Do you like the taste of Lime?

The first time I used a Lime e-scooter I felt like I was a kid all over again; the adventurous part of me wanted to jump on and see how first I could zoom up the road.  The cautious part of me worried I might fall off and crash!   With nostalgia and childhood wonder etched…

Travel Diaries: Wonderful Copenhagen

This week I went back to work, so I’ve been slow to finish off the travel diaries from my recent trip!  But better later than never, right? Copenhagen Be still my beating heart… As Denmark’s cool Capital city, Copenhagen is my idea of perfection; gorgeous and green, clean air, lovely old buildings, an effective transport…

Travel Diaries: Cruising the Greek Islands

If you only have a short amount of travel time but want to explore some of the amazing Greek islands, then I highly recommend going on a cruise ship.  Cruising makes it easier to access different islands without the hassle of flying and having to organise multiple connections and transfers. Along with my partner and…

Travel Diaries: Athens

Kalimera!   Oh how I loved hearing this vivacious greeting each morning in beautiful Greece, where the food is divine, the weather wonderfully Mediterranean, and the people relaxed and laid-back. As we drove from the airport into the city of Athens, I couldn’t help but notice and the hills and abundance of olive and fruit trees. …

Travel Diaries: London

I recently came back from a holiday with lots of content and ideas in my head.  I hope you don’t mind (bugger it, I’m going to do it anyway) but over the coming week you will see lots of travel writing in ‘Coffee and Career Chat’.  Enjoy as you sip on your flat white or…

March Madness

The beginning of March is arguably the busiest time of the year… people are back (albeit reluctantly) at work, school kids are parading around in crisp new uniforms, uni students are frantically flocking to lectures, trains and buses are packing in people like sardines, and roads are clogged like a blocked drain.  Yup, March Madness…

A ship named Pearl

  Last year I blogged about my experience cruising through the Pacific Ocean.  What I totally forgot about was the poem I wrote during my cruise and I stumbled across it today.  I wrote a limerick containing 20(!) verses, all describing the cruise ship journey.  It was amazing to see how easy and natural it…

Day 23: Behold, Auckland!

If you want a stunning view of Tāmaki Makaurau, then go visit the Arataki Visitor Centre in West Auckland.  Seen as the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, the Centre has fantastic information about the 16,000 hectares that surround the area.  It features breathtaking lookouts of the city, interactive displays, video presentations, maps and charts, and…

Cake by the ocean

I recently returned from a ten day boat cruise up to New Caledonia and Vanuatu and the experience totally exceeded my expectations.  It was like a whole new (water) world was opened up to me! My partner and I were fortunate to travel with P&O’s Pacific Pearl, the beloved New Zealand-based ship going through it’s final…

Beach daze

Happy New Year everyone! It’s summertime in New Zealand and I’ve happily grown accustomed to the smell of SPF30 sunscreen, BBQ’d meat, and sea air. Beaches are readily accessible from Auckland, so yesterday I ventured out to Tapapakanga Beach on the South Eastern side of Auckland (it also acts of the home of the Splore…