I had been in China for about three weeks by this stage. Publicly, I would be gushing over my latest Chinese culinary indulgence. “I can survive simply on Asian food,” I would declare to anyone who would listen. China really was my foodie heaven. That’s when I spied the golden arches. They were slightly off [...]
Archive | April, 2012
You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone. Sounds corny, I know, but I never knew that I loved being the centre of attention until I wasn’t any more. Let me backtrack a bit. Until last year, I had always been told that I was quiet. Not in a mousy, don’t-hear-a-peep-out-of-her kind of way, [...]
There’s more to Venice than Venice. Literally. Although most visitors stick to the main island of Venice to explore the city, Venice itself is a lagoon, and therefore people set up shop in a sprinkling of nearby islands. The two most famous of these ‘other’ islands are Murano and Burano. In order to actually get [...]
For many countries it’s easy. There was bullfighting in Spain. Gaelic football in Ireland. Sumo in Japan. No matter how obscure, I always seek out seeing indigenous sports in foreign countries. I finally got my chance in the Netherlands tonight, witnessing the national grand final of the little-known korfbal. Korfbal is a strange sport. It’s [...]
No city divides guides more than Venice. Some hate the place, turned off by the omnipresent crowds, the smelly canals and the overpriced, bland food. Others, like me, have been swept away by its charms. My two previous visits to Venice featured blue skies, semi-decent food and an array of photos I was adamant were [...]
Today’s guest post comes from not far away from me at all; Paul Bezemer has been the good boyfriend and agreed to share some wisdom in travelling to major sports events. Paul’s been to the last two World Cups and the last three European Championships. This year will see him follow his beloved Holland at [...]
I am not what you would call an overly patriotic person. However, I do own an Australian flag. And today it made its Dutch debut, coming out to support the Aussie contingent at the Amstel Gold Race. I hadn’t heard of the Amstel Gold Race before I came to Holland; mind you, with the country [...]
One thing I’ve always loved doing is planning people’s trips. When I’m not actually travelling myself, it’s the next best thing. So, when my family booked a three-week trip to Europe to visit me, I crammed in as much as physically possible into their itinerary. I decided to play the tour guide. Some people hate [...]
Portugal is the Land that Europe Forgot. I’m thinking of writing a letter to the country’s tourism minister saying just that; it should be part of the country’s tourist campaign. It’s funny how peeling paint on buildings, crumbled walls and sleeping dogs can have such an unmistakeable appeal. My memories of Portugal consist of these [...]
I swore up and down that I would never try it. They were disgusting, definitely not sanitary and certainly would be against all of my labour ideals. But eventually, I caved. I bought, and consumed, something from a Febo. Pictured above is a ‘muur’, literally a ‘wall’, but to Amsterdam tourists it is only known [...]
I'm Caitlyn, a twenty-something Australian living in the Netherlands. Six 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.
In early May I'll be in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
In late May I'll be in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Albania and Montenegro.
- Solo female travel: an Australian’s perspective February 7, 2013
- Is ‘expat’ a dirty word? November 25, 2012
- 153 minutes in Luxembourg April 9, 2013
- La Tomatina 2012: A photo essay March 3, 2013
- The stories of the River Kwai January 27, 2013
- View from the Office Days 21-30 May 17, 2013
- The question of Qatar May 9, 2013
- View from the Office Days 11-20 April 29, 2013
- The old Zeeland April 16, 2013
- And the Belgians gave us some silver balls April 11, 2013