Braved the cold early one Sunday morning and jumped on the coach headed to Bath for a little day trip. Had a pretty chill day wandering around and seeing some of the historic buildings like the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge. Found an epic Jamaican coffee house and a nice brunch place and after wandering around a taking a heap of pics I had afternoon tea and a sneaky cocktail at this cool art bar. Keen to get to some more historic towns around England whilst i'm here :)
I've been really lucky to be able to do a bit of travelling over the Christmas/New Year break! We had a few days back in London to re-coup after having Christmas in Belgium and ring in the New Year. Amsterdam was amazing, even though it was freezing cold it was so beautiful. The trip came around so fast that we didn't really do any planning or scope out any cool places to go- so we just kind of winged it. We got to see most of the city and get a bit of history on a walking tour which gave us a good idea of places to check out, seen Snoop Dogg's fave place to get high, walked across many bridges and seen many canals, tried to find a coffee shop that actually sold coffee haha and tried not to get run down by the millions of bicylces. We seen the red light district in all its glory and rode bikes through one of the parks after we stuffed our faces at a cheese tasting. All in all it was a great trip and i can't wait to go back when its warmer and do it all again!
Next stop- Ireland for mid term break :)
Walking tours, beer flights, cute hostels, gallery hopping, epic brunch spots, street art, canal boat tours, chocolate tasting, Christmas markets, midday Bailey's hot chocolate, struggling up the 366 steps of the Belfry, befriending cats at cafes, city square light displays, more beer, many waffles, cobblestones streets, amazing architecture, jazz band at Music Village, selfies, day trips.
Next stop - Amsterdam!
Ventured up to Cambridge one Sunday morning with the girls for a day of adventure. Before we left we made a house bucket list of all the things we'd like to do together whilst in London. Day trips to surrounding cities was one of them! We set off on the train- bulk coffees in tow. Jumped off 45min later ready to hit the town! It was a short walk into the main part of Cambridge- stopped at one of the cafes for a famous Chelsea Bun; like a scroll but with raisins and drenched in syrup- messy but so delish! Then we went for a quick wander through the Sunday markets and sat down for a pub lunch at The Eagle- which is a famous pub whereby Watson and Crick announced that they had "discovered the secret of life" which was the proposed structure of DNA.
In the afternoon we booked a canal boat ride- all 9 of us jumped into this little boat and had a guided tour down the River Cam. Our guide was a character and told us a few stories and pointed out some of the universities. By the end of that we were well and truly frozen and it was time to head back to London town!
Next trip is Belgium for Christmas- keen as a bean :)
My first European adventure!
Baguettes- lots of baguettes, late night street crepes, boozy picnics under the Eiffel Tower, lots of walking, wanky tourist photos, dodging the rain, finding awesome bars in random alleyways, endless street markets, buses and buses and buses, berets, piano accordions serenading the metro, street art - gallery art - installation art, google translating everything, scoping out cute cafes, breakfast croissants, learning weird French words, lots of food babies.
I have been lucky enough to see a lot of London in the short few weeks that i've been here. The main tourist attractions are great, but I love finding things that are equally as awesome, but lesser known. When my room mate suggested going to Barbican to take some pics I had know idea what to expect! (it sounded medieval lol) but I was keen to see some hidden gems and have a creative afternoon making some photos with no time constraints or plan... My first reaction after we got off the train and made our way to the over pass was that it looked like the High Line in New York. It was like concrete jungle meets this green abyss and it was absolutely beautiful! We spent about an hour walking around taking it all in and jumping in front of the camera for each other. Longing for more afternoons like this...
So a few months ago I decided to quit both my jobs, sell almost everything I own, pack whatever I had left into a suitcase and move abroad.
Fast forward to today and i’ve been living in London now for 2 weeks, it still feels pretty surreal, so much has happened in such a short time! but I am really loving this city, it's so beautiful and although there were times when I was second guessing my decision; right now I'm so glad I did bite the bullet and follow through.
First things first, I found a place to live with some awesome room mates and landed a pretty cool job. I don’t know how long i’ll be staying for but my goal is to see and experience as many things as I can; i’ll be using this blog as travel diary of sorts, mostly to post pics that i’ve taken and hopefully at the end of my trip correlate them into a book (did one for my America trip and its awesome) #printyourphotos peeps! These are a few pics I took during my first week here :)
Til next time,
Remnants of the Mount Stromlo Observatory that were burnt to the ground in the 2003 Canberra bush fires. January 18th, 2003 seen over 500 homes destroyed and four people lose their lives in a disaster described as 'Canberra's worst natural disaster.'
I remember this day vividly; we were down the south coast in Bateman's Bay- i was 10 years old. The ferocity and force of the fires sent ash down from Canberra and plunged the Bay in complete darkness at 4pm in the afternoon. When we awoke the next morning many of our holidaying neighbours, who were from Canberra were packing up their cars in a rush to get back to see if their homes were still standing.
I didn't comprehend the severity of the fires at the time being so young, but places like the observatory are a constant reminder of the destruction they caused.
Almost forgot about these beauties! It was Christmas Eve last year and I got let off work early (yay!) and decided to hit the road and surprise my Mum by coming home to Young (she thought i was coming home Christmas morning) Just a few hours beforehand we had a shocking storm come through that left trees and power lines down. This was the aftermath; a double rainbow and epic colours like i've never seen before... These pics are straight out of camera, no editing needed :)