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    What to do in Seattle: Ferry to Bainbridge Island

    To say that our afternoon trip over to Bainbridge Island was spontaneous is an understatement. We spent a morning mooching our way around a few of the Seattle stores (Mr Kiwi bought a watch, I bought a Frappucino at the Starbucks next to Pike Place Market – thereby hopping the hour plus queues) and then I google searched ‘what to do in Seattle’. That’s how much planning we did.

    What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Jumping aboard one of their commuter ferries was highly recommended (much like our day trip to the Gothenburg archipelago) and we handily timed a sandwich stop (thanks to the ferry timetables handily being available in the Googlemaps public transport route planner!) and before we knew it, we left the Seattle city skyline behind and enjoyed the brisk wind on our faces.

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    What to do in Seattle: Wonder at the Chihuly Garden and Glass

    In the shadow of the Seattle Space Needle, almost alien crystalline forms wrap their deft tendrils through the Chihuly Garden and Glass.

    What to do in Seattle Chihuly Garden and Glass Washington Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Every single petal, bowl, stem and branch of cascading glass has been handblown under the guidance of Washington State native Dale Chihuly (in fact he grew up in nearby Tacoma), and we couldn’t quite believe our eyes.

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    10 things do to when you’re Sleepless in Seattle

    We flew in and out of SeaTac Airport, staying in Seattle for a few days, before hopping on the train up to Vancouver for a wedding. Sadly, the Pacific NorthWest was battling pervasive smoke from destructive wildfires raging over British Columbia for much of our visit.

    What to do when you are Sleepless in Seattle Adventures of a London Kiwi Travel Blog
    Seattle is quite an industrial city with incredible natural surroundings and interesting places to visit as a tourist, but we didn’t quite get under the heartbeat of the city – and I think the mistake was visiting without a car.

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    The Best Hotel Breakfasts In The World (So Far)

    Like the brunch queen I am, I couldn’t help myself and put together a list of the best hotel breakfasts we have enjoyed so far around the world – they say “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” and I can’t help but agree. These are all favourites for a myriad of reasons – and every single hotel that we stayed in and listed, has excellent coffee and was part of an adventure.

    Luxury Hotel Cornwall The Scarlet Newquay Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The locations vary from Texas to Cornwall, from Budapest to Gibraltar but all have beautiful food, something special about them, and I would love to revisit every single one of them for retesting purposes.

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    How blogging has changed my life {The Travel Linkup}

    Blogging, oh, blogging. I’m not even going to pretend that blogging has had a small impact on my life. It’s had a rather major impact in pretty well every area of my world.

    Adventures of a London Kiwi

    How has blogging changed my life? Take Emma of 10 years ago for example. I was happily settling into married life in a country that has a myriad of small, and at times unsettling differences in culture, the honeymoon period of living in London was beginning to fade away, and I had rather fallen into a job that was soulless. 

    Fast forward 5 years – I was better attuned to those differences in cultures but the honeymoon period had definitely faded. I was still in a soulless job that wasn’t in any way challenging or creative, and the pattering rain began to really get on my nerves. I had no spark.

    9 of the best things to do in Salzburg Austria Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Enter stage left blogging.

    It began for me as a 365-day photo challenge – a private task that I wanted to complete – capturing the small, lovely moments in my everyday life that made me smile. After a year of while of dithering on the internet, and then setting myself up a small, awful, free blog to do the second year of this photo challenge, I realised that words had started to infiltrate my visual challenge.

    Before long I caught the blogging bug inspired by other people just like me, and instead of flopping on the couch to watch mindless TV after work, I was excited to record the adventures that we had between paydays, edit photos, learn how to make html hacks into my terrible blogspot website and tap into this incredible network of passionate blog addicts.

    Stratford Upon Avon Alveston Manor Hotel Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Blogging motivated me to get out and explore my adopted city, to meet like-minded new friends, to arrange better holidays, to challenge myself by learning new things and walk into a room and talk to friendly strangers. Who was this creature I was becoming?

    3 years or so later, I decided to take a total leap of faith and use those time-learned writing, photographing, social media management and networking skills full time to help share the amazing things that small businesses are doing.

    Luxury Hotel Seattle Salish Lodge and Spa Snoqualmie Falls Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I see the world in a totally different way.

    I’ve learned more than I could imagine about culture, history, business and other people.

    My confidence has grown.

    I’ve met amazing people. I’ve travelled overseas with and to see some of these amazing people.

    I’ve found my own voice, full of flaws and bad jokes.

    Rangitoto Island Auckland Day Trip New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

    How has blogging changed my life? Exponentially. And it has been worth every single second as a labour of love. For me it has never been about free stuff, competing or ever with the intention of blogging as a fulltime job – lord knows it’s easy to see the kind of person I could easily become, I’m definitely no saint – but those skills I’ve learned over the years are allowing me to live a pretty awesome life, full of challenges and contentment – not to mention travelling around the globe.

    Cheers blogging!

    How has blogging or travelling impacted your life?


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