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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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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- 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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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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