22 March 2015

18, going on 30 - countries that is

Growing up in New Zealand, one of the farthest countries away from just about everything (or as Mr Kiwi put it' once you fly out from Australia, it feels as though you're flying off the edge of the world) it seems like an unimaginable dream to be able to pop over to another country for lunch (in our case, Paris that is!).

Friday figments and photos - the Tromso Edition

Someone's very wise Dad (I'm not sure who, my memory is getting incredibly bad) quite rightly pointed out that we're the first generation who can take full advantage of travelling. No kids, fairly good jobs, good transport infastructure and a yearning to explore. Over the years I've been privileged to travel to a few so far, but cheers to hopefully a few more!

(And they say Kiwis can't fly!)

1. New Zealand - the land of my forefathers, and one of my dearest homes. It totally counts.

New Zealand - Five places I'd like to visit again - Adventures of a London Kiwi

2. Australia - With a couple of trips as a kid, and a rather hilarious 5 hour stop over in Melbourne, I'm pretty sure that we need to turn more attention to Australia - but this will have to come in time.

3. Singapore - My first adult taste of travel and possibly my most fascinating taste of the wider world. I step from off the flight into a wall of humidity. The walls and windows lining the airport terminals are draped in exotic tropical flowers, heavy with a scent I can't place. My nose twitches, before being overwhelmed with the realisation that locals are chattering in a language that I don't understand.

4. England - the land of my fore-forefathers and the second of my dearest homes. Where do you even begin to sing British praises?

5. Scotland - We simply haven't explored enough of this enigmatic, mist shrouded country of kilt wearers.

6. Wales - Living in another country gives you a different viewpoint. It spurs you on to explore parts of the world that might not normally be of interest, and sadly Wales sadly seems to be one of those places. Viewed as a wild and woolly corner of the British Isles, it's underrated in my foreign opinion.

7. Northern Ireland - A city with a fearsome history, and several surprising gems (we had a Michelin star lunch for £20!).

8. Ireland - t'be sure the emerald green isles sparkled in early summer sunshine for us. We traveled through the luscious Irish Country side, kissing the Blarney Stone, sipped on an ice-cold Guinness next to the Liffey, marveled at the incredibly dramatic Cliffs of Moher, transversed Dublin's ha'penny bridge, explored the enigmatic ruins of Charles' Fort and marvelled at the gluten-free offerings of Ireland.

9. Czech Republic - Mysterious, cheeky and serves the best beer in the world, Prague was my first taste of Europe, and what a way to start!

10. France - languid summer lunches, slowly tricking rivers, free-flowing wine and sun-drenched tomatoes. I'm in!

11. Belgium - home of chocolate, the quirky Mannequin Pis and remarkably only took us the same time to train over as a trip to Oxford.

What to do on a long-haul flight - Adventures of a London Kiwi

12. Italy - Florence stole my heart many, many moons ago, Venice has my soul, Rome my thirst and hunger, Tivoli my artisticly history drenched imagination.

13. Germany - We spent a wintery long weekend in Berlin exploring the humbling Jewish Museum, one of the most evocative buildings I think I will ever encounter, beautifully lit Christmas markets in the shadows of Church bells and stumbled upon tickets for Handels Messiah, at the Berlin Philharmonic.

14. Spain - Oh how I wanted to adore Barcelona, but the Gaudi buildings aside it didn't rock our world for some reason.

15. Norway - We simply fell in love with Norway from a height of 30,000 feet. Flying from Olso to Tromso, a small island city 200 miles into the Arctic circle, we couldn't believe our eyes as volcanic plateaus, fjords and deep green ocean unfolded from our small aeroplane window.

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks) - Adventures of a London Kiwi

16. Holland - life lived on the canals, unique architecture, brownies and world conquering pirates. What's not to love?

17. Japan - Simply indescribable. Old, beautiful traditions and a new modern world adapting itself to the future.

18. America - Over the top, delicious, friendly and the widest roads perfect for an inexperienced driver. I never thought about America as a destination (the crumbling ruins of Europe held far too much glamour) but we adored our 10 days in New York & Florida. We have so many plans to return...

I'm very excited to say that we've several booked or in progress in order to achieve my 101 in 1001 goal. I'm currently sunning myself near a pool in Morroco, Switzerland beckons and Abu Dhabi is pencilled in returning from our New Zealand Christmas. There are also a few more trickling through the pipeline - a long long weekend in Poland, possibly popping in for a touch of Portugese summer sunshine and maybe another country or so. We'll see.

I think I might just have turned into a travel addict. (If you're not sure, take my highly scientific test '16 signs you're a travel addict'...)

How about you?


  1. You've been to some really cool places so far! I live in the UK but still havent visited Wales OR Ireland, crazy I know! Your travel plans sound awesome, I need to get cracking on my list. xx


  2. Oh I wish I had been in all those places!!! When I was growing up I did travel a lot within my own country, most of my friends barely left the city. Yes for real! But I've always enjoyed exploring new places. My wishlist is miles long, but hopefully step by step I'll have my chances to explore. Expect for going to Africa for work, I've never really left Europe! Maybe finally this year I'll break that :)

  3. Amazing list! You've been to some incredible places! x

  4. Love it! We have a pretty similar list actually though I haven't been to Norway. I should totally do a round up like this as well as I am also a travel addict! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  5. My land of kilt-wearers is rather amazing (if I do say so myself!) so excited that you're going to be visiting Glasgow soon!

    Also, talking of NZ - the boyf is a Kiwi and I miiiight be heading out that way for Christmas - I'm utterly desperate to go!
    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

  6. Oooh so many exciting times to look forward to!
    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London

  7. I love your description of France. Since I've only been to Paris, I've yet to really experience that side of the country. I need to give France a second shot!

    Also, try Andalucia. I have a hard time imagining you'd be disappointed with that region of Spain!

  8. We spend our honeymoon near Nimes, hiring an apartment overseen by a black and white cat called Mamom (spelling?) and it was delicious!

  9. We've loved Edinburgh, and can't wait to explore the highlands and get under the skin of Glasgow!

    That's so very cool - if you need any tips...! We'll be there as well - we'll have to tee up a coffee in my fair home :)

  10. I'd love to see it - I always adore more travel inspiration!

  11. But I think hometown / home country is the best kind of travel - and many people never do it as you say...!
    Aww, I hope so - there are some wonderful countries to explore *Cough New Zealand cough*

  12. Abby, go they're brilliant and with the summers we're having at the moment...!

  13. Some incredible places and it sounds like many more to come!

  14. Well keep in mind that East Coast driving is very different to if you decide to drive in California!!

  15. You've done so many places! This is making me want to haul arse out of England sometime soon!

  16. You've gone to so many places! I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of the traveling generation, as it wasn't an option for my parents when they were my age.

  17. You're right, we are so lucky to be part of the travel generation :) Look forward to reading all about the next places!

  18. Fingers crossed! Travel is the only thing that costs to make you richer, right ;)

  19. Are they a touch more aggressive ala Fear and Loathing Las Vegas style?

  20. I've briefly visited them, that's for sure!

  21. We're so lucky huh? You, you're a pro though :)

  22. Yes, once I was in a taxi van with my aunts and mom and grandma in going into New York City and we were all amazed how well they drove!!


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