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Beach Town Vibes In Glenelg, Adelaide

So here I am on my first day in Adelaide/Glenelg Beach. I arrived last night at about 10pm (after 25 hours of traveling!) and pretty much went straight to sleep! I’m staying in a beachfront hostel on Glenelg Beach (Glenelg is a beach-side suburb of Adelaide and is listed as the most popular beach in the whole of Adelaide!). I’m currently enjoying an iced coffee and a sautéed mushroom panini in a coffee house on the main strip.

The last time I was in Australia was 4 and a half years ago. I was 19 at the time and it was my first time traveling on my own…here I am nearly 5 years later and even more addicted to travel than I was back then! So back then, I did a solo trip of the East Coast, I flew into Sydney, spent a few days exploring the city and then caught an over night coach to Byron Bay. Byron Bay was so interesting, a hippy beach town known for it’s surfing…I had my first ever surfing lesson there! I also visited Surfer’s Paradise, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Airlie Beach, The Whitsundays, Magnetic Island and Cairns. The trip lasted just under 5 weeks.

The trip I’m doing this time is shorter and not quite so fast-paced. I’m spending almost a week chilling here in Adelaide (with strong intensions of soaking up the sun, sampling coffee and cake in the many cafés/coffee houses and just generally taking advantage of the ‘beach town vibes’!), after that I’ll head on to Auckland, New Zealand for a few days and then stopping off in Hong Kong for 3 days on my way back to the U.K. It’s so refreshing to escape the cold weather back home for a while!

It’s now Friday evening, my second day here. I had a pretty relaxing day, I walked along the beach promenade in the morning for about an hour (my exercise for the day!), then headed back to my hostel for lunch (one of the benefits of staying in such a central location!). In the afternoon, I browsed around a few of the beachfront boutiques and then stopped by a frozen yogurt stand for some all-natural mango ‘fro yo’!

Something that I love about Australia is that they really seem to make an effort to encourage a ‘eco-friendly’ lifestyle. I’ve noticed a lot of the cafés here are very eco-friendly and health conscious. Also, I noticed a ‘bulk foods’ store (a store that sells dried goods such as oats, rice etc. in bulk and you can bring your own containers…no plastic!). I’m hoping this kind of thing becomes more popular in the U.K. soon!

Tomorrow, I’m planning on taking the tram into the city centre of Adelaide to explore!

travelwithkay xo

The city of Reno

So I spent just 24 hours in Reno and loved it. Reno is a city within the state of Nevada. It used to be the gambling capital of the States (before the late 50’s) but then got ‘outshined’ by Las Vegas.

The city still has that old-fashioned/vintage look about it (similar to Fremont Street in Vegas) with bright neon signs etc. I was staying quite far out from the casinos etc. (because it was cheaper!) so it was about a 45 minute walk to where everything was.

I first went to a large hotel and casino – fascinating to look around! The décor etc. was stunning.

I then walked to the main ‘Strip’…filled with lots of bars, casinos, souvenir shops, and restaurants! Of course, there were lots of neon lights too!

The Big Easy

As predicted, I completely fell in love with New Orleans. Just as most would say, I particularly loved the French Quarter.

So I first walked to Crescent City Farmers Market, then to Lafayette Square (it’s the second-oldest public park in New Orleans, and hosts concerts etc.), Café Du Monde (is a famous open-air coffee house located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. It is a landmark and tourist destination, known for its café au lait and fresh beignets!), Jackson Square Cathedral, Louis Armstrong Park (a 32-acre park located in the ‘Tremé neighbourhood’ of New Orleans), Bourbon St, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Southern Food & Beverage Museum!

The following day I explored the Garden District. This included Lafayette Cemetery, The Rink, Magazine Street, Coliseum Street, and a few other great sites! Not to mention a delicious lunch at a well known café on Magazine Street. I always love to try new foods/food specialities from certain cities etc. so as suggested by ‘Lonely Planet’, I tried the ‘Shrimp and Grits’. I’ve also always loved the Southern cuisine! Sautéed Louisiana Gulf shrimp in New Orleans-style BBQ sauce over a bowl of grits…delicious!

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