Friday, 31 July 2015

7 fun things to do on International Drive, Orlando, FL.

All of these have been tried and tested by Jody and I and we thoroughly enjoyed all seven!

- Catch a bus to Disneyworld or Universal (let's get the obvious one out of the way first hey?)

- Go play adventure golf at Pirate's Cove.

- Get up at the crack of dawn for some Denny's pancakes *drools*

- Experience the weird and the wonderful at Wonderworks. (The upside down White House if you were wondering!)

- Indulge in a Fribble milkshake at Friendlys (okay so it's 988 calories but sooo worth it).

- Have a few drinks, play shuffleboard and compete in a game of bowling at King's Bowl.

- Hop on an I trolley to go to the International Drive premium outlets. There are two - one at either end of International drive. Each one has a Forever 21 and the American version is way better than the UK version.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Australia: Month 7 Recap

Seven months. Seven whole months since I left the UK and moved to Australia. SEVEN MONTHS. Can you believe that? I can't.

July was a funny old month full of lot's of responsible adult tasks like handing in our work notices, handing in the notice on our flat and lodging our tax returns...Boring stuff but important stuff. Next up is sending things home, throwing things in the bin and packing our entire lives into a rucksack - This means dramatically reducing my wardrobe *sobs*.

As discussed in my previous post, Jody and I have been out of action this week with some nasty colds and work/life/the blog have been neglected whilst we drown in a pile of tissues and whinge about how poorly we are. BUT we are back to peak condition and ready for the adventures August is going to bring!

Hope everyone is having a lovely week!


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Feeling under the weather

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me whinging about being ill. And I'm still ill. Hence the silence on the blogging front. Blocked nose, blocked ears, sore throat, headaches and crappy sleep. I'm just glad I'm ill now and not in two weeks when we set off in our campervan.
Hope everyone is feeling better than I am!


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Seven ways to cock up a trip to Barcelona

This looks like I hated Barcelona but trust me I didn't. It was a complete balls up from start to finish but it wouldn't have been a Jess and Jody adventure if it wasn't. I'd love to go back with a bit more time and a lot more planning.

The roof of the Gaudi building in Barcelona

- Get a hotel in the green part of the city (Mozzie galore).

- Don't pre-book to see the inside of Sagrada Familia.

- Forget that Spain get's pretty hot and don't bother packing suncream.

- Don't get a data plan to use your phone abroad - It's not like you will need google maps or anything.

- Miss your bus stop and do a long, return loop around the outskirts of Barcelona.

- Forget any basic Spanish that you may have learned and look like an typical ignorant Brit.

- Book a last minute deal that just so happens to fly into Barcelona and out of Reus.

Happy Friday everybody!


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Seven Realities of Moving to Australia


- Chances are you won't be able to find your favourite brand of biscuit/crisp/perfume

- And when you do find them you will have to pay a ridiculous amount to enjoy them

- Remember how everyone said they would stay in touch? Well forget that, it's all lies

- Unless they are drunk, then your Skype is awash with calls

- You WILL find 16 degrees cold and need a thick woolly jumper (Yeah I laughed too)

- Some days you will regret ever stepping foot on that plane

- And others you will plan on never going home, ever, ever, ever.

Happy Friday!


Monday, 13 July 2015

Day 4 of the big trip - Greenough Wildlife Park

For the last two weeks there hasnt been any photos from my trip to Monkey Mia at the beginning of June (Mainly 'cos I'm lazy and rubbish) but today I'm gunna share some photos from the Greenough Wildlife Park we went to on the final day (I'm skipping day 3 because it was a lot of driving and honestly quite boring!).

Costing only $10.00 to get in, Greenough is run by two women and runs solely on donations.(The women are also certified snake handlers FYI). They take in injured animals, orphaned animals - any animal that needs a hand. The ones that can be released are but some are too old or too hurt to be released meaning they stay at the park living the life of riley.

They had a paddock full of Roo's, cages full of birds and reptiles aswell as a camel, a llama, some emus and three dingoes. All the cages are spacey and clean and the women ran a tight ship.

For 5 bucks you can get up close and personal with a little baby joey and for another 5 bucks you can go in with the dingoes for a meet and greet (and maybe a cuddle!) - an experience that would cost you upwards of $50.00 at Australia zoo.

Obviously I did both because who wouldn't?

The Dingos
Matilda and Banjo the dingos were abandoned by their mum as babies and were raised by the keepers at Greenough. They wouldn't have known how to hunt for themselves and would have eventually starved if they had been set free. Pearl was born a few years ago and has stayed with her mum.

Mason the baby Joey
Little baby Mason was found alone with broken hind legs meaning he wouldn't have survived very long by himself. As they were so badly broken he isn't expected to be released as they will always be quite brittle and the chances of them breaking again when he's older is quite big (poor guy!). Instead he will join the army of Roo's living at Greenough.

I won't lie, I expected Greenough to be pants. A wildlife park that noone seems to have heard of, just out side Geraldton in the middle of nowhere? Nah. Turns out I was wrong and it was awesome. They loved their jobs and put everything they had into building the place and ensuring that the animals are looked after.

If you ever head up to Kalbarri or Monkey Mia make sure you pop in if you have time as it really is worthy of your time and money! Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Seven ways to be a more considerate passenger

1. Ask the person behind you if it's okay if you put your seat back. Sure everybody wants to put their seat back on the plane but consider who might be behind you first. A super tall human, a mum with a kiddy on her lap, you never know. (Speaking as the fiancée of somebody who is 6'4 he would much appreciate it if you asked first before you just put it back).

2. If you have something someone else needs then share the wealth. It's the little acts of kindness that make the world a better place. I saw some old dear give a young dude a tissue on the train because he needed to blow his nose and he couldn't have looked happier. Random acts if kindness remind people the world can be a wonderful place.

3. Try not to get to peeved by the parents with kids. Sure the screamers make our skin crawl but 95% of the parents are doing everything they can to keep their kids happy and silent. Just don't get me started on the other 5% who let their children run amok whilst they sit and chat *shakes fist*.

4. Keep it down. On the 13 hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Perth we had some dudes behind us who couldn't wait to tell the entire plane their life story...When you haven't slept for close to 24 hours, you've just left your entire world/family/life behind and you are feeling pretty emotional, God could be sat telling you the meaning of life and all you would want to do was to get some shut eye. Just try and keep it between you and your neighbourino.

5. Stay fresh. Take wipes, deodorant and fresh socks and underwear on any long haul travels. You will feel a zillion times better for a change and you won't scare off any potential buddies/passenger associates with your grimyness.

6. Stick to your spot. I've seen pictures of people with their socks off and feet up on the headrests and just no. Gross and Rude. Keep all limbs to yourself and in your confines. Yes it's not comfortable but everyone else does it and so should you.

7. Smile. Smile at the staff, smile at the other passengers, smile at your travel buddy (if you have one). Smiles are a universal language and if someone smiles back at you it always feels good right?

Oh and don't be that one person who gets completely smashed on the plane and has to be restrained ok?