Footprints and Memories

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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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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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