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The adventures of the Mel

Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

ITALY | Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | Views [709] | 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 [803] | 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 [818] | 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 [799] | 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 [811] | 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 [760] | 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 [773]

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 [565]

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 [619] | 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 [672] | 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 [653] | 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 [654] | 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 [835] | 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 [1027] | 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 >


Touring with the olds

ITALY | Sunday, 14 Sep 2008 | Views [454] | Comments [2]

“Fair go”. Stiff bickies Dad, it’s my blog, I’ll call you what I damn well like! I also apologise for the lack of description and detail in this blog – lack of sleep has melted my brain. Anyway, I had the pleasure of being tour guide for my parents, ... Read more >


Hungover in Bologna

ITALY | Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | Views [643]

Well, I am bloody tired still. After our adventures in Venice we could not wait to get back into bed. So bloody well worth it though! Anyway, after saying a nearly teary goodbye to Sara and others, we boarded a regional train to Bologna. We couldn’t ... Read more >


Viva la vida Venezia!!

ITALY | Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | Views [512] | Comments [3]

Once upon a time in a land far, far away (donkey), there was a beautiful town that sat on water. Indeed, instead of roads and cars, the main transport aside from walking the narrow laneways between the buildings was on the canals in gondolas. Now, ... Read more >


Return to Firenze

ITALY | Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | Views [514] | Comments [2]

You are so incredibly lucky that Chelsea sleeps on the train and consequently I have time to update my journal so frequently! The poor little girl is so tuckered out from walking around the beauty that is Italia (and likely her little bug). ... Read more >


Roma with the Chopmeister

ITALY | Monday, 1 Sep 2008 | Views [582] | Comments [4]

I certainly have a nice feeling of contentment right about now. After a teary reunion at the beautiful *cough* Termini station on Saturday with the fam, I’ve spent a full day in Rome with them (kinda). It was so great to see them – you don’t realise ... Read more >


Bahaha, I'm in Prague and you're not!

CZECH REPUBLIC | Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | Views [697] | Comments [3]

Prague …what can I say? Just go. Okay, I COULD leave it at that, but I’ve got way too much gushy goodness and far too much jealous-making to be so succinct. But where do I begin? Prague is just stunning. The architecture ... Read more >


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