After spending most of June apart, Dave and I decided to take a mini stay-cation to the Isle of Wight. As it was only a 15 minute hovercraft ride across the sea it seemed like a great choice (plus it was supposed to have some of the area’s best hiking and I was pretty eager to try out my new hiking boots).
I’ll back up a minute.
Yes, I said hovercraft. Portsmouth is the only place in the world that has a public hovercraft that essentially flies its passengers from Southsea to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. I wont pretend it wasn’t cool. It was a pretty neat way to start our little mini-break. Continue reading Isle of Wight – Hiking the Coastal Path
When I first started doing my research for Amsterdam the overwhelming consensus (online and from friends) was that Amsterdam is awesome but the food scene sucked.
As a foodie, I found this both disappointing and a bit hard to believe, with Amsterdam being such a large, cultural city. So, I dug a little bit deeper and, with the help Google and Trip Advisor, was able to put these bad food rumours to bed. Continue reading Eating My Way Through Amsterdam
Well, October came and went and with it so did the lovely Alyssa Paterson. After getting a little turned around, I found her at a quaint little cafe located just off of a very rainy Budapest street. It had been almost a year since we’d last seen each other, so obviously, there was lots of excited loudness as we caught up over hot chocolate and lattes. Continue reading Thunder Bay Meets Budapest
Well, I’ve been in Europe for just about 2 months now and I’ve been pretty busy! I hung out in Stroud, moved into my flat in Portsmouth, been to London 3 times and even found the time to do a 10 day adventure with Alyssa to Eastern Europe (blog posts to come). And on top of all of that I also did all my immigration stuff (registered with the NHS, got a bank account, got a NI number) and even found myself a job!
And yet somehow, even with all that going on, I also managed to tick an item off my bucket list which has pretty much been on it since day one: Stonehenge. Continue reading Stonehenge!
Well, I’ve been here a couple of weeks so I figured it was time to update my blog on my first impressions of jolly ol’ England. I’ve decided to break it down into my favourite things, lease favourite things and then general Portsmouth thoughts.
So here we go! Continue reading England – First Impressions
Well, the last 30 days really have been a whirlwind. I left my job at Goway after 5 years, packed up my apartment and went road tripping with my Momma across Ontario to Thunder Bay for 10 days of visiting before jetting across the Atlantic.
I’ve got to say, leaving home the afternoon of the 9th of September brought on all the feels. It wasn’t quite the same as 8 years ago when my family took me to the airport to bid me farewell for my year away in Australia. This felt different. I am different. And the situations I am leaving behind is completely changed. Leaving was harder this time and there was a lots of tears. Continue reading Here We Go!
Well, it’s official – in September I’m moving to the UK.
Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
I’m really starting to get super excited about it. Living in the UK has always been something I kind of meant to do, but never really got around to. It was my original plan for my year abroad which I did about 100 years ago, but ended up in Australia instead.
Well, this year’s the year! And it’s a good thing really because it’s also the last year I can easily go (gotta get that working holiday visa before you’re 31). Though, I must admit, that the fact that my eligibility is about to expire isn’t my main motivation for heading to the land of fish and chips. Continue reading I Predict More Rain in My Future