So, it has been a while. Apologies, my only excuse is
I am too cool to be on the internet these days what a lie, I spend my life in front of a computer!
Any way, London is going well, so many stories no idea where to begin, so I promise that anyone who gets in touch will get a story, maybe even two if you ask nicely.
The house and work are still going well and there are plenty of weekend trips past and future.
Karen and Rob are heading home and jade is off to Scotland so London definitely is changing (not just because it is getting colder and darker)
Have a look at the photos - any questions, just ask!
Location: London, UK
So... I finally got my photos on a disc - word of warning, don't look at them all at once as chances are it will be a while before i get some more on here. I suggest rationing your selves to two photos a week, that way the good times really can last.
Had a great weekend, watch a whole bunch of rainy day DVDs, discovered a new local Thai restaurant (SO YUM) went for a walk (chosen from the 50 best walks guide from the paper) and saw a band or two.
Don't have photos of any of it, as i got my disc burnt at the start of the weekend - just wait a few months and I am sure there will be some!
Location: London - still, UK
Still kicking about London, have been catching up with old friends and making some new ones (see photos for further details on shenanigans)
I have convinced someone to employ me and now get up at respectable hours and do not fill my days having coffee and poking around museums (drats! I really did like my lady of leisure life style even if I was a lady of leisure with very limited means)
My lovely friend Jade has arrived, as well as my equally lovely friends Karen and Rob, so after a week or so squishing in the room at She Bu we have found a lovely new home! If anyone is in the Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington area, please pop by for a cuppa and a quick end of lawn bowls.
So the sun is shining and the flowers are out, it is 24 degrees today, i think i am a bit sun burnt... HAPPY DAYS!!!!!
Location: London, UK
Thanks to everyone who dropped a line over the weekend. Had an awesome birthday - yumcha for lunch, and beers in the afternoon.
The weather is looking up and I am looking forward to seeing my dear old sister and Ray next weekend.
Thanks again and hope everyone is fine and or dandy.
Location: London, UK
Well this was the weekend of farewells. First Cuppa then Kelly.
Had a great BBQ at Barnes on the Saturday night. Fun times were had, although the carefully timed presence of Power ballads kept us all in a suitably sombre mood, until cuppa left and then I believe it all ended in some dancing on tables.
Backed up the next day and the gang from 12 MacFarlane were all in the Church at a ridiculous hour of the morning to farwell Kelly- Jess and I used our specialness to get straight to the top of the queue and free entry. Sometimes having your bag stolen pays off!
It was a fun day, highlights being
well there is only one - watching Ryan get kicked out because Jess was stealing peoples sparkly wigs and then pointing at Ryan when they got cranky. Tee hee hee.
So good bye Cuppa and Kelly - unfortunately given my Monday headache I may not be wishing your returns too quickly
Location: London, England
Left Canada after a whirl wind trip to Toronto. Saw all the sights and even managed to get to a Bolivian night club (of all things) and sneak in another crack at out door ice skating. I am still a terrible skater.
Arrived in London and caught up with a good friend from home, Brami, and was very lucky to get a glimpse of her life while she has been over here. Tears all around when she left even though I pretended they were tears of laughter from the stand up comedy we just saw.
I am living in a new house well squat/brothel/den of slack- in Shepherds Bush, which is good fun. We had a family outing to The British Museum on the weekend, followed by lunch in the pub, cupcakes in Notting Hill and a night out I Fulham. I feel such a tourist again.
Have started working in a pub in Soho, the Three Greyhounds so if you are ever in the area COME on down.
Location: Banff, Canada
So I have left Vancovuer and am carrying all my stuff on my back again - it seems to have grown since arriving in north america.
I flew from Vancovuer to Calgary and got on the always delightful bus to Banff. I have been catching up with friends, Jodi and Macca, from uni, mastering the art of skiing and trying to bring back shiny parka material!
Banff is beautiful and not as cold as I remember (which is a good thing) I have had three days of skiing and stretching tired sore muscles. But all is good and I am off to do it all again tomorrow!
Hope you all have/had a great new year
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Today I wrap up 4 months in Vancouver... I has gone so quickly.
Christmas was so much fun yesterday, I had forgotten the magic of Santa visiting. All the west coast family was together for the day, which was just lovely. I can' thank my family over here enough for making me so welcome.
Right, I am off to try and squueze 7 pairs of shoes into a backpack... I think some small children may be required to jump on my bag!
Hi there everyone!
Christmas is bringing out my inner 6 year old (not that it is ever very well hidden) and there has been tree decorating, snow angel making, gingerbread house making and clothes bleaching.
I no longer own anything black after a small run in with the bleach the other week, but it did solve the problem of fitting everything into my pack, so that is pretty handy, plenty of room for santa now!
I finished up work on Thursday so now have my days free to get even more excited about christmas! yaya. I got some lovely gifts from work and now have a "ROOTS" outfits for summer and winter - a brand of clothing whose name isn't so rude over here. It was a little bit sad to leave work... the first of many goodbyes coming up.
Ok I hope everyone is getting ready for christmas
Location: Vancouver, Canada
I just found out that my modeling career has begun.
I will be staring in the Provincial Language Service brochure, appearing as a Dr in an interpreting session.
Please note the pensive look and obvious medical knowledge I am portraying.
If anyone needs any medical advice, please feel free to ask!
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Long time no boring you all with what i have been doing.
Well truth is I haven't been up to too much. I am living and working in Vancouver at the moment and the weather has been very pleasing to an Australian - it is snowing, so pretty and white. I am living with my lovely cousins Alyson, Bruce, Aidan and Bronwyn.
I have been pottering around these parts for a while now, getting to know my cousins and the Canadian way of life - namely ice hockey.
I have also been discovering my inner Martha Stewart, knitting, crafting and even baking. As such I have to get out of North America pretty quickly before I start thinking this is normal behaviour!
I am in Vancouver for Christmas and then travel around Canada a bit more and then hit the UK.
No doubt I will write some more before Christmas,
Hope we are all well in the various parts of the world this is being read.
Location: New York, USA
New York New York! the bronx is up and the battery's down - my gospel as i lost my map on my second day in the big city!
So I met up with my dear friend Cat Rewell and hit New York for six days. After five months in south america i got very excited over the little things, brushing my teeth with tap water, not having rice and potatoes with everything... but still true to my back pack i did a big dodge on accommodation, i am still waiting to be hit by the karma for that one.
All the usual New York rituals were enjoyed, Tiffany's, Bloomingdales, Central Park and a Broadway show (although i only just managed to squeeze this in and had to check my massive pack at the theatre) It is amazing how in a pack that is so full extra space can be found for wonderful shopping. We even dropped by NBC today and saw brooks and gun live in concert - such a wonderful noise at 8 am on a monday morning.
We had a couple of good nights out on the town, meet some lovely New Yorkers and found it ridiculously easy to get a cab... I don't know what all the complaining is about.
I tried to go to the US open but had all kinds of trouble with my VISA card, and found out that not everyone in New York is as super friendly as i thought. I ended up getting back on the subway and heading to the Queens Library (a lovely place) so I could get on the internet and phone the bank - a whole bunch of stress over nothing.
I saw some live music, ate some lovely food, did some good markets shopping, bought cds and drank nice wine... It really is a wonderful town
Location: Puerto Escondido, Mexico
So,,, no more south america for me!
Mexico here i am.
I really don't do much with my days but have a swim or two, lounge in hammocks and watch surfers tackle the pipeline. (how cool am i, i actually know what that means now!) I got dumped big time today, and i think i have half the sand in the world in my swimmers, hair, ears, mouth... I am very well exfoliated!
The Best thing is watching sunset over the ocean (when the afternoon storm doesn't get in the way) It is so much nicer than sunrise because it is at such a respectable hour!
Nights out are pretty fun, they did invent tequlia after all. I have befriended/ been befriended by a lovely group of Aussies, even managed to score a cool orange hat the other night, so much better than a witches hat.
I have been very good and resisted all shopping so far, but i hear the hammock lady calling me.
Off to New York next and just found out that Cat, a friend from Sydney Uni will be there, so now i am super excited!
hope we are all well children..
Location: Lima, Peru
So the end of south america has come (ahhh how sad)
spent the last week of the trip at a lovely little oasis called Huacachina. I tried my hand at sand boarding and i am very good. Also very good at falling over and stacking it big timw and walking away feeling a little violated by sand! that took up about 2 hours and the rest of the time was spent walking around the lagoona (15 min) and hanging out by the pool.
So it is onto the plane, up to mexico for a few days of sand (not that i really want to see to mcuh more of that for a while) and surf and sun. (and one dollar Caronas, what more could i want really?)
Location: Cusco, Peru
Well hello friends,
Since Brazil it has been go go go! I like to liken it to the amazing race, but I think there is more film being shot on this adventure than on the amazing race.
From Salvador it was to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, after the treat of a night in the Rio airport hotel. Somehow it was slot into the backpacking budget when looking at cab fares to and from the airport and well that is it really
it was very much worth it to not have to sit in Rio traffic again.
It was a brief visit to Santa Cruz, long enough to be evacuated from the airport and jump on an overnight and then some bus to La Paz. I cant tell you too much about La Paz as the altitude knocked me around a bit and I spent a fair amount of time in bed. I do know that the cinemas are very nice, as are the empanadas and the lady in the airline office.
From La Paz it was to Copacabana and Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is amazing, so huge and so
huge. How does all that water stay up so high? That is what I want to know. Isla de Sol lies in the middle of the lake and we went out there and saw where the sun was formed and also saw some amazing rock formations. I must confess that I was wishing that good old Pete the soils lecturer from uni was there to explain some of it.
The Gringo trail then lead us to Puno in Peru next, where I went out to the floating Islands. These islands are made of plant matter and just float on the lake. They were amazing (I know I need to learn a new adjective) The people who live there are also amazing, the only modern concessions they have are solar panels for lights at night and the use of nylon string to make houses and boats. They also have the cutest little snotty nosed children!
From Puno we stuck to the Gringo trail to Cusco. From here we jumped on a train to Aguas Calientes to see Machu Picchu (No we didnt walk the Inca trail due to time and lack of organisation) It was
you guessed it amazing. Due to an error in changing the time on my alarm clock we were up and at the bus stop at 5.15am instead of 6.15am..oops, but it turned out to be the best mistake I have ever made as the buses secretly start at 5.30, not six. So we were there well and truly in time to watch the sun hit the valley and light up the whole place. Just spectacular (I bet you thought I was going to say amazing huh?) Anywho I have been very good with limiting the number of boring ruins photos I have included, but if anyone wants to see more please just ask.
So where does that leave me? Just about to jump on MY LAST OVER NIGHT BUS!!!!!!!!! I hope you all feel the excitement!
So tata for now,
Location: Salvador, Brazil
Well Greetings from San Salvador!
My visit here is brief, due to the fact that Brasil is just tôo darn big! So we are flying (such luxury I know) back to Bolívia to lap up the beautiful cold weather and altitude. YAYA
All the usual things were done in Rio. I checked out Christo, Sugar loaf, copacabana and Ipanema (yes, the songs were stuck in my head the whole time) I even went to the beauticians and got a Pedicure so that me feet looked good in Havianas... I am so happy, finally a country where flip flops are THE only acceptable foot wear!
Since Rio there hás been the most terrible bus ride of my life. I think the bus companys motto is drive it like you stole it!. So after 26 hours of no leg room and crazy bends in the road, we arrived in Valença, jumped on a boat and headed out to Morro de São Paulo. A lovely tropical Island where not much happens. It was just lovely. The hostel was right on the beach, and looked to good to be true... clean, friendly, on the beach and quiet. Well quiet until the night club started which was conveniently located just next door, three out of four isn´t tôo bad.
We were there for five days, and getting on the boat to leave was very sad, mainly beacause we were travelling towards the cloudy patch on the horizon.
Now I am sitting in a lovely internet café in the cloudy patch on the horizon, waiting for a flight out. We have a got a bargin fare of only ten dollars more to fly to Rio than to catch the bus, and after the horrible trip here, 2 hours on a plane beats 26 on a bus. The only catch with this good deal is that the plane leavs at 4am. We figured it takes 45min to get to the airport, we need to be there at least one hour early and dont have a reliable alarm clock.... entonces, no accommodation tonight, just a late dinner and early arrival at the airport. How I continually come up with such sterling plans I don´t know !!!
Hope everyone is well and enjoying their beds tonight, tomorrow mine is going to be three times as good as normal, no matter how bad it really it!
P.S. the next two days sees me spending very much time in airports waiting for connections, please send me some nice long emails to help pass the time...please!!!!
Location: Rio!, Brazil
First things first...
Iguazu falls are amazing... for want of a better adjective. After a luxurious 18 hour bus ride (wine and all) we arrived at the boarder. I was thinking that a quick tour of the falls would be possible and then straight back on an overnight bus to Rio, no such luck. Nothing happens quickly... after much sitting around and waiting we got out to the falls and had a good look around. They truly are amazing (again with that word) so much water, so quickly..well they were just amazing.
Next day straight back on a bus to try and get across the boarder in time to get the 12,30 bus to Rio. We got there in time to be told that the next bus available was at 6,45, AND that unlike the lovely Argentinian buses I had got used to, this one was just a bus AND would be 22 hours long. YUCK.
We stopped in lots of terrible servos on the way, saw all the cultural differences that are apparent in service stations (well the only one being that the toilets are free!) and finally arrived in Rio at 7,30 the next night. In two and a half days we have gone wollongong to Noosa on buses... time to stretch the legs.
We arrived in Rio just in time to have a few Caprihinas, head out and try my hand at Samba. Yes I finally put on my dancing shoes, just to realise that they kinda hurt after 3 ½ months in joggers, so quit the dance floor early (I think to the whole of Rios releif)
Today my feet are recovering slowly and I am waiting for the sun to come out so I can head down to Copa- copacabana and check out the beach!
Bye bye now!