About me

Hello there! Welcome to ‘Part of My World’

 

My name is Christine and I’m glad that you dropped by!

This blog was about my exciting adventures as an Aussie expat living in London and also details my round the world travels. I have the travel bug bad! I enjoy learning about other cultures and tasting delicious food.

This blog is now about my life back in Australia as I explore this side of the world. I DO still plan on travelling to many destinations so stay tuned 🙂

Now that my family of 2 has become 3, I want to show you guys that travelling is possible when you have kids!

Do you want to know more about travelling with a child? You have come to the right place so subscribe now and follow me on Facebook and twitter! Let’s connect!

Now a little about me!

I started writing this blog to share stories about my adventures and so I can connect with others with a similar mindset! This blog was also a way to let my family and friends know what I’m doing when I’m overseas in London (click here for details about our decision to move!).

I have always enjoyed fast paced environments so I’m constantly on the look-out to learn and try new things.

I wasn’t always like that…

I grew up in a small town and had a wonderfully active childhood, either roller-blading, drawing, making things and writing stories. I have always been goal-oriented and when I set my mind to it, I usually make it happen!

I moved from my small town to the ‘big city’ of Sydney. I was content living in Sydney. Life was good. I never wanted to travel anywhere outside of Australia, because to me, I was already in my ideal world.

Then, my friends started traveling and started telling me stories about the ‘big wide world’ out there. I heard stories about Asia, South America, the USA and Europe and my curiosity peaked.

Before starting my first job, I traveled throughout Thailand and although I loved the culture, all I would eat in Thailand was Pad Thai! I didn’t want to be a risk taker and stuck to what I knew!

After traveling to Hawaii with friends and seeing the ancient sites of South America, we were intrigued. We honeymooned in Europe and realised that there was so much out there to see and do. I visited sites and saw portraits of historical figures that I had only read about in books or seen in movies. I dared to write my own adventure.

So… I did something out of character and took a risk. I quit my job despite the fear of the unknown and despite the fact that the world was entering into yet another financial crisis!

My husband and I packed our bags and moved to London! It was the toughest decision of my life but one that I will never regret! Click here for the story behind it and here for the 6 things I wish I had known before becoming an expat!

I worked and lived in London and had an incredible experience. Now that I have small family, we decided to Australia another go and see more of this side of the world. Of course, travel will always be in my blood so you’ll also read more about my trips overseas from time to time.

If you’re interested in following my little family on our adventures around Australia and around the world, then subscribe now and follow me on twitter!

Join the community. You won’t regret it.

About me page updated on 09 Dec 2014 so related visitor comments may refer to previous content 

123 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Sounds like you have been to some exciting places! I am planning a trip to Peru this year and am already thinking about the markets, and what cool treasures I will find! Thanks for the like on my Beacon post, and keep on traveling!

    Leora

    • Thanks for dropping by! Hope you enjoy Peru, its an amazing place. Will update this blog to include my Peru adventures so feel free to drop by or ask any questions 🙂 Happy travels! – Christine

  2. You should try going to Cagayan de Oro here in the Philippines. 🙂 You can try white water rafting and the zip line. 🙂

    • Sounds like fun! I do actually want to explore more of the Philippines next time I’m there 🙂 Last time I was there I made it to Tagatay and Boracay. Loved those places!

  3. You have been to quite a few places on my travel list…and lovely pictures at that. keep travelling and keep enjoying.

  4. Thanks for reading my blog , enjoy your travels, maybe one day you can pass by La Rosilla, and enjoy a little Spanish hospitality.

  5. Wow, this is amazing! I am glad you stopped by my blog http://amsdaily.net – I am now following you!

  6. I like your style. Thanks for droppping by my blog.
    Leslie

  7. Great blog!

  8. Cute photos! I wanna read your love story. 🙂 Did you write it and I missed it?

    • Thanks Alana! I haven’t written about the love story yet, although I do write about parts of it in my posts 🙂 Will be sure to post an update once we get our wedding photos from the photographer. Hope you drop by to have a read when it’s up 🙂

  9. Always great to read about the amazing adventures people are having! I’ve visited or am planning to visit many of these places so will keep an eye out for your tips!

  10. I also love history/visiting historical sites and reading about European monarchies. I hope you’re not too devastated by Kim K’s divorce announcement today 😦

    • The history of European monarchies are so interesting. Have you visited many of the palaces in Europe?
      Yes! Cannot believe it has been 72 days since the Kris & Kim wedding and already they’re announcing their divorce.

      • I think Versailles was the only fully furnished palace I’ve visited, but I’ve also been to Fountainbleau, some chateaus in the Loire Valley, and the ruins of a castle in Heidelberg, Germany. Versailles was my favorite!

  11. Thanks for reading my blog! I am loving that we are meeting so many intrepid young people in our travels through Asia! Keep traveling–I think getting to know and understand other cultures is the only avenue to world peace. Teresa

  12. Thanks for subscribing! I see we have lots in common especially our love of shopping and Dsiney 🙂

  13. You would like Europe, lots of castles and palaces. I have connections to Warwick Castle and Shakespeare’s birthplace in my family tree so I hope to go there next year for a holiday and do research and take photos. I’ve been ill so have to plan things in advance! 🙂

    • Yep I love the castles in Europe but there’s so many more to see! I have yet to see Versaille in Paris. You should definitely do research on your family tree, sounds like you’ll learn some interesting things 🙂

  14. You & your husband are too cute 🙂 I love travel and history, so look forward to reading more of your blog!

  15. I agree that life should be like a Disney tale. Thanks for stopping by and liking my shore bird post. 🙂 You certainly have an adventurous life, glad you’re able to travel and experience it all.

  16. Thank you for liking my post. I love travel and enjoy living like a local wherever I go. As you recently read, I’m on my way to Bali. Happy writings!

  17. I wanna see how you see your world perhaps get an idea or two since you love to travel. =) Peru seems to be a lovely place.

    • It definitely is! I only visited Peru for 3 weeks in 2009 but really enjoyed it. I do want to return to South America to travel some more. Thanks for checking out the blog and if you’re interested in some travel ideas, check out my other posts about Europe and Australia 🙂

  18. Very interesting… We are very much alike in many ways! I also love food, fashion and travel.

    Just last night, my friends and I were talking about doing something grand and I reminded them of Walt Disney’s quote… That’s very true and I believe that too =D

    It’s nice to meet you =D

    • That’s great that you’re thinking about something grand to do. The world is so full of interesting people and places to see, so by traveling and meeting new people, you seem to already be doing something grand. Keep it up and happy travels!

  19. I love this about me section! great photos!

  20. Love the old Willys Jeep with the starlets painted along the side.

  21. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 I loved reading this section and it looks like we both share a love of adventure and travel! Australia is definitely on my list of places to visit in the next five years so I’m looking forward to reading some more posts!

    • Thanks for dropping by this blog. If you need any travel tips for Australia, let me know. Though I am a local, I’m trying to see more of this beautiful country too. There’s so much to explore.

  22. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog and subscribing.
    Aha! So you, too, married your highschool sweetheart! 🙂 A lovely thing, isn’t it? Shared histories are definitely a plus in marriage.
    I like the way you write about your travels and I think we have the same traveling style (NOT a backpacker, although in my case it’s because I’m too old for it, hah). So, here I am subscribing right back. 🙂

    • Thanks for dropping by. It is definitely a lovely thing to be married to my high school sweetheart 🙂
      We do have the same traveling style. I have never done the back packing thing but I did buy a backpack thinking that I would use it on my South America trip. I had it on my back once but that doesn’t count 🙂
      Thanks for subscribing.

  23. Hi! I really enjoy your blog and I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! Meg http://megtraveling.com/2011/12/01/versatile-blogger/

  24. Hello! Thanks for following my blog ^_^ and we share the same favorite quote by Mark Twain!! Cheers!

  25. Hey Christine 🙂
    Nice to meet you! Just found your blog! You’re doing great! I’m fairly new to the blogging scene and hahaha I think you and I have a lot in common especially the eating and shopping part 🙂

    Hope you’re enjoying the holidays! Have a wonderful new year!

  26. Thanks for sharing your part of the world. I love looking through your pictures. It makes me dream. Someday I hope my family can move out of the U.S. and begin a new adventure. Thanks for sharing!

  27. I’m enjoying reading about your adventures as well as your thoughts about family etc. Funny how Filipinos parties are the same level of fun, regardless of location! My family in Texas also broke out into karaoke and talent (play the piano, anak!) I’m hoping we can link up with the Filipino community in Germany (our new hm) so my daughter can get a truly multicultural experience. Keep writing…I will keep stopping through! Happy New Year!

    • haha I know exactly what you mean! My cousins know how to play a variety of instruments and are amazing singers so we love to see the talent at every family gathering. Too bad I’m not into Karaoke but I do love the family atmosphere.
      Happy New Year!

  28. intrepidtraveller said:

    “If you dream it, you can do it”! I live by that quote,ever since my mom sent me a card with those wise words written on it when I was about 18! Good old Walt Disney!!
    Proof —> http://janetnewenham.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/if-you-dream-it-you-can-do-it/
    Great blog, I look forward to reading more in the future!

    • I read your post, you’ve been to so many fascinating places. I look forward to reading more about your adventures. Thanks for dropping by and best of luck in visiting the 50 countries! 🙂

  29. I found your blog visitable…quite visitable 🙂

  30. Hello dear, I nominated you to One Lovely Blog Award check it out here:
    http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/01/15/one-lovely-blog-award/
    Enjoy!
    🙂 Dolly

  31. wow, it’s so lovely and nice life, Cristine 😉

  32. Ma. Novie Godmalin said:

    Hello! I am just dropping by a little present for you, The One Lovely Blog Award from Mis Experiencias Personales. Congrats!

    http://misexperienciaspersonales.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/one-lovely-blog-award/

  33. Life should be a little like a Walt Disney tale —-> That’s the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, isn’t it?

  34. Way to go, Christine! I love your spirit.

    You and the man you love will be off to discover the world while you’re still young and have no ties to hold you down. ENJOY IT!

    I love to travel, too, and do as much as I can. But I always seem to have some responsibility that necessitates me taking shorter trips (15 days or less) so it’s difficult to become immersed in the moment as I’m always trying to fit in so much on every trip.

    But like you, I love beaches. I don’t see Barcelona on your Bucket List. You will LOVE it. I have a few blog posts on it if you want to check them out.

    Doreen Pendgracs
    http://diversionswithdoreen.com/

  35. Im glad I stumbled into your blog, because I think it’s amazing. It’s cool to find a lot of posts and your travels made me a bit envious. LOL. You are such a blessed person so be thankful and show love to others. Good luck with your move to London. I once wanted to stay there too, but changed my dream location to South Korea (just being random). God bless always!

    -A

    • Thanks, I’m flattered. I do feel blessed as I have great family and friends. South Korea would be a great place to live. Hope that you are having an amazing time there!

  36. HI Christine,
    I stumble upon your blog while researching for a WordPress theme. I’ve been planning to start a travel photoblog but find it a bit intimating to start it (technical wise). Seeing your blog inspired me to push myself. I like your blog; it reflects the fun you have on the trip which makes it more genuine. I hope my blog can be as fun and inspiring as yours.
    All the best to you,
    Marisol

    P.s. Funny, the Mark Twain is a favorite of mine:)

    • Hi there, thanks for dropping by. I hope that you start your photo blog and that you share your adventures with everyone. Let me know once you do so I can check it out. It’s always nice to share travel stories! Best of luck Marisol!

  37. The Fashion Monger said:

    Hi, I really like your blog and I am trying to use this theme. How did you get the stories on the top for “featured”?

    Thanks,
    Jenny

  38. Thank you for dropping by my blog and liking one of my posts. Yes, it was a couple of months ago (Oct?). Now that I am not writing to fulfill homework requirements, it provides me with more time to explore the word of blogging. I have visited your blog a few times since last year and enjoy reading your postings. Your move to London sounds exciting!

  39. I just love that Mark Twain quote!

  40. beautiful blog! i was looking for a blog that uses the fresh and clean theme because i’m thinking of switching to it and i came across your blog. i was hooked after! =)

  41. fairfaxglassrepair said:

    love the way you implement this theme im trying to use it as well. Love the photos as well 🙂

  42. Hello my dear friend 🙂 Please accept my gift to you here:
    http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/06/10/all-about-lemon-is-one-lovely-blog-plus-you-are-loved/
    Just because You Are Loved!
    Dolly xoxo

  43. Carl Parmenter said:

    This comment is completely out of context, and it’s one which should have been posted a few hours ago (I was busy) but I have ‘nominated’ you for one of those award thingys, which also translates to ‘I promoted your blog to my followers because your posts are awesome.’ Check out the post to see what the deal is. Congratulations and spread the love. Yay

  44. I stumbled upon your blog while doing research on Italy and I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. Thank you for writing them and sharing your experiences. I’m hoping to go to Europe again later this month. 🙂

  45. Hi Christine, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! 😉

  46. great blog, super interesting 🙂

  47. Eva the Dragon said:

    Thanks for visiting Tales of Dragons Rabbits and Roosters. It looks like you are enjoying your new life with your husband. Keep inspiring. Eva

  48. Thank you for following my site Christine! 🙂

  49. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog – I’ve returned the favour as your blog looks really interesting 🙂 Take care!!

  50. Great blog! Will follow!

  51. Because you are an inspiration and a force for me to continue traveling I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. http://lidiatheexplorer.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/ive-been-nominated/

  52. Christine! You are in my hometown!? Thank you for making me see it with new eyes. 🙂 Too bad I’m not there. Would have love to have shown you guys around!

  53. Thanks for following my blog! I love to travel, too! So the next time your visiting Germany you should come over to LEipzig, it is really worth to see! 😉

  54. Thanks for liking my post! I’m a newbie so I have few on my list, trying to recall my previous adventures 🙂
    You have a great and very inspirational blog, I’ll definitely follow this page to get motivated.
    Cheers to good work!

  55. I love travel and I’m an expat in London too from Sydney!! Ok that was an OMG moment for me when I read about you! I’m enjoying your blog. Continue your travels as its what makes life exciting..! I love collecting stamps on my passport of new destinations 🙂
    xx
    B

    • It sounds like we like the same things – food and travel at least! 😀

      I’m glad that you are enjoying my blog! I just love discovering more about this part of the world – it never ceases to amaze me! Hope that you’re enjoying being a London expat – I bet it was the best decision you ever made! 🙂

  56. I found your site and just love it. I am sooo jealous of all the traveling you’ve done!

  57. Your blog is probably one of the most exciting I have come across so far! it looks brilliant, and travel is such a versatile and intriguing topic, that I cannot wait to follow your adventures!

    Looking forward to reading all of your posts when they pop up!

    HughesOnTheNews 🙂

  58. Congratulations, I’ve nominated you for the “Most Influential Blogger”, if you want to accept it please visit http://journeyaroundtheglobe.com/most-influential-blogger/ Enjoy

  59. Thank you for following my blog! Happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have 🙂 for sure will be back here! have a nice day 🙂

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