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I have been completely neglecting my blog over the past 6 months. I do apologise (to ALL my readers out there! jks hi mum)

Okay 4 things.

1. Did my trip to Europe, loved every minute of it and would solo travel again and again. Good for the mind, body and soul! etc etc. Visited my peeps in Warrington, went on a pub crawl in Camden, got drunk and partied in Brugge, walked through the rain on an art tour in Berlin, visited a church decorated entirely with human bones and played in the snow in beautiful Prague. I really do love Europe, was definitely born in the wrong hemisphere!

2. Saw two of my beautiful friends get married in none other than amazing New York City, couldn’t be happier for them both! Did some sightseeing while I was there! Climbed to the top of the Empire State Building, strolled through Central Park, snacked on cream cheese bagels (they’re to die for, I’m craving one right now), made friends with a squirrel, watched a broadway musical and shopped till I dropped!

And on a side note.. as of Last week not only New York but the whole of the US has legalised gay marriage. C’mon Australia, step up your game, you’re an embarrassment!

3. I have moved into a new apartment, just 5 mins from work. My housemate is lovely and the apartment is huge and I love it. Apart from it being at least minus 5 degrees most days, but hey who needs fingers and toes anyway.

4. And last but not least… Job Update! yaaaaaay!

Just started my 7th month with Flight Centre, we celebrated the End Of Financial Year with a fancy ball, all the girls in the store got dolled up, we hired a limo (p.s. I never want to drive in a regular car again) and everyone had a few drinks and danced(slut dropped) all night and we all had a ball! (pun intended)

till next time xxx

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Officially a Flighty

coffee mapAfter 3 long stressful weeks of training I finally graduated a flighty. I’m now working for Flight Centre and have made it through 6 weeks in store and going pretty well with it actually!

I’ve always loved travelling and talking about travel and now it’s part of my job. It’s not an easy job and can be extremely stressful at times, but I get to talk about what I love and find out more about the world every day. My team is awesome and I’m finally working close to home.

The downside has to be my travel bucket list just keeps on getting longer. Iceland, Peru, Nepal, Hawaii, Tanzania, I wanna do it all! There’s not enough annual leave in a year!

My next trip is currently in the planning stage. Brugge, Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest 🙂 🙂

Travel as much as you can

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End of an era

Well. It’s over.

I find myself sitting in Gloria jeans in Cronulla having a cup of tea and wondering where the last 2 years have gone.

I remember getting my visa application and all those pesky supporting documents together like it was yesterday. Waiting (not so patiently) for my letter to arrive in the mail to find out whether or not I would be going to the UK, then jumping on a plane by myself having never even visited the town I was moving to.

I was determined to do something on my own, completely for myself and I did it. Yes I ran into some roadblocks along the way and met some not so nice people. But that doesn’t compare to how many wonderful people I did meet and the good times I had. By the end I thought I would be dying to go home – which to some extent I was.. But seeing my old friends and family meant leaving the new ones I had made which seemed to take away some of the excitement of going back home. What made it harder this time around was knowing I may never come back for anything more than a holiday.

All in all, it was worth it 100% and I would recommend to everyone that living abroad at some stage in their life is one of the most rewarding things you can do but also one of the hardest.

On that note, I leave you with a quote I read the other day that perfectly sums up how I feel.

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of knowing and loving people in more than one place “

Work, schmerk

Just an update on work life. Was enjoying working at the recruitment agency and having a 9-5 job and getting decent sleep for once! And although not my DREAM job, it paid the bills! Unfortunately the company kinda went bust and all the newish staff were let go. So with 2 months left on my visa and not really sure what the future held for me, I found myself jobless again!

Back on the job hunt I went. With about 4 interviews in the first few days of looking I thought I’d be sweet. Turns out people don’t like hiring a foreigner with 2 months left on their visa.. who’da thought it!

So I looked for something a bit more casual and handed my CV in around town. Managed to land myself not 1, but 2 new jobs. I’ve got myself working for a Catering & Events company and a small bar in town. 1st gig for the Events company was Chester races. LOVE Chester and loved the races. The atmosphere was awesome and it sure tested my pint pouring ability. I think we made 20K in about 4 hours just at our bar! The other job is more of a cocktail bar, so its trickier than my last pub job but way more fun and laid back. They even have a sauna in the back corner where you can chill and have a few drinks! (not a working sauna of course.. sweatin’ your makeup off on a night out is not my idea of fun). So as you can see below, i’m FULLY trained in making zombies, a cherry fizz, long island ice teas and white russians ;P and the boss even joined me to taste test them after my shift.

Still bummed about losing my 9-5 but liking my jobs at the moment and liking the variety. Shoulda left that damn Wetherspoons over a year ago!

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Take me back to Scotland

True to my wish, I’m seeing as much of the UK as I can before I head home! Scotland in one word… AMAZING!

Jack and I caught an early train up to Glasgow and spent the day looking around the city and trekked it to the Trossachs National Park to look at the second biggest lake in Scotland – Loch Lomond. We took packed lunches and sat in the national park with an awesome view of the lake. We (well more me than Jack) decided to go for a little (massive) bush walk up the side of a mountain to get a good view of the lake. Tiring but definitely worth it, and even stopped to get a “wee” ice cream on the way back.

The next 2 days were spent exploring Edinburgh. I LOVED Edinburgh. I think this is probably the only other city I’ve been to, apart from Sydney that I could live in. Don’t know about the usual Scottish weather but it was beautiful while we were there! Our hostel was awesome, right outside Edinburgh castle. The Princes Gardens, the Royal Mile, the Castle, the climb up to the top of Arthurs Seat – it was all great. I wish I could have spent more time there.

Next stop Lakes District! Bring it on xx

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“on the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond”

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Glasgow Necropolis and Cathedral

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The Scott Monument built in memory of Sir Walter Scott the poet

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Princes gardens and view of the Castle

After climbing to the top of Arthurs seat - absolutely amazing view!

After climbing to the top of Arthurs seat – absolutely amazing view!

Easter long weekend

I’m a bit behind in my posts and easter has been and gone. But thought I’d post about my weekend anyway, I’ve been lazy over the last few months… that and I haven’t had much to post about!

In my endeavour to see as much of England as I can before I make my way home I thought I’d take a trip up to the North East, home of the Geordie Shore 😛 Maybe not as exciting as going overseas but much better than staying in Warrington for a long weekend!

We took the train on friday after Jack had finished work, we spent the night in Leeds and had dinner in a cool New York style burger bar where we tried to devour the biggest (and most delicious) burger I had ever seen in my life. Even sharing it between the 2 of us we still managed to get entirely defeated. We washed down our shame with a couple of awesome cocktails and had a walk around the town centre where we went to the oldest (still operating) pub in Leeds. We ordered some drinks and stood by the bar as sitting was not an option! Turned out it was quite a popular place! After a little while we took to the streets and had a look around town before retiring early because we were still too full on burger to walk around any longer.

The next day we checked out the markets and a few cathedrals and made our way to York! We had limited time in york so we hopped on the city explorer open top bus. I know, how much more touristy can you get?? But I gotta say it was a great way to experience the city and learn some history along the way. We checked out the Shambles, Clifford tower, York Minster, had ice cream in the Museum Gardens by St Mary’s Abbey, had a quick walk through the Yorvik Viking Museum, hiked the city walls AND fed a little lamb. All in all it was a great day.

That night we hopped a train and travelled onwards to Newcastle! Now this night we put the sight seeing aside and went out for a drink! Starting the night in Sinners (an appropriately named seedy nightclub) we took a couple of cheap triple shot drinks and the theme was set for the night. Messy. We snuck into Tiger Tiger, had a dance in Madamme Koos and a few other nightclubs I can’t remember. One having a really cool underground crypt feel to it and playing Mumford and Sons. I think this one was my fave!

The next day, I kid you not, I spent the first few hours sipping iced water and trying to sober up and work up the ability to eat something, and keep it down- totally worth it! It was a slow start to the day but we still got a lot done. Visited the castle, walk down the markets alongside Quayside, visited the St Nicholas Cathedral and took a trip out to the Long sands beach at Tynemouth.

Had a great weekend, and in all the excitement me and Jack completely forgot to eat some easter eggs! Shocking!

Samantha xx

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Yellow fields on the train ride to Leeds

Cocktails

Jack’s cocktail is on fire!

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Easter ice creams in the Museum Gardens

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St Mary’s Abbey

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St Nicholas Cathedral

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Long Sands Beach – Tynemouth

Home Sweet Home

Last November I was lucky enough to make a trip back home to Sydney with Jack to catch up with my family and friends and make it to my little bro’s 21st, wouldn’t miss that for the world!

It was so lovely to see everyone and catch some of the aussie sun! The weather was perfect, the company was great and I loved showing Jack my life and where I come from. It was great to be a tourist in my own city for once and see Sydney from a different perspective. I loved it, Jack loved it, everyone loved Jack. I can say all in all, it was a success!

Can’t wait to go back again! x

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North Cronulla – the beach I grew up at

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Taking Jack to watch the sunrise at Lilli Pilli Point

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Icecreams @ South Cronulla Park

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Three Sisters – Blue Mountains, Sydney

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Jack getting close to nature @ Symbio Wildlife Park, Sydney

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The most amazing Christmas present I could ever think of! Atop the Harbour Bridge overlooking beautiful Sydney Harbour

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The amazing Sydney Skyline on the ferry headed to Manly

Happy Halloween!

Halloween has to be my favourite time of year in regards to dressing up!

Last year was a zombie and a devil, this year a witch and a vampire! Somanypossibilities!

Happy Halloween people!

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Getting’ a little witchy

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getting jack into the halloween spirit

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Not all those who wander are lost.

OK so my life in Warrington isn’t TERRIBLE, I know that. But it’s certainly not how I envisioned my life when I left Sydney for 2 years abroad. Now although I miss home like crazy, I have this visa for only 2 years and I want to make the most of it.

I came over planning to move around a bit, maybe Scotland, maybe London, who knows, but I did wanna experience the UK a lot more than I have.  With my job, I actually have the ability to transfer within the company, and that’s what I loved so much about it, I thought “Wow, this is perfect for my plans to travel! Nothing can stop me now”.

My friend posted this link the other day, she’s currently living in London, loving life.

London steals title of best city in the world from Paris

Best city? did you hear that.. that’s a big call! I gotta say.. London and Paris have to be two of my favourite cities, and unfortunately my ‘being an Aussie’ doesn’t allow me to live and work in Europe. So it started me thinking… Maybe London should be my next stop. Why not eh? It’s gotta be more exciting than Warrington! I have a few friends there already, one of my close friends who I’ve known since I was about 4 years old has just informed me she’s moving to London next month. I’m not gonna lie.. London is looking pretty promising… Now all I need to do is convince my boyfriend that moving to London is not a horrible, selfish, stupid idea, and it could actually be an amazing life experience that I will never have the opportunity to do again. Wish me luck 😉

And in the mean time, here’s a few pics to show off some of London’s beauty xx

Oh and p.s. Sydney came 2nd, if you were wondering 😛

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