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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Things I have learned (so far) about moving abroad

1. Everyone’s an expert – and has valuable advice to be shared. The more I opened up to people (everyone from acquaintances to the call centre operator at RACV to close friends and work colleagues), the more I realised that everyone has different nuggets of advice to bring to the table. There’s so much to think about when shifting your life around and the helpful advice of others has really ensured that this elephant won’t forget. Since arriving UK, these little bits of information have…

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Why London?

My first real memory of London was a little before 6am on Christmas Day in 2011. I remember walking out of the hostel onto the grey streets to find them completely deserted except for a handful of homeless. It was dead quiet, pretty cold and I was a little bit concerned about the lack of people around – it made me uneasy. Why was I wandering the streets so early? To partake in one of Peter Berthoud’s famous Christmas Day walks, of course. We roamed the…

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