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A Dutch routine

I’ve finally done it. I’ve bought myself a proper winter coat. It’s dark navy and woolen, with a hood, brown inside quilting and Paddington Bear-esque wooden toggles. It goes all the way down to my knees and, when paired with my brown knee-high boots, I am actually both warm and relatively fashionable, and it’s a […]

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The Portuguese surfing debacle

In January, I had my first surf lesson back in Australia. It didn’t go well. For some stupid reason, I decided to do it all again in June whilst in Portugal. Perhaps enough time had passed, and I was looking back at January’s experiment with rose-coloured glasses. So I dragged myself out of bed one […]

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Lagos: We’re certainly not in Lisbon anymore

Portugal is a country that Australians hear little about. Sure, they used to quite fancy sailing the seas, they’re not bad at kicking a football and oh yeah, piri piri chicken? Isn’t that Portuguese? The first time I visited Portugal, I had very few plans. I took an overnight train to Lisbon from Madrid, and […]

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A country in a photo – Portugal

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 […]

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Planes, trains and automobiles… actually just trains, trains and more trains

Ugh. Three long distance trains, four metro trains, a bit of running, a lot of walking… and I’m still not even in Nice yet. I’m back in Barcelona, a 12-hour pit stop before my journey re-commences – two metros and two long, long trains, via Montpellier. (Sounds like The Amazing Race.) I am tired just […]

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Porto… and life on the road

Here I am in the home of port wine, Porto. I travelled four hours north, and it’s cold again. I knew it couldn’t last. Whilst waiting for this free Internet I developed a list of things that popped into my head, a bit of a stream of consciousness. So here’s an insight into my exciting […]

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Portugal – more than Jamie and Aurelia

I said goodbye to Madrid on Friday night after managing to fill in the day. Met Sarah who is from Sydney and we visited Palacio Real, Campo del Moro and Plaza Mayor. Wasn’t going to visit the palace as it was quite expensive and had already been to two palaces (they start to look the […]

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