Personal Stories

Barcelona, You Stole My Heart ... and My Wallet.

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Oh Barcelona! A Travelette likes nothing more than to travel and what a better birthday gift to myself than the chance to meet you in person? You'd be my first introduction to Spain and as I boarded the plane, my heart skipped a few beats. Yes, I was nervous. A girl who prefers Eastern European destinations, I wondered if I'd love you as much as everyone tol[...]

23 Lessons I Have Learnt From Traveling

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I stumbled across Karen’s blog, Dreamin’ The Life, and her incredibly poignant and insightful post of ‘27 things I’ve learnt in 27 years’. It got me thinking, what had I learnt in my 23 years? I don't feel particularly wise at all and feel I have so much to see/learn/do/go, but as Karen said, “sometimes you have to stop, and look back and realise you’ve come[...]

The Contiki Guerilla Army takes over Europe

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A while ago, we posted about getting paid to travel and party, where Contiki Holidays was recruiting young, open-minded travelers to promote their brand at various music festivals throughout Europe. In return, participants would have the pleasure of traveling through Europe for 3 weeks, all expenses paid. Following the appeal, hundreds of you applied [...]

Germanlish - talking like ,se‘ German

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A German Coast Guard is sitting in his office. Suddenly a radio signal from another ship comes in: „we are sinking, we are sinking“ The German Coastguard seems to be quite calm and asks „What are you thinking about?“ Oh yes, the ,th‘ is definitely not our strength and the poor captain might have survived if there wasn't this 'little' misunderstanding. Co[...]

My worst flight experience

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A London bound Qantas plane was forced to shut down an engine and return to Bangkok last week (find the BBC article here), after vibration and high temperatures were noticed by the pilots. It got me thinking about flights and how lucky I have been with all my jet-setting. I’ve never had a problem with flying. Over the past two years I must have been on ro[...]

Aussies speak Australian, NOT English

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When moving to Australia from England, the Australian accent and language didn’t even factor as a problem. We all speak the same language, right? It’s not like I’m moving to Spain or Italy where I would truly be isolated by my lack of foreign language. I was never a star pupil in my foreign language class at school so it made sense for me to move to a countr[...]

Dear Caribbean Sea

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It has not even been a year and my heart already longs for you again. You are beautiful, you are calm, you have a lot to offer, you gave me warmth and confidence. Thinking of you, fills me with wonderful thoughts of sunny days, turquoise water miracles, long white sandy beaches and never-ending romantic summer nights. I fell in love with you the very seco[...]

Google Street View is my buddy

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When Google launched Street View, I couldn't really understand all the fuzz made about it. I also didn't see much of the neccessity of it, until just a few days ago... My first Street View encounter was when Alejandro, the Mexican artist whose apartment in Mexico City I'm currently staying in, sent me a link to his place, so I would be able to get an idea[...]

I found your camera

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In the winter of 2005/2006 I was heading up the eastcoast of Australia, with a backpack full of clothes, toiletries and 2 cameras. One digital and a manual SLR I used to shoot pictures everywhere I went so I would forever remember that once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world. One morning I realised that I was missing my digital camera, with it all ph[...]

The dog who could surf

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Surfing, bodyboarding and skateboarding? No problem for surfer-dog Osso. Two years ago I had the pleasure to meet this dog and the person, who taught Osso everything- his proud owner Christiano. During my travels in Peru I heard of the small surfer town Máncora, which is situated close to the border of Equador- that seemed like the perfect getaway from my ex[...]