Month: August 2014

scotland part 1

greetings from england

Where do I begin, hundreds of holiday photos, which ones do I select to go with my blog posts? And you can never do justice to the photos, the experience is something else altogether. You have to be there in person to soak it all in! Let me just dive into it and see what happens, yeah? Our first summer getaway was to Loch Awe, which is to the north west of Glasgow, Scotland. It took us a good many hours to get there by car, we made several stops in between. This was my first time to the Scottish Highlands, somehow my visits to Glasgow and Edinburgh in the past seemed pale compared to this wonderful trip. Loch Awe is the third largest freshwater lake in Scotland, after Loch Ness and Loch Lomond (which we passed by on the way). It is certainly the longest, about 25 miles…

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My Dream – Boston

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A 4 1/2 hour bus ride to New York and I get to sit next to the guy with bad BO. Seriously bad, and every time he moves it’s like he emits even more in my direction. But, always look on the bright side of life right? And the bright side here is that I’m not back home at work, instead I’m on my way to one of my favourite cities, and so despite Stinky Pete, it could be worse.

Boston was my first stop on this grand adventure. It was my fourth visit and this time I stayed four nights, visiting the same friend I have every other time. Hope and I worked together in London about 15 years ago, and while we didn’t really hang out much back then, we exchanged addresses and have kept in touch ever since. Back then we actually wrote letters on pieces of…

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Hungry in Hungary – Budapest

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We arrived in Budapest the afternoon of St. Stephen’s Day, an annual festival of food, music and fireworks celebrating the foundation of the Hungarian state. There were food market stalls running for kilometres down the Danube with everything you could possibly imagine – we were so involved in eating that we didn’t even take any photos! The afternoon ended with a bang – fireworks across the bridges that lasted well into the night. We spent the next day exploring all the beauty (and more food) of Budapest.image

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Some of the reasons to visit St. Maarten – St. Martin

Treading on two endearing cultures

At the beginning we didn’t really have any reason for choosing  St. Maarten except that we wanted to experience the Caribbean, it didn’t matter which island. I don’t even know how it started, but once we decided – to vacation in St. Martin – coincidentally we started noticing TV shows and articles about St. Maarten, especially on House Hunters.  Delighted by all the information, we simultaneously got more ambitious, imagining ourselves having fun in St. Marteen. The flight was short compared to the one we usually take to Indonesia. It was only about 4 hrs.  We stayed on the Dutch side in Simpson Bay. Our condo/apartment had two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining and living room, and a huge deck that took us right onto the white sand.

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Beaches are beautiful with clear turquoise colored water and white sand . The nine days we spent there were warm and sunny, about…

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Auckland – the tenth most liveable city in the world – again…..

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I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience life in a clean, green and peaceful place like New Zealand. So far, I have lived in Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton and visited most parts of NZ. Sometimes you tend to take things for granted once you get used to them and when I read this morning how Auckland has been rated the 10th most livable city in the world I had the chance to mentally review all the things I love about living here.
So in no particular order, here is my list of why I love Auckland:

  • You can drive in almost any direction in Auckland and still be within 20 kms of a beach. My fave beach is Maraetai in South-East Auckland – a beautiful white sand beach full of colorful gorgeous sea shells, a long pier extending into the blue sheltered waters, a great playground for the…

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