I’m posting a whole bunch of stuff I found in my drafts (almost ONE YEAR AGO), yes I am a terrible blogger.
Whirlwind business trip to Delhi last September (which I didn’t think was going to happen after my Visa debacle – who knew being an Australian in London would cause so many visa headaches?!). I only had one weekend there, but if my weekend trips in Europe have taught me anything it’s that much can be accomplished in 36 hours.
Had a 2.30am wakeup call on Saturday (after a later than expected Friday night) to make the 3 hour drive from Delhi to Agra for the Taj Mahal. Being able to see her in the early morning light with fewer tourists was well worth the lack of sleep though.
I feel like this post should be titled ‘Why I will never sail with Yacht Week again’…
My week sailing in Croatia could’ve been one of my favourite holidays to date – “could’ve been” because we ended up with a ‘situation’ at the end of our holiday. Yacht Week took our deposit – 3,000 euros (!!!) – for a sail that snapped as our skipper (who works for Yacht Week) was reeling it in. Basically, trying to fob it off like we broke a sail when it was obviously a maintenance issue (compounding this, the yacht we were on wasn’t even the one we paid for – it was an older model). Despite our best efforts to get the money back – surprise surprise – they have totally ignored us since the end of our trip.
That was just one of a myriad of issues we had throughout the whole week, which was a real shame because as otherwise it would’ve been a top notch holiday. This experience has completely put any of us ever dealing with Yacht Week again – there are plenty of other operators out there (Sail Croatia, Med Sailors etc) which I would encourage everybody to go through, unless you enjoy paying extraordinary amounts of money for their issues.
Anyway, with that out of the way – here are some holiday snaps! Sunshine, unbelievable scenery, crystal clear waters, amazing food (when we didn’t follow Yacht Week’s suggestions – here’s a tip for you)… there is nothing quite like napping on a yacht in the middle of the ocean.
Istanbul has long been on my places to visit list and it didn’t disappoint. Some of the most beautiful mosques I’ve ever seen (the Blue Mosque really does live up to the hype), amazing rooftop bars on every corner (seriously, there are so many more places in the world that need to capitalize on this) and delicious food everywhere (pistachio chocolate anyone? And who knew I’d love salty yogurt drinks – oh Ayran I do dream of you). We even managed to master saying ‘ thank you’ in Turkish, which is possibly the most difficult thank you I’ve had to learn – but I don’t think I’ll ever forget now!
Despite the fact that I injured my knee halfway through ski week (along with accidentally ending up on a black run on my second day and having to do a walk of shame for half the route, losing my ski pole on the chairlift and splitting my ski trousers – all in the same day I might add) – Zermatt was still a brilliant holiday. What’s there not to like when you get to spend your week in a ski lodge with a a private chef, apres ski parties and surroundings like this? I’m definitely not going to be winning any medals for skiing anytime soon but you know what, riding the gondolas all across the resort is amazingly fun.
Also, if you would like to know how £28 of asparagus looks like, click the link below…
The weekend trip in Bruges went by in a blur of excessive chocolate consumption. Besides the fact that you barely have to walk 5 steps before arriving at yet another far too enticing looking chocolate shop (and when in Rome, right?) Brugge is a wonderfully picturesque, cobblestoned medieval town.
So I live in London now. But I’ll save that for another post… I’m slowly getting around to editing holiday snaps, here’s a few taken from a last minute weekend away to Copenhagen.
I would like to say I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post these Hong Kong photos up, but that wouldn’t be true. I know why. Namely, even though I loved Hong Kong and had a brilliant holiday the circumstances that sandwiched it from either side were not particularly positive… which makes looking back at the photos bittersweet. Nevertheless, I started this blog as an attempt to document life, so… onward.