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Ich bin ein Berliner: Autumn in Berlin

There’s some cities that I’ve been to which have been purely and utterly love at first sight: New York City, Venice and London, obviously. Berlin was not one of them. My love for Berlin has been more of a slow burn. There’s something cold and quiet about the city that makes it feel, on the surface, unwelcoming and a bit disinterested. It’s not crowded and its best bits are decidedly hidden – but as you come to learn,  part of Berlin’s charm is having you…

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London Life Lessons

Hi guys! I’m so sorry – I know it’s been a while. I promise there are lots of interesting and exciting updates to come now that things are calming down a little bit. In case you’ve missed the greenery overload on my Insta-feed this week, I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the jaw-droppingly beautiful Lake District. More to come on this incredible place over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned. In the meantime… I’ve now well and truly learned the…

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London Italian Life Lessons

After two entirely blissful weeks in Italy with my lovely little sister, I’m now back in London with a terrible case of the post-holiday blues. Hmph. But really, can you blame me? With Italy’s sun, utterly indescribable beauty and depth of culture (not to mention the endless supply of gelato…), how can I not have returned just a little bit heartbroken? Stay tuned in coming weeks for much more to come on what I can only hope will be the first of many Italian adventures….

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How to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

A few weeks before Christmas, when I was preempting the January post-holiday blues inspired by 10 days back home in Melbourne’s glorious summer, I had the crazy idea to spend St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Ireland was on my British Bucket List and St Paddy’s seemed like as good a time as any. Next thing you know, it’s March (how did that happen?!) and we were off to explore the land of Guinness. St. Patrick’s Day proved to be a fantastic time to spend in the…

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24 hours in Prague

A couple of weeks ago, in a bout of restlessness on a lonely Saturday night, I booked an impromptu trip to Prague. I’d heard nothing but great things about the city and was excited to start exploring more of Europe (this is the furthest East I’ve ventured so far) so it seemed like a good time to start. I only had a short time in the city (29 hours, to be exact) but really didn’t feel rushed at all. Prague’s relatively small and very walkable. Aside from…

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The Best of Barcelona in 6 photos

As I write this grossly overdue post about Barcelona, it’s a stereotypically cold, grey and gloomy London day. Escapism, much? I went to Barcelona for the first time in October. So…some time has passed. It’s taken me this long to really work out what to say about the experience and my entirely too brief time in the city. So, rather than write for paragraphs about how historical, beautiful, bright, clean, patriotic, artistic and, ultimately, surprising the city was, I’m going to let a few snapshots do…

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Strolling down Columbia Road

“With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?” – Oscar Wilde I love flowers. I know it’s a cliche but I really do – they just make me really happy. So you can imagine how excited I was to finally explore the Columbia Road Flower Market in East London – even on a cold and rainy day. Just a short stroll from Old Street, the market is open on Sundays and is best visited either first thing in the morning (to…

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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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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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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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