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Falling in Love Again

CZECH REPUBLIC | Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | Views [570]

Prague just continues to amaze me. And life just continues to surprise me. Something like today where I was completely blown away at Vysehrad, where this beautiful city was prophesised. I hadn't expected too much of it, having seen it on a boat cruise ... Read more >

Tags: cities, czech republic, europe, friends, outdoors, random strangers, reflections, turkey, winter


Hometown

MALAYSIA | Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 | Views [408]

I'm currently back in my hometown, Kota Kinabalu, on the Borneon side of Malaysia. It's been a little over seven months since I left Brisbane to travel the world. I was reflecting on my travels the other day and I realised that I haven't stayed ... Read more >

Tags: family, friends, malaysia, reflections


Kenya

KENYA | Sunday, 8 Sep 2013 | Views [455]

We're rolling in towards the end of our time in Kenya. We're at our last safari destination, Amboseli or the land of the mini dust tornados.   It's been fabulous visiting Kenya. The people are so wonderful and the lodging is a far cry from ... Read more >

Tags: animals, family, friends, kenya, outdoors, safari, sunsets


Leaving Soon :(

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Views [278]

Leaving is always difficult. Leaving the UK has always just been a tad worse than just difficult. It's my last day here and I think I've woken quite early compared to the last few days. Looking outside the window, I look onto a lush garden and sheep ... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, friends, reflections, uk


Teacher to Friend

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 | Views [277]

Isn't it amazing the different insight you get as an adult?   It's been amusing recalling old school memories in Japan with my science teacher from then, Mr. Mackay. As he told me HIS memories of events, I compared them with my simple recollections ... Read more >

Tags: friends, reflections, uk


I Love Travelling!

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | Views [385]

What an unbelievable day!  When the alarm rang at 7am, I briefly woke up but drifted back to sleep. I had the strangest dream in this half hour daze where I dreamed I just got back to work and everyone was asking me questions about my year ... Read more >

Tags: dreams, european adventure, friendly strangers, friends, road trips, uk


Off to Scotland!

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | Views [327]

Wow! That is what London is. I've had an amazing time in this awesome city catching up and creating fun with great friends. Chilling out in parks, visiting museums, partying - really just enjoying and getting to know the city for what it is. ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, trains, uk


Thursday: A Casual Day in Copenhagen

DENMARK | Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | Views [1004]

Life's simple pleasures are really the most fulfilling.   It rained today. I stayed up too late last night. Maybe I drank too much too. But it was all in the name of fun and more importantly, it was time well spent with good friends I don't ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, food, friends, reflections


Leaving The Harbour Town

GERMANY | Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | Views [328]

Life always seems to throw a challenge at me the day after a crazy night out.  I found out five minutes before my train to Copenhagen was due to leave, that it had been cancelled because of an engine fault. To get us to Copenhagen, the transport ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, nights out, trains


I Left My Heart In Prague

CZECH REPUBLIC | Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | Views [441]

I realised how much I loved Prague walking around it alone yesterday. I came to a conclusion - it's my favourite city in Europe.   Leaving Prague meant leaving my favourite city and one of my favourite people. Just like Prague, Andrea and ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends


Romantic Rainy Prague

CZECH REPUBLIC | Monday, 29 Jul 2013 | Views [296]

I love Prague.   It's as magical as I thought it would be and even better. The only disappointment I have is that I haven't been taking enough photos and taking photos that do this beautiful city justice.   I'm staying with Andrea, ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, food, friends, nights out, sightseeing


Thoughts on Budapest :)

HUNGARY | Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | Views [1193]

Hungary is unique due to its location - its culture, language and history is unlike any other country in Europe. Budapest is the centre of it and is a beautiful city. A lot of backpackers head to Budapest for two reasons - to party and to party ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, food, friends, sightseeing, trains


In Vienna

AUSTRIA | Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | Views [297]

Surprise, surprise! Vienna was JUST okay. It was indeed a sophisticated city with some impressive architecture and beautiful things, but I found it lacked character and was expensive. Maybe visiting it  right after delightful Cesky Krumlov has ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, sightseeing, trains


The Heart of Bohemia

CZECH REPUBLIC | Saturday, 20 Jul 2013 | Views [742]

What a day! I certainly had my patience tested. I woke up this morning thankfully at a reasonable hour, given the night I had. I mustered all willpower to get on with the day - to pack, to check-out and start my journey to Vienna. The first two were ... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, friends, hostels, sightseeing, trains


Munich - More Than Just Beer

GERMANY | Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | Views [318]

I have to say it's really nice travelling first class on trains without having to pay a single cent extra. The RailJet trains I've been on have been the best so far, with comfortable seats equipped with power points, wifi on board and lovely staff who ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, history, sightseeing, trains


Switzerland... What a Beautiful Country!

SWITZERLAND | Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | Views [877]

Meeting up with my friend Ilona meant I didn't get to stay overnight in Zürich - which was a good thing because I was getting the feeling it would blow my budget with as little as a wave of a hand. Ilona invited me to stay with her at her fiancé... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, flowers, food, friends, nature, outdoors, sightseeing


Zürich or Zu reich (Too rich)

SWITZERLAND | Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | Views [1227]

Zürich is my second Swiss stop. I'm here to visit Ilona, another girl I met in Peru. Traversing the country south to north, from Lugano to Zürich, by train is magical. It was my first time seeing the Alps properly and they didn't disappoint.... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, food, friends, sightseeing, trains


Luscious Lugano

SWITZERLAND | Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | Views [481]

I have just travelled from one insanely gorgeous place to another.  I'm currently in Lugano, a picturesque city in the Italian region of Ticino in Switzerland. While Lugano is completely different to Santorini, it is also a different definition ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, european adventure, friends, music, nature, trekking


A Day in Athens

GREECE | Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | Views [333]

I turned up to Athens with the lowest of expectations after hearing countless mixed reviews of Athens in the past. Most were quite negative, dismissing the city as not worth visiting. As far as I was concerned, it was just a stepping stone to get to ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, history, landmarks, sightseeing


Pompei and a US Base

ITALY | Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Views [502]

I left Rome yesterday to visit the ruins of Pompei and see my friend, Crystal, on her US navy base in Naples. When I switched trains for Pompei, I was very tempted to just skip it for some stunning scenery time in Sorrento. I decided not to though ... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, food, friends, sightseeing, trains, usa


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