West coast of Iceland

Today was the first day of a suite of tours I’m taking in Iceland.  And I’m exhausted – I was picked up at 9am, and returned around 7.30pm I think?  I took a bucket load of photos, which I’ll upload here… The guide told us anything and everything we might want to know.  He grew …
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Blue Lagoon

WOW! Firstly, the budget airline that flies to Iceland is called Wow, but I meant the Blue Lagoon was just amazing.  I came to the lagoon straight from the airport, as the lagoon is closer to the airport than Reykjavik, so it’s worth doing it at the beginning or the end of the journey.  I’d …
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Tulip gardens – bucket list achieved

I can almost recall the conversation I had in the car with a boyfriend in 2005, about how I didn’t just want to ‘see’ places, but that I wanted to make sure I did that ‘thing’ that the place was known for.  Many would say The Netherlands is known for legalisation of marijuana.  Or prostitution. …
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First day jitters – Amsterdam arrival

The first hours in a new country can be pretty anxiety inducing and stressful for me. I distinctly recall the stress of finding a hotel in Dubai and a German man telling me it was a bad neighbourhood. I was a little calmer arriving in St Petersburg, but I think this was because I just …
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Flying Qatar Airways for the first time

My flight to Europe was on Qatar Airways. I recall watching a documentary on a hotel TV a few years ago, about how Qatar Airways is one of the newest fleet of planes and is angling to compete with Ethiad and Emirates. Thankfully, they match them in style and service, without the popularity out of …
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Planning and packing for 2.5 weeks in Europe

I’m always interested in being organised and prepared, and this holiday (like when I went to Vietnam), I’ve upped the ante on planning what I’ll pack and take with me.  Given it’s my sort of nerdy, and I’ve enjoyed posts by Cassie at The Minute Glass and Sherry at Save Spend Splurge, I figured I’d …
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April Summary

Culture: Quite unexpectedly, I attended a concert in April.  A fantastic young artist, Vera Blue, was sold out, but the night of her concert, I got an email for last minute tickets for $35! I did not hesitate and bought two tickets and invited a friend from work (who’d coincidently been at the last concert …
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Planning Euro tour 2017

In less than a month, I take off for another (just short of) three week trip to Europe.  And yes, I was in July/August in 2016 (going to Russia, Turkey, Bosnia and Romania).  The reason for my trip is the wedding of a VERY dear friend, whom I’ve known since 1999 or 2000?  The lovely …
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Humming Puppy Yoga

So a very dear friend and blog reader gave me a great birthday gift – she named it an Advent calendar and the concept is to do different ‘bucket list experiences’ each month together.  We started with my birthday dinner at Momofuku, and then things slowed down!  Of course, I have things I want to …
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March summary

A lot has happened in March, so in the style of others, I’m doing a month’s round up. Culture: I went to the ArtExpress featuring the graduating class of 2016’s artworks, which I shared a photo heavy post on. I had a weekend in Melbourne with my mother.  It was spectacularly sunny and warm the …
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