December has been a full-on month and it’s not even halfway over yet! Over the past few weeks, we have made the mission out of London for a couple of weekends away.
The first was Cardiff to watch the All Blacks v Wales at Principality Stadium. We headed out on Saturday morning on the train and were back on Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t a big weekend of exploring, but we were really just there for the rugby and it was well worth the trip! The atmosphere in the city was awesome and lasted well into the early hours of Sunday morning. A fire alarm in our hotel at 4am didn’t help the late night/celebratory beers situation (but we were too tired to even get out of bed). Continue reading “Winter Weekends Away”
Not that I think you are all refreshing your inboxes waiting for a notification to come through about a new blog post, but I realise I have been neglecting the blog recently! I didn’t actually realise how long it had been, but a couple of weeks ago it was 6 months since we left NZ. That time has absolutely flown by and I was actually really shocked to realise it has been that long. Continue reading “I’m Still Alive!”
I’ve been trying to think of a new topic to post about for a while (don’t worry, a Foodiaries post is in the works too), but we have really just been settling into London life and I figured it wasn’t the most exciting thing to write about, or read. But then I figured, before I moved over here I really enjoyed readying fellow expats’ blogs about their experiences moving overseas and I got a lot out of them. They made me feel a lot more prepared (we all know I’m a planner) and comfortable with what was to come. So, I thought I would share my experiences with settling into London life – including the absolute hell of opening a bank account and the black stuff you get in your nose after being in the tube all day. Continue reading “London – Home Truths”
If that title doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will.
I’ve been lucky enough to celebrate my birthday over the past two weekends. Last weekend Jeremy surprised me with a trip to Brussels, Belgium (a weekend centred around food – right up my alley).
We set off on a four-hour chocolate tour (including a workshop) of Brussels after checking into our hotel. It was a pretty grey and drizzly day, but it was actually really fun running along the cobblestone streets and ducking in and out of cozy little chocolate boutiques. The chocolate was unbelievable and we tried truffles infused with basil, earl grey tea, nutella, rose champagne and violet – just to name a few! Continue reading “Birthday, feat. Belgium, Beers, Basil, Blooms & Bikkies”
As some of you know, a few weeks ago we headed to Wales for a few days to have a weekend away with friends. We stayed in Haverfordwest, a little town in Pembrokeshire close to the coast and about two hours drive from Cardiff. Wales is fairly cheap to travel to from London via train, however a slight mishap meant that we missed our connecting train from Swansea to Haverfordwest. Note to self – don’t book trains when you only have a 9 minute window to spare between your connections. Continue reading “A Weekend In Wales”
London life has been a mixed bag of markets, museums and meetings over the past month or so. We have been back from our trip for about four weeks now and I’m starting to feel pretty settled into our new home. The past four weeks have flown by, and I was scrolling through my camera roll the other day and realised we have actually achieved and seen a lot in those 28 or so days. I’m sitting here with my coffee on a rainy London morning and thought I would jot it all down for you. So grab one yourself (or maybe a wine considering the time difference?) and enjoy… Continue reading “Lately, In London”
From Pisa, we set off for Cinque Terre. We stayed in La Spezia and made our way via train to the five small towns along the coast. We did a mixture of walking and using the train to hop from town to town, stopping in Vernazza for lunch and Monterosso for the most delicious fresh strawberry daiquiris, a swim, dinner and gelato. Continue reading “Top Deck – Cinque Terre, Verona & Venice”