Archive for March, 2011

WANDERLUST; Serendipity and Travel Bloggers Unite ’11

Posted in england, europe, PR, travel with tags , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

On Thursday evening I was about to get into my bed at my hostel, and an Australian came into my dorm room. In true Australian backpacking style, we got chatting about why we were in Manchester.

Chris (aka The Aussie Nomad) explained he was in Manchester for a travel blogging meet up over the weekend. As a fellow blogger, avid social media lover and PR student my eyes lit up.

Next thing I knew I was at drinks at Walrus nearby in the Northern Quarter, with travel bloggers from all over the world who were in Manchester for the first Travel Bloggers Unite conference. Oliver, the organiser of the conference, and I made a deal – if I helped him out I could attend the conference.

9:30am Friday and I was knocking on Oliver’s apartment door, lacking sleep and with a killer hangover yet still somehow excited about unexpectedly being a part of #TBU11.

Friday night we had the launch of the conference at the People’s History Museum. Whilst getting ready I met Canadian @KellyDunning and we clicked instantly.

My favourite session on Saturday was about wordpress and led UK WordPress team member @johnonolan . I am now going to upgrade to a domain account, so I can further customise my blog by using plug-ins and changing the permalink settings etc.

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WANDERLUST; Liverpool.

Posted in england, europe, travel with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Liverpool is a small city, where life revolves around the university and The Beatles tourism industry.

Albert Dock;

I only spent two days there, which was definitely enough. The city lacks atmosphere and feels somewhat empty, although having just spent a week immersed in the enormity of London, perhaps I was the one feeling empty after leaving the city I have fallen so madly in love with. I do love big cities.

I went to Liverpool to do the dorky Beatles sightseeing. The Magical Mystery tour is the only bus tour that visits all of the important Beatles places, such as Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane. It is not well publicised that during the off season they only run one Magical Mystery tour per day. When I arrived in Liverpool they were already sold out.

As much as I was suffering from missing-London-syndrome, I did enjoy exploring Liverpool.

I made friends with two girls from New York. We went on a bar crawl which included a visit to the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played a few hundred gigs.

A quite talented middle age man was playing songs on his guitar and taking requests, so we all sung along to The Beatles and The Smiths whilst having a dance.

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Posted in england, europe, travel with tags , , , , on March 23, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

On Friday I transferred to a hostel in Camden. I still went back to Oxford Street a few times – it has a magnet which pulls serious shoppers back there with it’s promise of Londenesk style – but I enjoyed the eclectic demographic of Camden.

Camden is in northern London and a hybrid of Sydney Road (the Brunswick end) and Fitzroy. There are a lot of pubs and music venues. I stayed at St. Christopher’s Inn which is a hostel above a pub on High Street.Whilst sitting in the ‘chillout room’ I met a fellow Melbournian, who mixes in some of the same social circles I do and who had been travelling for a few weeks previously with a friend I was supposed to see on Tuesday when I arrived in London – but didn’t. A little bit of home never goes astray when on the other side of the world.

I also made friends with a guy from Washington D.C. We went to a gig together at Koko in Camden. Koko is a really beautiful venue; similar to The Forum but much bigger. Washington D.C seems quite similar to Melbourne in regards to nightlife and the demographic of gig attendees. As I have mentioned in a previous post, Londoners seem to go out for the sake of going out – but Melbournians are more likely to go out for the music. Eric and I both agreed that we cannot stand to be in a place where we don’t like the music.

A band similar to Warpaint, called Bleech, playing at Koko:

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Posted in europe, travel with tags , , , , on March 20, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Wow, a week in London has gone so fast but I’ve had so many adventures already that it also feels like I have been away for a few weeks.

I expected all Londoners to be rude. Okay, yes they aren’t friendly (everyone I have spoken to about it blames London itself for this) yet they are very polite. My suitcase is quite large (I never would have got along well with a backpack, I like my case to be orderly) and must have looked somewhat ridiculous as a Londoner came to the rescue on each set of steps I travelled on with my luggage. I was pleasantly surprised at these acts of kindness from strangers.

I spent the first three nights staying in the YHA Central London, which is only a five-minute walk to Oxford Circus; where many of the major fashion retailers – including Topshop and Zara – have their flagship stores. Continue reading

Today is the day.

Posted in europe, life, travel with tags on March 14, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I leave for Europe tonight at 11pm. This holiday has been coming for so long and now reality is setting in.

London, in 31 hours we will finally meet.

Excited and nervous and oh my, really excited.