Christmas in London!

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London, Dec 14’

Last year I spent Christmas in London, the city where I had always imagined a picturesque white winter Christmas. Whilst it may have not been a white Christmas, walking around bauble filled Oxford Street and the castle of Christmas gifts Harrods, made up for it.

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Nat xx

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Quick trip to Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium!

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December 14'

So me being partially silly and also a bit technically challenged I lost the photos of our stay in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. However, I was lucky that I had uploaded a small amount of them on my personal Facebook account so I downloaded the photos off my account and edited them to not look as shit quality (sad face).

In Germany we had an afternoon stop over in Dresden before arriving in Berlin. The town was so picturesque it was hard to believe it had been bombed during the war and then rebuilt.

We stayed a couple of nights in Berlin and unexpectedly it become one of my most favourite cities. Berlin has such a significant past and recent history, with the city acknowledging and remembering it with different memorials and symbolic monuments. The city was great in the fact that I got to finally visit Primark, but also being immersed into its unforgotten history and hearing about various stories was an incredible experience. It wasn't something that I thought would stick with me so much. So if you plan on going to Berlin I highly recommend taking the 'Third Reich' walking tour, I learnt a lot, visited many places and really got to understand and appreciate the different memorials.

Next up was Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the coolest and most fun city I visited. I found Amsterdam a bit similar to Melbourne with the bicycles, copious cafes and shopping, but just a much cooler Melbourne (soz home town). Then there were parts of the city that were so different to anything I'd experience, i.e The Red Light District. The canals in the city were so beautiful and driving through the country side in the Netherlands was absolutely amazing!

After Amsterdam we were on our way to wrap up the tour in London, but had a quick stop over in Bruges, Belgium on the way. As you can guess, we spent our afternoon buying chocolate, eating waffles and french fries (which I learnt are not from France but actually Belgium).

These cities mark the end of the tour I did with TopDeck. It was an incredible experience, where I made great friends, partied a little too often and got to visit so many countries and cities with the best tour leader. Before we came home from our travels we spent some time in London and Paris so stay tuned for those posts.

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Getting Spring Ready

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Spring is finally here in Melbourne, Australia! I'm back to wearing hats and sunnies to actually shade from the sun and my dresses are out to play. Dresses are probably my favourite pieces of clothing, however in the winter time I usually don't wear them because I'm always rushed in the morning and can't layer enough to keep warm. Finally, the weather is warming back up and only stockings and a light top alongside is needed.


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Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague, Czech Republic, December 14’

Prague: the "party" capital that also looks like the set of a Disney princess film.

The night we arrived in Prague each of us had to fill out a form with our personal details in case we got lost or something worse happened to us in the city. Our tour leader told us this was only mandatory in Spain during the bull runs and in Prague. Already I could see the party reputation living up to the name.

Whilst I enjoy a night out, I’m not the biggest party-er (I know it seems like quite a contradiction seeing as a went on a TopDeck tour across Europe). The night involved a bar with a pole and a five-story nightclub, however crazy times by me were not had, which I don’t mind all. My memory of Prague instead is the beautiful Charles Bridge and the castle lit up at night in the distance, oh and also the disappointing show at the astronomical clock #sorrynotsorry.

I’m not massive on travel souvenirs; I would have no idea what to do with 300 key rings or random objects that I probably won’t display. However, in Prague I caved and bought the typical tourist mini canvas painting of the Charles Bridge. I thought the city was so beautiful and so were all the paintings (even the cheap ones from the souvenir shops).  Now it sits on top of the drawer and reminds me of a place I need to revisit one day.

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Weekend in Sydney

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An email promoting cheap airplane tickets got us and a week into semester two starting this year we were up very early for a morning plane ride from Melbourne to Sydney.

We spent most of the time walking around the city, eating yummy food (except the cheese dumpling I had - that has scarred me for life) and enjoying the sun that Melbourne was missing at the time. There was a detour to Pitt St Mall and black leather NikeAir Thea's happened... Oops. 

Even though we were only a week into uni at the time, it's nice to have a little get away every now and then. I've just finished class for this semester so now it's exams time. A mini get away is definitely in order soon.

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Kraków, Poland

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Kraków, Poland was another city that I had not heard much of and blindsided me. It is a beautiful old city full of good and bad history that the city remembers.

We started off our stay in Kraków with a trip to the salt mines. The mine was enormous and included substantial sculptures, a large chapel and salt lakes. You may be surprised by this (not really), but everything, from the ground, ceilings and walls were salt. After the salt mines, we went to the "Kraków Under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945" exhibition, which was located in the administrative building of Oskar Schindler's factory. The exhibition was interesting and sad, it highlighted a tough era in Poland's past. Once we had finished up at the exhibition we hopped on a big golf buggy, the driver pumped up some polish death metal and we went to find a polish Milk Bar. In Kraków, the Milk Bars are not convenience stores as they are at home, they are cute cafes that sell great dumplings and freshly squeezed juices. I will never get over my grapefruit juice. We spent the rest of our stay walking around and enjoying the sites.

Also, during our stay in Poland we visited Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It was quite the experience, one that is hard to put into words. My friends and I mostly walked on in silence, it was depressing and moving. Whilst, it was an experience filled with sadness it is definitely one that I do not regret.

The countries I visited in Eastern Europe were beautiful and marked with a tragic recent history.


The next stop on my winter in Europe 14'/15' was Prague, Czech Republic.


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Sydney Look

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A week into the semester starting back up, my boyfriend and I travelled to Sydney for the weekend. The week back at uni from a 6 week break is exhausting, we needed to get away* (* = sarcasm, in reality we found super discounted plane tickets and these were the only available dates).

   Coming from a very cold winter in Melbourne (Australian climate terms), the little clothes I had packed were too warm. The weather over that weekend was beautiful, I wish I wasn't wearing long pants, boots and a shirt dress ^^, oops. Note to self next time; shave legs.

   Please tell me I'm not the only one who has packed inappropriate clothes according to the weather for a trip.


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Beautiful Budapest!

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I didn't know much about Budapest before I arrived. All I knew was that it was in Hungary and George Ezra really likes the city.

So not knowing much about the city I didn't have many expectations about it. I'm happy Budapest showed me up on that one. It was incredibly cold but every time I caught sight of the Danube River, it was all worth it.

Unfortunately, we only had a couple of days in Budapest but it was just enough time to absorb the beautiful sights of the city and eat some yummy paprika chicken. The city is divided by the Danube River and connected through the old Chain Bridge. The views of the Parliament house and palace was incredible! The city had that preserved ancient feel, it was so breathtaking to elevated up on the hill where the palace sits and just look at this beautiful city.

I know it seems like I'm speaking with a lot of hyperboles, but honestly I will never forget the views of Budapest.

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Slovakia Stopovers

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 During my winter stay in Europe, we did afternoon stopovers over in Bratislava and Donovaly for lunch.

We visited the town centre in Bratislava and had a wander around the Christmas markets. Bratislava seemed like a dainty town, small in structure and composed of pretty pastel coloured old buildings.



Another stop over in Slovakia was in Donovaly, a ski resort. Some of the Australians I was on tour with had never been to the snow mountains and they were loving the experience of throwing snow balls. It was a joyous experience for them and nice to watch, but then that sensation went away when snow was thrown on me.



The ability to have new countries ready available in a few hours drive is a concept not even possible in Australia. Travelling abroad is a vigorous task, taking up many hours. The experience of being able to drive country to country and have stop overs in other countries was so amazing. In a few hours, a new destination, a new culture and new things to experience was always awaiting us.



The next stay during my winter in Europe is Budapest, Hungary. I hope that post for that will be up soon, I’m am very very very slowly getting through these posts from months and months ago (oops).



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