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Me and My Grandad

I was blessed with an extraordinary and unusual relationship few people experience with a grandparent, because of early death, time, geography or simply the willingness of one of the parties.

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Trippin’ the Light Scantastic Part One- Stockholm, Sweden

With just 10 weeks left on this side of the world, I was keen to treat Europe like an all-you-can-eat buffet and really get my money’s worth.  A trip to Helsinki to visit my lovely friend Morgan expanded rapidly to include more of Finland, as well as Stockholm and St Petersberg.  It was too expensive to […]

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Bargain travel in Scandinavia

Last week, I travelled to Sweden, Finland and Russia from the UK- nine days in total.  Accommodation and all travel costs came to less than £400 ($730AU). How did I manage it?  Here is an outline of my itinerary and some deals that will entice you off the couch and out to the beauty of Scandinavia! […]

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Snippets of life in a foreign land… student living revisited

If you have been following my blogs, you might have noticed that I have done some (subtle!) bragging about the location of my flat in Heidelberg.  There is a good reason for this: the location was its best feature. An advert might read: Check out the views from this lofty furnished apartment located in the […]

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Swings and Roundabouts, Castles and Walks

It is Sunday at the end of week two, and what I’ve lost on the swings, I’ve gained on the slides.  The stresses of the first week are all but forgotten. In my morning class, there has definitely been a shift in the energy- everyone seems to have relaxed.  In my first week, there was […]

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Snippets of life in a foreign land- Food!

So Germany is hardly Mongolian (hello to my sister Ni who is living there for a year!) but simple tasks are complicated by language barriers, cultural differences, and simply not knowing where things are. Food is particularly important for me.  My adrenals are still recovering from the drugs I had to take last year, and […]

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“Girl survives first week in language course”

To be fair, it was a four day week, but I made it through.  In fact, today was quite a success:  64/70 in a test, a great grammar session and no blushworthy mistakes or BTMs.  I even had a plan to catch up with a girl from my class.  In fact, I was feeling pretty […]

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Guten Tag von Heidelberg! Day 2 at the Sprachschule

“I think you should find an easier class.”  She took the words right out of my mouth. Not the greatest start to my two week German intensive language school experience, but it could be worse.  Actually, my morning class is great.  The teacher is very kind when she knows you don’t have a clue, and […]

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