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Sygic travel – your pocket travel companion

When you spend as much time as I do on short layovers, you don’t want to waste days figuring out what to do. Sometimes I make a split-second decision to accompany my husband somewhere. When I went to Warsaw,…

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A night out at Mina Brasserie

I’m no food expert. Let’s make that perfectly clear. I like to eat, but I’m not a connoisseur. If anything, I’m slightly picky, which tends to keep me from the really exotic foods on offer here in Dubai. I’m…

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Preparing yourself to work in Dubai

I would be the first to admit that I might not be the best person to write this post. I’ve only worked in the region for about nine months, and I’m sure there are others who are much more…

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Melancholy City

Next to our front door, there are two small postcards in black frames. I bought the postcards in the Singer building in St. Petersburg. One of them is an ink drawing of a seagull wearing a sailor hat, next…

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A very Dubai Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria

The Dubai brunch. It is a ex-pat mainstay, and every weekend you can find Brits-abroad getting tipsy and embarrassing themselves in public. They are expensive, rowdy, and they can get messy fast. We not really brunch people.  However, it…

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Two days in Madrid

We arrived in Madrid about 1PM, after catching the high speed AVE train from Barcelona. By the way, I’d highly recommend the train service over flying. For some weird reason, the day of our trip, it was only 5…

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Beat the VAT – fly and buy

Having access to international travel on a regular basis does have some advantages. One of these is bringing back tasty treats (as well as useful household items) from overseas. Remember, hold on to your receipts, just in case. Alcohol…

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(Nearly) a year in Dubai

In 2016, I visited Hiroshima. It is amazing that there is a modern city of Hiroshima at all, given what happened there during World War Two. I knew relatively little about the atomic bomb attack before my visit. When…

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48 hours in Barcelona

Spain was never been top of my list for visiting. There isn’t any reason why not – it might just be that I don’t know a lot about the country. Spanish history is a topic that has evaded me…

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How I spent my winter vacation

Okay, so I didn’t really get a winter vacation. I had three days off over Christmas, and I just spent five days in Spain. Apart from that, I worked right through. But, after my earlier post – How I…

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24 hours in Vienna

To finish off 2017, all I wanted to do was to visit a Christmas market in Europe… namely, Vienna. The ones at the St. Regis in Dubai really didn’t cut it. To have some snow would have been the…

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Dubai Miracle Garden

I really didn’t want to like this place. The photos of it looked terrible. A friend had told me it would take 30 minutes max. But admittedly, I really like gardens. There aren’t really any beautiful gardens here in…

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2017 Travel – the Ultimate Ranking

In 2017, I visited 20 countries. I have been very, very lucky. I live in hope, but I really doubt there will be another year where I can travel as much as I did in 2017. Anyway, I decided…

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Quick 8 Café and Restaurant Reviews

As I haven’t had much time to write lately, I’ve got a bit of a backlog of food and dining reviews to get through! Below are some quick thoughts on the places I have visited lately, most of which…

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Two days in Oslo

Oslo, much like Iceland, felt like home. It is probably the city that feels the most like Wellington, my hometown in New Zealand. It’s small and manageable. It’s based on a harbour. It has fantastic food and drink. What…