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Oct2015
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We’ve been back in New Zealand almost a year now. In a few days, it will have been a whole year since we left Cambridge. Time has just *flown* by, but I’ll admit I’ve been avoiding this post, talking about Cambridge and leaving it behind. Cambridge was a beautiful city with beautiful sights to see, whether summer or winter. So maybe I won’t tell about what we will miss, but just show you instead. We enjoyed our lifestyle in Cambridge. […]

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Jul2015
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Our last week in the UK was busy. Brilliant, but busy. A wedding, packing and cleaning then a wee London farewell. But firstly, a wedding between the amazing Abbey and Chris. Abbey and Rob have known each other since they were kids – their mothers were best friends all through school and still keep in touch. Rob and I had also kept in touch with Abbey’s Mum, Wendy, who is a great laugh. Rob and I were stoked to get […]

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Jul2015
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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we tried to visit every pub in Cambridge. And while we weren’t successful, we visited many many pubs and they were easy to enjoy. Low key decor, rough around the edges, mismatched furniture with a constant supply of real hand-pulled ale. I didn’t like beer before I moved to the UK, but real ale taught me better. Real Ale is always cellar cool (not chilled) and has low carbonation (not foamy) with well rounded […]

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Jun2015
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When we moved to Cambridge, we noted that there were 92 pubs in Cambridge and we aspired to visit every pub in Cambridge. Well, we had a good crack at it, but we were unsuccessful in our mission. We ended up 14 pubs short of the full list. Drat! Still, we visited plenty of wonderful pubs, and here are some of the last ones we visited. The Mill This pub is down next to the river Cam next to some […]

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May2015
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During our 4 years in the UK, we visited 27 different Harry Potter film locations. Some of these sights were ‘because we could’ ones, like going to Lambeth Bridge because the Knight bus drove over it, or visiting the touristy Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station. But the directors of the films also picked some amazing and iconic locations, some of which I would never have visited because of a tour guide, but ended up being some of the most […]

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May2015
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If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that Rob is amazing. The reason he’s amazing? Because for the last 4 years, he let me drag him all over the UK to visit Harry Potter film locations. Yes, I am a fan of the films, but I’m also a fan of all the amazing locations that the various Harry Potter directors used in these films. And I had one more to see last year – Harrow School’s […]

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Oct2014
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So for those of you that didn’t know, back in July le Tour de France had three stages in the UK before heading to France. The Tour started in York and ended in London. We were lucky that one of the stages started in Cambridge, so we made sure were there to wave some flags about. It was lovely to see everyone getting into the spirit, but it did make the roads packed! First all the cyclists took off, followed […]

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Aug2014
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This year, I (Rob) turned 30 and I was lucky enough to receive some lovely presents. One of them was a hot air balloon ride over Cambridgeshire. First thing’s first – we helped setup the balloon. It was an nice calm afternoon, perfect for some lazy lofting about in the sky. The prevailing wind would normally drift the balloon toward Cambridge itself to see the colleges, but there was very little breeze at all. It was still very relaxing. The […]

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Apr2014
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While we wander around the various cities of Europe, we’ve been looking for street art. More specifically, tiled Space Invaders. We’ve found these colourful and iconic pieces in London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona previously. Well, we’ve found more in London, and even more in Paris, and even one in Brussels since then. So here’s an array of pieces for you to enjoy. Until next time, enjoy the show. London Paris     Brussels

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Apr2014
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Over the last year or 2, I’ve been continuing to visit various Harry Potter film sights around the country (dragging Rob along with me). This post almost finishes the whole list of Harry Potter sights I aimed to see! Let’s start at the beginning. One of the more iconic sights from the first few films is Platform 9 3/4 – a brick wall between train platforms. However, for the first couple of years I was in Cambridge, Platform 9 3/4 […]

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Mar2014
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As some of you may remember, Rob and I are trying to visit every pub in Cambridge. There were 92 when we first moved over and we’ve visited a lot of them! However, we’ve only posted 34.  A shocking effort! So here is a catchup of pubs mostly from the past year, but some are from ages ago. Yes, there were some from the early days that we forgot to post. But never mind that, we’re posting them now! Quinns […]

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Jul2013
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Some of you might have heard of Heston Blumenthal and his marvellous feasts he would prepare on his TV show. Rob and I used to love watching that TV show in NZ and Australia – He loves using dry ice to freeze ingredients. He make things that don’t look edible (like grass and soil garden) be delicious and the experience always seems to be wondrous. Well, he has a restaurant in his home town, Bray, just outside London – The Fat […]

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Jul2013
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After a great first day, we were eager for some more walks and abbey ruins. Luckily, Yorkshire is happy to oblige – we set off for Rievaulx Abbey and walking the Yorkshire Moors. The Moors are quite beautiful. The weather was still crisp, but the walk over the hills and through the woods was great. Then we came around the corner, and there was the abbey! It’s huge! Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 by twelve monks from York as a mission […]

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Jul2013
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In England, there are 2 long weekends in May. For the first one, our friend Richard kindly invited us up to his holiday home in Yorkshire for walks, ruins and some beers. We certainly did all three. But first, some walking. Richard took us to Studley Royal estate – a beautiful estate and water gardens built in the 19th century. A great place for some walking. The estate is beautiful, but was actually built to enhance the picturesque ruins of […]

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Jun2013
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We had a wonderful 3 nights in Wales, with delicious food and plenty of beers. It was time to go home, but we had one more sight to see – Gloucester Cathedral. This cathedral is stunning and very Gothic. It’s pretty amazing. Originally a Saxon abbey, a Norman church was built on top by a group by Benedictine monk in the 12th century. Then, when Edward II was murdered in 1327, the church was chosen as his burial place, making […]

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Apr2013
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For Easter this year, we wanted to go on a wee roadtrip and see some more of this country. We’ve made several trips around England, 3 to Scotland but only 1 to Wales. We’d heard that Pembrokeshire in the South West of Wales was a beautiful part of the country, so loaded the car and head off. It’s a 5 hour drive to Tenby in Pembrokeshire where we were staying, so we planned a couple of stops on a cold […]

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Mar2013
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Some of these pub photos are old. Strangely, there’s one pub from July 2011 that I forgot we visited, so didn’t catalogue sooner. So we’ll start with the oldest photos, The Rock, a Greene King pub that’s right on a main road. So while it was lovely to sit out in the sun, the traffic whizzing past wasn’t so great. Still, it one of the better pub options near the Cineworld cinema. Haha! I’m wearing glasses. Don’t need those since the […]

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Jan2013
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We couldn’t afford to go home for Christmas last year which sucked. But we were inspired by Caroline’s Orphans’ Christmas she invited us to in 2010 so decided to host our own. We had 4 Kiwis come up from London  and 2 Kiwis from down the road for 3 days of festivities. Brilliant! The weather was drizzly and awful while everyone was with us. We did manage to make it into town one morning to wander around and show them Cambridge […]

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Nov2012
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Back in April this year, we participated in the CAMRA Ale Trail 2012. Basically, we had to visit 10 real ale pubs during a 6 week period and have a pint at each. Brilliant idea! The rules were: you visited one of the designated pubs on the form, had a pint, and got a stamp. The prize at the end? A t-shirt. Some of these pubs were locals of ours that we had already visited previously. But we did get […]

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Oct2012
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After our busy walking day at Hadrian’s Wall, we drove away through the farmlands of Northumberland all lined with their pilfered Hadrian’s Wall stone. We wound our way up to Alnwick to visit a beautiful 700 year old castle – Alnwick Castle. And yes – I convinced Rob’s parents to leap into the air for a photo. Choice! Alnwick Castle is the ancestral home of the 12th Duke of Northumberland (55 year old Ralph Percy) though the family only live […]