Monthly Archives: October 2011

10 things I haven’t packed and 3 things I have


1. Hair Straighteners

2. Hair dryer

3. Jewellery to match outfits

4. Pashmina’s to match outfits

5. Outfits!

6. High heals

7. Laptop/ internet enabled phone

8. Foundation

9. Eye shadow 

10. Separate shampoo and conditioner!

But 3 things that did make it in….

1. 3 books instead of just 2 which I promised Hedd! [In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin; Zen and the Art of Motocycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig; Wise Children by Angela Carter- any book recommendations let me know!]

2. Dental floss [gotta look after your teeth!]

3. Christmas present from Mum and Dad

…28 hours until we fly!

A weekend of lasts and leaving do’s


Well, what a weekend!

It was kicked off with a manic last morning at work where I was hampered by computer melt down, only sending my last piece of work off to my line manager 4 minutes before my leaving do lunch! Nothing like living on the edge! But I got there and enjoyed a lovely lunch at On The Hill restaurant with my Caledfryn girls from work. Much wine was had!

So that was my first last and leaving do…last day at work at Denbighshire County Council and leaving do with colleagues in Ruthin. Feels strange not to be an employee but no freak out moments just yet I fear that might come on the flight when all this going travelling, leaving job malarky really sinks in…I’ll let you know in 6 days time!

Saturday morning brought the second last…my last rowing outing with Royal Chester Rowing Club for this year. Going to very much miss the club and my Royals girls. I think i will set myself a challenge to go rowing at least once in one of the places I will visit on my travels. So after some good girlie banter at Cecil (fondly nicknamed old house in Chester) with Sarah and Ang (girls in the green and black dresses in the pic above) we got ready for my second leaving do of the weekend with the Royals bunch. The pic above is of us girls after a few cocktails that evening…not too rosey cheeked!

Needless to say Sunday was a rest and recovery day after 2 nights on the sauce…god bless x factor on a hangover!

Can’t believe its less than a week before we fly…best get packing!

Four Weeks To Go!


Welcome to my travel blog!

Well, welcome to my blog, where you currently find me aghast at the fact that it is just four weeks today until I fly 6,916 miles to Buenos Aires for the start of my round the world tour of the southern hemisphere!

I won’t be doing it alone. My boyfriend and best friend Hedd is my travel buddy for the 5 1/2 months and I’m sure he will chip into the blog posts along the way.

The plan is to update friends and family on what we’re getting up to via this blog. We’ll upload our best photo’s to the gallery page and provide weekly, hopefully witty, blog posts. So please subscribe to this blog using the link on the right hand side of this page.

So what’s the plan? Check out the gallery page for route maps of the countries I’ll be travelling through over my 5 1/2 month trip. But in a nutshell I’ll be checking out the following….

South America

Buenos Aires – Welsh Patagonia – Santiago – Iquique – Arequipa – Cuzco – Puno – La Paz – Atacama – Santiago


Nadi – Yasawa Islands

New Zealand

Auckland – Bay of Islands – Taupo – Hawkes Bay – Wellington – Picton – Abel Tasmin – Franz Josef – Queenstown – Milford Sounds – Invercargill – Dunedin – Mt Cook – Rangitata – Christchurch


Melbourne – Great Ocean Road – Portland – Lakes Entrance – Canberra – Sydney

South Africa

Cape Town – Garden Route – Port Elizabeth – Durban – Jo’Burg


Lusaka – Livingstone – Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park – Livingstone – Lusaka

Wow, wow, wow, can’t wait!

Feeling incredibly lucky and just 4 weeks to go! Now what have I forgotten to do/buy/check……!