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Feeling festive with a side of patriotism

I’ve been in a bit of awe this week. It’s been eight months since I packed up and moved – eight months?!? I fully appreciate that I’ll probably look back in a year’s time and will be overwhelmed with the exact same feeling of incredulousness but bear with me whilst I bask in this realisation for a moment. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed about myself since moving abroad (exacerbated by a viewing of The Dressmaker last week)  is how it’s made me feel…

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Describing Edinburgh in three words

Melburnian Aside of the generally friendly vibe of the city, it was the coffee, the cafes (in particular, The Pantry & Maxi’s) , the food (my favourites: Pickles and Red Squirrel), the markets plus the somewhat urbanised seaside which made me feel quite at home. Hilly The climb to Arthur’s Seat was described to me as a ‘manageable hike’ – emphasis on the word HIKE. Despite the sore quads which followed, the view was definitely worth the climb. Magical The birthplace of Harry Potter, the castles,…

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London Life Lessons: 6 months in

1. London in the autumn is beautiful. The weather is now chilly, the days getting shorter and London is nothing short of a symphony of autumnal hues. It’s quite lovely. 2. Perseverance is important. I finally got my national insurance number. #winning 3. Equally, patience is crucial. As much as I’ve learned to push or be pushed when it comes to my morning commute, it’s important to not get swept up in the angst of peak hour commuters squashed like far too many sardines on…

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London Life Lessons: Rites of Passage

Well, it’s another Monday and I’m embarrassingly behind in my updates here. What can I say – it’s been a busy month! So, without further ado, here’s what I have learnt in London this week last week week before last THE LAST MONTH. 1. Tube Strikes. They are legit. Don’t make light of them. They are everything Buzzfeed describe them as and they will hinder your ability to get around the city. Or to work. Or to anywhere. Even for a Tube obsessed commuter such as myself….

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Why the Helsinki not?

I’ve made no secret of my plans to live my European life to the fullest whilst I am here – a key part of that being frequent trips to ‘The Continent’. But where to start? When travel is so inexpensive and quick, how does one possibly choose where to begin? Following my first weekend in Paris, I then proceeded to make a list and from there, practically picked at random. My first solo stop, (in a slight homage to my hometown of Melbourne) – Helsinki,…

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British Bucket List

For some reason, I associate Wembley Stadium very much with the Spice Girls (go figure – I think this DVD might have had something to do with it). So yesterday, when I got to see One Direction perform at the stadium, I could practically hear myself telling my future children about that time when I lived in London when I saw 1D at Wembley (along with Jason Derulo, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Kelly Clarkson and many more massively talented performers at the Summertime Ball). Because in some…

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Hyde Park on a Boris Bike

Even after only a few days in London,  you start to notice that you can find these red cycles practically everywhere. And for only £2, they’re not only easy and accessible, but also dirt cheap to borrow for a short while. Personally, I’m not crazy brave enough to attempt to cycle on the streets of London, so exploring a large park area seemed like a good alternative. I picked up my cycle from Hyde Park Corner and then, somewhat awkwardly, was on my way. Not really having an…

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How to Play Tourist Around London

It’s been close to two months since I moved now, one month in my new job and a few weeks since I moved into my flat – it’s all happening! Despite all these milestones which indicate I’m fast on the road to calling myself a legit Londoner, I still feel like there’s a grace period where I am perfectly entitled to hover somewhere between wannabe local and complete foreigner; the extremity of my situation determined mostly my level of confidence for the day. This bank holiday weekend I was joined…

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London Life Lessons: The Basics

It’s been a week full of some ups and some downs with most of my time and energy spent getting used to a new daily routine. More adventures are scheduled for this week – but in the meantime, here’s what I’ve discovered during the last week’s travels… TRANSPORT: Ever wondered just HOW those big red buses manoeuvre the small side streets of London without getting stuck or damaging property and/or parked cars? Turns out, they don’t. I learnt this after being politely let off a bus to…

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A Weekend in Paris

“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn Growing up in Australia, the concept of the multi hour road trip is not unusual: after all, it’s a big country. Drive two/three hours outside of Melbourne and you can practically still call yourself in Melbourne. Hop in the car, cruise up the Hume Hwy for eight hours or so and you’ll find yourself in Sydney.  I have incredibly fond memories of these road trips from my childhood, complete with my anti-skip Sony discman, Fawlty Towers…

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