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The Best Travel Reads

As you have probably seen from my previous book review posts, I have an interesting array of taste in books. I’ve looked online at various websites listing travel reads, and most of them don’t appeal to me. Nearly every list is the same! I guess I expected a bit more variety. Good travel writing has […]

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Something I never thought I’d be interested in visiting… the salt mines! Wieliczka Salt Mine is a popular day trip from Krakow, Poland. Many trips to Auschwitz are, oddly, teamed up with a trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine. I booked a tour of both. If you’ve read my blog on visiting Auschwitz, you’ll know my […]

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Akiba Dori

My favourite cuisine is Japanese. I love it. No matter where I am in the world, I always seek out Japanese food. What you end up with runs the gauntlet from awful to amazing. Luckily, my recent experience at Akiba Dori in Dubai fell on the positive end of the spectrum. I’ve wanted to visit […]

Stuff You Should Know Podcast

Stuff You Should Know Podcast

If you travel as much as I do, you’re going to need something to amuse you on all those long flights. While I’m lucky enough to often travel in business class, the movies are always the same. The TV shows are still three years old. After awhile, you grow pretty sick of staring at that […]

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Visiting Kapiti Island

Earlier this month, we decided to take a trip to Kapiti Island (Kapiti), a nature reserve off the coast of Paraparaumu, New Zealand. Now, I have actually visited Kapiti before. If you were a child that attended school on the Kapiti Coast, a visit is basically part of your curriculum. My sister went with her […]

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The Fate of the Romanovs

In the middle of the night in July 1917, Nicholas II of Russia, his wife Alexandra, their four daughters and one son, members of their household staff, and various pets were led down to the basement of Ipatiev house. They complied happily with this action, believing they were either about to have their photo taken, […]

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Business Class – What is it Really Like?

For most people, business class remains a bit of a mystery. I know I used to wonder exactly what went on up the pointy end, and whether it was worth all of that fuss. Long story short? For long haul travel, it really is. I won’t get into the details, but I am one of […]

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Irini Savva

Recently, I was lucky enough to have Irini Savva approach me, looking for assistance with her website and branding (subtle plug – if you are looking for a web and graphic designer, check out my portfolio!). I loved working with Irini to develop her new site. I asked her could share a little bit of […]

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A Day in Toledo

Our day in Toledo started with a train trip through the fog. Very, very dense fog. We’d only decided to take a trip to Toledo whilst on the high speed train to Madrid the previous day, and done a quick google for day trips from the city. After boarding our local train at 8AM, bound […]

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Four Tips for Planning a City Break

A city break is a fantastic way to explore a new place in just a few days. You can soak up the culture, visit attractions and, of course, try new food! City breaks are perfect if you don’t have a huge budget or amount of time for travelling, but you want to do something more […]

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24 Hours in Beijing, China

Beijing is busy.  I know, that seems like an overwhelmingly obvious statement to make. It is a city of 22 million people, nearly five times the population of New Zealand. I’ve been to Shanghai several times, and visited Nanjing. But nothing prepared me for the masses of people we were to experience in Beijing. We […]

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Create Your Own Watercolor Map Art

I like painting. I’m not a great painter, or even a good painter. But, under the right circumstances, I find painting very therapeutic. Most of all, I love being able to give people my ‘art’ – even if it is pretty simple. There is nothing lovelier than seeing something you have made hanging in the […]

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Guest Post: Baby on Board (Tips for Sailing with a Baby!)

This guest post is brought to you by 45 Degrees Sailing, a sailing business based in Split, Croatia and run by two New Zealanders, Nick and Mahina Hathaway. Visit their website at http://www.45degreessailing.com for more information, video logs or to book a trip! And before you get excited, no. Not for us! For our boat! […]

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Quick 8 Cafe 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 offer an Emirates Platinum discount. Check out my Quick 8 Cafe and Restaurant Reviews! Maison Mathis, Arabian […]

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Exploring the Kazimierz District, Krakow

One of the many surprises of my trip to Krakow was finding that much of the city escaped unscathed during World War Two. My visit to Warsaw had revealed a city devastated by the war, and I was expecting Krakow to be the same. I was wrong. I was completely surprised to find a mainly […]

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Living Nature – NZ Skincare

Living in Dubai has opened up a world of new possibilities in terms of health and beauty. It seems to be a huge industry here – beauty blogging is big business, and getting plastic surgery is widely accepted. However, finding organic beauty and skin products is a little more difficult. That is why I was […]

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Visiting Flanders Fields, Belgium

I recently visited Bruges for the weekend with my friend Anita, and I loved it. Bruges is a quaint little town – touristy, but not overrun with people, with excellent food, beautiful buildings and lots of charm. However, I didn’t go to Bruges just to visit the town. I went to visit the battlefields of […]

Dubai Love

Dubai Love

When I first arrived in Dubai, all I wanted was some art to brighten up our walls. Sure, I’d brought some prints and paintings from home, but it would be nice to find something with a local flavor. Easy, right? Not so quickly! I did a quick google for local prints and pictures, but was […]

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