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Tonielle's European Adventure "It's always better on holiday, so much better on holiday. That's why we only work when... we need the money." - Franz Ferdinand

On the road again...

BULGARIA | Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | Views [760]

Seeing the “Goodbye Bansko” sign, was a big woohoo moment, having had a great season, but completely ready to move on! Only 2.5 hours in the transfer car (I treated myself an extra 10lev to get in with a few of my mates), I’d arrived in Sofia, ... Read more >

Ide Ciao Bansko!

BULGARIA | Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | Views [1408]

On the train today… all day from Sofia to Bucharest, then onto Brasov. As much as this is a bum-sore, it does give me plenty of time to reflect on my time in Bulgaria and “get that bloody blog done”. For the last five months, I’ve been in this frustrating, ... Read more >

Tags: bansko, bulgaria, ruse, snowboarding, varna, veliko ternovo, winter season

Cyrillic Capers

BULGARIA | Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | Views [837] | Comments [1]

Bulgaria… where do I begin? I arrived in Plovdiv train station early in the morning, and had to get to the hostel. That is usually a bit of a challenge in a new country, but not too difficult… that was until I realized that EVERYTHING was in Cyrillic.... Read more >

Tags: bulgaria, cyrillic, plovdiv, roman ruins, sofia

Lightning Clouds & Midget Porters

TURKEY | Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | Views [1179] | Comments [1]

East Turkey So after an amazing night bus (note the sarcasm), Justin and I arrived in Malayta (or more like were dumped at the side of a main road) at seven in the morning. After finding some breakfast, we followed the “Tourism Info” signs through ... Read more >

Tags: diyarbakir, gaziantep, malayta, mount nemrut

Turkey adventures - hospital visits, horse capers and rock climbing!

TURKEY | Sunday, 1 Nov 2009 | Views [1166]

Selçuk to Capadocia. After Gallipoli, I had an eight-hour bus to Selçuk where I stayed at a fantastic hostel called Allita’s Getaway. I had one day of sightseeing out to a small fruit wine town called Siringe, and saw a few ruins in town and then ... Read more >

Tags: capadocia, dervish soldiers, ephesus, fethieye, flinstones, goreme, horse riding, hospital visits, konya, selçuk

Walking in the shoes of the Gallipoli ANZACS

TURKEY | Sunday, 18 Oct 2009 | Views [3167] | Comments [1]

I’ve always been fascinated and horrified by the story of the ANZACS of Gallipoli, and today I had the chance to relive the story on a tour of the battlefields in Gallipoli, Turkey. Our tour guide Bülent is one of the best, (the Australian Government ... Read more >

Tags: anzacs, ecebat, gallipoli, history, turkey, war memorials, world war one

London to Istanbul - West to East

TURKEY | Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | Views [1122]

After almost three months in Lagos, Portugal working behind a Portuguese bar, I left the warm beautiful beaches (where I’d only seen rain twice) to get on a plane that landed in a rainy, cold London. I spent a week here, staying with Leah who I met ... Read more >

Tags: aya sophia, bacilica cistern, blue mosque, bosphorus, grand bazaar, istanbul, london, taxim square, turkey

Running with the bulls - really!

SPAIN | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [2318] | Comments [2] | Video

From Madrid to San Sebastian was an early train, but the first travel day without dramas! Who would have thought that was possible in Spain? I arrived in San Sebastian looking forward to the beach – but the whole time I was there, it was cloudy and ... Read more >

Tags: fanatics, pamplona, running of the bulls, san fermin, san sebastian, sangria

Tapas, sangria and having a gay ol' time

SPAIN | Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | Views [1519] | Video

Hi everyone, Granada was the next stop of my Spanish journey, and when I left you last I was on a train that ended up being delayed by three hours, making it an 11 hour journey! So by the time I got into town, it was 10.30pm and the directions by ... Read more >

Tags: granada, madrid, seville, spain

Arrow Slits & Murder Holes

SPAIN | Sunday, 28 Jun 2009 | Views [1655] | Comments [2]

So its been a week… and no blog, which means this is gunna be a big one! I finished off France in a small town called Carcassonne. It was an adventure just to get there… my train didn’t get into the station till after 10.30pm, and I’d forgotten ... Read more >

Tags: barcelona, carcassonne, gaudi, las ramblas, train

Gallery: Euro Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | Photo Gallery

Snapshots of my trip
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Go swim in the Med… get stung by a jellyfish

FRANCE | Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | Views [2242] | Comments [1]

Wow! That is the best word to describe my experience of Nice. I arrived in the afternoon by train from Marseilles, and the first thing I did was walk down to the beach. An easy 15min walk and I was having ice cream on the beach in Nice! That evening ... Read more >

Tags: beach, med, monaco, nice

Following The "Treasure Map"

FRANCE | Saturday, 13 Jun 2009 | Views [4848] | Comments [1]

Well I’m sure you’re all wondering what happened after I left you last. I was on the train to Lyon, hoping that I’d have a bed at the only hostel in town… don’t panic, everything worked out. It was surprisingly easy to get to the hostel, a bus, then ... Read more >

Tags: beach, calanque, cassis, lyon, marseilles

Une Carrot, Just Une Carrot

FRANCE | Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | Views [1303] | Comments [5]

Coming to you from a train… traveling from Dijon to Lyon (where I hopefully have a bed tonight). Since I’ve updated you last, I’ve been to a few places in the French countryside – Nancy, Strasbourg and Dijon. I’ve enjoyed being off the ‘beaten ... Read more >

Tags: dijon, france, nancy, strasbourg, trains

I see (too many) dead people!

FRANCE | Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | Views [993] | Comments [2]

Bonjour! Well I’ve been a little slack – choosing to see the sights rather than sit at my computer (funny that) and now I’ve been putting this off, because I need to write about the past week. So hold onto your hats, its gunna be a long one! The ... Read more >

Tags: catacombes, champagne, eiffel tower, london, paris, reims

Swine flu, snakebites and sunburn

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 25 May 2009 | Views [919] | Comments [2] | Video

Hi everyone, Shortly after I finished the last story, mum suggested that I should go to the doctor to get a checked: "I don't want to alarm you, but you might have swine flu, so just go and check". I found a free walk-in clinic, and I was ... Read more >

Tags: hammersmith, hyde park, london, speakers corner, tate modern, tower bridge

Chillin' out in chilly London

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 20 May 2009 | Views [886] | Comments [1]

After a 13 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, i finally arrived in London! Found my hostel very easily (especially after the KL debacle), and went straight to bed! After being awake for over 20 hours, i definitely wasn't in the party mood. Monday, sunny ... Read more >

Tags: buckingham palace, london

"Hey tall lady, where you from?"

MALAYSIA | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1050] | Comments [3]

On Saturday, I got up bright and early to visit the Patronus towers. I was there by 7.30am to line up for a free ticket to the observation bridge, and found there was already a growing queue. As it is the main tourist attraction in town, you have to ... Read more >

Tags: kuala lumpur, melaka, patrous tower

Sweating in Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA | Friday, 15 May 2009 | Views [1272] | Comments [4] | Video

Hi everyone, Well, the adventure has begun... in Kuala Lumpur. I arrived at 6am yesterday morning, and was greeted by a slightly worrying sight... every staff member was wearing a mask, and giving out forms to sign saying that we weren't suffering ... Read more >

Tags: china town, getting lost, kuala lumpur, little india, swine flu

Finished work... now onto becoming a full-time backpacker!!!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 6 May 2009 | Views [1169] | Video

So I finished up at work last week... very exciting. Had some fun drinking cocktails with my work mates, and seeing Frank (our editor at work) sing me a song... you can see it above(pay special attention to the last verse... it had something to ... Read more >

Tags: planning, preparation

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