The Garden is the Key (Quay?) to the House

I vow to go to more botanical gardens.   They’re frickin’ free They’re peaceful than a mug At least in Sydney, Australia, the views are mind-blowing. I can understand why people clamor over themselves to be here for New Year’s Eve (not enough to get me to participate, though). I should have gotten more pics…

I’m A Sh*tty Tourist

I didn’t go out and see the fireworks at the Sydney Harbor Bridge over the iconic Sydney opera house for New Year’s Eve. I can hear you all now. “Are you crazy?” “That was an opportunity of a lifetime!” “How could you miss it?” and all that jazz. Thing is, crowds get me worked up. Like, panic…

The State of the (European) Union

So, it took me a long time to learn what exactly the European Union is, and I still have a long way to go before I get it down. The good news -or maybe bad news- is, apparently some Europeans aren’t doing any better. Ruh roh. Not that I’m judging, of course. My country is…

The Little Beefeater That Could: TOL Pt. V

Y’all. Let’s discuss this little tyke for a minute. The littlest beefeater. I mean, he don’t even fill out the box he’s standing in front of. I just want to say that all 4’5″ of him has inspired me to new heights…pun intended. I want you all to dream big dreams and to go for…

Schengen Shenanigans

If you’re thinking long-term travel in Europe, you need to know about the zone. The Schengen zone. What is the Schengen zone, you ask? Well. You better learn what it is before you head to Europe (unlike me. I just went and got and caught up!). Basically it’s a group of European countries between which…

For the Morbidly Curious: TOL Pt. IIII

The Torture Tower was pretty cool for those of you who are into pain and blood and suffering and that sort of thing. I’ll all about torture, but then again, I’m a weirdo. The favorite methods of Torture at the Tower were the rack, where people were stretched the the point their joints were dislocated and possibly…

Who’s Feeding These Ravens? TOL Pt. III

First of all, the Crown Jewels. Simply breathtaking. They’re located in the Jewel House under armed guard; Luckily, I came on a nice quiet day. The line will curl all around the Tower Green on a busy day! The Jewel House is basically museum that winds you up to the top floor where the jewels are,…

Travel Safety Tips, AKA How to Keep All Your Sh*t

I told my BFFs LN and SN about my decision to take this trip and we were discussing their recent trip to Paris. LN was showing me the type of purse she wore- a messenger bag style- that would require someone to lift a flap to get into it, and therefore make it hard to…

The Tower Inside the Tower (TOL pt II)

The white tower is the oldest part of the TOL, used to intimidate and awe the people of London and any potential enemies. It is currently one of the many museums/attractions inside the tower of london. You could probably spend two hours in there alone. What I’ve forgotten in facts I can make up for…

Ladies & Gents, the Tower! Pt. I

I was ecstatic when I got to see the Tower of London. It immediately became a highlight. It was my very first real life castle visit and the most impressive historical landmark I’d ever seen. There’s such a rich heritage there, and so much to see and do that I’d recommend setting aside at least…

Quick Stop at Tower Bridge

The iconic Tower Bridge, not to be confused with the London Bridge immediately to the west, is a quick and relatively cheap attraction to see. It’ll run you nine pounds, but I whipped out my student ID and paid £6.30 (I’m broke, don’t judge me!). I climbed the two hundred some-odd stairs because as I mentioned, I’m…

London Tube-ular

Obviously, London is huge. Several million people live there. Also, it’s huge when it comes to sheer land mass. For goodness’ sake, get yourself a tube map. No point in having a car here. I only saw a tiny fraction of the city, with only a tiny fraction of the public transportation system used. Check their…