Archive | May, 2011

So what do you do on your days off?

Life on the Fat Loop means that you get some pretty cool places to have your ‘Coach Free Days’ – in plain English, your days off. I’ve already mentioned Cesky Krumlov and Bratislava, but recently I’ve also found myself in the little-known Wachau Valley. We may call lots of parts of Australia ‘God’s Own Country’ [...]

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Little big country

So, today I went on a day trip. To another country – I visited the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. Embarrassingly enough, I know next-to nothing about Slovakia. I know that it was part of Czechoslovakia, yes, and that’s about it. And that its capital is really close to Vienna. Like, an hour away. To the [...]

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The fat loop

I officially have the best job in the world. Putting it out there now – after two days of real work, I’m dead-set hooked. After the training trip ended, I spent a relaxing/re-toxing five days back in Dordrecht with Paul. It’s certainly a luxury, having a European crash pad as I’m working. That week I [...]

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The light at the end of the tunnel

After forty-two tumultuous days of tour guide training, I am officially a tour guide. I am fully qualified to take up to 51 eager young things around continental Europe and bestow words of wisdom on them wherever they may go. Definite freak out time, I say. I’m currently writing this on the ultra-fast Thalys train [...]

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Eleven scoops

I have a confession to make. I have managed to find myself in a difficult predicament – I have an unhealthy obsession with gelato in Italy. The record currently stands at eleven scoops in a single day, held by Marc Grayson in Venice. But I myself have hoed down a plethora of different flavours, from [...]

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Both sides of the curtain

The fact that I’ve hardly had a chance to update my beloved blog over the last few weeks is really testament to just how nutty this tour guide training trip has been. So, look forward to three blog entries in rapid succession! The Northern Loop is, I’ve decided, my favourite. It contains five countries, two [...]

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