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moving. (particularly corny post ahead)

changing addresses.

It’s almost been a year since I got on that plane and left. It’s becoming glaringly obvious to me now that I may have chosen the wrong URL for this blog. So, I hope this doesn’t confuse you, my ever so loyal readers :P

I had intended this blog to be a record of what I did while on exchange in 2010. However, the entire experience did nothing to satisfy the travel bug in me. And so, a change is in order.

Think of the move as a metaphor. I’m changing the address to reflect that my exchange was not the end. In fact, it was just the start of something else. There are plenty of travels to be had in the future, and I could not be more excited. :)

Here it is,

I hope you join me on the next stage of my adventure. :)



88.9% to go.

visited 25 countries (11.1%)

Create your own visited map of The World

Stole this from Jess. Well, would you looky at that?

It’s kind of cheating though. I mean, I went to Russia, but the portion of Russia that I saw in no way equates to the huge landmass that it actually occupies. But I think the percentage is of the number of countries… the map is just a little misleading.

So, I am missing South America, and Antarctica…!

Exams are currently in full-swing, and then it will be break. While others are off jet-setting and adding to their own maps, I shall endeavour to update some more about 2010/2011. :)



This time last year, I was in the midst of cramming of exams Equity & Trusts (the Law requirement before you can go on exchange) and trying to plan out how I was going to spend my first couple of weeks, and what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to go, and just figuring out the grand plan for everything. It felt like there were so many things to organise…

If you recall, I tried to learn Danish, and spectacularly failed. I had considered attending classes at Frederikskirken, the Danish Church over in Pennant Hills, but was told that I was too late for enrolments. This made me far more disappointed than I thought it would, but in any event, I told myself that I would go through exchange with no regrets.

Looking back, I really don’t have (m)any. Sure, maybe I could have done some things differently, but that would have been more of a curiosity thing, to see how things would have turned out, rather than because of any dissatisfaction with the way that they did.

I have mentioned before, somewhere, I don’t know whether it was here or Facebook, but I really had wished that I had made it to a FC København match…

Anyway, my point for this post, is the following video that made me wish a little that I had experienced a little bit of this craziness. :)

Note: This video was taken in Aarhus/Århus (depending on which view you prefer. See here for an article about the controversy!) Anyway, yeah, that’s where my original first choice, but due to mix ups and misunderstandings, I did not end up going there… Just a side note!

Anyway, yeah, things like that make me happy. :)

And because this post would not be a post without a photo, here’s one I prepared earlier, me being a super fan over a different sport, from an amazing country that I am still yet to post about… :)


ice hockey at ice palace, st petersburg. :)

to the duke and duchess of cambridge,

the duke and duchess of cambridge.

While I did not enjoy the insane hype in the week leading up to your nuptials today, I have to say that even I tuned in to share your happy day.

However, despite most people’s attentions focused on you, I have to say, my eyes were peeled for my preferred royals. I was disappointed to only find the 247th in line to the British throne in attendance – Queen Margrethe II.

In any case, I was delighted to see her seated so close to the altar, although, since she is your grandmother’s cousin, I can see how this would be fitting.

Didn’t she look lovely… albeit a little reminiscent of another much publicised (but only in Denmark) recent royal event – the christening of the twins. Take a look!

her majesty the queen, in what i have read is 'robin's egg blue'.

In addition to my Danish royal spotting, I did so love to see your beautiful London dressed up as it was. It was definitely a far cry to the predominantly grey London that I saw while I was there earlier in the year. However, I will take this moment to relive a beautiful afternoon I spent at the top of the Monument.

london in mid-january, 3-4pm.

Thank you for letting 2 billion people, and I, share in your special day.

Best wishes,

for to måneder siden (two months ago…)

Ok, so two months ago, I was home already. I missed the 25th, but oh well. Life goes on.

While I do not think that my mind has come back from Europe yet, it’s a part of my heart that I think still hasn’t come back from Singapore… (excuse the cheese!)

I spent a good two weeks in Singapore, staying with Mama (Dad’s mum), saying goodbye to the house (even if I didn’t know it yet), hanging out with all the relos from both sides and even some of my parents’ friends, eating to my stomach’s content, aching to buy stuff but for the lack of luggage space…

I have said it somewhere before, possibly when I flew into Singapore en route to Copenhagen, but flying into Singapore feels like coming home. Although I don’t think that I could ever get used to permanently living there, there’s something about it that always calls me back. Of course, family is a big factor in that, but there’s something else as well…

In any case, just a little introduction to some of the relos. I miss them all dearly. :(

at westlake for a tan fam dinner. cousin photo! (although, minus a fair few...!)

celebrating my 21st with just some of the lees at crystal jade. :)

I didn’t take very many pictures of the family, although I should have. Next time. :)

Anyway, culture shock be damned, I think I may have settled in at home. It’s still hard to soothe those itchy feet, but this is home. For now. :)

And real life awaits. (Although, I am super jealous that Mum is headed back ‘home’ on Friday…!)


seven months and four days later…

I have:

– visited 15 countries
– visited far more cities
– made far too many plane trips
– seen some amazing places
– totally out museum-ed and church-ed myself
– eaten some delicious food
– made fantastic friends from all over the world
– learnt to say ‘thank you’ in a number of languages
– learnt some spastic Danish
– spent way too much money
– doubled the luggage that I brought with me
– gotten over my distaste for Skype
– experienced weather from -10 to 40 degrees Celsius
– become more independent… maybe? :D
– appreciated far more everything that my parents do for me
– visited family and friends scattered around the world
– been spectacularly fail at updating this blog

And finally:

– realised that there really is no place like home.. even if I currently feel a bit restless… :)

touchdown in sydney.

Thank you to everyone who has read and kept up to date with what I have been doing since I left last July. Since I have been so lame at updating on all my travels while I have been away, I think I will spend a better part of this year catching up, just so that I have a record of everything in one little place of the interwebs. So feel free to keep checking back. :)

In the meantime though, it is back to uni, and really studying. :)


{CDG} bonjour paris!

Side note, I think using the airport codes is a little bit redundant sometimes… in particular, Paris, seeing as I didn’t fly there…!

Anyway, so Monday morning (31st) I was due to catch the 8.55 Eurostar to Paris! Having caught the Eurostar back to London from Bruges, via Brussels, I’ve found that trains are definitely a better option for travel around Europe, if you have the luxury of time. However, it’s certainly not the most economical option, but probably works out well if you have a good idea of where exactly you want to go, how long you want to stay there… so then you can get the Eurail pass… maybe I’ll do that next time! :)

Had to wake up super early and get to St Pancras International ahead of time, to get through security and customs and all that. It was quite busy, but still better organised than when I was in Brussels.


before i fell asleep...

Got some food for the trip from Café Nero, but in the end I ended up sleeping on the train pretty much the entire time.

It’s kind of a great feeling to wake up in a totally different country. :)

Negotiated the metro and arrived at Cadet station.

from gare du nord.

Thanks to Lyndon for meeting me and picking me up. In general, thanks to Lyndon and Edmond for giving me a place to stay! :D Their apartment is super nice, and is quite central… and had a lovely view down into the courtyard. :)

i should have taken the actual courtyard... but this will do.

Once I’d settled in a bit, had a bit of lunch (the sandwich that I hadn’t eaten on the train), I headed out to Rue Mouffetard, which has all these cafés and bars… except, being a Monday, everything seemed to be closed. Oh well, I appreciated the streets anyway, as I do. :)

rue mouffetard.

Stopped by a hotel to ask where I could change my money, and was pointed towards the Panthéon, and so went that a-ways.

the panthéon.

Found a bank that was open, but they didn’t do any exchange. Luckily the lady was lovely and directed me across the road. I decided that I would pay a visit to the Panthéon, and it was quite nice inside, so I’m glad that I did. :)

inside the panthéon: ceiling, focault's pendulum, some painting, ceiling somewhere else.

descent into the crypt.

the crypt.

voltaire and rousseau.

memorial to antoine de saint-exupery, author of 'le petit prince'.

Once I left the Panthéon, I was delighted to see something distinctly Parisian off in the foggy distance… :)

first glimpse of a certain parisian tower.

After that, I wandered around that area, intending to go to the Luxembourg Gardens and see the Senate building, but the gardens were already closed. This is the problem about travelling in winter…

Oh well, I got a decent picture of the outside of the Senate building… I think.

senate building... i think.

I also saw one of the unis in Paris…


Then I decided to keep on wandering until I got to St Sulpice church, which was made famous by being in The Da Vinci Code, despite most of Dan Brown’s claims being completely untrue. Oh well, it was pretty inside, but of course there was a bit of construction going on outside…!

saint sulpice.

I then went on a kind of epic walk all the way to Notre Dame, alone the Seine.

night time walking: the louvre and library (?) from pont des arts.

padlocks on the bridge.

some random bridge.

After walking around in the cold for a while, I finally found myself in front of Notre Dame, closed by then of course, but still pretty none the less.

notre dame by night.

self timer win.

By then I was just super tired and super cold, but I still decided to take the walk all the way back. It wasn’t too bad, but yeah, just really cold. Picked up a crêpe for dinner. :) Got purposely kind of not really lost. And yeah, then made it back eventually. :)