local is lekker

basically anything middle eastern makes my eyes twinkle with glee. food, clothes, design, architecture when i was in israel, jordan and turkey these for the things that kept my heart happy. i was in my element walking around and getting lost in the side streets. like a kid in a toy store – i wanted everything i saw. sadly on a pennyless travellers budget having everything wasn’t a reality, so like they teach us in school i weighed up my wants vs my ‘survival’ needs. shelter, transport and food is what i spent a great deal of my budget on, which wasn’t such a terrible thing because it is probably the best way to experience a country and it’s culture – mix with the locals, however a gorgeous vintage boutique shirt/dress would also have been nice. 😉

the food option wasn’t so good for my waistline but it was certainly good for inspiring me to cook/bake, basically live in the kitchen when i got home. domestic paige is out to play.

[watch this space for interesting cooking stories, as well as delicious (we hope) recipes to try yourself]

side note; i’m proud to say i didn’t eat mac donalds, burger king or any of those other ‘fancy’ fast food joints whilst aboard – “snapsforpaige”.


bitten by the bug

Imageit was bound to happen eventually, but i can safely say the travel bug has comfortably made itself at home.

in september 2012 i embarked on a trip of a lifetime. first visiting the uk and europe and then venturing onto more off beat places like israel, jordan and turkey.

13 different countries later and my eyes have been opened and my mind inspired.

wise people (my folks) told me that travelling is the best gift you can give yourself and after my brief adventure i can only wholeheartedly agree. obviously there were times when it was hard, but inevitably for me the good times outweighed the bad.

back home in south africa to plan the next trip, which will see me going to teach english in south korea for a year but in the meantime i’ll share the experiences and ideas that have inspired me to make the most of life and live everyday to the fullest.

 #YOLO  is a trend for a reason, everyone is doing it…well trying at least.