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About a bajillion years ago (aka September/October, which is still an age in blogging time) I went overseas. Since I saw some things, wore some things, and met some people, I thought I’d do the modern day version of a slide presentation and put the photos up on my blog.

Despite being together for the better part of a decade, this was the first time the Boyfriend and I went overseas together. Our itinerary was:

  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Berlin
  • Budapest
  • Back to London
  • Singapore to break up the horrendous flight home

We saw some sights:



The Boyfriend walking through some classic Scottish weather on Arthur’s Seat


“This house was formerly in another country” – Mitte, Berlin


Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, Berlin


Beautiful Tiergarten, Berlin


Budapest is the Buda-BEST


Mátyás-templom (Mattias Church), Budapest


Me too, little spray can. Me too.


The view of London from the south bank is my favourite


Marina Bay, Singapore

But, as with every trip, the best parts were the food and booze:

8. Well and Bucket

Important British pastime

23. Haggis

“Get your haggis right here! Chopped heart and lungs boiled in a wee sheep’s stomach! Tastes as good as it sounds!”


Glasgow provided the biggest meal I’ve ever eaten in my life: gammon steak, pineapple, a fried duck egg, and chips


Hungarian wines are AMAZING. This is my new favourite red, bikavér (the translation of which is ‘bull’s blood’)


Hungary’s dessert wine, tokaji aszu, is pretty phenomenal too


Budapest has a bunch of bars known as ‘ruin pubs’. This is Szimpla Kert, which was built in an old factory that was due to be demolished. Because of the site, the bar is
gigantic and filled with weird rooms, all furnished with an assortment of junk.


Another ruin pub called Kuplung


Getting to know London’s cocktail scene. This was at Happiness Forgets, which is pretty killer.


Late night, post-cocktail chip roll. Life changing.


Breakfast of champions!


After eating chips for days, this pile of vegetables at Ottolenghi was very welcome


Our first Singaporean hawker market feast: sambal stingray, spicy sour crayfish, and baby kailan


Singapore’s cocktail scene is pretty epic, too. That’s an origami crane on my sake cocktail and that’s a toy soldier frozen in an ice cube in the Boyfriend’s bourbon cocktail.


SUPER stoked it find the cakwe stall at Maxwell Food Centre in Singapore


Our final feast of the trip, this time from Tian Tian Haianese Chicken Rice. It doesn’t look like much, but it was bloody marvellous. We were told to eat this by our taxi driver, but Anthony Bourdain reckons it’s a good feed too.

It was unseasonably warm for autumn when we were in Europe, but given that we’re cold intolerant Aussies, it was basically winter. If you saw me out and about I was generally wearing this:


Scarf: A shop in Berlin
Jacket: Second hand from Cream on King – size 40 (men’s)
Jeans: Just Jeans – size 16. Similar styles available.
Sneakers: Nike Air Max 90 – men’s size 8.5.

I did dress up on occasion:


Necklace: Tatty Devine. Currently available.
Shirt: Lazy Oaf – size M/L. Currently available.
Leggings: Topshop High Waist Extra Long Leggings – size UK16. Currently available. (Topshop leggings are also my plane pants of choice.)
Sneakers: Nike Air Max 90 – men’s size 8.5.
Backpack: Second hand from GAMMAvintage


Bigshirt: Starstyling – one size. Similar styles available.
Leggings: Topshop High Waist Extra Long Leggings – size UK16. Currently available.
Sneakers: Nike Air Max 90 – men’s size 8.5.
Backpack: Second hand from GAMMAvintage

Singapore, however, was way too humid for fashion and too humid for shoes:


Tshirt: No idea. It’s a men’s tshirt size L.
Shorts: Witchery – size 16. Old collection.
Thongs: Havaianas – size 41/42. Currently available.

Oh, and I also met these guys:


Lauren of Pocket Rocket Fashion, Kirsty of Fatty Unbound, meeee, and Bets of Arched Eyebrow <3333

After the inevitable budget blowouts of Christmas and New Years, we’ll start saving again for the next trip. Sometimes I worry that this ‘spend it while I’ve got it’ mentality will bite me in the arse in the future; we have no savings and no assets but I’ve gone overseas every year for the past few years. But it’s hard to care about that when I’m eating the best meal of my life in a food court in Singapore, or almost crying over how good the wine is in Budapest, or giving bear hugs to wonderful women I’ve known for years but never met.

Next year might finally be the year I make it to the US. Look out.

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