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The adventures of the Mel

Trip: World tour

There are [123] stories from my trip: World tour


Mwah, ah, ah!!!

ITALY | Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | Views [1199] | Comments [1]

BAHAHAHAHA!!! I am an evil wench.....I have tricked you all and I am home!!! Glorious, glorious Australia!!! Part of my last post was a complete ruse - I never headed to Maratea or the stiletto....I just went to Rome and caught a plane (or three) ... Read more >


Contemplating Catania

ITALY | Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Views [706] | Comments [2]

I’m lying in my bed in my hostel in Maratea, a small coastal town on the foot of Italy, having left Catania a couple of days ago. I didn’t really want to leave – I was so comfortable there – but I figured I should head across and check out the stiletto ... Read more >


Sicilian musings...

ITALY | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | Views [668] | Comments [1]

Greetings my hungry little readers, The year really is winding down. I have 3 weeks left and not a lot to report bar a growing desire to be home in the warmth. I’m still living in Catania, still at the B&B and still enjoying it. I’ve spent ... Read more >


Piano, piano....meravigliosa Siclia

ITALY | Monday, 17 Nov 2008 | Views [670]

I thought I’d take a break from relaxing and learning Italian to update you on my past week! Mind you, I am about fed up with all the damn different types of tenses that exist! Passato prossimo, passato remoto, condizionale, imperfetto….haven’t even ... Read more >


Sicilian adventures

ITALY | Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | Views [1217] | Comments [4]

I’m sitting in my room in Catania looking for an excuse not to do the work that is looming ominously over my head……so a post it is! Sicily is remarkably different to mainland Italy, well, the northern part at least. I have to admit, when we first arrived ... Read more >


Tropea and the middle of bf nowhere

ITALY | Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Views [1618] | Comments [2]

You know, it’s kinda amazing how amazed I continue to be after travelling for so long. Mind you, I have become somewhat indifferent to ‘beautiful churches’, ‘interesting museums’ and ‘gorgeous panoramic views’. Yet I am still surprised at the disparity ... Read more >


Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

ITALY | Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | Views [688] | Comments [1]

Apologies to my dedicated readers for the lackadaisical approach I’ve taken to my journal upkeep of late….we’re travelling more slowly and hence I have a lot less to report. Add to that that I’ve been working a bit recently and you have my excuse. ... Read more >


Kicking back in Edinburgh

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | Views [780] | Comments [3]

I know – I’ve been terribly slack. But, I really haven’t had too much to report because I’ve just been kicking back in Edinburgh with Cam and Sare and my laptop to work on. We are currently on our way to Rome yet again and after fixing up our ... Read more >


Berlin and the end of Germany

GERMANY | Sunday, 12 Oct 2008 | Views [799] | Comments [2]

It’s strange – being in an English speaking country for the first time in 7 months, and I don’ know what to say. It may be because I am feeling nostalgic and reflective and not quite ready to put my thoughts down, or it may be because I just spoke ... Read more >


A cobbled story

GERMANY | Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | Views [776] | Comments [3]

It was a light and not stormy morning. An uneasiness slinked and festered in the streets; something was coming. The breeze blew tentatively, warily anticipating what it didn’t know. Upstairs a woman, oblivious to the tension below in the streets, hauled ... Read more >


Autumn beauty and malady

GERMANY | Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [788] | Comments [1]

I’m afraid that due to a virus I have not as much to report as I should! What I thought was an allergy turned into either a really severe cold or a mild case of the flu, and consequently I have spent the past few days in bed and feeling downright sorry ... Read more >


Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

GERMANY | Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | Views [739] | Comments [2]

I’m not entirely sure why I’ve decided to stay on in Europe as it approaches winter. Where was I on that one, dipshit? Sheesh! It has stopped raining for about a total of fours in the past few days. Sigh. Consequently I didn’t really see much of Dusseldorf.... Read more >


On the border of Germany

GERMANY | Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | Views [749]

I honestly don’t have too much to report, but I thought I’d take advantage of the free wireless here in the hostel. At least, after I could get my damn computer to work! The drivers for my Ethernet card and wireless went missing and it took me 2 hours ... Read more >


The not-end of the Netherlands.

NETHERLANDS | Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | Views [541]

My last stop in the Netherlands was the beautiful Maastricht. Lonely Planet calls it a ‘stunner’ and they’re not far from wrong. A beautiful little town, with, you guessed it, old European architecture and cobblestone streets. Doesn’t matter how many ... Read more >


Spoons and decisions

NETHERLANDS | Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | Views [597] | Comments [1]

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I have tentatively come to a decision about what to do with my remaining two months after I leave the UK. I have decided…..oh, but what’s a good story without a cliffhanger? I am currently in Maastricht, right ... Read more >


Relaxing in central Holland

NETHERLANDS | Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | Views [651] | Comments [2]

You’ll be pleased to know that I think I’ve used up the last of the warm weather….I’ve been in long sleeves for nearly a week now and will probably be pasty-white by the time I return home. Pouty McPouty Pants. However, I am pleased to report that ... Read more >


The bewildering Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS | Saturday, 20 Sep 2008 | Views [628] | Comments [2]

Although possibly a reflection of my contemplative state at the moment, so far Amsterdam has been an interesting observation which has left me feeling somewhat old and prudish. No, not prudish….just….not part of the scene. Everybody told me how ... Read more >


Feeling contemplative

NETHERLANDS | Saturday, 20 Sep 2008 | Views [632] | Comments [4]

I’ve been feeling somewhat pensive of late, no doubt a consequence of my indecision about what to do for the last couple of months of my trip. As you are all aware, I set my heart on volunteering in India, despite the less than encouraging response ... Read more >


Rainy days

ITALY | Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | Views [805] | Comments [2]

It’s hard to believe that in just under 3 days I will have left Italy and be travelling solo again for a couple of weeks. What possessed me to plan to leave Italy so soon? Am I crazy? Despite having accommodation booked, I’m almost considering staying ... Read more >


Places you've always wanted to go...

ITALY | Sunday, 14 Sep 2008 | Views [1007] | Comments [2]

GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME!! To our special edition of “Places you’ve always wanted to go to”. Tonight we will be covering the awesome Adventures of the Mel as she tours through the spectacular Le Cinque Terre with her entertaining sister and her DJ ... Read more >


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