A Bucket list


Do you have a ‘bucket list‘?

I’ve thought of making one…Actually, I’ve probably even been doing this subconsciously for a while.

There are a few things that jump to mind for mine straight away:

Prague

Prague…3 trips to Europe and I never made it there, even though BEFORE my last 2 trips I was certain I would. I WILL get there, and it will be amazing!

Writing a book. Yes, I’ve collaborated in ebooks, but call me old-fashioned. I still love print…paper…hard copies…real books. I will write one, oh yes, I will write one.

See one of my favourite bands – The Foo Fighters – live in concert. The tickets arrived in the mail yesterday! WOOH. 

The Foo Fighters

Live in France. I have a dream, and it involves living in a château, or an apartment, in France…one of my visions for the dream is to live as a writer in an apartment in Paris. The other – well, it yearns for the peace, beauty and serenity of the countryside (and even if it’s a month, I’m going to classify that as ‘living’, as I will completely encompass myself in the surroundings, the food, the culture, the wine, the lifestyle…).

Visit the Pyramids in Egypt. I know they are highly glamourised, and will not be anything like they are described in the history books I studied as a teenager, but I still believe that they will be amazing. I mean, I was awestruck by Stonehenge and the Coliseum – and they are very touristy. I think Egypt and the Pyramids would blow me away.

The Pyramids, Egypt

I know there are other things that could be added to my list – but at the moment I can’t think of anything apart from places I want to visit…of which I will blame on my itchy feet!

What makes your bucket list?

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Embarking on a European Adventure (2008)


This is in exert from the start of a travel journal I wrote in 2008. I have many travel journals and hope to use them to create my own book one day.

The countdown is on – only two sleeps until we fly out. 

It’s been exactly three years since I returned to my home town, Perth, from my 9 1/2 month adventure in Europe and UK – the stress of running out of money in Europe, the insanity of working and living in a crazy English pub which at times was cut off from civilisation due to floods, meeting some not-to-nice people, whilst also making some fabulous long term friends and getting to know my beautiful English family.  

I ended up skulking home not really wanting to return to Perth – but knowing that I needed to come home, and that I was doing the right thing (damn my conscience!).  I hadn’t planned to be ‘home’ long, I know that much.  I had come home to see my family, and to deal with what I had left behind – a lovestruck boy whom had waited patiently for me whilst I had gone off ‘to find myself’.

The strangest things happen when you least expect it…life, love, living…

 

Us near Wembley Stadium, England

Three years later and I am FINALLY heading back to Europe, be it only for 4 1/2 weeks.  This time I’m heading over there with my sister, Eloise, and my ‘new’ partner Denis in tow. What makes this really exciting is that they are ‘virgins’. Denis has only been to Bali, and Eloise hasn’t even been out of the country.  It’s so very exciting. 

I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when we land in Roma (after we have initially gotten over the jet lag, over-tiredness, and the wanting to kill each other stage).

I also can’t wait to see my English family again.  I miss them so much.  And my friends…It’s really hard having your best friends scattered around the world, and not within reach in the same town.  It does give you even more of a reason to get out there and see the world though!  

But most of all I can’t wait to walk the streets of Roma, rediscovering the ruins, losing my breath viewing ‘la pieta’ and the Cistine Chapel once again.  And then exploring the food, art and people of Paris – the one place in the world I have felt most alive.  

Monday Photo-Day: Paris


To me, Paris is the most beautiful, magical city that I have had the pleasure of visiting so far – even after my third visit.

Therefore I choose Paris as my theme for today – in particular the trip I did in 2008 for my 30th, with my partner and my sister.

Eiffel tower

Arc de Triomphe

Paris cityscape

Paris cemetery

If you have a favourite picture of Paris, why not share – either via my blog, or via a blog post of your own!

10 Random Things About Me


I admit it. I’m being lazy this week, rolling out the list posts! It’s because I want to post, but my brain and my fingers seem to not be communicating very well to each other to string together words and ideas. I promise I’ll get back into some ‘proper’ posting soon, but in the meantime, here’s 10 random things about me!

Sis & I in Paris

  1. I’m the oldest of 5. I have a brother who is 29, a sister who is 25, and a half-brother and sister – although I don’t like to refer to them as ‘half’. I think it makes it sound like they aren’t as special, so I choose to drop the reference to half. They are all my brothers and sisters, and I love them. And then there is my sister-in-law. Same deal – drop the ‘in-law’ – she’s my sister (she has red hair so she fits right in).
  2. My partner is Anglo-Indian, and introduced me to curry. I now love curry and eat it like I am Indian. My stomach comes from an English-Australian background, and grew up on a diet of meat and veg. For the last 5 years it has handled the curry eating exceptionally well, until now. It’s a sad state of affairs.
  3. My favourite place in the world is Paris. I think it is the most magical, beautiful, romantic city in the world, and it entrances me every time I go there.
  4. I never wanted to live in Australia, until now. I have spent most of my life trying to escape, to suddenly find that I am at home where I live. Interesting epiphany.
  5. Now, no matter what anyone tells you, us Aussies don’t generally grow up with pet kangaroos. The exception to the rule being my family. We had a pet kangaroo when I was little. Seriously. We had her from when she was a joey, as her mum had died. Unfortunately she grew really fast and we had to move her to our grandparents farm so she could live out her life there.
  6. I LOVE salt and vinegar crisps. I’ve told my partner time and time again to not buy them, as if I find them in the cupboard, I will be forced to eat them. The thought of them makes me salivate. I can’t control myself. I also have a weakness for hot chips. That salad I had for lunch is really paling into comparison now…
  7. I still have almost all of the stuffed toys from my childhood. I will never throw them out. At the moment, they are banished to a storage box, the wardrobe and the ‘back room’ – but they will be free again one day. Oh yes they will…
  8. My favourite movie is the french film ‘Amelie‘. This movie never fails to cheer me up. I love the quirkiness of the characters, and the way that it is shot to appeal to all of your senses. It is such a beautiful film which I believe captures the innocence and beauty of people and life.
  9. I will always be a rock chick, even though I have mellowed in my old age, now choose to listen to pop and dance music, and am with a guy who loves R’n’B. I will always cherish experiencing Metallica live in concert with my brother, especially in the days of the ‘Black’ album and the snake pit, and I still love to secretly rock out to Guitar Hero.
  10. I used to be a gym junkie, so much so that if I didn’t work out, I would feel really out-of-sorts. In order to break myself of this addiction, I went cold turkey. I’ve now been cold turkey for about 13 months. It may be about time I got back into something again as I’m feeling slightly lumpy…