One month in Oz – 3. Rottnest Island

One month in Oz – 3. Rottnest Island

Post 3 of an ongoing series – read posts 0, 1 and 2 Despite us having only two full days in Perth, it was an easy decision to spend one of those days away from it. Rottnest Island just sounded that unmissable. I’d been desperate to visit this small island just off the coast of … Continue reading

One month in Oz – 2. Perth and Fremantle

One month in Oz – 2. Perth and Fremantle

Post 2 of an ongoing series – read posts 0 and 1 We had heard that Perth city was boring… and maybe there is some truth in that. But wander outside of the CBD and you’ll find plenty to enjoy. We emerged from Perth underground train station onto almost empty streets, shops only just beginning to open. The … Continue reading

One month in Oz – 0. Introduction

One month in Oz – 0. Introduction

So the day I’ve been anticipating for years has finally come. We touched down in Perth, Western Australia, several hours ago – the culmination of years of dreaming, hoping, waiting for the right time and finally planning what we hope will be the best holiday ever. Admittedly, before I met Steve (my boyfriend of 4.9 … Continue reading

London’s best chicken burgers

London’s best chicken burgers

As a food lover, I’m well aware of the many ‘best burger’ lists available on the web. But, almost without exception, the burgers in question are all beef! Many will cry at this point, “but it’s only a proper burger if it’s beef!” Well, I love burgers but I prefer white meat to red. If … Continue reading

Amsterdam — beautiful inside and out

Amsterdam — beautiful inside and out

I wasn’t expecting much of Amsterdam, to be honest. Everyone whom I mentioned the Netherlands’ capital to beforehand immediately started babbling about hash brownies and prostitutes in windows, neither of which interested me. I began to wonder whether Amsterdam’s rebellious streak was all it was good for. To my relief, this couldn’t have been further from … Continue reading

How to enjoy London without going broke

How to enjoy London without going broke

London is an expensive place to live. Prices for just about everything here, from pints to accommodation, are often staggeringly higher than they were in my hometown further north. And for those of us who don’t have finance jobs in the city, the much-touted ‘London wage’ does not measure up. Thankfully, over four years of living … Continue reading