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An Apology

Ok, Ok, Ok, I know that I have been slack. I left Australia more than 12 months ago, and last you heard, I was in the UK trying to find some way to sustain myself. For all you know, I could have been locked up in a lunatic asylum (which admittedly wouldnt shock any of you, and come to think of it, isnt too far from the truth ;-)), so its almost the new year and time to turn over the leaf! Well, I am going to try and keep you up to date with the weird and wonderful world that is mine! Wishing you all the best this Christmas, and may next year been amazing for everyone.

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A Long way to go for Tapas

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So how to cure a craving for Tapas and Sangria . . . thats right, this little black duck heads to Barcelona for the weekend . . . (or rather 24 hours)

As a bonus!!! I found the sun again, and unlike paris, was able to bare some skin and soak in the UV light . . .

So, I havent been here since my 'religious experience' . . . what has happened in the meantime!!! I guess i would say, nothing much, but i can hear your groaning from here, how can nothing be happening????

So while i didnt not come to the conclusion of '42', i certainly had a great weekend!!! What other way to spend an oz day celebration that with great company & a few coldies (I suppose, i could add sun, sand, surf and a great game of cricket!!! Or maybe that game of golf i missed out on!!).

I acutally worked on Australia Day!! And boy, was i keen to get out of there (definately counting down the minutes til that assignment ends)...Initally i was going to head down the 'walkabout' in shepards bush with the rest of the crowd . . . but ended up venturing towards an irish pub (on australia day, in england!!! in some weird reality it does make sense, oz day is about the federation of oz - the coming together of all nations, and since i am irish, what the hell) . . . turns out to be this dodgy (which really is quite cool) little hovel of a place.... decent music, once again good company, and boy, a lot of Australian's around!!!

The group i was with managed to acquire an inflatable Kangaroo from the Irish bar . . .which incidently made for an interesting trek home. Sometimes i think that i should have had my voice box removed shortly after birth!!! Some pom decided that he would have some fun with the 'convicts' that they sent to 'paradise' . . . and then remind me of all the sporting endeavours they have had this year (which, i remember telling him we have to give to the english, so that they would have the 'taste' of blood and know what they were fighting for because it had become such a walk over).

Surprising friday was alright (either i didnt drink enough, or maybe too much).

Sat was a rushed trip to the airport (almost to the point of desperation!), followed by a long flight, and what seemed like an even longer bus ride. (Ryan air is the airline that gets you somewhere near where you actually want to go).

We almost had an interesting story come out of trying to find the hotel!! The bus dropped us off at the main train station. After the experience in paris, i thought it would be a good idea to photograph the net map!! Somehow, dont quite remember . . . but after talk of just catching a cab (comprehension of spanish in not the best) . . . one of us figured out where we were on the net map, and the other on the ground map . .. turns out, the road we want to get to is outside the main station!!! Yep, we walk straight outside and there in BIG BLUE NEON writing is our hotel!!! I can just imagine the face of a cab driver if we had of asked to go to the hotel, which essentially was from one side of the car park to another!!!

Meanwhile, the hotel was a great choice, and definatley a winner!! But, we are in spain and head to La Ramba (pics will be on the net sometime this year)! Whilst it was raining, definately an interesting place and somewhere i do certainly have to head back to!! Wondering around cute little side streets was surreal, yet at the same time definately home. Dinner was ordinary, but the Sangria, brilliant!!

So, next off to an australian bar almost next door!! (Had to do that) . . . the bar tender definately had a bee in his bonnet. Meanwhile started chatting to some pommies, having a grand old time . . .and then thought, Hmmm, might just need to ask for that Australian Flag!!! Didnt get it!, but got a brand new one, which i had signed by the management, the prick behind the bar as well as some in front of it!!

So sunday was a quick wander down la rumba to see it during the day light. A cool place and as we were leaving the street performers starting coming out!! Once again, have to go back!!

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The Religious Experience

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So, last sunday i was actually at the Notre Dame during the weekend church service . . . . and yesterday i went to 'The Church' and had the aussie religios experience in London!!!

So what does that entail . . . . .

Well basically 'church' is a club type atmosphere that is only open on sundays between 12 & 4. . . .

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'We will always have paris'

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I now can use that Cheesy movie line . . . . as some of you may know, i did meet a boy in Scotland! And yes, it was over new years . . . but no, I wasnt drunk when we first kissed.

So after all that teenaged agnst (which i doubt will ever go away, no matter how old you are), we decided that we might as well spend some time together! My thought when the suggestion to get out of london, was to do something like a day trip and see the stone henge or similar!!! Somehow, we end up with Paris.

So in a thousand years time, i can look back and say that one Friday we booked a train that left that day and headed to paris with someone i barely knew!

Was it romantic??? Most definately. Nothing like being able to wonder around what they call 'the city of love' and be able to hig and kiss the person with you.

Did i see much of Paris this time around???? Well, dont think i am keen to answer that one!!! Lets just say that it was a very relaxed trip and we know that its is so easy to get to...we got in late friday night...on sat went to the 'arc de triumph' walked down the 'champs elysees' and towards the effiel tower.... waited in line for a few hours, and finally got up to the second deck (the summit was closed).

Watched the sun set from the effiel tower (was up there for a while. Saw it sparkle on the hour (absolutely amazing) and then headed down for a walk along the seine (hand in hand) before settling on a resturant at trocederro.

Sunday was definately a day to wake up naturally . . . then head down to the notre dame . .. where incidently there was a church service...

a lazy walk along the seine again and back home!!! A fantastic weekend...

And the boy . . .

Well . . .at the moment, i guess that remains to be scene! At the end of the day i guess 'we will always have paris'.

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New Years In Scotland!!!

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So . . . .

After learning that the tube was to be on strike in london, and the chances of not soo friendly public transport (and the fact i did not know what to do in london) i booked a trip to scotland for new years . . .

I read in TNT that it was the best party this side of the alantic!!! IT definately was a blast . . . .

Hogmany, or Snogmany as termed by numerous people (for obvoius reasons) is a large street party in Edinburough... over 100,000 people attend the event and this year PP (tour company) took over 600 ppl.

So the first day, was an early morning, meeting with the bus at 8.30. I think the first boat races hit it off about 9.30...It was a long ride down.

We barely had time to drop our stuff at the hotel, and then it was off to espoinage . . . a cute little place . . . bumped into a lot of friendly people.....cannot really remember what time i finshed there.

The next day was another early start at the corn exchange to celebrate the Kiwi New Year, Then all 4 aussies . . . a couple of hours in between and then to the street party....

Fireworks set off behind Edinborough castle was amazing!!! (and somehow i ended up there later that night).

Sterling Castle was new years day . . . (surprise, suprise, I was ok for this) . . . before a relatively big night at Frankenstein . . . where the demon drink really struck down my senses!!! Argh!!!! Still to determine the actual damage in relation to this :) (tomorrow night might have the oporutunity to catch up with a certain boy)

Needless to say, unhealthy was definately the way to describe my state of body coming back on Monday . . . but i was an enjoyable trip back . . .

So tomorrow night . . . ?????

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