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If you recall, back in September of 2017 my husband and I decided to take a road trip for our wedding anniversary. The end goal and destination was Taronga Western Plains Zoo, because we are nerdy animal enthusiasts and we like going to zoos. As well as a nerdy animal enthusiast, I am also a researcher and I spent some time weighing up our accommodation options. I eventually settled on the Savannah Cabins, owned and run by the zoo itself. This was a major factor in our choosing this option; we could have stayed in a hotel/motel nearby but wherever possible…

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I mentioned this offhandedly the other day, and it’s something I have to remind myself of whenever I’m tempted by a resort type holiday. Let me explain. It all started in 2011, aka that time we stayed in a resort down the road from Split, in Croatia… It had been a busy time (I think; I honestly can’t remember) and we thought we’d give a beach holiday a try, having been city break people up until that point. I found a hotel deal, off we went, and then we realised there was an actual real life living breathing Roman palace…

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A Nesting Nomad - Sharing the realities .. by Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad - 2w ago

I recently learned of Shinrin-yoku, a Japanese term that loosely translates to forest bathing; the idea that taking a long walk through a forest has restorative health properties. I don’t know about you, but I know exactly the feeling. I recently did some forest bathing of my own, when S took me for a walk along the Cascades Track, in the Garigal National Park in northern Sydney. Now this is about as close to forest bathing as I think you’ll get in Sydney – except the word ‘forest’ isn’t commonly used in Sydney. But bushland is. And that’s basically a…

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Instagram baffles me. Totally and completely. I don’t tend to let it bother me, but I do get mildly interested when things like the #2017bestnine pop up and I can indulge a little bit of my data nerd side. Then I found Rosie’s post on the stories behind her top 9, and I couldn’t resist. Data and anecdotes? What’s not to love?! Some general observations first: like Rosie, my most liked were pre algorithm shakeup. They can mostly be characterised as tall buildings, trees, and fruit. An eclectic mix, I’ll give you that. It’s also probably quite obvious I don’t…

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A Nesting Nomad - Sharing the realities .. by Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad - 3w ago

Our ninth month of Australia has been a lot more chilled than the previous 8, and I have to say that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Good Happy New Year! ¦¦ In case you hadn’t noticed, Sydney does NYE biiiig. Even though we had a low key night in with friends and boardgames, it was still so fun to be out and about in the city whilst preparations were being made. Everyone is in the party spirit, and seeing the elaborate preparations people put on to secure a prized harbourfront position for the fireworks was something else. There’s nothing like the…

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A Nesting Nomad - Sharing the realities .. by Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad - 1M ago

Today is my first Australia Day in Australia and I have some thoughts. I’d like to point out that I’m going to try very hard not to be completely tone deaf in this post – I thought about it a lot, but given I’m a) not an Indigenous Australian b) not actually an Australian at all but c) actually British and therefore responsible for this whole situation and NOT in a good way I’m walking on very thin ground. [Sydney Harbour from above. You can just about see Sydney Harbour Bridge towards the top left of the photo, and that’s…

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When you talk to people about Queenstown, often the first thing they’ll mention is some kind of adrenaline sport. It’s not surprising, seeing as Queenstown is commonly found in the same sentence as words like adventure, thrill seeker, adrenaline, junkie and other words that fill me with abject horror. To be honest, this did put me off visiting because all I’d ever heard about was bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, paragliding, or canyon swinging (P.S. what even is that?? Actually don’t tell me). However, on our recent trip I learned that there is much more to Queenstown than people throwing themselves off tall…

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You’ll be pleased to hear this wasn’t written from a hotel bathroom. I’ve noticed a recent trend in hotel bathrooms and I just feel like I really need to talk about it because I’m getting quite concerned that nobody else seems to be bothered by it. My issue is this thing where hotel bathroom walls are being partially, mostly or entirely replaced by glass. Who is responsible for this bright idea? And, more importantly, has someone taken them outside and had a stern word with them? It occurred to me the other day that most of the hotels I’ve stayed in…

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Now I know Tasmania isn’t exactly around the corner for most of you. In fact, most Australians I know haven’t even been there yet. However, I’m writing this post just in case you happen to find yourself visiting the island and thinking of things to do – I think you should put Trowunna Wildlife Park on your list of must-do’s. Here’s why. There are lots of cute cuddly animals This one really has to come first, because who would go to a wildlife park if it weren’t for the animals? At Trowunna you can see Tasmanian Devils…   Wombats… Echidnas……

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A Nesting Nomad - Sharing the realities .. by Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad - 1M ago

And just like that, we’re officially three quarters of the way through our first year living in Australia. What now. It was definitely an action packed month, as I think most people’s Decembers probably were. Without further ado, here’s the good, bad and [sign up for the] ugly of our 8th month as expats. The Good Moar visitors ¦¦ The visitor train continues! This month we had a visit from one of our Bedford friends, who just so happens to be Australian. She was visiting her family for Christmas and kindly made space in her schedule for us to take her…

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