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Future UK holiday and catch up on those place we missed!

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This blog post is different.  It’s not about a holiday or an experience I’ve had, it’s an outline of a future holiday that I’m working towards.

When the Perry family travelled overseas in 2012 we had around 3 weeks and loads to fit in.  With this future holiday I’d like to catch up on those places we missed and consider a couple of different options.  You might like to post your ideas and recommendations too.

Flying to London, I’d choose a stop over in Singapore if flying with Qantas or Dubai if flying with Emirates, hopefully I have lots of frequent flyer points I can use like our 2012 holiday. Read More

Lazy Ballerina, K1, Three Brothers Arms, Longview and Royal Oak

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Having read, heard and talked about wineries and pubs in the Kuitpo, Meadows and Macclesfield area my husband planned a surprise mystery tour for me on the Monday of the recent long weekend – yes he listens really well! Scott likes to trick me though so we seemed to be going in another direction, pulling off the road at different places along the way that weren’t the right places and taking an interesting route.

First stop was the gorgeous Lazy Ballerina with pretty grounds, a modern cellar door and a down to earth approach to wine making. After trying a number of wines we each had a glass of white and pink moscato with a rustic tasting plate featuring cheeses, crackers, pear, grapes, almonds, olives and local dips. Read More

What can you do in 30 hours on Kangaroo Island?

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Getting up early on a Sunday morning is worth it when you are travelling across to Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia for a 30 hour mini break.  With the drive from Happy Valley to Cape Jervis to board the 10.00 am Sealink ferry taking about 1 hour and 15 minutes you need to leave at least 30 minutes to check in and for your driver to see the car on board too.

The trip across Backstairs Passage was fairly choppy as it was a very windy day and there is the opportunity to walk around the ferry from the inside lounge and kiosk area up onto the top deck or outside onto the bow of the ferry, port or starboard.  It takes 45 minutes on the ferry and then we arrived at Penneshaw a cute and welcoming little seaside village.
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Queen’s birthday long weekend in Rockhampton

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Rocky is a large regional centre with cowboys, utes, beef, historic pubs and the Fitzroy River (crocodiles in there?) contrasted with modern developments, apartments, restaurants and shops.

My recent trip to Rockhampton to work with a client meant that I was in town from Wednesday to Wednesday including the Queen’s birthday long weekend.  Staying at the Edge Apartments on the Fitzroy River it was a modern place to stay with a great restaurant and a bar downstairs.  Picking up the local tourist information on the first night I checked out things to do. Read More

New Zealand Holiday – North Island Highlights

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For a long time I’ve held a romantic view about travelling around New Zealand.  When flights were advertised by Jetstar for $149.00-199.00 from Adelaide to Auckland I had to take advantage of it.  Scott and I also celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on 19 February 2014 and so I wanted to do something special.

When booking and planning a holiday I like to spend time researching and working through different activities, places to visit and consider recommendations from friends, family and colleagues.  I booked most of the accommodation from Australia but not car hire or any of the activities. I also contacted a couple of business networks with events sourced via Eventbrite to make arrangements to connect in New Zealand. Read More

Aloha from Hawaii – Wendy’s 40th birthday present

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Aloha!  For my 40th birthday in October I wanted to go somewhere special – that place was Hawaii (particularly after watching The Descendants multiple times).

I booked very cost effective flights from Melbourne to Honolulu on Jetstar and used my Virgin Velocity reward points for a return flight for Scott and I from Adelaide to Melbourne.

When travelling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program you need to apply for authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

With lots of research and questions to those people that I knew had holidayed in Hawaii I had a long list of possible activities and places to visit. Read More

Shakespeare in the suburbs

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After my visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon in England last year I was inspired to see Shakespeare and it reminded me of how much I loved various Shakespeare plays in high school (Thanks to Mr Bob Phillips from Temple Christian College for the introduction).

In July 2013 I booked 1 ticket to see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) on a Wednesday morning 31.7.13 at 11.00 am at the Hogood Theatre in Ramsay Place at Noarlunga Centre.

Complete works

Entering the theatre foyer I could see the audience was mostly made up of seniors and students.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and sat down in the third row only to be shuffled along by a guy in his 20’s as I was in his seat.  The lights dimmed and the first actor took to the stage starting with a bit of audience interaction.  Read More

Ride a Bull – you go cowgirl!

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A quiet Friday night in August 2013 saw Scott and I head to the Woodcroft Tavern, not a regular spot at all but there was a special attraction – Ride a Bull SA.  Scott (and the blokes that had been at the pub since 4.00 pm) encouraged me to have a go – check out the video from Mechanical Bull Ride – Heat 3 – scroll through and you can see me in a couple of videos.

It’s a lot harder than it looks and I had to get the guy from Ride a Bull to kneel down so I could step on his knee and get onto the horse.  For one of the rounds I made it to 67 seconds and was high fived by the supportive crowd.  Want to see Wendy Perry, The Wild Side?  View this video and make sure you watch it til the end! Read More

@wordadelaide – Freestyle MC Competition – an unexpected night!

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Word Adelaide’s Freestyle MC Competition was held on Friday 16th August 2013 at the Thebarton Theatre and it wasn’t what I expected.

In my mind I was going to a public speaking competition for masters of ceremonies.  I didn’t realise it was “MC” as in MC Hammer – rap like dudes and dudettes battling with three rounds including acapella, beat boxing and rapping to specific songs in a boxing ring.

My first reaction was what are we at – a rapper comp with some colourful language?! Read More

Maldives and Bhutan – a contrasting 2 weeks

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In January and February 2013, over the space of 2 weeks, I travelled to Male in Maldives via Singapore and to Thimphu in Bhutan via Bangkok.

Maldives is a dream destination for many and when we flew into Male International Airport on Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll, the weather was high 20’s to early 30’s Celsius.

Traders Hotel, Maldives has a speed boat services across the amazing coloured sea to Male (only 1 x 2 km) where the hotel is located in the government area of town a street to two back from the water.

With a free Sunday before work began on implementing apprenticeships, industry partnerships and TVET, my colleague from QUT, Nelson Salangsang checked out options for day trips to resorts. Read More