Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sydney Baby

After 22 hours in the air - I have arrived. After a lot of stressing and lack of sleep, it all worked out fine. No baggage losses, no problems with immigration and no long delays. So far, so good.

For two weeks I'll be back in Sydney before me and my boyfriend make the move to New Zealand.

This is a time of getting my shit together, spending time with a loved one, taking a trip down memory lane and hopefully, writing a few post about my latest travel experiences. But at this very moment I'm enjoying a Latte in the sun, remembering why I love this city.

However, if you're really missing me, head over to Drops of Elixir and read my guest posts The Wonderland of Oz and an open letter to my pre-travel self.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Preparing for Launch

This morning I took this picture.  With a fresh coat of snow, England is looking beautiful and a bit like Narnia - minus the lion.  Or perhaps I'm already looking through rose tinted glasses.  After a perfect weekend involving a fantastic friend and my super-duper family, it's easy to see its appeal.
And now that I've finished working the nine to five, my Monday morning certainly felt a lot brighter.

But go I must.  In a week and a half I'll be making my way to the Southern Hemisphere and I've a lot to organise.  To a normal person, this is no biggy. However, to a procrastinating dreamer like myself, filling out forms, sorting out appointments and carefully packing up my life is a little tricky.

No matter how much time I have to prepare, I cannot help but leave 95% of the details of travel until the final hour.  Oh what joys this preparation week will bring.

At all times, I must tell myself the following

"...I must not waste my week watching CSI. I must not waste my week watching CSI. I must not waste my week watching CSI..."

Honestly, most days I wonder how I'll make it out of the house.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Five reasons why I love Vanuatu

It's no secret that my fragile little mind was blown away by Vanuatu.  here's a few reasons why.

1. Volcanoes. Whether its the splendour of mount Yusar (above), a lava pit on Ambrym or the extinct volcanoe of Ureparpara, I have never experienced such a show of mother natures As the ground shook with every explosion, all I could think was how fragile our existence is.Geology certainly does 'rock.'

2. Creatures of the sea. Turtles, whales, dolphins and dugongs all inhabit this part of the world. Excluding the dugong, I was fortunate to see the others in abundance.

3.  Beautiful people. There may have been exceptions, but on the whole, Vanuatans were warm and friendly to us travellers.

4. Mystical Jungle.

5. Outriggers. Best form of transport. Ever. Instead of riding their bikes around the estate, kids will cruise the waters on these bad boys.

So if you're planning on a trip to the South Pacific, be very careful.  Falling in love with Vanuatu is very easy, you may never want to leave.

Friday, 1 February 2013

In January...

Dear January 2013,
                Its not you, it's me. Oh no wait it is you. You're depressing, tight with money and drag on and on and on. A terrible rebound choice for getting over Christmas.  I'm leaving you January. February isn't much prettier, but at least it'll be over quickly and in time for spring.

Spent Most Time; Getting frustrated with the National Health Service. Praying for for my NZ visa and working the 9-5.  A few visits around the south east of England (Canterbury, London town) but most 'travel' involved the drive to work.

Mostly Watching; Game of thrones season one.  Its lord of the rings meets Rome.


Biily Bragg's 'new England.'

Reading; Finished reading When we were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro.  His style of writing is beautiful, and yet something with the story development just didn't grab me. Now reading Storm Warning by Jack Higgins.  An adventure story involving a tall ship during the second world war, what's not to love?

Activities; Walking through the snow! So glad I got to see some snow before I leave.

Eating;  Corker Sausages. A locally produced sausage from Kent, I've yet to find better anywhere else on the globe.

Drinking: Really getting back into my Tea drinking. Milk, one sugar please.

Wearing: I got a 'Snood' for Christmas and I love it. Probably beacause I think the word 'Snood' is funny.

Resolution Update;  I thought it would be a good idea to add this into my monthly updates, so I can keep track of my progress. If you want an explanation, please click here.

The hair - finally got it cut. Took about an inch off (which is two in curly hair speak) and have been using sulfate/silicone free products. So far so good.

The head - As I've mostly been in a state of hibernation, spending has been o.k.  The major things I've bought are related to New Zealand (i.e plane ticket).

The heart - well this needs work. Have not sent any letters or large emails to people. However I've been  spending time with the family, so I'm going to put it as a win.

Until next time, so long January...

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