the dee diaries

Capturing the best moments from my travels abroad. Original Adelaidian now calling bristol city home... I love delicious things, doors, dancing in streets and diet coke (and i guess things beginning with D?)
Enjoying the harbourside a lot today. Never appreciated the sun so much in my life.  (Taken with Instagram)

Enjoying the harbourside a lot today. Never appreciated the sun so much in my life. (Taken with Instagram)

the first trimester

It’s been over three months since I moved abroad, so I thought it was time for a proper update. I bet you did too ;)

Let me get the teacher talk out the way first. I wrote some time ago that I was going to spend a week in one of the most challenging schools in Bristol. I also wrote that I didn’t really mind, because I was only there for a week. As it turns out, this challenging school with challenging pupils is where I’ve been getting most of my income from, spending almost every working day there! One thing hasn’t changed though; I still don’t really mind. Sure I have a splitting headache most afternoons and a sexy hoarse voice from the yelling, but hey, I’m working, I’m enjoying it and that’s more than many people in the UK can say. Ok, now that I’ve made myself feel better about that, I can move on to more exciting things.. 

I’m really digging the bristol vibes, meeting some fab people and gaining a whole sack of potatoes - wait - I mean independence, not potatoes. I’ve found out that one of my high school friends lives here (weird right?), so it’s been nice to hear another Aussie accent. Had an absolute ball at the Love Saves the Day festival with a bunch of my friends from London, even though we were wetter than we’d have been if we went swimming, thanks the to the never ending rain. Apparently England is in a drought..errr..ok, i’ll leave that one alone.

Watching the Euros was also too much fun. I never thought I’d get so into football here, but I don’t really feel like there is much of an option. Football is in British blood and I love it. Got my bet on a few times too, not only at the local Bet Fred but with random strangers in The Walkabout Pub. I do love a friendly bet. I gained quite a few pints the night Italy bet England. 

So, it’s just about time to start getting back into holiday mode! With school holidays in arms reach and a visiting Aussie friend at the arrival gates, I’m just about jumping out of my skin. First on the holiday itinerary is to run amok in Bristol as Aussies do; then have a go at gaining a Scottish accent in, well yes, Scotland; then gain some colour under the sun in Barcelona! In between all that I’m desperately trying to fit in visits to Italy, France, Czech Republic and Germany. Oh and Poland - that could be Lodz of fun. Too much if anything as Rhys would suggest. 

I look forward to sharing my European adventures.

Until then, X Dee.  

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Jazz tunes and mojitos on Sunday night.  (Taken with Instagram)

Jazz tunes and mojitos on Sunday night. (Taken with Instagram)

Portobello Markets. The love of my life.  (Taken with Instagram)

Portobello Markets. The love of my life. (Taken with Instagram)

The weather is chilled and the drinks are served hot in Manchester.

The weather is chilled and the drinks are served hot in Manchester.

Chilling near the roman baths in Bath. So tempting to dive in. Such a perfect day for it.  (Taken with instagram)

Chilling near the roman baths in Bath. So tempting to dive in. Such a perfect day for it. (Taken with instagram)

Willy Wonka and the fudge factory. Some people say you can’t go to Bath without seeing the roman baths, which is true.. But I will add that you can’t go past the Fudge Kitchen! So yummy and you get to see how it’s made.  (Taken with instagram)

Willy Wonka and the fudge factory. Some people say you can’t go to Bath without seeing the roman baths, which is true.. But I will add that you can’t go past the Fudge Kitchen! So yummy and you get to see how it’s made. (Taken with instagram)

Bristolians taking over the harbour, trying to get a glimpse of the Olympic torch. (Taken with instagram)

Bristolians taking over the harbour, trying to get a glimpse of the Olympic torch. (Taken with instagram)

Tank you me lover

—Every Bristolian ever

Some of my favourite headlines from the trashiest newspaper I’ve ever come across, The Sun. Or as I like to call it, The Pun. Enjoy.