Archive | November, 2011

Ushuaia. About as far south as you can get. Or perhaps not…

30 Nov

Aaagh, ooh, aaaghhh. This, bloody, hurts. Am painfully tottering through B.A´s domestic airport, in women´s shoes, as you do, and I´m beginning to wonder whether this really was such a good idea…

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5 things I learnt in Buenos Aires

27 Nov
  1. Pack. Lightly. Unless you gift your clothes to the cleaners often.
  2. Always carry tissues – toilet paper is scarce.
  3. My natural instinct is to go in the completely wrong direction.  Every.  Single.  Time.
  4. If you have to ask, you should do it. (ie. do I need a clean shirt, should I wear thongs in the shower?).
  5. Check the seat is attached before sitting down. This being learnt first-hand after a fair few bumps on the head from flying off toilet seats and a choice bruise after falling through a plastic chair. Ah, just another day in the life.

x kel

Using our skill sets in Buenos Aires

27 Nov

As outlined in the ‘About Us’ section of this blog, trip planning is meant to be my forte, MC navigation.  However, after a series of interesting events during our stay in BA, not quite sure I’d be awarded an A+  so far.

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Buenos Aires: we came, we saw, we walked.

27 Nov

BA is a really enormous city and as such the areas are quite distinctive.  The main ones are:

Microcenter (where we stayed the first three nights) – this is typical of any heart of a city – busy, jam-packed and a bit grubby.

San Telmo & La Boca – south of the centre, hippie areas with lots of character. They’re known for their antique stores, tango and big weekend markets. Some parts of La Boca are dangerous though.

Retiro, Recoleta & Palermo – north of the centre and are home to the upscale museums, shops and eateries.  We stayed in Palermo the last 2 nights and enjoyed the clean leafy streets.  It’s the Claremont of Perth.

We walked everywhere and a bunch of the sights we visited are listed below.  It made me smile every day because the sun is shining and it’s HOT (above 30C each day).  Plus the Jacaranda trees all over the city are blooming and shower the streets with their flowers.

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Merry in Madrid

21 Nov

4.30am, Alarm goes off and I could definitely do with another couple of hours sleep! In typical fashion after spending a couple of weeks back in blighty, Friday night at the Wheatsheaf  rolled into Saturday night at the Wild Duck which culminated with a farewell dinner last night at the potting shed in Crudwell with mum.

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Country life in the Cotswolds

18 Nov

The last couple of weeks have been a relaxing time in the Cotswolds, catching up with Matt’s family and friends. For those who haven’t been able to visit this beautiful countryside, the Cotswolds is…

… a range of hills in west central England, an area 25 miles across and 90 miles long. It lies mainly within the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire but extend into parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

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3 days in Singapore

2 Nov

I was surprised to find how much I really enjoyed Singapore.  I thought I’d find such a big, populated city to lack character and to be a little soulless.  But it was the complete opposite. Singapore is constantly buzzing and the people are so friendly. It’s a very transient place and an interesting fusion of Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cuisine and culture.

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