“Its a light weight treasure when you’re far from home”
As a rule, noting down those things people say that make you smile can prove completely brilliant, especially when you look back a little while later!
Here’s a list of quotes from Gran Canaria that make me cry with laughter. Have a smile, have a good read…
“We’ll be landing in…oh Las Palmas, nearly forgot where we were going then!”
- Pilot on Easy Jet 20 minutes before landing.
“I call it a Rob-Special with ham and a bit of cheese.”
“You mean a ham and cheese sandwich?”
“Don’t deny it; everyone’s had a bit of dirt”
“There’s a lot of agua de viva”
- Our first warning of jelly fish, the life of the sea.
“I feel really privileged”
- In response to the Internet Café at 2 euros for 100 minutes, just around the corner.
“But what if they’re really hungry?”
- In conversation to those fish eating your feet.
“You bring the saucepan, I’ll provide the heat”
- On making coffee, it turned out.
“You know they should really give instructions for warming up noowtella. 2 minutes in the microwave just isn’t good – trust me. “
- A very serious thought from Rob on heating up Nutella, which he pronounces noowtella. Is it the Irish roots?
“Will you sit down!”
- Many a tragic story from Justine for our entertainment, which will never be told on this blog…
“I have so much happiness in my cheeks”
- How to explain puffy cheeks.
“Sometimes I dream about sleeping, I love sleeping”
“You gotta die of something; it may as well be deep fried mushrooms”
- After a good meal out with tapas.
“Have you read the hungry cater-pillar backwards so it looks anorexic?”
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A good friend of mine stopped, quiet concerned, to ask:
“you do know there’s a bear in your bag?”
Paddington Bear gave her a little fright. Why would a grown woman be carrying a bear to the beach and then take photo’s of him?
This serious question only became more confusing when Germany saw other people at the beach, with their bears, taking photos. Somewhere in the UK someone decided it was hilarious, and acceptable, to do this. I’ve never questioned having Paddy with me on the road. In fact I think he rather enjoys it.
Here he is at Cronulla about to pop in the sea!
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This has been a hot topic over the last few months, aside from everything else that’s expensive in Sydney, food shopping is an important one. Why? By the end of it all you have to eat and no amount of thrifty budgeting will excuse this fact.
You can be a little more smart about it though, as long as you know where to go. Here are a few areas I have sussed out to make my weekly shop for lunch, dinner and snacks a little more friendly to my dear old friend: bank account.
The weekly shop starts on Sunday in preparation for whats to come.
Ever Safe… Coles: Bulky Bits
For bulk items: jars, milk, bread, meat. Go to Coles, find one near you whether its on your lunch break or going home from work – pop in and grab the bits you need. Only use a basket – remember you have to carry this stuff home. Take a backpack, too. Heavy loading sucks. I’ve found the other stores are samey but more pricey. Frankton is near me and their range isn’t as good or as nicely priced!
Slightly in love with… Paddy’s Market: Fruit & Veg
Utterly in love with this place. The market is stuffed with colour and that super fresh feel. Don’t get me wrong, there are some bruised, yucky sections but the place is so massive just keep walking round until you find the quality you want. It won’t take long.
They tend to do deals of: 3 bags of veg for $5. You can grab courgettes, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, corn on the cob, green beans….This is better earlier in the day as its fresher.
At the end of the day stop in - the market is flogging everything, screaming: “ONEEEEEEE DOLLLAARRRRRR!” the crowds are massive, the old women ram you with their buggies and the experience is hectic and I LOVED IT!
There’s also this incredible herb and spice section, I sigh every time I see it. There’s something you shouldn’t admit! Colour - colour – colour. Its just authentic and a bit more exciting than buying a jar. More practical? Probably not.
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It has come to be that the further I go from home the more I notice those nick-knacks I actually really adore; things I had no idea to appreciate. One of the best things about travel is to get out of your ordinary comfort zone and take a look from the outside, ’cause you might just find your missing what’s right in front of you.
Here are a few pieces I miss from the UK, things I never really cared about in fact! Do you miss any bizarre things from home?
I stayed with an Australian farmer who is now approaching his 70′s and he has never seen or been in a castle. This is on his wish list. How strange to hear, as my family holidays often evolved around old haggled history and what a luxury this experience is (surprised me I can tell you!).
2. Cobbled Streets
This is a strange one, but there is something about the uneven, rocky road that gives so much character to a place. Here in Sydney its all plain tarmac and easy walks. Oh to be stuck in the stones again!
Although I would wish for this treat just for one day, there have been endless photo’s of snowball fights and mayhem in the UK and I do secretly wish to be with my family making a snowman. But then I look at the warm, blue skies here and its a sort of flip-sided wish!
It has come highly recommended and seems some how illegal to visit Watsons Bay without grabbing a box of fish and chips from Doyle’s restaurant.
Sydneysiders rave about this eatery, but why?
Because, darling, its all about location. Situated on the edge of Watsons Bay, offering you something rather magical before you depart back to Sydney’s busy city. You see, when the sun sets in the distance – beyond the great ocean - dipping behind the arching harbour bridge you can snuggle into some messy dinner and a beer with the sea salt still in your hair and a cosy cardigan wrapped around you. Choosing to sit in the restaurant or the beach beside the dock.
It’s one of those things you do that makes the evening finish on a corny but very beautiful note, as you nuzzle down your fishy and chippy. It doesn’t come cheap, as nothing does in Watson Bay, setting you back $13. Do ask for salt and vinegar on your chips. Lemon and (oddly) a sachet of hot plum sauce is provided, otherwise this meal is rather bland and no view can make up for poopie food.
If there isn’t enough reason to visit this stunning coastal gem, its Doyle’s. A restaurant that has been open since 1885… when Australia itself just opened for business!
For More Info. See: http://www.doyles.com.au/
*All images are from Google. I forgot to snap this one!