Relocated to New Zealand

up in the clouds, Brisbane, Australia

Hello All!

I have now relocated back to New Zealand. Two suitcases, one overnight bag and giving away / dumping in clothing bins half my belongings and I am back in my hometown of Hamilton. It was sad leaving London as I want to still do so much travel, but all good things must come to an end. I will still be going for trips around the world, just probably won’t be as often. So in the meantime I will be checking out what New Zealand has to offer and taking you all along for the ride!

Look out for day trips, hikes, events, you name it! I already have a few things booked to look forward to, so check back to see what I get up to.  I am already loving the summer weather and have started to get my tan back as burn time here is about 10 minutes!!

Until next time x


Cambridge – Oxford’s brother/sister

cambridge, united kingdom

In December I went to Cambridge for the day as I had not been yet and I loved Oxford so needed to get to Cambridge before I leave! I love the architecture, and all the colleges throughout the city. I went in and out of all the ones I could get into for free, they just look magical! I am so jealous of people that get to go there as we don’t have anything as old or similar that you can go to. I know some people stay at accommodation on campus, but you don’t really apply as such.

cambridge, united kingdom

There were some really yummy food places that I had to check out as well. It was pretty chilly there so I definitely took advantage of the warmth of a restaurant when I could!

First stop of the morning was Novi, I got some yummy coconut pancakes. The portion was a little small, but really nice! And it was quite quiet so it is nice being able to eat in a relaxing environment.

cambridge, united kingdom

I also checked out Fitzwilliam Museum, there was a lot of things that are the same as most museums – painting etc. but it was nice to get out of the cold for a bit and look around – its free so why not. I wandered through a couple of parks and had a look through their ‘winter wonderland’ – it was pretty small, and not very busy which was kind of surprising since London’s one is packed. Then it was getting dark and I needed to find some dinner before catching the train. I went to Pizza Hut which was my first time in the UK, I wanted to try their gluten free bases in case I had been missing out. I have to say I was surprised, the base was really good! It was let down though as there wasn’t enough topping so was more base than topping, but otherwise pretty good! Also if your in Cambridge I wouldn’t go to that branch as the service was pretty bad and a table arrived next to me ended up leaving as they took so long to give them menus and then never got their order taken.

architecture, cambridge, united kingdom

All and all Cambridge was worth the trip, I have to say I still hold a light for Oxford and if you had to choose, in my opinion Oxford was better but either way there are gorgeous buildings and if you are into that then you will be in awe!

Until next time x

Timisoara Days 2 + 3

cathedrala mitropolitana, timisoara, romainia

First thing Saturday morning was breakfast of course! I found a small cafe that does eggs only. They serve omelettes and they open before 11am so can’t complain! I got a spanish omelette and a tea. I don’t really get into normal tea but I love herbal/fruit fusions. The omelette was pretty good, and while I ate I decided what the plan of attack was for today. I decided to first go to the Banat Museum on the edge of the city, I found the building but couldn’t find an entrance and the place didn’t look open. I came to realise that if there is a door – try it. It opened! And of course the museum was open, a little deserted, but open. I went upstairs and it has been turned into what I can gather an exhibition hall now. There were paintings all over the walls. The lady took 20 lei off me, and I explored. Then it was onto the next place.

I then walked around to the botanical gardens, which was really peaceful, there wasn’t much to look at as the leaves were all gone, but it is still always relaxing walking among bushes and trees. I stopped off at a couple of cathedrals and the squares as I looped my way back into the centre of the city.

parcul civic, timisoara, romainia

For lunch I went to a kebab shop as it has good reviews on  TripAdvisor. The guy was quite nice that served me, the kebab salad was good, nothing to write home about, same as every other kebab shop I have been to. But none the less, still a nice cheap lunch if your nearby and I ate it out in the sun in the main square (Piata Victoriei).

I has also read that there was a good gelato shop (Gelato di Bruno), so I got some dessert later on, and it was definitely worth going. I got half pistachio and half cherry flavour. Not exactly summer weather but still yummy! Later on, I went back to the Vietnamese place for dinner again, and so silly I sometimes like to try new dishes as I don’t like getting the same thing every time, and every time I regret. I got the fried rice with chicken, and it was fine, but I am not really a fan. I find it a bit dry and I love the ‘Bun’s so I need to stick with it! I got another lot of spring rolls as I couldn’t resist so it wasn’t all bad!

I decided that I would be social tonight so I grabbed a couple of drinks from a mini-mart and took them back to my hostel and hung out there from early evening as it gets dark so early there and it is quite cold. I had a few drinks with a couple of guys who were both from the UK, and then the guy working at the hostel took us out later to a bar. It was really fun! It looked like we were going to a local bar and the atmosphere was really cool, they had decent priced drinks and we were able to get a table. It was home time now and I was looking forward to getting into bed!

Bega River, Timisoara, Romainia

Sunday morning I went back to the omelette place, and got a different omelette this time, I went to a museum (Muzeul de Arta) that also looked closed but was not. I had a walking tour booked for the afternoon so I went back through the main square to the meeting point. The tour was freezing! It was a really clear day and it was windy and chilly, so I spent another walking tour wishing it would end as my feet felt like they were going to fall off! I really need to buy some thicker socks!

near Bega river, timisoara, romainia

The tour was free, and you can just book online and they confirm with you if there’s enough people to go ahead with the tour. Timisoara is the start of the revolution in Romainia so it was really interesting learning about it. I finished the tour and remembered someone from the hostel talking about a shopping centre that was nearby. I made a beeline for the food court first to eat and warm up. Then I had a bit of a wander around, they had awesome decorations everywhere for Christmas, and a massive supermarket! I had a nosey inside and I couldn’t believe it, whole isles of bulk foods, spices being sold in huge crates. A pick and mix freezer section – there was anything and everything! I love a good supermarket! hehe

It was time to head back to the hostel to grab my things and head to the airport. The lady working at the hostel was lovely and called a cab for us and I had some company as one of the British guys was on the same flight as me which was nice =) Another weekend over, back to reality.

Until next time x

Eastern European Getaway – Timisoara

Piata Unirii, Timisoara, Romaina

At the beginning of December I ventured east to Romainia. Basically all of my trips are going onto Skyscanner and seeing what is cheapest for the weekend I want to go, or can go. The pictures looked beautiful and I love the parts of eastern Europe I have seen so far so why not?

The flight got in very late, and and for those that arrive late here come prepared with cash as I got in late and they do not have very good public transport, so there was none late at night so I had to grab a cab (if you don’t have cash like I did there are ATM’s to get money out). Don’t pay anymore than 50Lek (about £10) and it is a quick trip as the airport is only about 10km from the city centre.

I stayed in a hostel called Freeborn Hostel. They were really friendly, even though it was about 12.30am or later the guy showed me around and even went through some sights to see while I was here. The hostel is really central! The city is easily walkable and thank goodness as I had said before – public transport isn’t great. The buildings are gorgeous! They remind me of Prague. There is so much architecture of various eras, and lots of squares showcasing them.

Piata Victoriei, Timisoara, Romainia

The first morning I google mapped my way to an eatery I had found called BIOfresh – it is a vegetarian cafe that does raw foods and just healthy in general. The kitchen didn’t open until 11 which seemed to be standard in Timisoara so while I waited I ordered a raw cheesecake and a coffee. The staff were really friendly, and once the kitchen was open I had my dahl brought out. It was soooo good! I was super full though after have the cheesecake so had to force it down a little bit near the end as I felt bad leaving any. Lucky I was going to be walking all day!

BIOfresh, Timisoara, Romainia

I waddled off for a walk, no particular place in general just wanted to get lost and go down random streets. There are alot of parks throughout Timisoara, which would be even more beautiful during summer so that everything would be out in flower, and there would be leaves on the trees. There are also a few good eateries, and tea shops.

I stopped off in the afternoon at a bookshop that also has a tea shop upstairs, there was a whole booklet to pick from, and it was so good! I love herbal teas so this is just what I was after to warm me up.

Carturesti, Timisoara, Romainia

Since it was during the festive period, there were Christmas markets on while I was there. It was such an awesome addition to the city. There was mulled wines and ciders and food stalls. I grabbed myself a mulled wine – was only 50p! Can’t go wrong!

Christmas markets, Piata Victoriei, Timisoara, Romainia

I had looked up restaurants to keep on the lookout for and I am quite a fan of Vietnamese. There was a place just down an alleyway off the main square and it was delicious! It was some of the best I have had outside Vietnam. I got my standard order – spring rolls and a bun ga (vermicelli salad with chicken).

It was then back to the hostel as I had been on my feet most of the day and it was a late night getting in the night before. Look out for day 2 coming next week!

Until next time x


So am I not very good at this consistency thing! I am going to try for the new year to get up a blog a week. And also start an Instagram page to get my blog out there more….I have been putting it off as I don’t want my friends to be able to see it – in case they hate it lol Does anyone else feel like this??

Also in other news with me I will be moving back to New Zealand at the end of this month so I will not be going around Europe as often but will be exploring all NZ has to offer as there are many places I have never been and there are so many places that are my favourite that I want to share with you all!

Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Years. Talk to you in my next blog.

Until next time x