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A Diary

MY ESSENTIAL TRAVEL APPS/WEBSITES

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  • Go Euro : I used this EVERY time I booked my transport within Europe. If you want to travel a lot for a long time you need to be smart about finding the cheapest form of transport, because this is the area I see so many people stupidly blow so much money on just because they didn’t do enough research. Also- don’t just click ‘round trip’ in your search, research the best price to get there and back separately and then compare it to a’ round trip’ deal, because a lot of the time the ‘deals’ won’t be as good as what I find on my own. Go Euro shows you the cheapest flights, buses and trains. Buses are usually the cheapest and I cannot recommend taking an overnight bus enough, as it saves on a night’s accommodation and you get to see some amazing countryside. Euro lines and FLIXBUS are extremely reliable, on time, and more comfortable than a flight with Wi-Fi, TVs, and your own power points to charge your phone.
    http://www.goeuro.co.uk/

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MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE MALE AND FEMALE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP

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VEGETARIANISM/VEGANISM

veg.jpgI became a vegetarian for a number of reasons. I don’t really like red meat so it was an easy progression. Health purposes. Environmental reasons. Ethical reasons mainly based around the way animals are killed for manufacturing. Continue reading “VEGETARIANISM/VEGANISM”

GETTING FIRED

261A1647.jpgLast week I got fired. I have never been fired before. And it was from a waitressing job, not like a special, head supervisor, managerial, backflip performing waitress job. Just a waitress. Continue reading “GETTING FIRED”

WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP

261A1920.jpgWell… I thought I wanted to be a performer, hence the life of music, singing, acting and dance lessons, followed by the Musical Theatre degree. But now I’m in London, where it’s all happening and I’m hardly even getting auditions let alone the actual jobs! Well not auditions for the gritty acting/political theatre/tear-jerking ballad stuff that I want, it’s all tits and ass stuff where you’re required to wear drag-queen makeup, fake tan every visible inch of your body (which should be practically everything) and sing Whitney Houston hits (NO SAD SONGS ALLOWED) like you’re high, and if you fail to comply YOU WILL BE CUT. What am I doing? And why will nobody give me a chance!? It is such a cruel industry and yet I love it so damn much.

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LONDON

261A2490.jpgI always loved the idea of living in London, and when I finally started to live here I had this overwhelming sense that this was the city I am supposed to live in right now. The fact that it is so close to Europe is a huge contributing factor to my love for this city but it’s also the history, the architecture, the multiculturalism, the art and culture, and the fact there is always something to do. But I’m not going to lie and say it’s all been wonderful, because it hasn’t. London is a bitch. She likes to seduce you with all her wonders and then stab you in the back and slowly twist the knife. In a city that is so crowded, sometimes the feeling of loneliness is unbearable. Generally I love that you have to hussle to survive in this city, but when the homesickness strikes, I can’t believe how cold and cruel this society can actually be. But I am determined to not let her beat me and swallow me up like so many other dreamers before me. I remind myself that these dips are temporary and if you push through it you come out stronger, and a little bit closer to making London your bitch instead.

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EUROPEAN FESTIVALS (YAY)

San Fermin
(aka Running of the Bulls festival)

  • WHERE: Pamplona, Spain
  • WHAT: Drink Sangria all day and night, dance, PARTY, and watch the awful but age-old tradition of man racing bull and man torturing bull.
  • DRESS: All white so you can be sprayed with sangria and look like Carrie (The horror film character)
  • STAY: Either book an air bnb a year in advance with friends or camp with a tour company. I went with Busabout who I had a great experience with. Jus don’t vomit on their bus or you will have to pay the Spew Fee (oops).
  • NOTES: This is also where I had my first phone stolen (or perhaps I lost it in my drunkenness) so BEWARE. I recommend not even taking a phone into the festival as you wont find reception-just latch yourself to your friends or find new ones!

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TRAVELING SOLO (AND AS A GIRL)

261A1620Most of my travels through Europe I organized with old and new friends but there were some parts that I was turning up to a new city completely alone, not knowing a soul (much to the disapproval of my parents). I know that people say this is dangerous and asking for trouble or just downright lonely but I honestly think it is the most character building experience you can give yourself and I am so proud I had the courage to do it. Not only did I have to learn to be extremely organized and savvy but I also made so many new friends, from all over the world (not just Australian although most of my backpacking friends were, you cant escape us!) who I have kept in contact with a year on and caught up with whenever we are in the same city. I highly recommend doing at least some traveling alone but here’s my advice before you do it:

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ORGANISING TO TRAVEL FOR A YEAR

trav.jpgThroughout 2015-2016 I traveled around Europe almost continuously and a lot of people have been asking me questions about how I did it. Continue reading “ORGANISING TO TRAVEL FOR A YEAR”

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