When last we left our intrepid travellers, they were departing Spain. Um...yeah. We've been so busy enjoying the UK that blogging has once again taken a back seat.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
We're more than halfway through our Spanish sojourn, and we have mixed feelings about Spain. Barcelona? Gaudi is awesome, with la Sagrada Familia leading the "top sights" stakes. The Museo Picasso was pretty good too. The rest? Meh. We could take it or leave it. People were generally unfriendly or uncaring, with a few notable exceptions: our hotel staff, the señora who ran a coin laundrette and the staff at two bars we ventured into.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Where do I start? We've been in France for ten days now, and this is the first chance I've had to blog properly. I think I'll stick to dot points:
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sunday, June 01, 2014
The day has finally arrived - we're heading off on our Big Travel Adventure tonight. It seemed such a long way away when I booked our flight to Paris back in the middle of last year, but here we are. Somehow it's the first day of June already and Melbourne has turned on a grey, rainy day for us that we're definitely not sorry to be leaving.
Quite honestly, I'm happy to be running away from our real life for a few weeks. There's been far too much stress and sadness in the past two months, so this trip will be a welcome escape.
I'm taking my trusty iPad with me, and if my blogging apps play nice, will post updates on our adventures. If not, you'll just have to go check out my Instagram feed if you want to see what we're up to (my user name is @kerryn_w). Even if you don't have an Instagram account, you can view my feed over here.
First stop on the itinerary is Kuala Lumpur - assuming that the volcanic ash cloud over Indonesia and northern Australia doesn't cause our flight to be cancelled - so my next check-in will be from there, wifi permitting.
Tomorrow's KL weather forecast is for temperatures between 25º and 33º. Hard to handle, I know, but I'll do my best - with a cocktail in hand, of course.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The keynote presentation got off to a banging start with Brazilian dancers, wearing not much besides feathers on their heads. That was the highlight...
As usual, half an hour into the speechy part of the keynote, I was bored out of my brain, so slipped out and went to check out the Australian Fitness Expo next door instead.
The rest of the program managed to hold my attention though... This year I only chose one hands-on session, which was a really great bodyweight based training workshop run by Dan McDonogh. The rest were lectures on various subjects and apart from one that got a bit kooky for my liking (chakras and faux-science, aargh!), were all good value. By the way, if you ever get the opportunity to attend a presentation by either dietitian Joanna McMillan or Len Kravitz (the exercise scientist, not the rock star), take it. Those two were my stand-out presenters of the weekend. Their sessions were lots of fun, as well as really informative.
The Melbourne Convention Centre was a great venue. Except for the toilet queues. *sigh* Why do they never build public venues with enough women's toilets? And the stairs were a workout in themselves. I was up and down those suckers so many times over the weekend getting to and from my sessions, I swear my butt was noticeably perkier by Monday.
The location at South Wharf provided plenty of delicious choices for lunch, like these mussels from Bangpop.
Or second breakfast at the Boat Builders' Yard
If you're in Melbourne and you haven't checked out the South Wharf development yet, shame on you! Get yourself down there, pronto.
There were freebies from the Australian Fitness Expo, and even some from FILEX presenters.
The sun even shone on the final day....
....Necessitating the use of deck chairs on the boardwalk
Plus I got to hang out with some old mates. One of the best parts of Filex is catching up with fitness industry friends from interstate. *waves to Liz and Caroline*
We also got to take a look at the latest street art in Hosier Lane
And even caught some artists in action