It was back in December when it happened. We’d talked about the possibility of it occurring, but never really thought it would actually come true. I was on the train, coming back from Dutch class. My phone rang and it was Paul. He’d come home from work early to watch the World Cup draw, and [...]
I have recently celebrated my Dutch anniversary. I have now been a resident of the Netherlands for three whole years. My oh my, has that time flown. I have seen eleven of the twelve provinces (I still have to get to Drenthe), visiting some beautiful cities such as Middelburg, Haarlem, Alkmaar, Maastricht, Groningen and Arnhem. [...]
It seems a bit of a shame that when I think of Meteora, I always think back to that one time last June. It was hot. It’s always hot at Meteora. We had hit a record of six chuckers on the drive in from Thessaloniki; dozens of hairpin turns combined with a couple of sharp [...]
Today, I had a moment. One of those little ones that get to you when you least expect it. They hit you, and then you spend hours going over them in your head. I was on the train, heading to work and reading Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential on my eReader. I came to a passage, read [...]
For many years, a common misconception has existed on the backpacker trail. Apparently if you want to visit stunning beaches and see charming hillside villages in Greece, you need to head to the Greek Islands. I can categorically say that this is not true. Why? One word: Parga. I’ve said on this blog quite a few [...]
Whenever somebody asks me advice on what to do in Amsterdam or where to go for a daytrip, I always say the same thing. Get out of Amsterdam. Go to Haarlem. Now, I don’t have anything against Amsterdam – I’ve actually come to really like the Dutch capital – but it ain’t the Netherlands. Non-Randstad [...]
I grew up surrounded by Greeks. Nick Giannopolous, Ada Nicodemou and Alex Dimitriades were on the television. Helen Kapalos and Mary Kostakidis were there too, reading the news. I’d read books by Christos Tsiolkas and go to a George Calombaris restaurant on a special occasion. When I’d be working at Parliament House, I’d see speeches [...]
Of all the places I’ve travelled to over the past few years, Greece has always been a bit of a special one to me. I first visited in 2007, right in the middle of my big solo trip of Europe. I caught a ferry over from Italy and spent two weeks there that were so [...]
The Netherlands is wrapped up in Winter Olympic fever at the moment. The Dutch have swept the podium (winning gold, silver and bronze in the one event) not once, but twice. A podium sweep in the ice skating has only been done twice before, and the Dutch have done it twice in three days. Paul [...]
I was never a fan of history class back in my early years of high school. One, my teachers were terrible, and two, the curriculum focused on brain-numbingly boring topics like Medieval Times and The Egyptians (yes, with the capitalisations and everything). I actually don’t remember a lot of meaty, historical stuff that I learnt [...]
I'm Caitlyn, a twenty-something Australian living in the Netherlands. Seven years ago I crammed my life into a backpack affectionately called 'the Beast' and hit the road, anxious to see all the world's Olympic sites. Needless to say, I got a bit distracted along the way. Today I'm a tour guide in Europe, and blog about what I love; travel, sport and food.
- Why I’m not that ‘girl who travels’ January 31, 2014
- Are free walking tours really free? November 18, 2013
- Montenegro, the new Croatia February 2, 2014
- Athens, then and now February 16, 2014
- How not to see Meteora March 2, 2014
- I’m going to Brazil for the World Cup! March 9, 2014
- A Dutch anniversary March 5, 2014
- How not to see Meteora March 2, 2014
- That first foreign food foray February 25, 2014
- Parga, the Greek island on the mainland February 23, 2014
- Mary @ Green Global Travel: What a great post! Great way to put things into pe...
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- A Southern Gypsy: Sooo, I'm not a huge soccer fan (I know, I know),...
- The Dessert Engineer: That's going to be one awesome experience to reme...
- Caitlyn: You can always go the lazy way and grab a bus up, ...