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Guten Tag von Heidelberg!

Hello Dear Readers!  At long last, I am inspired to put pen to paper, and share with you some of my current journey (you lucky things!)  If you are wondering where I have been, you may want to check out my other blog Sparkles Enlightened, for an honest and raw insight in to life with […]

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Creepy Moments in Solo Travel: The amorous camp ground host

A few years back, I traveled solo for the first time.  I’d been working at Summer Camp USA in the beautiful State of Maine and had about 6 weeks before my visa ran out and I had to return to Oz. Not entirely sure how I would spend this time, I happened to be browsing […]

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Ten compelling reasons to subscribe to The Tina Sparkles Experience

Everyone who subscribes in the next 10 days will receive a free set of steak knives, absolutely free.* You’ll feel better about your love life, by reading about mine. You’ll be able to say you knew me when I was indie and underground, before I became more famous than the love child of Bill Bryson […]

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Tips for meeting men in the modern world…

There comes a point in a 30 something’s life when friends and family start to express concern for your ongoing single status.  Everyone’s an expert, and I commonly get “Have you thought about internet dating?” (oh no, THAT never occurred to me) and “Do your friends know any single men?” The family, however, go the […]

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The Orange Queen and the Rabbit King- Sparkles and Devine in Nether-NetherLand

Having made our way through Hungary, Prague, the Black Forest and errr… Utrecht, and we finally made it to Amsterdam and our buddy Ron.  With no time to waste, Aimee and I set about getting to know the city via the Sandeman’s New Europe Free Walking Tour. The  tour took in the ‘sights’ of the […]

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Would the real Amsterdam… please stand up, please stand up?

1.29 am and our train pulled in to Stuttgart, Germany to collect us for our onward journey to Amsterdam.  We’d booked ‘sleeperettes’ which for me conjured visions of lying in a cosy bed, perhaps a blankie and pillow, and a dark blue curtain to shield us from the light for our 8 hour journey.  This […]

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Buses, Beers, Babes and the Black Forest- part two

So there we were, two wee lasses sitting outside a train station in the extreme South of Germany, wondering whether we were the victims of a pretty good practical joke.  We were waiting to be waiting to be picked up by Bens and Sebastian, our friends from Prague who’d invited us to come stay with […]

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Lederhosen- perfect for everyday life!

Buses, Beers, Babes and the Black Forest- part one

With 45 mins sleep under our belts, we hoisted on our backpacks and czeched out of the Czech Inn, with the usual last minute drama which ensues when one attempts to print their bus tickets at 6am, while the cleaning staff play “It’s Raining Men” offensively loudly in the hostel reception. We’d decided to catch […]

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Castles, Czechs, Clocks and Chiwawas- part two

We’d arrived in Prague as planned on Saturday, intending to stay until Tuesday, when we were scheduled to fly out for 8 days in Ireland.  But, as large clouds of volcanic ash spewed into the sky, and no dragons appeared to taxi us there, our dream of horse riding in Ireland began to fade. As […]

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Castles, Czechs, Clocks and Chiwawas- part one

Fresh off the train from Budapest (the highlights being a cabin to ourselves for the 6 hour trip, and catching sight of a naked man sitting in the window of his apartment block right next to the tracks) we took a tram to our hostel, the Czech Inn.  After czeching in, we were bursting to […]

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