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Mike Norton

The Month I Lived Out of a Backpack, Part 2: Salzburg

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Month I Lived Out of a Backpack

“Oh, look!” I shout from the train compartment. “An IKEA!”

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Mona

10 Things to Consider When Looking for the Perfect Au Pair Family 

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series A Guide to Au Pairing

Deciding to become an au pair is a big decision and requires a lot of planning. While there are a lot of elements to consider, I believe that the most important thing is Continue reading

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Pedro

Feta, Filo & Fish: a Guide to Greek Food

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series My European Food Diary

This year I visited Greece for the first time to take part in a week-long yoga retreat. Anyone who has watched me try to touch my toes will understand why Continue reading

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Becoming an Au Pair: Who, What, When, Why, How?

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series A Guide to Au Pairing

We all have those moments where we dream of dropping everything and moving to another country, but Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Down Under’ by Bill Bryson

I have been a huge fan of the travel writer Bill Bryson since an unusually young age, first devouring ‘A Walk in the Woods’ (an account of his journey along the Appalachian Trail) at the age of fourteen. His dry wit, uncanny observations, and unique ability to make the most mundane morsels of information immensely fascinating, is something I continue to enjoy to this day.

In his almost 30-year-long career, Bryson has embarked on countless travels throughout his native America, across Europe, and around Great Britain, dissecting each country and its characteristics with spirit and humour. However, one of my favourite of his books continues to be his journey to Australia, where he explores its people, cities, coastlines, and the infamous Outback with all the intense curiosity expected of a foreigner relatively unacquainted with the country. Bryson proves positively intrigued by everything from the deadliness of Australia’s wildlife, to the mind-bogglingly remote location of Outback towns, to the seemingly bizarre decision to make Canberra its capital city. Thus, the reader is offered a rich and laugh-out-loud education in the Australian way of life, in the form of a page-turning outsider’s insight into the world’s sixth largest country.

‘Down Under’ by Bill Bryson (source: images.gr-assets.com)

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