I adore peas and try to incorporate them into all my recipes. Unbeknown to me, I was watching the Food Network on TV this weekend and guess who appeared cooking what? One of my favourite cooks, Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa, cooking this bright green pea soup. The novelty of following along to a recipe on TV and not YouTube or Instagram was almost nostalgic. And to top it off, the soup is as delicious as it is simple.
Once you’ve made the decision to leave town and hit the road, the big question is how to save up for your RTW gap year? I decided to quit my job to travel the world in October and booked my flight to leave London the following April. That left me with just over six months to save up $12,000. Here are a few things that helped me along the way. The key is to keep reminding yourself that it’s all worth it in the end and to keep the end goal at the front of your mind!
Now I’ve moved North Side, I’ve made it my mission to explore the area – one massage at a time.
Crows Nest Thai Massage and Spa is a classic Thai place but definitely one of the nicer ones. It’s spotlessly clean and looks recently renovated, so lovely laminate floors and tasteful asian themed decor throughout. I didn’t have an appointment and walked in to be greeted by a friendly receptionist. She gave me a price list and brought me a herbal tea.
I’ve had a bad back ever since I started working. Long hours at a desk looking at a computer and weekends spent on my phone have had a real impact on my physical health, so I have to work hard at keeping pain at bay. I’ve seen countless specialists over the years – chiros, physios, acupuncturists, masseuses, doctors – and they all say something different. It’s very confusing and frustrating when you’re in pain and just want the pain to go away.
I’ve escaped Sydney for the long weekend this Easter to visit Port Stephens for two nights. Thankfully the drive was only three hours north, which was lovely in the new car which M and I bought
I was craving peace, quiet, beach, white sand, nature and good food, and so far so good. I’m staying in Hawk’s Nest, which is definitely the quieter part of PS. Nelson Bay is over the other side (a 1 hour drive or 1 hour ferry crossing) and this is where you want to be if you want more action. I, however, was craving solitude, so Hawk’s Nest it was.