Diving in Malaysia was the first time “out of the nest” – the dive crew and environment that I had grown so fond of at Diver’s Den and on the Great Barrier Reef during my open water course and live-aboard time. I knew from that experience that I had fallen hard for diving, so knowing … More Drift diving and dancing with a turtle: Rawa Island, Malaysia
I landed in Singapore on a steamy hot day in late-October. I (unfortunately) didn’t take full advantage of the legendary airport, but I was excited to see what this city had to offer. It was immediately obvious that Singapore was an interesting mix of cultures – Asian with a distinctly European feel, reflecting a long … More Singapore by day
As mentioned in my previous post, most of my memories of Brisbane are consumed in my koala cuddle. However, I did see a bit more of the city as I wandered a little – by foot and by boat. I discovered that the City of Brisbane has free ferries that troll up and down the river (this … More A bit of Brisbane by boat!
I arrived in Cairns in order to do my open water diving certification and spent several days bookending that wandering Cairns. Cairns is a pretty small city with a well-developed tourist strip along the waterfront and what seems to be pretty desolate sprawl beyond that area. It was hawt hawt hawt! The priority of my … More Cairns, Australia: The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Hi friends! Most of you know that I have been participating in the 7 women – 7 challenges 2017 for the Tough Girl podcast. Over the last 12 months, Sarah has interviewed me (and 6 other rad ladies) as we prepared to take on new adventures and followed us all year to see how we … More Tough Girl podcast: Final episode!
There were three essential modes of transport in my version of Bangkok: motorbikes, tuk tuks, and longtail boats. Each showed me a side of the city and were intrinsic to my experience of the city. Motorbikes I took a train from the airport, but it dropped me off 13km away from my hostel, so I … More Traveling around Bangkok: Motorbikes, tuk tuks, longtail boats
I have vivid memories of the glossy National Geographic photos showcasing brilliantly coloured fish and textured corals found in the Great Barrier Reef. Since this time, I wanted to explore the mysterious and strange underwater universe. With the rest of the world, however, I have been watching in despair as reports of the mass bleaching … More Am I breathing underwater?!: PADI open water dive course
Freedom call and Pippi runs The girl who never heard she couldn’t do something Watch out world cuz here she comes And she bound to teach you more than one thing Pippi Longsticking is coming into your town The one no one can keep down, no no no no The one who’s fun to be … More Pippi Longstocking
Stendörren nature reserve has been tantalizingly out of reach all summer – just a little bit beyond my cycling range and difficult to get to using public transportation. So when I was zipping around southern Sweden in my flashy red car, I couldn’t resist a quick stop in Stendörren. I took the narrow gravel road off … More Stendörren Naturreservat
Budapest is really a marbelous place. Feast your eyes on incredible architecture Budapest is a city with a varied and fascinating past, and that is reflected in the buildings. While architectural buffs could tell you much more about all the incredible places you could discover, my favourite was this little gem peeking out of the … More Best bits of Budapest