Category: North America

San Diego: Some of the Places I Miss the Most

San Diego is an interesting city. It’s the eighth largest city in the United States, and because it’s so spread out it feels even bigger. It has a very relaxed vibe, and a laid-back feel that reminds me of home. The people are warm and welcoming, and there’s a huge amount to see and do- most of […]

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Swimming with the Dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii

When I was in my travel month after working as an Au Pair, I was most excited about the prospect of finally swimming with the dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii. I’d wanted to do it for years in New Zealand, but you know how it goes-often you never do that sort of stuff […]

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The Best Beaches on The Big Island, Hawaii

I recently visited the Big Island in Hawaii, and when other travelers told me they were “island hopping”, I figured I’d mistake devoting 11 whole days to just one island. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Public transport is sporadic and unreliable (although very cheap), so we rented a car for a few days, and […]

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Save me San Francisco: The Main Attractions of a Very Interesting City.

I was recently in San Francisco for four days, and it was barely enough time to explore this quirky city. It quickly became one of my favorites in America.   Where to go:   Fisherman’s wharf: Fisherman’s wharf/pier 39  is one of the more famous places in San Francisco, and for good reason. There’s so […]

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My heart still belongs to Chicago

Ahhh Chicago. The coldest winter I’ve had in my life, prettiest city I’ve ever seen, and the best clubbing I’ve experienced in America.   When I decided to be an Au Pair, I was determined that I would be living in New York City. I imagined myself riding the subway, eating pretzels on the street, […]

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Christmas in Florida

Last Christmas was freezing. I was living in Chicago and literally have never experienced a winter that cold in my life. My host parents were going to New Zealand for two weeks (my host mums a kiwi as well), so I had vacation time and was determined to find some warmth. One of my friend’s […]

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Texas I love you.

I wasn’t expecting to love Texas. In fact I was glad we were just going for a weekend and wouldn’t be wasting any of our precious vacation time on it. So I was surprised when Austin became one of my favorite places in North America. Austin “Keep Austin Weird” is the unofficial slogan of Austin, and with bumper […]

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Americans: Are the Stereotypes true?

We all have preconceptions about other countries, and let’s face it: America doesn’t have the greatest reputation overseas. Let me be clear here: when I say “Americans” I’m talking about North Americans. Down under in little New Zealand we tend to generalize and North Americans are usually just “Americans”, and if you’re from say Brazil […]

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