PREPARING FOR MY NEXT TRIP: THE NETHERLANDS

PREPARING FOR MY NEXT TRIP: THE NETHERLANDS

If you have been following me for a while now then you know that I am originally from the Netherlands and I have been living in Australia for 7 years now. Once a year I hop on a never-ending plane trip back home to spend some time with my friends and family.

Today is again that day where I am about to get on a flight home.

In todays post I will show you what my plans are for my 4-week visit to the Netherlands and what blog posts you can expect whilst I am away and from my trip.

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CUDDLE A KANGAROO AT FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK, SYDNEY

CUDDLE A KANGAROO AT FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK, SYDNEY

If you are looking for a hands-on Australian wildlife experience then I advise you to go to Featherdale Wildlife Park in western Sydney. Pat a Koala, hand feed a kangaroo and meet all your favorite Australian animals in an outdoor bush setting. It’s amazing.

I arrived at the park soon as it opened so it was nice and quiet, with most of the animals all awake(woohoo)! Favorite part was the different walkthroughs; Pademelons, Kangaroos, and Koalas. the park is very interactive and allows you to feed the kangaroos, touch the Koala’s and learn about lots of different species through keeper talks.

In this blog post, I am taking you with me during my little trip to this park.

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THE REAL BODIES – A CONTROVERSIAL EXHIBITION

THE REAL BODIES – A CONTROVERSIAL EXHIBITION

Viewer discretion is advised, the below is dealing with sensitive materials related to real human exhibits – muscles, organs, skin, bodies etc.

Wow! when I heard/saw (on every billboard known to man lol!) that “Real Bodies” the exhibit was in Sydney, boy was I excited.

As I personally love learning about all things to do with the human anatomy and physiology, I was quite curious as to what exactly this exhibit is about? I mean they’ve called it “Real Bodies” but surely that’s just the name, right? Ahh Nope… SHOCK! “Real Bodies” means Real Bodies! As in real humans who once roamed the earth! Ahhhhhh!

Real Bodies the Exhibit presents the artful display of 20 REAL, perfectly preserved human bodies and 200 anatomical specimens – fancy wording for human organs (don’t worry I’ve got your back 😉), so strap in and prepare to be amazed and intrigued, because below are some pretty incredible pictures and some fascinating information. This one will knock your socks off, I guarantee it!

I know that there is quite a bit of controversy around this exhibition, but after doing some research I decided I still wanted to go ahead with posting it. I was unsure if you guys would be interested in seeing a post on this, so on my twitter account, I ran a quick poll. The voting was unanimous, even though only 7 people voted lol. But nonetheless, I have decided to write a post for this exhibition.

I will also dive into why this exhibition is so controversial so that you can make a well thought out decision if you wish to go or not.  Again, if you don’t like to see bodies, organs etc then please don’t click on this post.  
Another quick disclaimer: I have taken the pictures with my iPhone so the quality is not as good as it is normally. But somehow I found it a tad strange and disrespectful to be taking pictures with my DSLR camera. So my apologies for that.

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MINI ISLAND GUIDE: LANZAROTE

MINI ISLAND GUIDE: LANZAROTE

The island’s major sights have been aesthetically developed by the late César Manrique, a Lanzarote native, and artist. Houses must be painted white, other than wooden windows and door frames or wooden shutters which can be any one of two shades of green. There’s no billboard advertising, no highrise buildings, giving the island a unique atmosphere. 

So, in today’s blog post, I will show you some of the best things to see and do while on this amazing island, in my second mini island guide.

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THE ZOO WITH A MILLION DOLLAR VIEW

THE ZOO WITH A MILLION DOLLAR VIEW

Taronga Zoo is a wonderful Animal park in a stunning location, located at a 15-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay in Sydney. It boasts stunning views, gorgeous animals and a free Gondola ride (Winning!).  The zoo cares for 4000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened.

Elephants, giraffes, meerkats, bongos (yes bongos), Komodo dragons (truly awesome), seals, sea lions, penguins, lemurs and many Australian natives – crocodiles, snakes, kangaroos, emus, wallabies, koalas, echidna, wombats, and platypuses are just some of the animals you can encounter up close.

A special feature is the new exhibit of Sumatran tigers. This is an amazing new exhibit and set up so well, but go early. The queues are long (very long). The keeper talks given throughout the day and with different animals are a great way to learn more about them and their habitats.

Taronga Zoo has stunning views over the harbor back towards the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Which I think is almost worth the price of admission alone.

Taronga Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Sydney, especially if you have kids or if you are an animal enthusiast. Read on for more information and lots of pictures.

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