Next Stop Bruges

It’s hard to believe my time in Wales (land of giant bumblebees and pigeons – I swear both are about three times as big here as they are at home!) has come to an end.  Thanks to my wonderful hosts I’ve managed to get a well rounded overview of Wales and had a fantastic time….

Swinging into the Future, Catching up on the Past

Enough of the serious stuff, for today we are going to get our ape on.  Not far from Swansea town, located in Margam Country Park is Go Ape – a high in the tree-tops zipline adventure park.  This two to three hour long adventure starts of with a thorough safety briefing and kitting up into…

The Real Valleys

So what of the Valleys?  “The Valleys” were a number of industrial towns in South Wales stretching from Carmarthenshire in the west to Monmouthshire in the east and from the Heads of the Valleys in the north to the vale of Glamorgan and the coastal plain around Swansea Bay, Bridgend, Cardiff and Newport.  The Rhondda…

I did Caerdydd

‘WHAT?’, ‘yeah?’, ‘yeah?’ ‘Well I’m not listening to this s*&t, I’m on the train, I’m leaving and I’m hanging up!’ Heads turned toward the new arrival on the train, announcing his situation at the top of his voice and we all silently thought, yep, probably a good idea to hang up.  Seconds later – ‘F*&%…

What to Expect from Wales

This morning I’m jumping on a train and heading to Wales.  Now I don’t know much about Wales at all.  In fact, all I do know about Wales is this… But, I’m being unfair.  There are plenty of other famous people that hail from Wales – Tom ‘What’s New Pussycat’ Jones, Shirley “Hey Big Spender’ Bassey, Anthony…

If only I packed my glittery red slippers…

I open the window to a beautiful blue-sky day and excitedly put on my sandals.  Normally, I would put on sensible walking shoes, but I’ve come from my first winter in Melbourne and am desperate for some warm sun and open toed shoes.  Plus I plan to take it pretty easy and apart from starting…

Round Up

Here’s a bit of a round up of my travels – what I liked, what I didn’t, what worked well, what I’d do differently next time and just other general bits and pieces. London London in late June (early summer) is light.  It’s light at around 3.30/4.00am in the morning until around 10pm at night.  I…

Pretending to be Made in Chelsea

Day 4:  London My love of Made in Chelsea Grabbing a glass of champagne she toasted to the birthday boys, before adding “A second toast to my best friend Rosie for hooking up with my boyfriend Hugo Taylor when we were together and then lying about it”.  After a collective gasp around the room, she…

London by Bus

Day 3:  London OMG what a noisy city at night London is.  There are constant sirens and they all seem to stop close by.  Either that or they just turn their sirens on for the time they are passing by my hotel, and then continue on their way in silence… Anyway, it’s Sunday morning, which gives…

Wheeling Around London

Day 2:  London I know I should probably try and sleep in this morning, but I just can’t.  Half of it is that I’m just excited, and the other half is because I just actually can’t sleep.  Oh and the fact its light at around 4am!  I may as well jump straight into it and…

Learning to Deal with Long Haul Flights

Day 1:  London Extremely early start this morning.  But if anyone’s used to it, it should be me. This is my first long haul flight ever and my also my first time flying with Emirates.  I read somewhere that you can kind of counteract the effects of jetlag if you set your watch to the…

The Wonder of Google Maps

Everyone knows I’m a planner by now.  So it’ll come as no surprise to you that before I go on a trip, I get on Google Maps and scope out the destination I’m travelling too.  Part of it is just excitement building up, and the other part is that I can see what is going…