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My 101 Unique Travel Eats: Food Bucket List

I’ve seen quite a few bloggers do this over the past few months and I thought now that I have time I might as well see how well I do. I’m not expecting much, seeing as I’m definitely not the world explorer I hope to be, but here’s trying. The original list was compiled by Dealchecker called “Food Bucket List: 101 Unique Travel Eats“. Let’s see how I go: #9: Share a traditional Thanksgiving feast with family and friends in America, carved Turkey and pumpkin pie included. Try to break the wishbone and win so you can make a wish! Half a point– I shared a Thanksgiving feast with friends from America while we were in Cardiff. My neighbour’s parents came over from the States and cooked the two flats a delicious Thanksgiving feast and yes, pumpkin pie included! #10: Nibble a French crepe under the Eiffel Tower in the devastatingly romantic city of Paris, the most visited city in the world. One point– This was a thing, and I did it! Nutella and banana anyone? …

City in a Snapshot: Paris (4 Day Itinerary)

By no means am I an expert on Paris, but after a few quick trips and a few visits to some of the more famous and touristy attractions, I thought I’d compile a 4 day Paris itinerary for anyone who is going to Paris for the first time, with limited time and knowledge. I’m one of those people who is always really interested in seeing where and what people do in places where I’ve been as well, so if you’ve been to Paris, I’d love to know what you did or would recommend. Here are a few suggestions on what to do and what to see, based on what I’ve done during my past few trips. Unfortunately I can’t recommend any good places to stay as I have almost always stayed with a local, apart from the time I stayed close to the CDG airport between flights. While I’ve been a few times, every time has been a 5 days or under trip, so I’m used to trying to get as much done as possible. …

75 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching Fifty Shades of Grey

The other night I went to watch the very widely spoken about, Fifty Shades of Grey with two of my friends. Having read the book I definitely wasn’t expecting much, but felt like it was one of those obligatory films you have to see in the cinema, just to say you’ve seen it. I’m not going to bother with a proper film review, so instead, inspired by some similar posts I’ve seen on Buzzfeed, here are some of the thoughts that were going through my head (and also escaping from my mouth to the ears of my friends,) during the film. *SPOILERS AHEAD* OH NO. That lip biting is going to piss me off during the whole film, I can just tell. Kristin Stewart much? Okay, I’m so going to be ‘Twilight’ spotting throughout this whole movie. Of course she drives a rundown VW, they always drive those. Wow, everyone was so right, that secretary looks exactly like Jamie King… How is that NOT Jamie King? God that fall was absolute cringe. Hi Jamie Dornan. …

Living the Student Life: Tips

Despite the fact that I’m nearly starting my third year of university, it wasn’t until a few months ago that I was able to experience the ‘real’ student life Going to university in Auckland and already living in Auckland meant that living at home with my parents was a whole lot easier and cheaper, and it is pretty much the normal thing to do if you’re already a JAFA (just another fucking Aucklander; apparently the rest of New Zealand hate us). This resulted in me staying at home all the time studying and watching television shows instead of socialising with the rest of the world. I was in my own little bubble most of the time. Living in a flat with 7 other people, all but one who I had never seen or spoken to in my entire life was definitely a new and exciting experience, and it was honestly the best experience, EVER. Naturally, over the past few months I’ve discovered some things that work better than others, so I thought I’d compile them in a list for …

My Travel Bucket-List: Revisited| How well did I do?

Oh dear, here we go! Before embarking on my big 7 month trip to Europe I set myself a few goals that I wanted to achieve. Now today, I’m going to review them and see how well I actually did. I’m not feeling too optimistic guys…  Be able to hold a basic conversation in French: Because I’m going to be staying in France for around 3 months with an Aunt who knows limited-no English, I’m hoping that this will force me to use what little French I know and develop it a whole heap more. -Unfortunately, I don’t think I can tick this one off. While my understanding of French has definitely improved, my spoken French is still abysmal. I can form sentences in my head that I think make sense, but I think it was a combination of nerves that prevented me from actually speaking them aloud. This is still something I really want to improve before I go back.  Try 9 new foods/dishes: I’m usually quite an adventurous eater, I’ll give almost everything …

My Travel Bucket List (2014/15)

Okay, so I don’t think this bucket-list is going to be incredibly adventurous, but my excuse is; it’s my first BIG independent trip. These are not in any particular order, but are just some of my goals and hopes for this upcoming trip.  Be able to hold a basic conversation in French: Because I’m going to be staying in France for around 3 months with an Aunt who knows limited-no English, I’m hoping that this will force me to use what little French I know and develop it a whole heap more! Try 9 new foods/dishes: I’m usually quite an adventurous eater, I’ll give almost everything a go. The only thing I’ve not been able to eat has been chicken feet at Yum Cha. If I was in another country and that was one of their traditional foods I’d totally eat it, at the moment though, not really my cuppa tea.  And why 9 foods you ask? Just simply because 9 is my lucky number. Make friends with people from at least 5 different countries: …

FASHION WISH-LIST| March 2014

Update: Sorry guys, a lot of the images aren’t showing up anymore because I had just linked them in from websites, so that’s why there are a quite a few corrupted images! At the moment, new clothes and shoes are strictly in the “look, but don’t touch” box, otherwise my savings for my trip would go down the drain. If I was super rich though, here’s what I’d buy this month: SHOES: Shoes always get first mention because I love with them. The three shoes on my wish-list are all Windsor Smith shoes (surprise, surprise,) and I am hoping to get at least two pairs before going overseas (I am so sad that they don’t have Windsor Smith in Hong Kong… to my knowledge). 1. HAVEN If I could buy one item out of this whole blog post, it would most definitely be these! As soon as I saw Windsor Smith preview them I knew I had to get them! I can just imagine stomping around Cardiff in these through the winter months. Love! Love! …

My Tech Travel Lifesavers | March 2014

Planning for trips can be one of the most exciting things to do, but it can also be super stressful. Below are some of my favourite travel apps and websites that have been lifesavers and have made this whole trip planning experience super organised and enjoyable! In no particular order: Skyscanner: This is the best way to check out all the best deals for flights from anywhere, toanywhere. It gives you all the flight details (connection flights, waiting times,) on the website and is then able to direct you to the right place to buy the tickets. There are plenty of options to customise your search, making it the perfect flight finder. Trip Advisor: This website it THE BEST way to find everything you need to have a good time while away. The website gives visitors options for the best accommodation, activities, attractions, landmarks and places to eat, each with customisable options within these categories. All the advice is based off reviews from real people. You are able to read reviews left by people who …

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