Author Archives: Karen

Wedding fAyr!

After all the catch ups,it was time to get down to business…Do you remember back in Palalom Beach in Goa around January 2014? No? Well it was here that John proposed to a very surprised Karen and 16 months later it was time to plan the wedding and in typical JK style we had 2 days to […]

Year of the Kangaroo

8th August 2015 So there it is. 12 Months of travelling around and living in Australia. So much done but so so much more still to do. It only feels like yesterday that we arrived off the plane in Perth in search of adventure and (after 7 months in Asia), wine and cheese! What started […]

Urban Scrawl

Having waved John off back to Sydney, it was sister time to shop, eat, drink and be merry in Melbourne. After an early take off and the most disgusting plane snack ever – tomato and corn muffins with banana and coconut chips we arrived in the capital of Victoria. Soon we were checked in and […]

…and then a step to the right!

We had a whole week in Sydney to introduce Laura to our Sydney bubble before we headed to warmer climates of Queensland’s coast. After the weekend of fun, it was time for John to return to work and the girls to head to the outlets…Birkenhead Point for some retail therapy. We had a great day […]

Pole Position Hamilton

While living in Australia, we made a pact to see and do as much as we can…back in October we started researching events in the next 6 months close to Sydney. A few google searches led us to the Melbourne Grand Prix, with racing blood in the family we decided to get some Grandstand tickets […]

Tasmania Highlights

Although our road trip around Tassie was only 10 days, a relatively short trip for us, we managed to squeeze plenty in. John navigated us along the windy country roads, while Karen manouvered the clumsy camper in and out of great lookout spots. Since we had ‘settled’ in Sydney this was our first big trip […]

March of the Birthday Penguins!

After a mammoth driving session the day before it would just be a short jaunt down the A3 Coastal Highway to our next stop and more importantly the site of Karen’s 30th Birthday celebrations – Bicheno. But first up it was time for Karen to open up her cards and presents. Karen always aspired to […]

Red Red Wine…

One of the top things to do in and around Launceston is to take a tour of the nearby Tamar Valley – especially a wine tour amongst some of the over 20 vineyards and cellar doors that dot the riverbank. Since we always explore our surroundings it would have been rude not to sample some […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

One of the biggest challenges on our trip to date was the trekking in Nepal. This was an ever bigger challenge for John who was suffering from Kathmandu Belly! At one point we thought only half of JK would reap the reward of making it to the Summit in Poonhill. But stubbornness won over and […]

Sydney Diaries: Year of The Sheep

So the Horse has bolted and we are left standing alone. Alone that is, until we felt something licking at our boots. Looking down we see a big white wooly jumper with 4 black legs and a curious look in it’s eyes! Aha.. it is a Sheep and this is it’s year! Outside of China […]

All Your Basin Belong To Us

Leading up to the middle of January we had to make an emergency dash to K-Mart in Chatswood to purchase some camping equipment. The Reason? Our friend Allan was celebrating his 30th name day by going camping in a place called The Basin, in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. So there we were in the […]

Christmas Day

We celebrated our first Christmas Eve together at a new place for us, The Butler in Potts Point with some new Australian friends, Millie and Alec. The Butler is a lovely new bar/ restaurantopened overlooking the city. Several glasses of wine and scrumptious sharing plates were devoured over travel stories, wedding plans and film trivia. […]

Sydney Diaries: Thats what friends are for!

We were fortunate to be invited into a group of friends in our first week in Sydney. Mostly Irish as these were John’s Uni pals from Cork – namely Dave, Rowan and Allan. Our first encounter was as part of the Come Dine With Me Night – a group dinner in a random restaurant every […]

JKHome-ing!

After 9 months of living out of our backpacks it was finally time to fully unpack them. Our clothes would hang in a wardrobe, our toiletries would have a home in the bathroom cabinet, we would sleep in a bed for more than 5 nights and no longer require to share a bathroom or queue […]

Lets go fly a kite!!

Sydney has an average of 300 sunny days a year. That’s 286 more than Ireland or Scotland! With such great weather the only thing to do is go exploring! On our first weekend in Sydney we went to check out the Kite Festival on the famous Bondi Beach, but we were not alone. Two of […]