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Australia

Hiking up Adelaide’s Mount Lofty

Adelaide is a city that has a bit of everything – city, beaches and of course the mountains. Luckily for Radelaiders the mountains aren’t far away and even boast some waterfalls of their own. During my last trip to Adelaide we finally hiked up the entire mountain, past the waterfalls and up to the lookout where you can see the whole of the South Australian capital. It was one of the highlights of my trip and gives you time to…

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Europe

Spending Christmas in Paris

I know it’s a little late but i’ve only just got around to sorting through my photos from the family Christmas in Paris. And boy was it an awesome Christmas. It was unusual, Christmas Day on the Eiffel Tower and Boxing Day in Disneyland Paris but it was so much fun. I’d definitely recommend spending the festive period in Paris – everything was open! We couldn’t believe it! So until I get writing some more about my trip, here’s a…

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Lifestyle

Things that happened in JANUARY

I’m always one for an update post and as we’re nearing the end of January (please make the cold stop) it seems like it’s about time! January for everyone is about making goals, resolutions and thinking about the rest of the year and i’ve certainly been doing that. One in particular is getting out and doing stuff. Over the past couple of months i’ve become incredibly lazy and fond of heating and so one aim this year is to get…

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China

2.91 billion journeys? It must be Chinese New Year!

This weekend the ‘Spring Festival rush’ kicked off in China. It’s a time when everyone begins to start the long journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year which falls on January 28. It’s estimated that 2.91 billion journeys will be made this year during the 40 day period.  I thought it would be interesting to take a look at because it’s something that is a big part of Chinese culture and also helps show that there’s more to the middle kingdom’s…

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Lifestyle Travel

Switch off your bloody phones. It’s time for a digital detox.

“OFF. NOW. For bad word’s sake!!” I don’t know what came over me. Maybe it was the two hours sleep i’d had the night before. Maybe it was the fact that I was leaving China for good and feeling strangely….OK about it, but this woman had irritated me to the max. No I don’t usually have regular outbursts on a plane. Honest. But when you’re hurtling down the runway during take-off and the girl next to you is trying to…

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Lifestyle Travel

Expat life isn’t always fun, holidays and parties

Starting out the new year, travelling or moving abroad is always a resolution so i’m here telling you what it’s really like to be an expat. And i’m going to tell you about it through one of my diary posts written during my time in Beijing. A couple of months ago it was my birthday and I had received some messages on Facebook. As I was reading through them, there was one message that hit me. “Happy Birthday Sophie! So…

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Europe Travel

Paris i’m REALLY sorry.

It was the third night in a row that i’d dreamt about Paris and unfortunately it hadn’t been positive. With all of the news stories from the past year and a half, I couldn’t really blame myself for having doubts about visiting the French capital during Christmas. Berlin had just happened, Istanbul had been hit again. Terrorism has been hitting the headlines for years but with all the warnings and stories, visiting Paris had become a strangely worrying thought –…

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Travel United Kingdom

No room at the inn: My Airport Lounge experience with Aspire

It was a random decision thanks to Expedia that I ended up in Bristol Airport on the morning of December 24 bound for one of my favourite cities – Paris. Of course I was feeling rather festive so tried out the Aspire lounge at Bristol Airport and took my mum along with me. I’ve been in airport lounges before and find them to be a bit more relaxing than having to wander around in a departures lounge and spend a…

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Lifestyle London

The scariest slide in the world

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine took me along with her to ride the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbital inside London’s Olympic Park. The building was installed at the Olympic Park as another attraction for those who had come to witness the exciting events during the 2012 Olympics. Those visiting the park were able to purchase tickets and see the sheer size of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for themselves. It was closed for some time and…

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Lifestyle London

Becoming a Wok Star at School of Wok

I love cooking but I can’t say i’m good with a wok. More of a cake girl myself. You definitely couldn’t call be a wok star but after my lesson with School of Wok, I definitely left feeling like one. After my class I tapped my toes around Chinatown looking for inspiration for my next cooking adventure. Having lived in China, I always found it a little embarrassing wandering around the food aisle in Sainsburys, knowing that I could make…

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