The Magic of Melbourne

We touched down in Melbourne almost exactly 10 years after I left a year long student placement in the city. I loved it then and really hoped it would live up to the expectations I’d built u for our 3 night stay. From the moment we stepped off the plane, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. We zoomed down the highway into town, passing signs for the comedy festival and sporting events on the way and it was clear that Melbourne hadn’t lost any of the excitement I loved about it all those years ago.

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Bubbles, boats and beaches in Auckland, NZ

I’m jumping about a bit with my Australia posts as there are so many other things going on at the moment – so just to remind you where we left off, we just spent a long weekend in Sydney and have now arrived in New Zealand. We only had 48 hours here on our whistle-stop trip down under – a bit bonkers but with a limited amount of time to play with and having both lived in NZ in the past, we figured 2 days was just about long enough to visit our friends and family in Auckland.

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Where to stay in Lake Atitlan

If you're booking a holiday to Guatemala, it's pretty much a given that you'll include Lake Atitlan in your itinerary. It's natural beauty and colorful Mayan culture make it a must for most travelers, yet most guide books refer to it as one place, which it is not. It's a number of small villages set around a large lake, and deciding where to stay is really difficult! We ended up staying in two different towns in 4 days on the lake, and visited more by boat during the short trip - so here's my summary of the top places to stay.

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