The very first place that I rented in London, after being an Au Pair, looked like a drug-den. I shared this tiny, broken hovel with four other people, not counting the various lovers/clients of the tattoo artist in the room next door to mine. When I went to the flat viewing I brought my friend Tash who was adamant I couldn’t live there. Even before we stepped into the flat there were warning signs that this wasn’t going to be a homely abode.Continue reading “First Time Renting in London”
When I was 21 I decided to backpack Europe.
It would be my first time there. My whole life I’d had romantic ideas of France, Italy, and Spain, dreaming of the food, the sights, and the accents. I had everything planned to the last second, and all documents printed and meticulously folded in my Mimco travel wallet. I had given myself an hour between landing in Paris and catching my train to Lyon where I would meet my friend at her apartment. On the 32-hour flight I applauded myself on how bohemian I was, so cultured, so independent… Germaine Greer would be so proud!
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Greece is a must-add to your bucket list. To begin with it is visually absolutely breathtaking. I could not get over the fact that it really looks like how they portray in the movies, and possibly better than the photos. The magnificent sun setting over Santorini’s glorious seaside mountains, and Mykonos’ perfect white and blue architecture kept me pinching myself and asking ‘is this real life’? Then there’s the food… which is on another level, and what you can get for your money is insane. You have not eaten tzatziki until you have eaten it in Greece…or perhaps in some little Melbourne side street that has the family secret. I spent 2 weeks exploring 5 different places within Greece, which I felt was a good amount of time; party hubs like Mykonos, and especially Ios, I could only handle for 3 nights, but Santorini I could stay and relax forever.
“Go to the beach and lie there all day”
How to get there:
- Bus: Catch an overnight bus to Paris for as cheap as 5 pounds. You go to sleep in London and wake up in Paris, Voilà! Biggest perk of this option is that you arrive right in the center of Paris so won’t waste much more time or money getting around.
- Train: Not as fast as a flight but will get you to the center of Paris in around 2 and a half hours.
- Flight: About the same costs as a train, the flight itself can be cheap but you will waste a lot of time and money getting to the airport on both sides.
Stockholm is a beautiful city, especially in winter time as it snows, but only lightly, covering the tall inner-city trees in a magical white frost and framing the elegant water that travels through the city.
– Go to the elaborate Christmas markets on every corner and buy copious amounts of glögg (Swedish mulled wine… yuummaaaayyy)
– Visit the adorable café ‘Sturekatten’ filled with cosey antique furniture, and enjoy some fika (what the Swedish call going for coffee and cake…. And these people know good cake… and pastries)
– Walk through Humlegarden and enjoy the beauty of this park in the city center