My latest Instagram obsession

Instagram is a strange beast. As least three times in as many recent weeks I’ve heard someone tell me how they’ve done a huge cull of who they follow on the app, whittling down to only the accounts that make them feel happy or inspired. These friends unfollowed accounts that made them feel inadequate and lacking in their own lives, their jobs, travels, bodies, homes and style. It seems like a no-brainer doesn’t it?! Why did all these smart women unwittingly follow people whose shiny, filtered lives made them feel shit by comparison?! But it’s really common.

I occasionally follow a ‘fit-spiration’ Insta account, but usually get bored and unfollow them pretty quickly. I can only pretend to be interested in so many organic smoothie recipes and yoga poses. I unfollowed super popular Instagrammer Steph Claire Smith because I worried her incessantly frequent bum pics would have people thinking I was consuming soft p*rn on the train to work. But 1.3 million other people disagree with me!
So who is worth following?! Here is my latest Instagram obsession:

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Dreaming of spring… #myprovenceeverydayobjects

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Can you believe that’s^ a photo?!

Jamie Beck is an artist whose incredible photos look like renaissance paintings. She’s currently in Provence for a year and posts videos of the painstaking creation of still life scenes like the one above. I’m not a huge art buff but the way she bends and shapes her subjects is so fascinating and satisfying. A splay of a tulip here, the crunch of an onion skin there, it’s so meticulous and usually set to an amazing sound track. Never would have thought I’d be into something like this! She also posts beautiful scenes from Paris.

Who do you recommend following? Please let me know your recommendations! Have you given up on posts and pretty much just watch stories now?! I have!

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Women in the Know: My sister on surviving long haul flights

Sarah, a wee bit excited to see an elephant in Zambia

I like to think I know a thing or two about travel, but if I’m completely honest it’s my sister who is the expert. Like me Sarah was born with the travel bug and was taken abroad before she had teeth. But having spent almost the last five years living overseas I’m prepared to concede she’s the foremost authority on long haul travel. Sarah has a full passport, a knack for avoiding jetlag and a deep-seated hatred for people who jump up to leave as soon as the plane touches down. As part of my new Women in the Know series I’ve asked her to share some tips for surviving the less enjoyable aspects of travel.

Tell us where you have lived and travelled in the past 5 years?

In 2013 I moved to Samoa for what was meant to be 1 year living abroad, from there I moved to London for further study which took me to Rwanda, where I’ve now lived for over two years. Compared to Australia, Rwanda actually feels incredibly central – its 8 hours direct from London and 6 hours from Dubai! Since living here I’ve been lucky enough to visit all the bordering countries – Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and the DRC, plus Kenya, Zambia, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, France, the UK, Sri Lanka, India, and Australia.

Sarah in Savai’i, Samoa

I’m always jealous of your smart comfortable travel attire, what are your tricks?

I’m not wanting to dress fancy on a long-haul flight, but I also try to avoid looking too schlubby because I always seem to bump into people I know in airports. Or one time I saw Tom Jones! And who wants Tom Jones to see them in tracky daks? So I always wear:

  • Black leggings that are thick and good quality so they are borderline pants.
  • A Big Blankety Scarf, for my sleeping on the plane routine (see below!) and generally for plane warmth. In summer the one I use is actually a Turkish towel I bought in Crete but I feel like it works as a scarf?
  • Underwireless bra.
  • Slip on shoes, for ease of security check and foot swelling situations.
  • My Uniqlo fleece jacket that folds down into a tiny bag, comes with me everywhere, and is collarless so somehow feels a bit less like hiking wear.

Aforementioned Uniqlo fleece jacket… oh and a gorilla! Rwanda

What are your in-flight must haves?

I have a little pouch of in-flight essentials that lives in a drawer in my bathroom whenever I’m not travelling, so I can just grab it and go. In it:

  • Eye-mask from Amazon.
  • Putty earplug which I would upgrade to noise-cancelling earbuds if I wasn’t sure I would lose them immediately. These babies are cheap and you can pick them up in any chemist!
  • Wipes and hand sanitizer because planes are gross.
  • Lucas’s Paw Paw ointment because planes are dry – I dab it inside my nostrils when the plane air dries them out.
  • Socks because planes are cold.
  • Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy which was given to me and to be honest for the longest time I wasn’t sure what to do with a ‘pulse-point therapy roll on’ (nice smelling oil in a little bottle) but then one time someone got onto a flight next to me with the most horrific B.O. I rolled the oil onto a tissue, stuck the tissue into the neck of my top and covered my head with my Big Blankety Scarf and had my own little aromatherapy situation that totally overpowered the terrible B.O.

Cartagena, Colombia

How do you avoid jetlag and manage to get some shut-eye on the plane?

When I fly from Africa to Australia it’s 2 x 10 hour flights – and I probably sleep about 8 hours of each flight. I strongly believe that most of what people think of as jetlag is actually fatigue. I also strongly disagree that you should try and adjust to the new time zone on the flight; my personal theory is that if you sleep as much as you possibly can on the flight, your body will be so confused about what time it’s meant to be on so you can just do a hard reset when you land. It always works for me – I rarely suffer any jetlag in either direction.

A lot of people claim to not be able to sleep on planes, but I say they’re not trying hard enough. It’s easy to get on a plane and feel all excited by the movies and the free food but I say this: have you not seen movies before? Have you not eaten average food before? You have, dear reader, and you will again, so knuckle down and focus on sleeping through this flight so you can hit the ground running on arrival. This is how I do it:

  • I always try to be last on the flight, so once I’m in I know I won’t be interrupted by anyone else boarding and also I can spot free seats. Once the doors are closed, I settle in – shoes off, socks on, earplugs in, eye mask on, Big Blankety Scarf over the head and around the neck and shoulders for warmth, personal aromatherapy depending on how I’m feeling, airline blanket tucked in. It’s kind of a sensory deprivation situation and its key to being able to sleep.
  • I ignore the meals; I make sure I’ve eaten a good meal before boarding and take snacks so I can sleep through the food. I sit there, until I fall asleep. Sometimes this takes what feels like ages! Maybe an hour or more! This is what I mean when I say if you think you can sleep on planes you’re not trying hard enough – most people would try for maybe 20 minutes and then give up and watch a movie, but if you’re patient and committed to it, you will fall asleep and stay asleep, and it will make the flight go by amazingly
    fast, and your arrival be that much more pleasant.

Big Sur, California. I think I have a photo in the very same spot?!

What are some hints for effective packing (i.e. not just throwing it all in a bag and hoping for the best)?

I am pretty obsessive about packing light because I hate schlepping around things I don’t need. If possible, I travel with only carry-on. I did a 6-week trip to Cuba, Guatemala and Mexico, and a month in India with only a carry-on size backpack. I just came back from 8 days in Nairobi for work with only carry-on. When you only have carry-on, you get out of the airport so much quicker, you move around so much more easily, and there is no risk of having your bag lost which is always an enormous ball-ache!

The key to packing light is that it takes time – if you pack in a rush you will throw all sorts of random stuff in there, but if you take time to plan outfits rather than just throwing in clothes willy-nilly, and you’re prepared to hand-wash things on the road (do it in the shower!), you can take so much less.

Going bananas in Cuba

Any final tips?

Always assume if you’re checking in that your bag will be delayed and ensure you have a spare set of essentials in carry-on, memorise your passport details to make immigration and flight booking smoother, and for the love of god don’t stand up as soon as the plane lands.

And where to in 2018?

The US, Indonesia and Malawi for work, Mozambique for fun, Egypt and Romania to visit my husband’s family, Tanzania and Spain for weddings, and Australia for Christmas.

Sarah and I in Crete circa 2016

In Kenya last year

Thanks Sarah, for being my first Woman in the Know!

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Women in the Know

Expert women weaving in Peru

I am fortunate to be surrounded by incredible women. Women who are smart, creative, strong, resilient and know how to get shit done.

They know about everything from travel, craft, makeup and paperwork to being sustainable, cooking, crunching numbers, keeping fit and healthy.

I love learning from them and I feel like we don’t do enough knowledge sharing anymore. Skills that were once passed down from mother to daughter, aunt to niece, classmate to classmate, woman to woman. So much is lost when we don’t ask and don’t share.

I want to learn from the women in my life and share their knowledge, so I’ve started a new series called Women in the Know. I’ve asked some of my close family and friends to contribute, but I’m definitely branching out and asking YOU what you’re an expert on. If you want to write about what you know (where to get the best dumplings, how not to get ripped off at the mechanic, how to train for a marathon) whatever it may be, do drop me a line! My first post is coming up next, keep a look out.

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How to walk to work avoiding blisters, creeps and getting sweaty

*If only* I walked to work across the Brooklyn Bridge! ❤

I recently had a message from a lovely follower on Instagram who asked me to cover the topic of walking to work. I was delighted on two fronts; firstly to have a topic to blog about and secondly because I have a weird affection for morning routines. It turns out a lot of people do! Remember this post on breakfast? So many great comments.

When I began working in the city in late November I opted to walk instead of commuting via tram. I had just left a job where I drove 17km to the office in the suburbs and the prospect of walking was honestly the main reason I was excited to start my new role. I had visions of arriving at work fresh and invigorated from my 4.5km jaunt and getting home in the evening, sufficiently wound-down and clear-headed.

There are a few considerations with walking to work; how do you manage all the pairs of shoes needed? How do you get to work without being drenched in sweat? Here are my tips for pounding the pavement to work and back again:

Shoes

When walking at least 9km a day ‘comfortable flats’ is an oxymoron. Flat shoes generally don’t provide enough support, so super light runners are the way to go (also quite the fashion statement!). I keep a pair of suede black heels – that I’m highly unlikely to need on weekends, under my desk to swap into or carry work shoes in a tote bag with me.

Clothes

I’ve tried walking in active wear as well as my work clothes. Unless it’s really hot or I need to walk super fast I prefer just wearing my work clothes. I find it too risky to pack a change of clothes in case I forget something or crush a freshly ironed shirt. Plus it’s a lot to carry with everything else. Sometimes I do arrive at work a little hot and sweaty, so I just sit and cool down on a bench out the front or at my desk for a moment. Then I head to the bathroom and cover myself in a light cloud of deodorant. No complaints so far!

Bag

I don’t have a very big handbag so I carry a material tote bag over my shoulder containing my change of shoes, lunch and an umbrella. The bag is super light (I got it from Tommy Hilfiger at least 10 years ago) and folds up really small, it’s also wider than your average tote so if I need to grab food on the way home there’s plenty of room.

Podcasts

A commute that takes an hour and a half a day (most of which is waiting at pedestrian crossings) leaves plenty of time for my all-round favourite pastime: listening to podcasts. If you like true crime I recommend: My Favourite Murder, Dirty John and Trace. If you like great human interest stories/storytelling and interviews I recommend: The Moth, Death Sex & Money, Mortified and S Town. If you like high production value stories on human behaviour, science and history I recommend Human/Ordinary, Invisibilia, Revisionist History and This American Life. That is an overwhelming list, at the moment I pretty much just binge My Favourite Murder with a few This American Lifes thrown in. I’ll do a dedicated post on podcasts with episode recommendations soon!

Safety

There are some really average drivers and cyclists around… Make sure you stay alert while crossing roads and for the love of god please don’t look down at your phone while walking! Also once I had a weird experience with a man who sidled up next to me while I was completely zoned out listening to My Favourite Murder. He practically stood in front of me to get my attention, so I had to stop and take out my earphones. Then he asked me out. I was SO mad at being interrupted! And also worried I’d encounter him again. But I didn’t! Be aware: creeps are everywhere. SSDGM

Enjoy!

Walking is a really nice way to commute and if you live close enough to work, I highly recommend giving it a go. It’s good for your health, cheaper than public transport and a whole lot better for the environment than driving.

How do you get to work?

(How walking to work changed my life)

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I moved!

Our new lounge room

It’s been a long time between drinks around here. I could blame my lack of blogging on being busy (which I have been!) but I’ve also just lacked inspiration, if i’m completely honest. This blog will be 7 years old in May, it’s taken many forms over those years and I’m still figuring out what it will be in 2018. If you have any ideas let me know! I do take requests- a lovely person in Instagram asked me to cover a certain topic on here so I’ll be posting that soon.

So my biggest news is that we moved house a few weeks ago! I’ve been having the best time decorating. Andy and I moved from a share house where we owned almost none of the furniture to our own 2 bedroom apartment, so there was a bit of a mad scramble to get the vitals. Like forks! I’m happy to report all of my plants survived and a few more have joined the family. So far only the lounge room is complete, but I’m looking forward to sharing more rooms soon. We also moved to a new suburb, so I plan on finding the best local smashed avo and happy hour.

How are things with you? Have a great week!

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3 easy summer dinners

It’s summer, I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen with the oven on and I’m sure you don’t either! These are three super quick, easy and cheap dinners perfect for this time of the year. ‘Recipe’ is probably a stretch, these require mere assembling and you’re good to go! A few tips: lime, salt and coriander will make anything taste Mexican, keep tinned corn and beetroot in the pantry, a jar of jalapenos in the fridge and microwavable rice packets are a god send.

Coriander and spinach rice with smoked salmon, avocado, beetroot and feta

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– Microwavable brown rice (the ones from Aldi are super cheap, I always have at least 2 in the pantry)
– Fresh coriander
– Spinach leaves
– Smoked salmon slices
– Avocado
– Tinned beetroot
– Crumbled feta

Microwave the rice, then pour half the packet into a bowl. Microwave the spinach in bowl with a tiny bit of water until wilted and then stir it through the rice with the coriander and some salt and pepper. Then add smoked salmon and whatever else you like on top! For me it’s avocado, beetroot (slightly warmed in the microwave) and feta. I squeeze a generous amount of lemon juice on top and enjoy with lashings of hot sauce.

Mexican kale salad with chicken

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– A bag of kale salad mix (I like the ‘kale-slaw’ from Aldi, just ditch the creamy dressing packet inside… not an ad, I WISH I was getting paid by Aldi though)
– Fresh coriander
– Fresh lime juice
– Tinned corn, drained
– Cherry tomatoes
– Avocado
– Jar of jalapenos
– Chicken breast
– Packet of taco seasoning
– Red capsicum

Cook the chicken and capsicum in the taco seasoning according to the instructions on the packet. Tip your desired amount of kale into a bowl, add chopped coriander, salt and lime juice to taste. Then add your corn and cherry tomatoes. Top the salad with the chicken, chopped jalapenos and avocado.

Haloumi and pumpkin salad

This one requires the oven- I usually make a big tray of cooked veggies (pumpkin, sweet potato, red capsicum, carrots plus whatever else I have) on a Sunday to use throughout the week.

– Spinach
– Cooked pumpkin
– A block of haloumi
– Lightly fried onion and capsicum
– Jalapenos
– Coriander
– Balsamic glaze (optional)

Slice the haloumi and fry in a non stick pan (use olive oil spray if you need) with the sliced onion and capsicum. Once the haloumi is browned and the onion and capsicum are soft add them to a bowl with the spinach, cooked pumpkin, jalapenos, coriander and whatever other veggies you like. Top with dressing if that’s how you roll (I like it without).

What’s your go to summer meal? Ice cream included.

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A month of Mondays…

Isn’t that how January feels?!

The post-weekend slump constantly hovering overhead, while you never quite know what day it is and your hand continues to magically write last year’s date on its own.

Societal norms dictate we thrust into the new year with renewed vigour and energy, ready to tackle unpleasant tasks like losing weight and credit card debt, but the second we try to do anything productive we’re met with brick walls. The gym closed early because it’s still on a holiday timetable, your accountant is on a beach somewhere and any work email is met with a raging torrent of out-of-office replies.

Last week upon discovering the slow cooker containing dinner had been turned off by the cleaners, Andy and I drove to one of my favourite southern BBQ restaurants to find it closed. A quick Google search revealed our five backup restaurants were closed. Five! Damn January.

Trying to find a new home during this period has been laughable. I’ve never left so many pointless voice messages in my life, but somehow we managed to sign a new lease on a two bedroom apartment! A big win. More on this later.

Do you have any New Years resolutions? Mine is to have my knees strong and ready for a ski trip to New Zealand in August! Spin classes here I come. I also have plans for some excellent (I hope) new content on this blog, so stay tuned for a fun new series. Also I’m always open to suggestions so let me know what you’d love/hate to see.

If you’re just getting back to work or like me, have worked all through the Christmas-NYE period, I hope January goes as quickly and painlessly as possible!

 

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Wedding in Rwanda!

Sitting at the dining room table over Christmas, mum and I reviewed 2017 in between bites of our bagels and both agreed that my sister Sarah’s wedding to partner Nady was the number one highlight.

Sarah had always said she was never getting married. A decision, whether spurred by stubbornness or feminism, we had long come to accept. Of course it really just took the right person to come along (and for marriage to be the answer to a barrage of various international visa requirements). Nady came to Australia for Christmas 2016 and instantly won everyone over with his huge smile and enthusiasm to rival my father’s, a man who excites over the opening of an envelope and whose catchphrase is repeating ‘how good is this’ while gesturing at whatever is happening at the time. Hours after being grilled by brutish Australian immigration officials, having a Romanian passport, an Egyptian name and being inbound from Rwanda will, sadly, do that to you, Nady met 20 of Sarah’s closest friends and their babies followed by 35 Brewins at our annual Christmas beach weekend.

“So why Rwanda?”, a question I’ve faced at least 50 times. The pair met at the London School of Economics while completing post graduate studies in international development. Then they moved to Rwanda, where they’ve lived for two years. The plan was a very low key affair to coincide with mine and Andy’s trip to East Africa. Naturally, the occasion blew out a tad as these things tend to do and my parents, Canadian aunt and about 20 international guests ended up coming. Unfortunately because it was quite last minute, there were many people who would have liked to be there who couldn’t make it. They were there with us in spirit and not forgotten.

It was a morning ceremony at the registry office followed by a small champagne reception at home drenched in duty free Veuve Clicquot. Then in the evening there was a big reception hosted by friends at their large house overlooking the hills, complete with an amazing local food stand, marquee (booze tent), photo booth and a ridiculously fun dance floor. The next morning about 40 of us headed to Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu, to keep the party going.

I fancied myself as the unofficial wedding photographer. And having seen the photos from the professional photographer I feel I could easily open a wedding photography business there…

Getting ready:

The entire occasion wouldn’t have happened without the efforts of Kigali’s extremely proactive expat and local communities, aka Nady and Sarah’s friends. From the flowers to organising an office to marry them after one pulled out at the 11th hour, to the dulcet tunes and excessive air horn from DJ Toilets (not so named because he was shit, I promise), everyone did an outstanding job of getting Sarah and Nady hitched. Especially when Sarah was busy touring East Africa with Andy and I in the four weeks leading up to the wedding.

It was a fairly untraditional wedding. There was no hiding from each other in the morning. I did Sarah’s makeup. They travelled to the ceremony together in a car with a couple of friends.

Getting ready to leave

We took a bunch of photos before the ceremony, while waiting for the paperwork to go through.

Mum, Nady, Sarah, Dad and Nady’s mum

Nady and ladies

Mum and Sarah

Andy and I

Dad, me, my aunt Jo who flew in from Canada

Photobombed by the soon-to-be happy couple

Before long it was time to head in to the ceremony. I assume the room was mostly used for citizenship ceremonies, given it’s patriotic decor. It was a long, secular ceremony entirely in Kinyarwanda and English. The terms of the contract they were entering into were clearly outlined, clause by clause, including what would void the marriage, like domestic violence and one of them disappearing for 12 months. Sarah and Nady were told of the responsibility their union and children would bring to Rwanda and its future and to seal the deal, they recited vows while holding the flag!

It was fascinating!

Wedding certificate!

After the ceremony we headed back to the house to get ready while Sarah and Nady had their professional photos done. In the two minutes warning we had before they arrived home all the guests lined up along the driveway with champagne, confetti and ‘All you need is love’ playing on a speaker. I managed my one annoying little sister act of the day; to piff sequins directly at Sarah’s head.

Sarah, still with the sequins in her hair

The party that night was next level amazing. Unfortunately I didn’t get a single photo, except for this crappy iPhone shot during the speeches:

Here are a couple of the professional shots:

This doesn’t at all do justice to how beautiful the place looked with all the fairy lights, tiki torches, candles and flowers. Sarah and Nady exchanged the vows they had written, as well as locally made rings. There were speeches, I played a message from our very unwell grandmother who would have loved to have been there. We danced our feet off and had the best time.

There was no time to be tired the next day as we boarded a charter bus to Gisenyi, on Lake Kivu near the boarder of the Congo and Rwanda. We continued the celebrations there. These fantastic photos are from Sarah’s friend Anders Kjemtrup (check out his instagram here).

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

We drank.

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

We ate.

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

And we danced.

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

Sometimes in the water.

Photo by Anders Kjemtrup

But mostly we celebrated these two:

Thanks for being the highlight of my year guys, love you lots xx

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Gorilla trekking in Uganda

One of the absolute highlights of 2017 was trekking into the Ugandan jungle to hang out with gorillas. We had originally planned to see the gorillas in Rwanda, but a few months before our trip the Rwandan government doubled the price of the permit. Literally doubled. Overnight. So to Uganda it was! It cost $US694.

I was actually pretty nervous, part of me was convinced one of these huge primates might freak out and eat my face off. But they didn’t! Just as everyone had told me, the gorillas actually couldn’t care less that we were standing just a few short metres away.

But first things first. We got a taxi from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, to the Ugandan border which took about two hours. We, being my dad, Andy, my aunt Jo and I, then walked across the border. I got held up because the immigration officer noticed I’d been to Tanzania, effectively voiding my East African Visa which covers Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. He had to check this with many people and I think I developed at least three grey hairs while he disappeared with my passport for 20 minutes. I ended up having to buy a Ugandan visa for $US40 which was annoying because I was only there for 24 hours and Andy had made it through with no problems. But I digress. On the Ugandan side we were picked up by Prime Safaris and dropped at the Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort.

Lake Bunyonyi is a beautiful, extremely deep lake with a murky past. Some of the islands in the lake were previously used as prisons  or ‘colonies’ for unwed pregnant girls and people with leprosy. Nowadays it’s slowly emerging as a tourist destination. It was absolutely beautiful. We took a swim and had a ridiculously huge dinner.

View from the Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

The next morning we left at the crack of dawn to drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for our trek with Prime Safaris.

There are trackers who keep up with the location of the gorilla families. You can choose a short trek or a long trek and then your guides take you in the directions of the trackers who connect you with the family. We opted for a short trek and after 45 minutes of hiking along a track we’d reached the point where we started bush bashing uphill to see the gorillas. Side note: one of our trackers was a woman, the only one in the job in Uganda!

We climbed over tree roots, under branches and thick vines and eventually we stopped and heard the thundering sound of a gorilla moving quickly downhill towards us before hitting a nearby bush and shaking the leaves. A few seconds later he rolled downhill right in front of us. It was such a comical way of moving we couldn’t help but laugh.

Next came this mama and her baby:

We followed them, encouraged by the trackers to get close (the 7 metre distance rule they talked about was completely forgotten!) and have a good look.

The silverback (which is the alpha male, not a type of gorilla) was absolutely massive:

This lady sat for ages pulling leaves off vines with her hands and eating them:

The way the moved their hands was so humanlike it was mesmerising.

You get an hour with the family, towards the end of our hour we watched the silverback, mother and baby, and two ‘teenagers’ playing and sleeping:

As I mentioned, they are so accustomed to humans they couldn’t care less about your presence. They look right at you. I took thousands of photos but I didn’t want to bore you with all of them!

All too soon it was time to say goodbye.

There are only 880 mountain gorillas left in the wild, so if you can visit a few I highly recommend it. This was absolutely one of my top travel experiences ever and well worth the cost and effort to get there.

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The last Friday before Christmas

Happy holidays! How’s your week been? Have you finished buying presents? Someone played ‘All I want for Christmas for you’ by Mariah Carey OUT LOUD in the office on Wednesday. That should be illegal. I couldn’t get the tune out of my head for an hour.

How are you spending the weekend? I’m having an early Christmas celebration with mum and then Andy and I are flying to Tasmania.

This is the perfect last minute dessert recipe for Christmas (I’ve made it twice!)

5 ridiculous pieces of advice for avoiding weight gain this Christmas

An amazing gift guide for those hard-to-shop-for-people

5 of the best (and 5 of the worst) wardrobe investments ever made

Have you seen the trailer for Ocean’s 8 yet?

40 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of 2017

Got any New Years resolutions? I’m thinking I might actually make some this year! Have a wonderful holiday x

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