2019: A Year in Review

In late 2017, I was really missing the UK so I decided to return for more than a holiday. I wanted to stay longer than a few weeks of fun and good times and fully immerse myself into everyday, normal Manchester living with all the grey areas in between. Continue reading

Abergele, Conwy and Llandudno

Coming into November, I thought we were done with any more UK trips this year but lucky for us, we were invited along on a glamping trip to Wales. Obviously, we said yes and I was counting down the days for fresh country air! Continue reading


Another fresh autumn day, another beautiful city to explore. York has been on my UK bucket list all year so with 2019 fast coming to an end, I booked a day trip there on an “I have to go!” whim. Continue reading

Blackpool Illuminations

Anyone who grew up in the north of England will be familiar with Blackpool — a seaside resort town on the Lancashire coast. This northern tourist hot spot is known for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, its landmark the Blackpool Tower and the Blackpool Illuminations — an annual light show along the promenade. Continue reading


Chester is a city close to my heart as it was where I chose to go to university all those years ago if I didn’t move to Australia. I got a place on the journalism course at Chester University so I often think what my life would have been like if I’d stayed — perhaps I would have ended up living there long-term?
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A Trip to Highclere Castle AKA Downton Abbey

It’s no secret that I love British period dramas. On one hand, I enjoy them because it keeps me connected to my British roots, but I also like the costumes, the sets, literary adaptations and exploring different historical periods. Although not based on a real family, Downton Abbey is firmly near the top of my list (even the theme music gives me goosebumps!). Continue reading