In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been back to work in March. I’ve already posted a bit on the craziness of Las Fallas in Valencia, and yesterday I got back from guiding an Easter tour of Paris. I’m exhausted already and the proper summer season is still a month away. To make up for my [...]
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I have a little bit of a confession to make. It’s not going to sit well alongside all of my feminist rants, but I really like watching the Miss Universe pageant. I know, I know, it’s really not cool to admit this. I hate the idea of the pageant yet it’s like looking at the sun; [...]
I do realise that I go on and on about certain things without actually explaining them first. I learn about things, commit them to memory and then reckon everyone else knows as much about them as me. Take Las Fallas, for example. On the first day’s walking tour, I was going on and on about [...]
Las Fallas is a festival for pyromaniacs. Once you arrive in Valencia, you will be the subject of countless attacks of the loud, fiery variety – however, the assailants’ ages are rarely in the double digits. To tell you the truth, I’ve never cared much for fireworks. Everyone gathers to ooh and aah every New Year’s [...]
I visited Valencia for the first time in 2007. I’ve been back half a dozen or so times since, but that first visit made a massive impression. In 2007, I was introduced to the Spanish fiesta for the first time. I arrived in town for Las Fallas. Back in 2007, I was bright eyed and bushy [...]
Three cheers for Caitlyn! Six months after the event, she has finally developed, scanned and edited her photos of La Tomatina! Yes, I had to do this the old-school way. I hadn’t dropped in a film to be processed in at least a decade, and you know, it was always going to be a bit [...]
Oh, San Sebastian, my first Spanish love. I spent about two weeks in San Sebastian this summer, which added to the love affair I’ve had with the Basque beauty since 2007. I’ve spoken about my favourite food in the city before, but now I want to show that there’s more to San Sebastian than pintxos. [...]
I’d see it every time going into Barcelona. I’d be going on about Antoni Gaudi, rabbiting on about him transforming the Catalan city with his mesmerising architectural style. Some people, usually those who occupy the front few seats of the bus, would be nodding eagerly, their Lonely Planets in hand. But the rest would have [...]
This blog has always been about writing. I didn’t even start adding photos to posts until about a year ago, and even then it was initially a struggle. I changed my attitude this year, and add photos to about ninety per cent of my posts. I never think that they’re any good, but I post [...]
I have a few travel rules. Only a few. Do not eat at a restaurant where the menu is in more than two languages (the local language and English). Preferably, there shouldn’t be an English menu at all. Never underestimate the power of (a) a thermal and (b) a travel umbrella. Avoid eating seafood if [...]
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