the McPhreson family. The Big Move It was the big year, our year of “do it now or never”. It was the year ten years in the making and I for one, wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers! The process started by me quitting my job – a whole 5 times – followed by selling our unit to get […]

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Dec

29

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Feeling Scottish in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is beautiful, as I have been told many a times. “Edinburgh is beautiful. You should go.” Go we did, but before we could savour the beauty we needed to understand her first. Wha’ yer din her? I am sorry? Wear yer flom? Nothing made sense, I was starting to wonder if we had perhaps got on the wrong plane and landed in Iceland instead. The accent took a while to digest but eventually we started to get absorbed into the Scottishness of things. It seems like Scotland was determined to make us like it, for on arrival in the hotel we were upgraded to a suite, compliments of the […]

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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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