29 May 2015

Friday figments and photos::The Hollywood edition

Celebs, stars, coffee, sprawling suburbs, grime, city life, movie sets, lifestyles of the rich and famous, lost camera memory cards, rolling down Rodeo Drive in a convertable, beach sunshine, rock'n'roll bars.

We kinda loved Los Angeles. Not necessarily the city itself - it seemed a bit harsh and enormous - but the awesome opportunities for two jet-lagged tourists were pretty fantastic.

Hollywood - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Hollywood - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Hollywood - Adventures of a London Kiwi

There may have been a little bit of holiday photo spam on my instagram feed. #Sorrynotsorry.

Hollywood - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Hollywood - Adventures of a London Kiwi

And before we knew it, our short visit was over and were were winging our way over to New Zealand, land of the long white cloud...

27 May 2015

Urban Beekeeping at St Ermin's Hotel Westminster

Samuel Johnson hit the nail on the head when he declared 'if you are tired of London, you are tired of life'. There seems to be literally something for everyone in this adopted city of mine, and when people ask for my favourite aspect of London there is no question that it's the sheer variety of fascinating things you can do. (In it's own way, it can be rather exhausting - how do you learn to say no to something you think you'll regret missing?)

St Ermin's Hotel Westminster Urban Beekeeping Course

St Ermin's Hotel Westminster Urban Beekeeping Course

So with this in mind, Kara and I found ourselves one Saturday dressed in hooded beekeepers outfit in the corridors of a luxury Westminster hotel. My friends weren't even suprised. Much.

25 May 2015

18 reasons you must visit Glasgow Transport museum

It probably isn't often that a museum about the vehicles that ferry us from A - Z is added to a jolly holiday itinerary. Granted, we're probably not normal - hello London tube - but when we had 48 hours in Glasgow unwinding from our epic Skye roadtrip we were rather fascinated to see what the European Museum of the Year 2013 had.

May I present to you 18 reasons that you should visit the Glasgow Transport museum.

Glasgow Transport museum Zaha Hadid

1. Four separate people enthused about this museum the second I mentioned we were popping into Glasgow.

2. Horse drawn taxis.

Glasgow Transport museum Zaha Hadid

3. It's absolutely free.

23 May 2015

Blogging inspiration and what the heck to write about?

A friend of mine was asking me the other day just how I managed to blog 6 days a week for 3 years, work fulltime, spend quality time with my other half AND motor around London like my pants were on fire. Honestly I don't know... I guess really it came down to two things: sheer bl**dy determination and settling into a blogging habit that suited me (and occasionally inviting Mr Kiwi out to blogging dinners - heh, two birds with one stone and all that).

I've learnt that creativity comes easiest to my weird brain in the later evening; it helps to have a soundtrack of pop music (Delta brainwaves help generate creativity with a good bass line apparently) and no distractions ie. turning off Twitter. I know it is hard, but you can do it if I can (for at least 10 minutes anyway). I absolutely wouldn't have been able to do it without publicly setting myself a target of blogging, and seizing that tricky muse went it hits - some days I could draft 4 posts in a sitting, some weeks I could draft 2 over all 7 days.

I also find that I have to have photos to write. Strange I know, but once there are a few pretties lined up in the draft box, the words seem to come a little bit easier.