Year: 2013

What to do on a weekend around Adelaide?

Barossa Valley, well, this place brings me back to my study exchange experience at Macquarie University many years ago. You’ll know about it, if you read some of my previous posts. During the Easter Break I did this trip from Sydney to Melbourne (by bus, yes, 13 hours) and then a tour of the Great Ocean Road, a sort of hop on hop off, till Adelaide. There we then decided to spend 3 beautiful days wandering around Barossa Valley and sleeping in the vineyards. All this with my friends from Austria and Germany, Kathrin and Brit. I guess an Italian was needed for diplomacy reasons 😉 Well, a couple of weeks ago I went back with my husband. A trip down memory lane. We landed at Adelaide airport, that is now partially renovated, then with a hired car, we left our luggage at our accommodation, Tiffin’s Hotel, booked through Booking.com Actually nothing special, but quite a good price for being a hotel close to the CBD. Our plan was not very much of a plan. …

What’s FoMO? 4 Tips Shows You How to Cope with it. // FoMO: “Uma vida correndo”. 4 consigli su come affrontarla.

FoMo, aka ‘Fear of Missing Out’. I have to admit that I am affected myself by Fomo sometimes as there are so many things I want to do and places I want to see in my life. And so I force myself into running from one place to another to see people, new places (whether a new cafe or a town while traveling) or experience something I’ve never done before. I think increasing people are affected but this phenomenon, but I believe there’s also a parallel trend of trying to enjoy the good things life, especially Food & Wine, slow down and spend ‘quality time’ with friends, the loved ones, or just escape from the cities and this crazy lifestyle. And that is why I believe there’s an increasing offer of different getaways, organic food, gourmet, or ‘sort of’, restaurants springing and so on. That’s why I said I only sometimes experience FoMO, if it’s FoMO. I, in fact, sometimes believe it’s just a crazy curiosity about the world and life in general. Anyway no …

Torquay and Bells Beach, the Surfers paradise! // Las playas de Torquay y Bells, las playas de los surferos!

Por fin un día de vacaciones en el medio de la semana! Y cual mejor idea que salir de Melbourne y ir a las afueras? También para recordar que estoy en Australia. Hay muchas cosas que te lo recuerden, pero no como ver la inmensidad del territorio, la costa, el océano… En fin la gran naturaleza australiana. Asi’ que con algunos amigos Espanoles, cual mejor compañía?? Jeje 😉 Nos fuimos primero a Rose State Garden, para empezar despacito y con tranquilidad. Un jardin precioso con rosas de todo tipo, color y olor. Un cafecito, una charla y ala! A la vuelta de Torquay, la Surf Coast del Victoria aprox a 1h y media de Melbourne. Dimos una vuelta y luego elegimos un cafe muy bonito, una mesa al sol (aguantamos!) y hamburguesa y cerveza. Que’ mas queríamos? Luego un paseito al sol antes de tumbarnos en el césped al lado de la playa para evitar el viento, bastante intenso, que soplaba en la primavera australiana. Tercera etapa fue Bells Beach, la playa de lo surferos …

Hilarious! The Best Air Safety Video Campaign… by Air New Zealand!

Every time you board a plane, just before or while taking off you are asked to pay attention to the safety demonstration of the aircraft. And most of time people would just continue reading what they are reading or paying attention with almost bothered and highly bored. You’ll be amazed instead by the energy, originality of the Air New Zealand safety video. It’s hilarious! Fun, entertaining, making you want watch the whole video and maybe waiting for more! Click on the image below to watch the video: And apparently Air New Zealand has always tried to show things differently and inform its customers on their safety features while entertaining and constantly surprising. Have a look at the Hobbit video for example, click on the image below. Enjoy the video, enjoy New Zealand! Have a great flight and HAERE MAI (Welcome)! Related articles In Flight Safety Video: Air New Zealand Style (rgcruz419.wordpress.com)

Want to move abroad? But where?

A friend just shared an article about the best countries to move to according to 3 main different criteria: 1. Economics 2. Experience 3. Raising children But the good thing about it is that the ranking is interactive according to which are the criteria that interest you the most. You might be interested more into the experience or just some aspects of the economics. Here’s the link to the countries interactive 2013 ranking by HSBC: http://www.expatexplorer.hsbc.com/#/countries But you can also compare 2 countries, read about hints and tips or go more in the research into detail. I won’t uncover you anything, but you’ll find a few surprises! For you to read! Related articles Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate. (washingtonpost.com) World’s 10 best economies for expats (cbsnews.com) The 15 Best Countries For You To Move To Right Now (businessinsider.com)

What does Eucalyptus smell like?

It’s been months that I have been planning on writing about Eucalyptus, or Gumtree. I guess I just waited to be inspired or directly asked to describe the perfume of gumtree. And this finally happened last Friday night at Meyers Place, in Meyers Lane one of many Melbourne’s hidden lanes, and full of nice of little cafes, restaurants and bars. Why did I want to write about gumtree in the first place? Well because it’s what reminded me of Australia after my first visit a few years back. And that’s what reminds of Australia now that I’m back. Yes because when you live in Melbourne, you know that you’re in Australia, but it’s living just like in another city. Well, not quite, but this is another story… So, I was asked: “What’s the smell of gumtree, if you had to describe it?” I started by saying that the smell of gumtree is what reminds me that I’m so lucky to be in Australia, it’s what gives me positive energy, it’s what inspires me, it’s what …

Why go to New Zealand? // Perche’ andare in Nuova Zelanda?

New Zealand: if I think of New Zealand, I think of a dreamland or better, a dream destination. A land where you can just loose yourself in the beauties of nature, its colours, its amazing panoramas. This time it’s been a short visit, a long weekend to the South Island, exactly to Queenstown and its surrounding mountains, to accomplish a dream: skiing in New Zealand. This dream had 2 challenges: 1. Reach New Zealand 2. Ski there For #1 I can say it was quite easy, as I now live in Melbourne, Australia. For #2, it has been a little bit more difficult as lately my operated knee was begging for attention. So it required quite a deal of motivation, to start the physio, and more effort, to actually do it. But if I want something, I’ll get it! And that’s why I found myself skiing for a long day on the slopes of Cardrona just after 2 months of quite an intense Physio schedule. Well, the mountains in Cardrona look similar to the Western …

POSITIVE MONDAY! – Start with the sun (inside) // Inizia il lunedi’ con il sole (dentro)

Good morning Monday! Today it’s a very windy cloudy Monday, not for sure a way to positively start the week… because of the weather after a beautiful sunny Sunday and because it’s a Monday. Anyway I think we can always try to change our attitude and our mood ourselves. Personally, probably like many other people, the sun puts me in a positive mood. It really works as an extremely big boost for me and I can jump around, maybe only with my mind and my mood, only because it’s a beautiful sunny day! I though know it can’t always be sunny and sometimes you need a cloudy day to really appreciate the sunshine again. Anyway I’d suggest everybody to think about happy, light thoughts, a happy song, visualize a space full of light like a beach or flowery field, colourful images, set yourself a goal for the day. It really helps and it really does work for me! I hope for you too! So here I leave you with this bright picture I took yesterday …