I don’t know what has happened, but for the first time in my life I’m craving the cold and looking forward to winter. Usually, I’m all about the hot weather, but now, all I can think of is hot chocolate, fires and blankets. And Baileys. I’ve heard (via my friend Pinterest) that the Scandi’s have a cute little word for this – ‘Hygge’ – and to be honest, I’m all for it. Normally, I would love to think my next trip would be somewhere bikini-worthy, but right now, I’m in the mood for Christmas markets, icy blue Canadian lakes, ice-capped mountains, Finnish igloos and befriending reindeers.
Oh Japan. The place where I discovered the importance of Google Maps and my love for all food that happens to be green.
I’m not quite sure why I decided to write this post today, but I think I just enjoy perving at pictures of things that I’ve previously eaten. That green tea ice cream pic was actually the background on my phone for a while.
I wish I was joking.
Anyway, if you’re vegetarian, I hope you’ll find this post somewhat interesting, and if you’re off to Japan soon then you should definitely add some of these dishes to your ‘to eat’ list.
Everyone has one of those, right?
Last week I spent 5 glorious days being all healthy and wholesome at the beautiful Om Ham Retreat in Ubud.
For some reason in this life, I tend to either be drinking all the green juices and eating all the kale, or I’m a borderline alcoholic living off pizza and cigarettes. There is no in-between.
So, after drinking most of the Bintang’s on Gili T, I decided it was time for some healthiness and detoxing.
So, my plans of posting in Bali sort of fell short didn’t they? However, I’m still here for a few more days, so I’m not a complete failure. But things kind of got in the way y’know like beer and beaches and…cat catching.
No that’s not a typo. I really was roaming around Gili T with cat baskets trying to rugby tackle the strays and scoop up the sickly ones. A glamorous life, I know. But it was actually so much fun.
I was there for two weeks (definitely got caught in the Gili T bubble) staying at The Broken Compass Hostel for the first part (highly recommended) and then next door at Kidi’s Homestay for the second part.
As you know, I’m all for solo adventures, so today I thought I’d share a few snaps from my Tasmanian mini break at the beginning of last year.
This little trip to Hobart really rejuvenated me and it was a great way to escape the sweaty Melbourne summer for cooler, more relaxed climes. It was only an hour away by plane too, so if you’re in Melbourne there’s no excuse not to visit.
If I could write a love letter to Kyoto, I would. This place completely stole my heart and I’d love to go back there one day.
As much as I loved Tokyo, I can’t seem to spend too long in big cities and generally prefer places with less hustle and bustle. Kyoto has a completely different feel to Tokyo, and you get a real taste of traditional Japan thanks to all the old temples, teahouses, zen gardens and the still-working Geisha district of Gion.
There’s so much to see and do in Kyoto that I barely scratched the surface in a week, so my advice to anyone is to go for longer, especially if they like travelling slow and not feeling rushed.
When I first arrived in Cairns, I wasn’t really sure what to think. I was new to Australia and just assumed it would look like something out of Home and Away or Neighbours. Spoiler: it didn’t.
Although come to think of it, my minibus driver did remind me a bit of Alf Roberts. Does that count?
Once I’d got over the initial confusion though, I quickly realised that Cairns was a pretty great place to start my Aussie adventure. It was chilled out, tropical and in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and loads of other cool shit.
What more could you want?