Erste Woche: the honest truth

So it’s been a week and despite having the privilege of basking in an empty house while my host family work and study, there have been a few testing things to get to grips with. 1). Language is the most obvious point that springs to mind. The past few days have brutally demonstrated to me…

Willkommen in Deutschland!

I am sat in my new German bedroom, which bursts with IKEA furniture, eyeing a 300g Milka bar and contemplating Anmeldung. So here is a quick run down of the past few days. This is my third day in Berlin and although I am deliriously tired and incredibly overwhelmed, I have to say it’s going…

Tasmania in twenty photos

The week I spent in Tasmania was easily one of the most magical times I had in Australia. Almost every week was incredible, but the combination of perfect weather, a brilliant tour group and places that just blew you away, made Sarah and I not want to leave at all. For this trip, we did…

An Aussie Christmas (via hospital)

Now that I can’t get much further behind on my blog I reckon I really really need to catch up. Where to begin? It’s been an eventful few months, in which I’ve been overnight to hospital, the Blue Mountains and Newcastle. This blog post can be the story of my surprise appendectomy, the day before…

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Lauren and I went to Featherdale on a Saturday a few weeks ago, and were literally squealing when we saw the koalas and kangeroos! I have some awesome videos of the koalas being really active, but think I need to set up a YouTube account to be able to put the video on my blog….

A horsey weekend

By random coincidence I ended up both going to the races and watching Katy ride at her pony club jamboree last weekend! Fran, Hannah and I went to Rosehill racecourse, which is just near to Parramatta. It was a prett cloudy and cool day, not least because the day before it hit 40 degrees. We…

November 6th in Sydney

Yesterday was a bit of an exciting adventure for A and I, as we went to our first Gymbaroo class together. Gymbaroo is essentially a movement class designed to aid a child’s development. When we arrived I filled in an enrolment form and then A was given a bib to wear, which had both of…

Hitting the East Coast backpacking trail

I was so incredibly lucky to have the time to go and visit Queensland last week and really I’m still feeling overwhelmed by all the places I saw and things I experienced. I was so exhausted at the beginning of the trip and just as worn out afterwards! I slept on every single flight and…

Sydney Olympic Park

Here’s a quick update to say what I’ve been up to and where I’m off to next! Last Thursday I went to the Olympic Park and hired a bike to cycle round. I went on my own, but it wasn’t lonely, I’m used to spending lots of time in my own head now. And I…

Noodles, new friends and nice views

On the other side of the world to the rest of your life, it’s pretty special when you meet people who you instantly get on with and you feel like you would around your own friends with them. Last week little boy got an ear infection which wasn’t nice as it upset his eating and…

Au pair: month one

It has been four weeks since I began taking care of two little boys. What have I been up to? introductions to new people make bottles for little boy play with big boy move to a new house change nappies live with great people set up new accounts and run errands at a mall go…

A trip to Townsville

When you travel from Sydney to Townsville, the distance is similar to that between the UK and Africa. Australia is so vast and it never ceases to amaze and baffle me! Last week my host family made the journey up to Townsville to visit relatives and I was lucky that they took me with them….