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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Tina’s Top 10 Tips- ‘What not to do on a first date’

Don’t eat corn on the cob.  Corn on the cob is NOT first date food. Don’t buy ‘Burnt Caramel’ ice-cream in a cone, and drive your date home eating said ice-cream while wearing a pale blue singlet on a hot Brisbane day in a car with no air con.  It can have him looking at […]

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The Valentine’s Day Avengers

A few years back (quite a few, to be inexact) on Valentine’s day one of my besties (let’s call her Moonlight Dancer)  and I were taking stock of the last 6 months or so of our dating lives. We thought about those boys who’d wooed, won, and then discarded us, or who said “I’ll call […]

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Tina & the worst best pick up line

Back in the hazy days of my mid twenties, where life seemed like a perpetual summer break, filled with pubs, friends, balmy nights, lazy days and of course, boys, boys, boys, its fair to say I’d heard and used my fair share of pick up lines. Among the most memorable touted by me: “My friend […]

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Lost in Translation, Lost in Hungary- part 2

This being a riding tour, Aimee and I decided it was time to get ourselves on a horse.  We had planned a trip out of Budapest to stay at Debrecen (Debreton) which, I am sure you will be interested to know, is Hungary’s 2nd largest city. Being the highly organised well oiled travelling machines that […]

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