Not all those who wander are lost - but I'll be disappointed if I don't get lost frequently!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Celebrating New Years Eve.... Twice

Good news people, good news!

Not only will I be bringing in 2013 with the massive Edinburgh street party extravaganza that is Hogmanay, but I will be also celebrating the Australian New Year in style at the institution known as the Three Sisters.

That's right, not one, but TWO new years eve celebrations. Who's excited? Me!

After all, time is relative, so why not?

Bring on the new year!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Battling Sea Sickness... And Losing


"Look! Can you see the dolphins?" Julia says as she points off the back of the ferry.

"Oh, yeah, there they are. How nice...." I manage to reply before heaving my guts up into a sick bag.


Friday, 7 December 2012

Where in the World is Sammy?

The answer to that, for the time being, is somewhere in the United Kingdom.

At this exact moment in time, I am at Euston station in London, awaiting my train to Birmingham. Over the next few weeks I will be making my way north for Christmas and New Years in Edinburgh. 

That's right - I'm not content with the barely above freezing London weather - I'm heading north to where it is actually freezing already, and is set to only get colder as the new year approaches. 

Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas Gifts for First-Time Backpackers - Part 2

Struggling to think of gift ideas for a friend who is about to set off on an overseas adventures?

Not sure what you can get a first-time backpacker for Christmas that will have them praising your genius once they hit the road?

Confused about what to get a person, who far from having it all, will only be taking the bare minimum with them, carried on their back?

Last week, a family friend had this exact problem: what to get her daughters for Christmas that would help them out on their travels in the new year.

After thinking about it for a while, I came up with a list of gifts that fit the criteria of being a practical present  with some thoughtfulness behind it, as well as covering stocking stuffers up to the more expensive 'main event' presents. Hopefully Part 1 of the list gave you a few ideas, and here is Part 2 to really get Christmas sorted: