Bucket List

Dive the Great Barrier Reef

I was extremely excited to be heading up to Far North Queensland to dive the Great Barrier Reef again. It was on bucket list as done, but if you don’t write a blog post about it, it didn’t really happen, right? Plus, it had been about eight years since I’d last been to the Reef and […]

A Snowy Australia Day

In a year of firsts, I hosted an Australia Day BBQ indoors, as it was -17 and snowing outside. But that didn’t stop me putting on a good Aussie spread: sausage rolls, mini party pies, potato salad, coleslaw, sausage sandwiches with grilled onions and for dessert… lamination cake and mini Pavs. Yum! Trying to make […]

Celebrating Norway’s National Day, 17th May

I’ve celebrated Norway’s national day or “syttende mai” (17th May) in Sydney with a few hundred Norwegians before, but in 2013 I celebrated in the capital of Norway with many, many thousands of Norwegians.    Originally I thought Norway’s national day was a type of Independence Day, but it’s actually their Constitution Day. On the […]

Norwegian Ice Sliding

It’s Spring in Norway and the snow has begun to melt. The temperatures are still below zero during the night and a morning stroll for a foreigner means having to confront the Norwegian ice. I moved to Oslo, Norway in August 2012. An opportunity to live overseas (which happened to be on the top of […]

Bucket List #54: Enjoy a White Christmas

In 2012, I spent my first European Christmas in Trondheim, Norway with my partner’s family. The average temperature in December is about -6 degrees – perfect for snow. This was going to be my first white Christmas. When we arrived at his family home just before Christmas. The countryside was covered in white snow, but alas, […]

Bucket List #77: Cycle Through Vietnam

In an adventurous 2006, a good friend of mine and I decided to cycle through Vietnam. The tour took us basically from top to bottom. We cycled around 550km of the route, the whole experience was an eye-opener into another culture. This was a typical day: Wake up early Have a big brekkie Ride for […]

Bucket List #53: Fly First Class

I had seen this item on plenty of bucket lists, so thought I would add it in too. In 2010, I was able to experience the luxury of flying first class. The catch is though, while I did fly first class, I didn’t pay first class prices (good connections). Not that my method of acquiring impacted the […]