Showing posts with label Australia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Australia. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 May 2018

How I Met My Australian Family Online

I remember growing up seeing my Mums side of the family all the time. I saw my Dads side of the family maybe a handful of times, but that's just how it went. 

One day I was googling the house that was in my Dads side of the family for years. I came across a story online called "About My Nan, as she told it". I quickly scrolled through the story to see how google picked up this story on my search words. We had soo much in common, her family lived in the same house, they were related to the movie star Hugh McDermott, they mentioned names I'd heard mentioned. I was curious, but at the same time I didn't know how they'd react to me contacting them. I clicked on the contact section and sent a message saying "I think we might be related". Within a few hours I got a reply from a Kirsty and we were discussing who were related to. It turned out Kirsty's Nan and my great Gran were first Cousin's.

Kirsty lives in Australia and I live in Edinburgh, so we stayed in contact on Facebook. The second I knew I was going to Australia, I messaged Kirsty and we were discussing meeting.

Kirsty messaged saying she'd meet us at the Gold Coast Airport. I remember stepping of the plane and walking into the airport and spotting someone who looked like the photos online, but they were looking down at their phone. I was 99% sure it was Kirsty, but at the same time I thought what if I go and it's not her. I stopped and looked directly at her and she looked up and we both smiled at each other. She came over and was like give me a hug haha. I met her family (or my family haha) and spent everyday in the Gold Coast together. 

It feels crazy to think we met online, but am glad we stumbled across each other. My family judge you, but meeting Kirsty it was different. Her whole family is funny, laid back and open with each other. We talked about everything, family, shopping and men haha.   


           

      

Friday, 18 May 2018

Things I Noticed About Australia

Hi everyone I have been over in Australia the past month, so I thought it would be fun to share things I noticed that were different. I was having this conversation with Australian Cousin's things you think is common, it's actually different and you don't realise till you visit another country.  

They love chicken salt, I mean on everything. When I was first asked if I wanted chicken salt, I was like what is chicken salt ? But it does give chips that extra taste. 


Eating Vegemite of a spoon is a thing in Australia ( It was the first time for me - no words can describe it haha )


There's no other way to describe Australia than half American / British. I saw every American sweets imaginable, but I also saw British sweets. They have Rolo in a bar. They even have M&M bars. To me M&M's should be in a bag, we only get bags on M&M's - not bars.    

McDonalds is called "Maccas" and they have McCafe. McCafe has toastie's, cheesecakes, you name it.


Street art is a thing. (Hosier Lane, Melbourne) 


You can swing on trees in Spring Brook National Park. 


Thursday, 17 May 2018

My 30th Birthday

I set plans to go to Los Angeles for my 30th birthday. Then one day my mum said she'd take me to Australia for my birthday, telling me it would be something better to write about on my blog. All I was told was she booked through a travel company called Trail Finders. Normally travel agents show photos of the hotel room before booking. The hotels were soo bad the beds were folding hospital like beds. Thats why when I book holidays I always look up photos of the hotels and reviews online, before I book. Some days my mum would tell me I was to share a hotel room with my parents, other times I was told I had my own hotel room. So I assumed she was joking about the whole share a room thing. When we arrived at the 1st hotel the reception woman said "it's got you down for sharing a room, is that correct?" My mum replied yes. When I quizzed my mum why I was treated different when my brother and his wife got 2 holidays (flight and hotel room) paid for for their 30th birthday, my mum replied "because they are married". I believe marriage is only for when you meet the right person, so I ended up laying awake most nights in the hotel room feeling closed in.

I planned to spend my birthday shopping  and seeing all the Australian shops. However my mum booked for us to go to the Neighbors Tours. (I have never watched Neighbors in my life). I ended up spending my birthday on the Neighbors tour bus sitting closing my eyes, while they played the cheesy Neighbors theme song and showed round the set which meant nothing to me. At least walking looking at shops after a 20 hour flight, would have kept me awake.  

made the most of being in Australia and done things I dreamed of doing, since I watched Mary-Kate and Ashley's movie "Our Lips Are Sealed" : 

Climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge


Visiting Luna Park 


Bondi Beach


Holding a koala at Australia Zoo
     

And I met my Australian family

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Holiday Clothing Haul


I told myself I wasn't buying anything till I was in Australia, I failed. The fun part of going away is buying new clothes to wear. I needed pairs of shorts and I think I got carried away online shopping. 

Nike : 


Grey Nike top
White Just Do It top
Black Nike top

JD Sports : 



Next : 

Full Time Blogger top

Primark :  


Black stripe top 
White strip top
Green skirt 
Black skirt
Black and white stripe skirt 

Boohoo :



Pretty Little Thing : 



River Island : 


H&M

Maroon and white sleeve top
Green dress
Peach strap top

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Planning A Trip to Australia

Image from Google

This year I turn 30, so I've been making some Birthday plans. My friend Kirsten turns 30 the same time as me, so we've planned going for some Birthday drinks together at the Edinburgh SkyBar.

After visiting New York 6 times over the past few years, It's time for a change. I will be heading to Australia over April and May, with my parents. We will be visiting, Melbourne, Sydney, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane. It's been a dream to climb the Sydney bridge and visit Bondi beach, ever since I watched Mary-Kate and Ashley's movie "Our Lips Are Sealed". I've never been to Australia before, so I don't know what to expect. What else should I see ? How much money do I need for a month in Australia ? Is the shopping good in Australia ?.

Am looking forward to meeting distant family from Australia, who I found online a few years ago. I read a story online, which mentioned names I knew of. I emailed saying, I think we might be related ?. It turned out my great gran and her gran were first Cousins, so we are kind of 4th or 5th Cousins.   

Sunday, 31 December 2017

5 Places I'd Love To Visit

This year marked 6 times I'd visited New York. New York has been the go-to solo place to travel to, as its easy to navigate around the City. I love the shopping in New York, but there's like a million places I'd love to see. After reading Ellistuesday's blog "5 places I'd love to visit next", it made me want to write up places I'd love to see.   

Los Angeles 
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I have visited Los Angeles 4 times and have soo many memories. Things change and my last visit was in 2008. I loved Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but I'd never went up to the Hollywood sign. The Hollywood sign seems to make a regular appearance in my dream, but it's always in the distance. I think it's trying to tell me to go back.

Pennsylvania 
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Having a good memory has its ups and downs. If you tell me your birthday, I'll never forget it. My parents took us on holiday, in 1998 to Florida. I met an American girl called Sarah, from Pennsylvania. We wrote and sent things to eachother, but that changed into emailing. Back in those days it was dial up internet, where you paid per minute. The last email I remember Sarah saying, she was moving house. Then my parents cancelled the internet altogether, saying it was costing too much. When we finally got broadband I tried emailing Sarah, but the emails just came back "not sent". I thought I'd lost contact with Sarah forever. Years later Facebook came alive, I'd search. The biggest problem, was her name is so popular. I had little to go by except known her name, her birthday,  her colour of hair (which she could have changed, by now), she had a brother and she was from Pennsylvania. I was determined to find her, feeling like it was my fault we lost contact. Then one day I came across an American people search website and asks for the persons date of birth. I got 1 result, with an address. I wrote a letter asking if she was in Florida May 1998 and put my email and address. Exactly 1 week after sending the letter, I got an email saying it was her.

We've been back in contact for around, 2 years. Sometimes it's hard as we met in 1998 and she said she moved in 2001, so years have went by. We manage to talk about New York, as we've visited New York. It's crazy to think it's been nearly 20 years since we met in Florida, so I'd love to visit Sarah's home land and meet her.

Las Vegas and Arizona 

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My friend from school, moved back to her home (USA). She moved to Las Vegas and has since moved to Arizona. I have promised my friend for years, I'll visit her. 

Atlantis Bahamas

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Ever since I watched the movie "Holiday in the sun", it's been a dream to visit Atlantis in the Bahamas. It looks too romantic... someone can take me there.

Australia 

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I stumbled across a story online, mentioning family names I heard of. I decided to send a message to the person saying I think we are related. It turned out her gran and my great gran were 1st cousin. Her grandparents moved to Australia with her mum and Kirsty, who I contacted was the first born Australian in the family. 

I stay in contact with Kirsty on Facebook and it's funny, I think I hear from her more than my close family. We've promised we will meet up one day whether it's Scotland or Australia.