2016 starts!

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Happy New Year!

I started the new year at Bondi Beach. It was packed, not too hot and not too cold and I was in the company of a friend who I had met last year on my travels! It’s such a surreal feeling when you meet someone in one country and then a few months or years later you meet again in another country.

I keep saying that there are “good vibes” for this year or maybe I’m just starting off the year with two handfuls of optimism. I’ll stick with the former. Up until now, I would say that I have lived each year differently each with varying degrees of “different”. Some have been similar and I’m finding that as I become older (and hopefully wiser), the need for change and growth becomes bigger. This year, I’ve decided that I should focus more on experiencing. I agree, it’s alittle weird to have a theme for the year, that’s what they do for the fireworks but this year will be my first out of university so there is nothing really holding me back!

I’ve made a list of resolutions which include:

  • try a South American dance class.
  • read more books.
  • try a bread baking class.
  • continue learning french.
  • to return to Europe.

One quote I came across during the past few months was ” You do you”. I can’t remember for the life of me, where I heard it from. I have a feeling it’s from youtube. So this year, I want to make a bigger commitment to myself and what I want out of this year. To live by what I stand for and the roll around in that. To spend my free time doing what I want and with who I want.

What are some of your resolutions? Are you also making a commitment to “you do you”? Let me know!

-S.

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The year that was 2015!

Then 2015 happend……

I hope you are all saddened that another year has come to a close but are excited for the year to come!

I hadn’t shared Christmas Eve pictures with you yet so here they are:

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The past few days haven given me some time to think about my New Year Resolutions (this time of the year is very conductive to long days day-dreaming) and making a list. Yes, I am one of those people that make resolutions and I try and see how many boxes I can tick off.

I have also been trying to think about what I want to blog about content wise in 2016. There are still more travel stories and places to write about and I’d like to see where this blog goes next year. But this year, which has been my first official year on wordpress, this blog has gotten 356 views, 211 visitors and 242 likes. So THANK YOU to all my followers, viewers and likers. To write for yourself is one thing but to write and engage with others is another.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely year and hope that 2016 is bigger and better. I’m excited for what the year might hold and also excited to be coming up with more blog posts and ideas to share.

Happy New Year everyone!

Bonne Annee tout le monde!

-S.

Blogmas Day 24! 🎄

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Hey everyone!

I missed yesterdays blogmas but here is a post! It is Christmas Eve here in Aus now so I will shortly be getting into food prep. I thought that I would share what is on the menu tonight. Pictures will follow tomorrow!

Other people will be bringing food so this won’t be a list of everything on the menu.

  • Home-made sausage rolls: This is the recipe that I’m using. I gave it a test run during the week and it turned out well!
  • Greek salad: Self explanatory I think!
  • Tabbouleh salad: I love tabbouleh (recipe here) and I think it would go especially well if you’re having lamb or beef. It’s a very fresh salad to have.
  • Baked potatoes: This is a recipe I saw in a magazine but it is basically potatoes with slices along it, melted butter with chopped rosemary and paprika.
  • Gingerbread men: using this recipe that I’ve previously blogged about.

Also on our list are honey glazed ham, prawns (it wouldn’t be an Australian Christmas without them!), oysters, brownies, jelly and fresh fruit.

What are you all having for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope the day is an enjoyable one! Joyeux Noel!

-S.

Blogmas Day 21! 🎄

Hey guys!

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I hope your holiday plans are in full swing now! The countdown is on! Today I thought that we should talk holiday plans! Majority of businesses/universities and schools have now either closed for the year or will be in the coming week here. I’m all for stealing other people’s holiday ideas so what are you all up to over this holiday break period?!

Our extended family are having a Christmas dinner, I have my books to get through (ideally before the new year), french grammar to do drills on & baking! I’ll be baking these gingerbread men again for the upcoming party plus a few other planned goodies which might turn up in another blog this week.

I’m not feeling that stressed this year. I’m still looking for a job and this is the first Christmas I’ve spent at home in 3 years. In all honesty, I would rather be on holidays away from this every lasting heat (although fortunately, it is raining today after our 41C yesterday!) and drinking mulled wine from an outdoor Christmas market. A girl can dream.

Let me know what your plans are for the coming week in the comments below!

-S.

Blogmas Day 19! 🎄

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Hi everyone!

Last book related post of Blogmas. What I’m currently reading/will read. I borrowed this book above Alice au Pays Les Trop Vieilles from my library. I was mostly attracted to it because of the illustration on the cover. Yes, judge a book by its cover. It’s been very comical so far and it’s written in the style of a daily journal. It’s basically about the life of a 41 year old women navigating the ‘old’ title.

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Next on my to read list is this, Fiesta: The Sun also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I just want to see what the fuss is about with Hemingway. I had previously read The Old Man and The Sea, which I thought wasn’t anything overly special so thought that I would give another of his books a chance.

What are you currently reading now and what book do you want to read next? Let me know in the comments below!

-S.

Blogmas Day 17! 🎄

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Hi everyone,

Another book that I have read this month has been Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I saw the Wicked broadway show whilst in London recently (amazing costumes!) and thought that I should read the book. I had seen this book years and years ago whilst working in a bookshop. How can you miss the green tinted edges?!

I was surprised, the book is really different from the musical. Not sure why I expected it to be identical considering different people have written the book and musical.

This book is centred around Elphaba aka The Wicked Witch of the West (from Wizard of Oz) and starts from when before she was born and follows her up until she is known as the Wicked Witch of the West. I think you would enjoy this if you enjoy the Wizard of Oz, otherwise not much of the book would make sense. It’s quite long and at times, fluffy. By that I mean padded with paragraphs of things that don’t matter in the long run. It’s an enjoyable read so if you’ve seen the musical and/or have read the Wizard of Oz, give this book ago to get the complete story of all the characters from the Wizard of Oz.

Have you read this and what do you think? Would you recommend the next few books? Let me know in the comments below.

-S.

Blogmas Day 15! 🎄

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Hello everyone!

I thought this week I’d do a book week topic for blogmas this week. Now that I’ve finished uni, i feel like I can read without falling asleep now. I’ve spent a few years working at a bookstore as well so reading is one of my jams.

I think I first saw this book ‘The little coffee shop in Kabul’ by Deborah Rodriguez at an airport and made a mental note to see if my local library had it. Then I completely forgot so it has been a long time coming. Until now! I started December off with this book so I thought I would start off with it.
P.S. I judged this book by its cover.

The main story line revolves around an American lady who owns a coffee shop. In Kabul. I don’t know the technical term but it’s written in a way where each character has their own story line from beginning to end and their lives link up. Alittle like Love Actually. If you enjoyed The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, I would describe this book as similar to them theme-wise. I found it enjoyable and easy to read so would recommend!

Have you read The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul and what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

-S.

Blogmas Day 13! 🎄

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Hey everyone! Happy day 13 of December. Can we all just take a moment to pause and just discuss how hard blogmas is?!?

I came into blogmas firing on all 4 cylinders but as the days tick on and Christmas blogs have been posted, it’s kind of hard to come up with even more Christmas-themed things to talk about. I think what I find the hardest is that my family do not do presents, I’m on a possessions ban and it’s not really that Christmasy in Australia. We’ve had Santa books re-written the Australian way to have the jolly fellow in shorts and sunglasses. There is also no pine tree smell in the air.

Anyway, this weekend has been VERY busy. I attended my second last french class of the year and the last dance class of the year. What will I do with all my time?! I have a lot planned actually. Which could potentially indicate some better blogmas blogs. It may not.

Are you finding blogmas hard now? Let me know in the comments!

-S.

Blogmas Day 11! 🎄

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Hey guys,

It has been H-O-T here although not from the Christmas lights. I was wondering our city a few days ago wondering why there were no light filled trees like in the wintery countries until it occurred to me that perhaps, this was a fire risk for us here.

Today it was 35C and the sun isn’t setting until 8:30pm. We are truly summer now.

If you’ve gotten a blogmas post (or any Christmas post) that has wintery Christmas lights everywhere in your town at the moment, please link me below!

Until next time,
-S

Blogmas Day 9! 🎄

All I want for Christmas is…………………………………………………………..

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Nothing. Yes, you read that right. If you guys have read my Blogmas Day 5 , you will see that I have been on a decluttering campaign. So in keeping with that, I have decided not to buy myself anything or put in a request for something. Trust me, it is hard. All those sales and gift-packs plus not to mention the flurry of shoppers out and about around Christmas decorations. I think that Christmas now feels not as special because people buy gifts all year around- it would mean more if we didn’t. However, I have come up with a list of wishes for Christmas:

  • That the COP21 conference has a result and a good and earth friendly one.
  • That my room stays tidy and clean over this festive period.
  • That it rained more often (this is going to be one dry summer).
  • Santa brings joy to those who need it most.
  • To never lose my love of the Elf movie.

What are some non-material possession wishes on your wish list? Let me know in the comments below!

-S.