Take me home, to a place I belongggg

Ok it’s been one whole year since I packed up and left Sydney along with all my friends and family. I gotta say, I’m proud of myself for actually having the balls to do it, I’ve enjoyed the majority of my time here and the experiences I’ve had but nothing beats home, and I’m starting to realise that more and more each day.

I’ve had to move out of my last place I was living and am now in a share house just outside town. And while I’ve done that before back in Sydney, moved in with complete strangers, I had an awesome time… here, it’s a little different. Here, everyone stays in their rooms, no one watches tv or hangs in the loungeroom, no one has friends over or has a bbq on the weekend or a couple of beers in the backyard. I’m living with 3 guys and apparently that also means no one cleans, no one takes the rubbish out and no one buys anything for the house. I don’t know whether I’m trying to hold on to the Australian lifestyle and it’s just a different ball game over here or my housemates are either highly anti-social or literally just hate me. But it’s not the best place i’ve lived in.. to put it lightly.

My job here has always been just a way to get money (and not much of it). I’ve always been on the lookout for new jobs, something a little more fulfilling, normal hours, I like a bit of routine! Now my job feels like that’s the escape and my home life is the prison (slightly dramatic, but you get the point). I’ve never had that before. I almost feel like if I’m not at work, it’s like.. what am I doing with my life?

My job is great for taking time off, if I wanted to go to Spain for a long weekend. I could get the time off, the joys of casual work! But, turns out – the wages here pretty much give me enough money to pay rent, then maybe buy a family size pack of 2 minute noodles to last me the week. (Again, little dramatic hah) but kinda ruined my plans to travel the world! Just slightly..

Bottom line is, I miss everything. A LOT.  And i’d rather be back in OZ earning enough to travel a couple of times a year then over here, living paycheck to paycheck with not much in between.  I miss home, I miss family, I miss friends, I miss catching the lightrail to work in the mornings, watching the sunset over Anzac bridge , sitting in the botanical gardens for lunch, getting up at 5am for the gym, going out for drinks on Oxford st after work, Thai in Newtown, having a bucket of coronas at Beach Burrito, sitting at Sushi Train in Cronulla, Sunday Soccer and ‘porto’s in the park afterwards, tanning at Darook park on the weekends and getting Grind and walking along the esplanade. I miss it all. Everyday.

Rant over.

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10 things I need in my life.

Number One: Ombre Hair

Number Two: Warm Wooly Sweater

Number Three: Thin Studded Belt

Number Four: Flats flats flats!

Number Five: Mustard Cardi

Number Six: Stripes.

Number Seven: Lace-Up Ankle Boots

Number Eight: Statement Scarf

Number Nine: Leather Satchel

Number Ten: Head Scarf

We are Family

After returning from Egypt I had the best present ever to come home to! A visit from my family 🙂

Below are some piccies from our trip to Wales, I miss having them here already!

Couldn’t possibly love these lot more, they are the anchor that keeps me grounded <333

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Picnic lunch by the River Dee, Wales

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Rock skimming competition between the boys

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Feeding the ducklings

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My little bro on the walk back after lunch

Egypt

Hands down one of the best holidays I’ve been on.

Who wouldn’t love spending 10 days with your better half lounging by the beach, working on your tan with all inclusive food and drinks and the occasional spa treatment or boat ride to islands such as the aptly named “Paradise Island”. Count me in!

Based in a resort in Hurghada by the Red Sea, days were spent by the pool or the beach and nights were spent venturing into town and trying not to get persuaded to buy Souvenirs (which might I add we were terrible at!). Generally it was too hot to do much during the day that didn’t involve submerging yourself in water! But 2 out of the 10 days we decided to commit ourselves to doing a bit of the run-of-the-mill touristy things. Which I don’t regret one bit!

First day trip to Luxor to see Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings and the second day trip to Cairo to see the Cairo museum, the Great Sphinx and of course the Pyramids.

Despite the fact that these two trips ranged from a 15 hour to a 22 hour day, I wouldn’t change it for the world! I got to see actual mummies, take a trip down the Nile, check out Tutankhamun’s treasures and climb under a pyramid! Booyah! Take me back!

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Jack checking out the view from our balcony on our first day

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The bluest water I have ever seen!

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Nile cruise with my lover

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the Pyramid of Chefren (my fav pic!)

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You know… just chilling with the Sphynx by the Pyramids

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I had to!

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Well Christmas has been and gone! (As much as I wanted to post on the day, it was all a bit hectic and my laziness got in the way). On a whole i’d say the holiday season was pretty good to me. Lots of drinking, friends, iphone raping and awesome presents from here and back home.

Christmas day was spent working, it was a pretty fun day considering. Got up early to make hot chocolates and open presents with my housemates then made our way to work dressed all pretty like in white shirts and dicky bows 🙂 listened to christmas carols, served food and drinks to customers, had a drink with work people, it was pretty chilled. Seeing as we spent christmas day working, we postponed our celebrations to the following day and had everyone over for an awesome Boxing Day Christmas Dinner. We drank (not enough), ate (too much) and played Twister, Thank God You’re Here and some random card games towards the end of the night accompanied by home made red wine!

New Years Eve was a let down, worked the close at work, celebrated by mopping the floor and cleaning the bar top… *sigh* i’d rather not get into it :/

It’s now 8th Jan (one day till my birthday :D) and I have a week off work to do whatever I want! Australia is suffering from a major heat wave with 41 degree heat, zero humidity and 80kph winds…. talk about a bushfire warning! Jeezus!

Stay safe Aussie Land! I’m gonna need you there for me when I get over this place!

Goodnight all xx

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To be fair, with this amount of alcohol, we should have had a drunker christmas

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I patted a reindeer in the middle of town >_<

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Dressing all spiffy for Christmas Day

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Boxing day! and a small percentage of the iPhone rapage

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Manchester Christmas Markets

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Warrington (specifically our driveway) on a cold, foggy December day
*photo courtesy of Mr. Black

 

 

3 weeks till christmas!


Not long now till my first (hopefully) white Christmas! It’s getting much colder and I’m still yet to purchase some weather appropriate clothing :/ I’ll go shopping the next day I have off I swear!

So I’ve been a bit lazy with the blogging but here’s what you’ve missed (I love how I direct these statements as though people actually read this)

Halloween
So.much.dressing.up. decorated the pub with loads of spiderwebs, fake spiders, skulls.. it was awesome, dressed up as a devil and a zombie for work, had an awesome night out in Manchester with Emily and Andrew at a Zombie School Disco and did karaoke dressed as the undead 🙂 (I secretly love karaoke…. I have the voice of a fucking angel! :/ )

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What do we want? Brainnnss. When do we want them? Brainnnnsss.

Beth’s adorable new addition to the family!

Sucks that I couldn’t be there for the birth of my besties baby, beautiful little Harper Grace Evans; but I’m happy to know that everything went smoothly and she is one healthy little bubba! Much love x

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Visit from mah homies (or homos) Rajeev and Chelsea!

Chels stopped by Wazza on her road trip. Was good to catch up like old times, talk about how great it is to not be involved in the lesbian drama back in Syd, meet the awesome new gf Steph, get extremely wasted, dance all night and get called into work early for a 14 hour shift extremely hungover the next morning… ok maybe that part wasn’t that fun :/

Rajeev had a one night stopover in Manchester so I picked him up, checked out Primark and had a quick catchup dinner/drinks at mexican, pre drinks with Andrew then took him out for a messy messy night in Warrington for Jules bday which was strictly to end at 1am which turned out to b about 4 or 5 (musta been a fun flight for Jeeves the next morning!)

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Ruckusing Primark 🙂

Getting ready for Christmas!

Fun night with the housemates listening to Christmas Carols, dressing up in elf hats, putting up the tree, decorating our flat and watching Love Actually

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Willkommen Zum Oktoberfest!

Making my way through my bucket list! Latest stop: Munich, Germany.

After 3 hrs sleep, the quickest bag packing ever, 2 trains, 1 flight, a quick stop to pick up Emily, 2 more trains and a busride, I arrive at Campingplatz Obermenzing, my new home for the next 3 nights.

So what’s the first thing to do when ur sleepy, really cold and have been travelling all day? Get drunk! (obviously). Not a huge night but big enough considering we were getting up 5 the next day :/ After trying as many different beers as we could we called it a night, well most of us did. I however, went to charge my phone at the giant 100 socket power board.. My options being 1. Leave the phone with a bunch of strangers, go to bed and get some much needed sleep, and quite possibly never see my phone again or 2. Stay with the phone, sit with the strangers and wait for it to slowly charge. I chose Option number 2, because of underlying trust issues. But hey I met a lot of people, a fair few from Oz, a couple from the UK and Germany and a bunch of insane Scottish boys where most of the conversation consisted of me going… “What? Say it again.. only slower“. At around 1:30am I called it a night after the Scottish boys found their long lost mate who greeted them by punching one guy in the face and tackling another knocking over a bunch of chairs. 82% was enough charge anyway.

Now I’m not exaggerating here… but this night was the coldest I have ever been in my entire life. Dressed in trackies, socks, 2 shirts, a jumper, and a scarf, wrapped in a sleeping bag, curled up in a little ball while trying to breathe hot air into my sleeping bag to warm myself up. I laid there shivering wishing I had taken up that offer on an extra blanket for 3 Euros until 5am hit and my alarm went off for breakfast. Oh god, no sleep. It’s gonna be a long day.

I get up, shower to warm myself the f*ck up and get ready for breakfast. It’s still dark when we get on the bus to Oktoberfest. By the time we get in to the grounds the sun has come up, we get in the line for our beer hall at about 7:30, we line up till 9am, yep, that’s an hour and a half of standing in a line. The doors open and everyone rushes in to get a table. You literally didn’t even have to take a step, just lift ur feet and get dragged in by the stampede. We find a table and beers are there within 5 mins. The fun begins! After about 4 litres of beer, some pretzels, a lot of singing, dancing on the tables, drunken conversations and a bunch of photos with people I don’t remember, we leave the beer hall to go on some rides!

Oktoberfest is essentially a giant Easter Show, but everyones drunk and dressed funny. We meet some interesting people and ate a bunch of super unhealthy German food. I don’t remember everything but we ended up back at the campsite where I stayed up with Ian and Sebastian talking about Canada and Germany and how insanely different they are to Australia. Did you know in Canada they have mist that freezes in the air cause it’s so cold and melts from your body heat when you walk through it, leaving a hollow line where you’ve walked? I don’t care who you are.. that’s awesome! and Sebastian lent me his blanket which meant he was my new favourite person cause I was like 1/2 as freezing that night and actually got some sleep!

The next day I decided to go into the city, see some sights and be a tourist and join the Oktoberfest festivities later. Having no idea what there really is to see in Munich I pretty much just walked around and got a feel for the city. I love getting lost in foreign countries (not even kidding). I found the Hofbrauhaus, a famous german beer hall, visited a toy museum, watched a german church sermon, had lunch in Marienplatz and saw the awesome Town Hall ‘Neues Rathaus‘, climbed the bell tower for a great view over the city, bought some souvenirs and looked around the markets and visited a Schokoladen to buy some yummy stuff for my housemates (and myself). After walking around for the majority of the day, I went back to the beer halls of Oktoberfest to get drunk and eat some more pretzels 🙂 I had some catching up to do so ended up getting quite drunk quite quickly! Decided to catch the 9pm bus back and continue drinking back at the campsite, however by the stage I got back to the campsite I realised I was drunker than I thought and decided passing out was a more appropriate option than continuing to drink. Plus I had another big day of travel the next day, back to Warrington!

Did I mention at some point I put a passcode lock on my phone in my drunken state and couldn’t use it for 2 days because I forgot the password… Yep, that happened. What a spastic.

The weekend was definitely lots of fun, but i’m not ready to do it again any time soon, I’m still paying for it now with a bunch of random bruises, some cuts and a head cold. Plus being at home in my own bed is freakin’ awesome and so WARM! I must be settling in well here coz I felt so relieved once I walked back into my house… apart from that whole spending hours working out how to fix my phone, but after that! so relieved.

Auf Wiedersehen! xx

Campingplatz Obermenzing, my freezing cold home in Munich!

First beers!

so much beer.

I don’t even really like pretzels that much, but I had to get one!

This guys shirt was made from bar towels! Awesome.

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Cuckoo clocks! First created over 280 years ago in Southwest Germany

Michaelskirche, the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps

Town Hall or ‘Neues Rathaus’ and Marienplatz from Peterskirche Bell Tower

London we meet again

Seeing as my employment was pushed back a week due to pesky national insurance numbers and induction dates I decided to visit london again while I had the time off. Ahh London I love you!

First day predominantly involved a long ass bus ride (mainly due to my lack of planning in advance and last minute train tickets being super expensive) then straight to the pub for beers, meeting a few new people and catching up with old friends, which was a pretty good indication of how the rest of the weekend would go.

Second day was spent looking at the Camden markets, sitting in the sun drinking beers by the canal, seeing a couple of drug dealers get escorted away by the police and a long discussion on the difference between geese and ducks ha. I’ve been told Camden is the “Newtown” of London.. full of colourful personalities and alternative looking people and every second shop being (my fav) tattoo and piercing parlors! must. resist. tempation. Then after that, we moved onto The World’s End for more drinks – a pub with a highly varied collection of music consisting of heavy metal, punk rock, pop, jazz and blues and an equally varied collection of people. After a few hours of drinking, back home for… wait for it.. more beers! AND Pizza! 😀

Day 3 was mainly reserved for sleeping in and being hungover and then out for coffee in Brixton Markets and shopping in Carnaby Street. Then chilling and watching dvd’s for the rest of the night 🙂

The last day I killed time by walking around London by myself being a tourist and revisiting the main attractions, pretty much just to get some pretty pictures for mah blog 😛 Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the protestors in Parliament Square and then a little stroll across the Westminster Bridge to look at the River Thames and the London Eye. Then Back to Victoria Station for my long bus ride back to Manchester!

London. It’s been fun as always, I hope we meet again soon 😉 x

Camden Markets

Sitting by the Canal is apparently the “in” thing to do in Camden

The World’s End pub

Coffee in Brixton Markets

Carnaby Street shops

Chillin’ out the front of the Buckingham Palace like a loner

Garden’s in front of Buckingham Palace

Big Ben…I know we’ve all seen it before but I couldn’t not take a pic

And lastly! The Thames and the London Eye

Settling in to my new home

Almost a week into my stay in Warrington, UK and i’m loving it so far! I brought the Sydney weather with me that’s for sure, we’ve had perfect weather since I landed last Thursday. Thongs and sunnies all the way.

Phone was easy as pie to setup, bank account was about 99% done before I left Oz so all it took was a meeting with the bank and BAM I can get my first pay check!

Of course I will need to be working for that to happen.. which, if all goes to plan will start next week! The Looking Glass, the pub I’ll be working at is super cute and I’m assuming will be pretty much a second home to me… I’ve been there about 5 times already and I haven’t even started working there yet!

So far my time here has been spent meeting for coffee, shopping, drinking, too much pub food, train rides, bus rides and more drinking. Oh and Blackpool which is pretty much an entire town devoted to amusement parks, and a promenade complete with piers, ferris wheels, trams, arcades, fish & chip shops and LOTS of fairy lights.

Hopefully visiting friends in London this weekend before I become a working girl 😉

Samantha
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Rhode Island Coffee – where the magic begins

The Looking Glass – isn’t it cute!

The Barley Mow pub in Golden Square

Blackpool!

One of the piers at sunset

The Trafford Centre, Manchester – most amazing shopping centre ever

Their food court was Titanic themed! Amazing!

It’s official. I’m going to the UK!

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YES! Finally it arrived! My visa has been approved! Maybe tonight I’ll be able to sleep!

I’m sad to be leaving my friends and family (and tbh the most beautiful country in the world) but I’m sooooo excited to be going overseas, a new environment, new people, new opportunities and new adventures! 😀 😀 😀

Still lots to do and not much time to do it in! Did my voting this morning, and spent the day with my pop(coolest guy I know) and spent the night getting rid of everything that I own that I won’t be taking with me. Tomorrow dealing with travel insurance, gym memberships, bank accounts.. the list goes on.

8 days left and counting! eeeeeeeeee 😀

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