Daily Archives: May 26, 2013

Just so we are clear …

Z kierkegaard

Z kierkegaard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Copenhagen is in Denmark and Amsterdam is in The Netherlands!!

Now that I am no longer confusing the two and have fixed a few of our posts, I am sure that Oliver and I will easily get our Schengen visas!

Actually, Australians don’t need visas for England, Denmark or The Netherlands if they are visiting for less than 90 days, which is handy. But it helps to be clear on the geography!

I never picked geography questions in Trivial Pursuit. I’ll have to leave the maps to Oliver. But Copenhagen is stuck in my brain ever since I read a terrific book about the city, Søren Kierkegaard, and a murder mystery. It’s called The Stages by Thom Satterlee. I heartily recommend it. Looks like the author will be in Aarhus just before Oliver and I. What a small world!

Where would you go in London?

As you might have read below, our first destination is London. We’ll be based in Paddington.

Where are your favourite places to go? Where have you been in London that an 8 year old boy would love?

Click “leave a reply” to add your suggestions. Thanks!

20 days to go, the packing list

Amanda says:

I am a big believer in the “trial pack”; laying out all your stuff and checking that it fits in your luggage before departure day. I’m also a big believer in a suitcase with a “gusset” zip so you can undo it when your bag gets too full and get some extra room. That way you can hit the shops and not worry about fitting all your purchases into the suitcase or trying to smuggle it home in your overweight hand luggage (and breaking your back in the process).

I like to be organised for my flights. I do not like to pack at the last minute. So already I am starting to think about what we will be taking and what I will be packing it in.

So in that spirit, here are my top 5 items to pack (apart from passport and money):

  1. my Kindle and cover with integrated light, which not only saves space in my carry on bag but saves me money when I’m browsing the airport bookstores (the cover with light is especially good because I can read on the plane without the overhead light on)
  2. noise cancelling headphones for the plane
  3. some of these mesh bags to store my plugs and cables and some of these packing cubes to sort the clothes in my bag
  4. a change of clothes in my carry on bag in case my luggage doesn’t make it (touch wood it doesn’t happen this trip) or just to freshen up after 24+ hours in transit
  5. some comfy clothes for the hotel room and comfy shoes for all the walking we will do

I am a bit of a Crumpler luggage fan boy. For this trip I have a new Crumpler backpack as my carry on so I have hands free to help Oliver with his luggage. Here’s a picture …


Oliver says:

My top five items to pack are:

  1. my iPad mini, which I got as an early birthday present for this trip
  2. sunglasses
  3. a camera
  4. my travel diary (something like this)
  5. my guide books, including this one for London

What are your must pack items?