I haven't been writing much AT ALL these days. Life has been busy and blogging has taken a firm seat on the back burner.
But, I am now living back in Sydney, Australia and after spending the weekend with some visiting friends around Bondi, Tamarama, markets and restaurants I was quickly reminded (not that I needed to be) how beautiful and diverse Sydney is.
I can honestly say it feels good to be back, after what seems a life time of travelling. I will be planting my feet here for a while as we now have a baby on the way who is due in August too, so it is very exciting times in our household.
So let's get to it and map out a great to-do list of Sydney if you are visiting, especially in the Eastern Suburbs and beaches.
Firstly, I met my friends after they touched down and had checked into their Bondi Beach Airbnb at The Bucket List, so we could soak up the view and sun while they sipped on tasty Frosé and we ordered some no-fuss lunch. Dropping in here on a weekday for lunch means ther...
I am a brand new resident of Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, Australia. My partner and I decided to try a new part of Australia to live in, after spending 2 years abroad. We chose Burleigh Heads to live because of the beautiful weather, great surf and awesome community vibe. But, we have found a few more treasures amongst this town and the surrounding beach side hubs. From hidden back alley bars, weekend markets and secret beach hangouts - this neck of the Gold Coast has everything you may need. So, here are my best bits of Burleigh - let me know if you love them too!
Spending two years travelling/living abroad was incredible. An experience and education I would never trade for anything.
But, everything good comes to an end, and as one adventure ends another always begins. Heading home to Australia was super exciting and nerve racking at the same time.
I had a few things running through my head, "Are we ready for 'normal' life again?', "What is normal?", "Where do we want to live in Australia?" and of course "When are we going to travel again?"
During the last few days my good friend has been staying with me here in Oaxaca City, Mexico, all the way from Australia. Of course, I was excited to show her all the cool things around town and I also wanted to take her to Monte Albán, Hierve el Agua and up into the mountain to San Jose Del Pacífico.
We decided to hire a car for a few days and begin exploring. I had used Silvers Car Rental in Centro Oaxaca before, I had nothing but good experiences with the company.
Everything was going well. The car was brand new, we made it to all the sights over two days, there were smiles all round. Until, we were heading back into the city from the mountains and needed to fill the car up with fuel before returning it.
We pulled into a Oxifuel and filled the tank. We did not know, nor had been told that Oxifuel was any different to normal gasoline. So, we drove off, in peak hour traffic. After about 10 minutes the car lost power, and stalled. Awesome right? We managed to keep getting it starte...
Last year I spent a month in Guanajuato City, and I loved every minute of it. When you are inside the historic centre it feels like a little story book town but with a grungy edge. Street parades seem to spontaneously combust onto the streets and I am still unsure how everyone knows where to be and at what time. It is like someone sends out a mystery text, telling everyone its time to party.
One of the parades that came out of nowhere featured a hot air balloon procession (without the balloon part on) firing their gas cylinders into the sky. This was to celebrate a hot air balloon festival in a near by town. It looked amazing but if you have seen Guanajuato, you will know that the streets are super skinny and tall and a big blast of fire might just set a building a light. But hey, that is why I love Mexico. Not a rule in sight.
This blog focuses on the things you need to know about living abroad and making the right choices, so your new home transition can be as seamless as possible.
Firstly, if you are moving to a country with a completely different culture, language, government structure etc. I suggest taking a long term holiday before you make the move. I spent 8 months in Mexico before making the decision to set up camp in Oaxaca City. This amount of time gave me the opportunity to explore other states and make an informed decision.
Everything is pretty different. But thats why we travel, yeah? To experience different corners of the world. But, different at times can be annoying. Like when you need to buy furniture for your new home, but the only place that has anything that you like is in another state. Or, when you go to get your hair coloured, and instead of blonde hair you walk out a brunette. I am still sour about the hair situation. And then, there are the little inconveniences like language barri...
We caught the bus and water taxi from Bocas Del Toro, Panama and crossed the border into Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. There are many bus companies who take you from Bocas to the Costa Rican border, from there you cross the border and go through customs by foot and meet your connecting bus on the other side. We used Puerto Viejo Satellite to get more information and Caribe Shuttles and Boat to organise our trip. The first week or more was spent in the beautiful beach side town of Puerto Viejo, known for its great surf and Rastafarian vibes. There is a bright mix of Afro-Caribbean, Bribri Indian, tico and hippyesque counterculture that gives the town a really nice atmosphere. We booked a cute AirBnb just a short bike ride out of the main strip, bike rental shops are everywhere in town and they are the best way to explore the town and surrounding beaches.
One of my favourite things about the Caribbean side of Costa Rica was the food. The local kitchens "Sodas" have a delicious an...