In A World of Our Own at Summer Camp


I, like most others, grew up watching American movies. One of the classic, watched-that-a-thousand-times movies was the Lindsey Lohan classic “The Parent Trap”. The film is initially set at an all-girls summer camp (with the exception of one boy, who is grossly mistaken). Now, I’m not naïve. I realise they were on a set, and that’s not how people really live… right? 

Well. Let me tell you, it is EXACTLY like the movies. The wooden cabins, the large duffle bags, the daily activities, I could go on and on. I mean there was no isolation cabin, but mostly everything else was just as I had seen in the movies. Yes, we even had a cabin swim naked in the lake. Nope, they didn’t lose at poker (as Annie does in Parent Trap), they weren’t even dared to do it, they just wanted to. And hey, it’s summer camp, go for it.  

We even had a camper come from London… I pretty much lived The Parent Trap… without the whole twin part of it.

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Let’s Pretend We’re Dancing in the Street, in BARCELONA

Barcelona

I’m not gonna lie, Ed Sheeran’s recent song had me pretty pumped about finally getting to see everything that Barcelona has to offer.

So with “Barcelona” streaming through my headphones, I tried to calm myself down, as I set off for my weekend adventure.

I ended up flying to Barcelona on Friday, and flying home Monday, which gave me a good 2.5 days to fit in as much as humanly possible.

And that I did.

 

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Park Güell

 

Within approximately 30 hours, I strolled along the beautiful beach, gazed at Gaudi’s impressive La Pedrera, joined a tour through the famous Sangrada Familiar, took a gallery’s worth of photos at Park Güell, made and tested tapas, sangria and paella at a Spanish cooking class, wandered around Las Ramblas and taste-tested at La Boqueria, smiled from ear to ear at the “magic fountain” show, and enjoyed some of the best ice-cream and churros I’ve had.

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Park Güell, breathtaking

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A Happy Little Vegemite Living in the World of Marmite

Aus to London 2In my humble opinion, London is a pretty good spot for an Aussie to relocate (for the first time anyway), since there’s no major culture shock. I mean most things are the same, apart from of course the accent and a few other minor things.

However, that doesn’t mean that everything makes total sense to me over here. Like for example, the way Londoners greet people (this by the way, might not be unique to Londoners, but I am yet to venture outside of London).

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Singapore Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

In both Koh Samui and Singapore, we went on a city tour within the first few days, and it’s safe to say that I loved both of them. In Singapore we were able to get off the bus at any stop to look around and there were hourly buses that we could get back on once we were ready. As well as stopping to look at landmarks, we saw lots of the city (which was beautiful). We got off the bus twice to look at the Gardens by the Bay and Chinatown, both of which I was pleasantly surprised by.  Continue reading

Living the Thailand Dream Within the Resort

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui, the Beach Outside our Resort

When first arriving in Koh Samui, Thailand I was amazed by the resort that we were staying at, it had beautiful frangipani trees everywhere, a pool with a swim up bar and the beach right on our doorstep. But I was most excited to get out into the streets to see the real culture. I thought that would be what I most enjoyed because that was REALLY experiencing Thailand, right? And while I did like talking to the locals and bartering with them, I actually preferred the activities in the resort and on the beach to the stalls on the street outside our resort.  Continue reading

A Day Well Spent at Universal Studios

The Madagascar Crate Ride at Universal Studios, Singapore

When my sisters put the idea out there for the family to go to Universal Studios I wasn’t all that excited. I thought it would be cool, but lets say I wasn’t so excited that I couldn’t sleep the night before. But when I got there things changed, I saw the amazing Far Far Away castle and all the colour and couldn’t wait to go inside (we got there early and had to wait).  Continue reading