Arriving in the wonderful land of Oz – Part 1 of our Australian Adventure

Going to Australia had been on my bucket list for a long, long time after spending over a decade listening to Martin and his old uni friends talk about their gap year in this magical place called “Manly” and it seemed important to me to experience this place first hand so I could see what they were talking about. We had a great itinerary planned, having waited so long to actually make the trip, it was vital we fit in as much as we could, so the plan was to start off in Sydney, fly up to the Gold Coast […]

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Taking on the mighty Swinica

“There is no fun without risk” That’s the exact words that came from a fellow hiker on his descent from Swinica summit. We were just coming up to the section where the via ferrata chains began and this guy came flying down the steep slope with a big smile on his face and came to a skidding halt a few inches from the edge of a drop, spoke his words of wisdom then just carried on! Having already had my success in getting to the top of Giewont and breaking the notion that I was afraid of heights, I was […]

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An Epic Hike to Morskie Oko

If you go down to the woods today… you’re sure of a big surprise! Never has a truer word been spoken on this occasion. The plan: Get up and out for 4am, walk to Morskie Oko (not bus – Walk) go see the beautiful lake, climb up to Czarny Staw pod Rysami Lake, clamber back down, then get the bus back to Zakopane. Already this was a tall order, we knew that this was just over 30km round trip, one of the longest hikes we have done in one go. I’d spent the following evening googling the walk from Zakopane […]

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It’s an epic adventure, roaming Italy in 2014

When we decided to go back to Italy this year for a holiday, I don’t think even we imagined how amazing it would. We love Italy, be it the bustling streets of Rome to the more sedate wanderings around the porticoes of Bologna. Previously we’ve been to Italy on short breaks but this time, we just went for it, 3 weeks of Italian bliss where we managed to walk 300km over the course of the holiday and see so much of this beautiful country (I’m slightly sad this way, I wore my pedometer everywhere!). I just want to share some […]

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Zumba in Edinburgh

How to spend a Saturday morning in Edinburgh, mmmm let me think, usually I’d have a nice long lie in, then maybe head to Princes Street for some shopping, a leisurely lunch and let the day unfold. Well, during my trip to home this summer I decided to change it up a bit. I woke up feeling all excited and looking forward to my very first Zumba class. The sun was shining, yes even in Scotland the sun does shine on occasion, I donned by gym gear put on my MP3 and hit the road for the walk up to […]

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Visit to my sister’s place, May 2013

“What’s this got to do with inspiration..?” I shall tell you. My sister is an absolute inspiration to me, she lives in a foreign land where no one speaks a word of English and yet she has mastered the language to such a level that she converses freely with anyone she meets, she’s confident and helpful to others, she gets up at the crack of dawn to start the day (I tried to get her to do some Yoga in the morning but she wasn’t feeling it!!) Bless her heart, when I arrived we did a pit stop for some […]

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