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It Took Me 3 Days To Get Home! | Vlog

If you remember what I was up to in January this year, you may remember I was making my way home from the UK, and it took me three days! From Cardiff to London, to Paris, to Hong Kong and finally home to Auckland it was a pretty tiring and long journey home. I wrote two blog posts about it, Part 1 and Part 2, but I also had some footage of the long trip which I thought I’d share with you. The very last footage of my Europe Trip. Enjoy tout le monde! Advertisements

Throwback Thursday: Best Trip of My Life

Yesterday marked the date that I left New Zealand to go on my own 7 month adventure armed with two suitcases, a camera and one of my best friends. It is by far the best experience I’ve had in my life so far, so thanks to some of the photos I posted on Instagram, I thought I’d share a timeline of some of my highlights (this is going to be hard,) of the trip below: This was taken as I farewelled my family goodbye at the departure gate. There were lots of tears, but as soon as I was through those gates I was a ball of excitement! PARIS June and July 2014: Moana and I were shown around Paris by a wonderful family friend. We did a lot of touristy things and few not so touristy things. I love Paris, I visited it quite a few times during my trip. GERMANY July 2014: Some down-time on the plane to Germany really made me reflect and appreciate how lucky I was to be having such …

Food Photo Friday #12: Pho in Brighton

Food: Phở Bò (Beef Pho) / Consumed: Pho, Brighton, UK / Date: December 2014 If you have any idea what “pho” is, then you might think this is the weirdest title of any of my blog posts to date. Why? Because I’m writing about the time I ate one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes of all time not in Vietnam, but in… Brighton. Here’s what happened: When you live overseas, there’s almost always going to be something that you miss from home. For me, it was delicious homemade Vietnamese food (my Mum’s family are Vietnamese-Chinese and I have grown up living off Vietnamese food). One of the first things I did when I arrived in Cardiff was to Google search if there were any Vietnamese restaurants in the area (after three months in France without Vietnamese food, I was getting some intense cravings). There was only one result which was 1) in an area I had never heard of 2) I had no idea how to get to and 3) I am lazy and couldn’t …

Travelling home (Part 1): Cardiff to Paris

I can’t remember a time when I’ve dreaded saying goodbye so much. I’ve never been great with goodbyes, but having to say goodbye to my flatmates in Cardiff was literally one of the saddest and hardest things I’ve had to do in a while. It’s crazy to think that just over the course of four months I would consider these wonderful people my second family. After saying my goodbyes, I was in for a long and tiresome trek back home to Auckland. One coach ride, and three plane rides, I was in for three days of non-stop transits and travel. Cardiff to London: I left Cardiff just after midday on the coach to Heathrow Terminal 4. Just half an hour after leaving Cardiff, all my friends texted me telling me it had started snowing in Cardiff, so typical. I had been hoping for snow the entire time I’d been there. After a three and a half hour bus ride, and then a quick stint on the Heathrow Express, I arrived at Terminal 4 Heathrow, checked …

England: Bath and the Roman Baths

My biggest regret about going to Bath is NOT STAYING LONGER. Bath had been a bit of a stopover trip between us seeing the Stonehenge, to going to Brighton, so when we got to Bath we had 5 hours to explore. Since it had been a very spontaneous trip, we had no idea where to go and what to see, so first things first, we headed to the tourism office. When we got there we bought a ticket for the ‘Hop On, Hop Off’ buses that went around the main tourist sites. However, just as we were about to’ hop on’ one, we realised that the Roman Baths would close in a couple of hours and that was something we really wanted to see. So, we headed down to the Roman Baths. Bath is one of the prettiest places I’ve seen in England. I absolutely loved it there. It was very busy and bustling with life, but it didn’t seem huge and daunting like I sometimes find London. Because we spent so long at the …

London: New Year Treats

So whilst in London over the New Years period, I did a bad thing. I was already skint beyond belief, but somehow (and I honestly don’t know how,) I managed to buy a few treats for myself, while being cultural and also visiting museums. The sales were crazy, and had I been raking in a bit more money, I would have gone full-out crazy.My friend also introduced me to a store that I’d never gone to before, Brandy Melville, which I absolutely love. A few of the things there are “one size fits all,” which I don’t completely understand. But either way, there were a few really cool pieces there. So, here’s a few of the things I bought:   Cozy socks from GAP:  I wasn’t going into GAP to buy anything, and was just going in because my friend wanted to buy some jeans, however as soon as I saw these, I knew I had to have them, or I could give them as a present (seriously, you can buy me socks (as long …

2014: A Year of Adventures and Firsts

Saying goodbye to 2014 was hugely scary but also hugely exciting! I spent New Years Eve on the banks of the Thames in London  where, through the gaps between buildings I watched the beautiful fireworks display coming from the London Eye. It was a great way to spend NYE, despite freezing my butt off in the cold, and so surreal to have welcomed the coming year in London of all places!   Sometimes I forget that there was a whole six months before I left to go overseas. Just so much excitement and adventure has been jam-packed into the last few months that I’ve felt so overwhelmed and probably can’t fathom so much happening in such a short space of time. 2014 has been the year where I’ve felt I have gained so much more independence. Being away from home for so long on my own, fending for myself, language barriers, there have been so many times when I felt out of my comfort zone and for that I am so happy and grateful, as …

England: The Stonehenge

The day after we were officially done with uni for the year, my fellow kiwi flatmate and I decided to do a spontaneous little trip to a few spots across South England. Our first stop, (after leaving Cardiff in the early hours, perhaps still slightly drunk from the night before,) was by train to Salisbury, where we were going to catch a coach to The Stonehenge. Once we got dropped off at the tourism complex, we hopped on a little ‘land train’ up to see the Stonehenge with our complimentary audio-guides around our necks. We spent about an hour or so, listening to the audio guide and wandering around the area surrounding the beautiful stones. When we got there, there just so happened to be a group of Neo-Druids, performing a sun ritual (I think this is what I overheard a woman saying, I’m not 100% sure,) they were dressed in costumes you’d imagine Robin Hood would’ve worn and were chanting within the henge. It was a very strange but interesting thing to witness. Thoughts: …

Update: Studying Abroad

It has been just over three months since I have last written a blog post, but what an amazing three months it has been. At the end of September I packed up my suitcases and said goodbye to my life in France which had been such a wonderful experience and being able to spend such a lot of time with my family that I’ve only seen a handful of times in my life. Onto a train to Paris, on a plane to London and then onto a coach to Cardiff I hopped! It was so strange suddenly seeing signs in English, but when I arrived into Wales not only was it English, but Welsh too. I was a bundle of excitement and nervousness as I sat in the van that drove me to my flat. I knew one person who was going to be in my flat, so that calmed my nerves a bit. Arriving to the flat is a bit of blur for me. I was super flustered and hot from carrying my huge …

MY 2014 TRAVEL WISH-LIST IN PICTURES

SORRY. I’ve been having some trouble with the photographs in this post. It will be back to normal soon hopefully! While I don’t have the funds to do a big scale Europe trip this year there are still some small, very do-able trips that I’m hoping to do. So here is my 2014 Travel Wish-list in the form of pictures (N.B none of the photos below are mine). Dusseldorf, Germany Limoges, France Paris, France Split & Zagreb, Croatia Slovenia London, England Scotland Cardiff, Wales Pretty much all of these destinations have been confirmed, the only two that I’m unsure about at the moment is Croatia and Slovenia, but I am fairly certain we can make it work. I am so excited and it will be interesting to see whether I’m able to tick-off all the destinations on this wish-list, we shall see very soon. A