Broken bones and German hospitals..

19 January – 12 February

Well.. Let’s face it, if someone was going to do something ridiculously stupid, it was going to be me.  And I did. In the form of a broken leg 3 weeks into travels.

German engineered robo-leg. Not the souvenir I had planned, but what I got none the less.
German engineered robo-leg. Not the souvenir I had planned, but what I got none the less.

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Belgium

13th January – 19th January

Antwerp, Belgium. View from the top of the Museum aan de Stroom.
Antwerp, Belgium. View from the top of the Museum aan de Stroom.

Belgium.. there is definitely a lot to like about this place.  Most importantly, the food is good and the beer is delicious!  Our very generous and hospitable friends, Sunny and Yara, put us up for the week (thanks!!).  I loved staying with them, they are great company and we really enjoyed the time we spent with them.  Their apartment in central Antwerp is really cool too.  From here we did day trips to Brussels (and of course that included the Delirium Cafe – with its ridiculously large beer list), Ghent (and their amazing ‘Ghent Noses’ – see them below) and the beautiful Brugge. Continue reading Belgium

A brief stay in London

Our home for a few days in South Woodford, London
Our home for a few days in South Woodford, London

We arrived in London to start the new year.. 1 January 2015.  We were greeted at the airport by none other than Dash – Ian’s long time friend who now graciously accepts us both as house guests (I am still a little unsure why he agrees to keep having us come back).  So of course we spent a few days doing the typical London sightseeing.. Continue reading A brief stay in London

First stop – Hong Kong

Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong. I have to say, a stay with Matt and Jackie is always wonderful.. and the view from their rooftop is pretty wonderful too.
Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong. I have to say, a stay with Matt and Jackie is always wonderful.. and the view from their rooftop is pretty wonderful too.

Our bags were packed, one way ticket to London in hand.  But first stop just had to be Hong Kong, to visit the wonderful Matt and arguably the even more wonderful Jackie!  A stay with these two lovely people is always enjoyable (at least for us – I hope for them too!?).  This time around we managed some hiking amongst the beer and wine drinking, which was nice.  And we were lucky enough to celebrate the New Year with them too – cheers to 2015! Continue reading First stop – Hong Kong

New year, new travels

Sad to say goodbye to this beautiful beach - North Beach, Wollongong
Sad to say goodbye to this beautiful beach – North Beach, Wollongong

At the end of 2014, Ian and I decided to pack up our little life in Wollongong and head overseas.  It was a decision we had been pondering for quite some time, but really never acted upon.  A year travelling.. wouldn’t that be great!?   But it was always just put to the side, with neither of us decisive enough to commit to actually doing it.  But then, tired with the same old routine and knowing that the longer we didn’t do it, the less likely we were to do it, we finally made the leap.  So we ended our lease, quit our jobs, packed up our things (dumping them with the parents.. thanks!) and flew on out of there.

We left just after Xmas, and have been travelling in the UK and Europe since then.  We have been to some amazing places, some less so.  We have had some amazing times and also some very challenging ones (note to self, in future do not break leg whilst travelling – but more about that later).  And despite frustrating the hell out of each other at times, we have yet to kill one another (fingers crossed it stays that way!).

I have to admit, I should have started a blog earlier.  That would have been much easier to post things along the way.  But oh well.  On this blog, I plan on sharing some of the photos I have taken, stories and accounts of places we have been over the past 8 months.  And I will endeavour to keep it up for the rest of the travels (maybe).