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Reflection and Planning 110 Views 12/28/13

So 2013 has been a great year! A quick recap- I remembered how to mountain bike after so long. I ventured to Egypt and Majorca seeing some amazing sites. Had my first Camel ride experience which was fun. I also ran my first ever 10k, in a good time as well.  I managed to extend my teaching contact at the same school so shall be teaching there until at least next August. I adopted two beautiful kittens- Donal and  Orlaith who are just adorable. My oldest brother proposed to his Swedish girlfriend Anna. My best friend taught me how to ice skate in 45 minutes. I've enjoyed an amazing Christmas this year with family friends and look forward to next year.

Aims and plans for 2014

To keep up my running. I've just signed up to the Bupa Great Run in Edinburgh on the 27th April (10 miles) to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer.

I'm saving up to go to New York City. I plan to visit in October. So expensive though. So if anyone knows of any good places to stay that don't cost the earth I'm all ears.

My brother's wedding will be in July so shall be attending a lovely Swedish wedding and meeting Anna's family for the first time.

Hopefully I will be able to extend my teaching contract for another year or get a permanent position.

Maybe this will be the year I find my Mr Right...

 

Sarah :-)

 

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Lost Treasure 89 Views 11/16/13

 

I was watching a program the other day showing the terrible situation in Egypt I know when I was there in April the people were desperate. Half the Nile Cruise boats were running and there were virtually no American tourists.

 

The program showed how horses, camels had starved to death as their owners could not afford to feed them. Without tourists the people and their livelihood are suffering.

 

The sites next to the Pyramids, Sphinx and other areas are being illegally dug up and treasures stolen. This lady in the program was trying to sue the Minister of Antiquities for not doing his job and stopping these people destroying and stealing historical items.

 

I really want to go back to Egypt to see the rest of the wonders I missed. We met so many amazing people there. I really hope I get that opportunity to go back when things have settled and it's safer to return.

 

 

 

Sarah :-)

 

 

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Krakatoa 105 Views 11/16/13

I was watching yet another interesting program the other day about the account of a Dutch family who were living and working in Indonesia in 1883. It was basically about this Volcano that erupted and sunk into the sea sending a tsunami and then 500 degree debri towards the people which resulted in thousands of lives lost. That was despite living more than 30 miles away. Apparently the blast was so loud it could be heard 3000 miles away.

In 1927 a new island emerged which is called Anak Krakatau which means son of Krakatoa. This island they said is rising 5m each year. I'm like OMG people of Indonesia you don't want to live anywhere near that thing. History is repeating!!

 

Sarah :-O

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Ray Mears 45 Views 09/15/13

I'm going to be seeing Ray Mears in Edinburgh. Has anybody else been to one of his shows? He seems to be a very interesting guy. He is definitetly the person you want to have around if you are ever lost in the wilderness.

 

Sarah :-)

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A Proud Sister! 84 Views 09/15/13

My brother was running in the Great North Run today for the Shelter charity. I was watching the event on the BBC and saw him at the start line. Soo amazing!! Right in the middle with the red top, behind the guy in green. I'm yet to hear of his time but I'm sure he will do well.

 

Sarah :-)

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Hairspray 37 Views 09/13/13

Went to see Hairspray on Saturday which was nothing short of brilliant!!! I took my best friend with me. Such a great night. I honestly think in my next life I'd like to come back as a dancer/actress/singer and perform in shows like that. It always looks like so much fun.

 

Sarah :-)

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Majorca 59 Views 08/09/13

So I am a bit late in writing this blog but I have been pretty busy.

So.... I went away for two weeks in July to Majorca to a place called Camp de Mar on the south west coast. It was beautiful. I didn't really know Majorca that well only briefly visiting Palma on previous cruises. I knew it was going to be a nice place but the island exceeded my expectations. There is really more to Majorca than I thought.

I went on loads of trips. We  ventured to the north of the island visiting a monastery in the mountains. These mountains were huge. It reminded me of the wine lands in South Africa. The bus drivers deserve a medal, how they manage to manoeuvre their vehicles on tight bends with scary cliff drops. The monastery had sustained damage to their roof after a storm hit the island. Their insurance policy would not cover the cost ironically as it was an act of god.  So their way of funding the damage was to sell roof tiles for 2 euros. You dedicate the roof tile to a loved one (my dad) and then it will go up on the roof. So that's what I did. We then when on the orange blossom trail. Venturing into this gorgeous town,  hopping on the tram and going on this old fashioned train that takes you through the mountains.

We also visited the Caves of Drach. That was amazing seeing all the stalagmites and stalictites and an underground lake, They put on a sound and light show. They had this orchestra on a rowing boat playing famous classical music. It was so unique and amazing.

We visited a lot of different towns and markets. My favs being Sollerr and Pollensa. Just gorgeous. If I ever return to Majorca I'd probably go there.

I went to this show called Son Amar. Great acts in the show,  although seemed very Americanised. I was expecting a more Spanish feel to the show. The show came with dinner which was beyond ghastly (inedible). If they can't cook they should just stick to doing a show or charge dinner separately and do a proper restaurant thing. The acts on the show were amazing. Not sure I was keen on the horse performing though. I dont like animals being used as entertainment.

I went to Palma to see the spectacular cathedral and view the castle. I really wanted to buy a painting from an artist as I tend to do that in European cities. However, the people there were not artists. They all had the same paintings. Some trying to pretend it's there work. I was not fooled. It is a shame though. There is definitely an opportunity for a proper artist to do well there.  I did spot one piece if artwork done by a guy from the market. It was a pottery picture of a majorcan home. However, it would of been too heavy for my case. Maybe its available online. Who knows... When we were in Palma, we stopped to have the most delicious paella I have ever had

So yes if you have never been. Majorca is definitely worth a vist. 

Sarah :-)

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Bargain Yacht 143 Views 08/09/13

For those millionaires out there, there is a great deal to be had on this large blue yacht in Palma, Majorca. I should of said it earlier when I had returned but slipped my mind. It may still be available. The yacht is worth 17 million (euros I think) but the person who owned it couldn't afford it and it was repossessed by the bank. The bank is selling it for around 2.5 million (euros). If you do buy it, you have to take me for a day out on the boat as that's only fair lol.

 

 

 

Sarah :-)

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Proud mum of two.... 48 Views 08/04/13

Gorgeous kittens. Let me introduce you to Donal (Black and White kitten) and Orlaith (Black kitten).

I adopted them from Cat Protection on Friday. They are 14 weeks old. They have had a hard start to life coming from awful homes whereby they were not looked after properly, were underweight and had flees. However, cat protection brought them back to good health.

They were a little scared at first on arriving home but have settled in nicely now. They are currently running round the room at hyper speed, They are adorable. xx

  Sarah :-)

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Bon Jovi 2013 71 Views 07/04/13

So I was at the Bon Jovi concert the other day. He was amazing as usual. However, I did not feel he gave it his all like he normally does. Usually his performances go on and on but this time it felt like he completed his set then that was job done. So although I still think he is amazing,, I was a tad disappointed by that show after knowing how well he has rocked in Glasgow before.

 

 Sarah

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Next travel adventure... 60 Views 06/29/13

So that long weekend trip I was thinking of planning has turned into two weeks in Majorca. Hehe. I need the sunshine. I have briefly been to Palma which is lovely. So looking forward to chillaxing. At least this time I will be able to wonder about freely and enjoy the markets without the extreme hassle we had in Egypt.

 

Sarah :-)

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Race for Life 2013 73 Views 06/17/13

So I completed my 10k run for cancer research on Sunday along with the hundreds of people who were there. It is such a special event as you get to hear people's stories and the progress research has made in helping people survive. I managed to complete my run in 1 hr and 7 minutes which was not too bad.

Thanks to all those who sponsored me or cheered me on.

Sarah :-)

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Millionaire Matchmaker 216 Views 06/06/13

Has anyone seen this series on tv? Where millionaires try to find love. The show makes me laugh my head off. The most crazy people ever! One guy took this girl on a dinner date. She was served a duck embryo. Another was a creep who thought it was ok to talk about sex on the first date as part of a get to know you conversation. Then there are the psycho women who are going through some sort of melt down. Yes it's trash tv but somehow addictive.

 

 

 

Wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of Patti. Ouch!

 

 

 

Sarah :-)

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Yes I was google mapped!! 110 Views 05/01/13

Finally my lame claim to fame. haha

I'm the blonde in the blue jacket, jeans and suede boots.

 

 Sarah :-)

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Nile Cruise Part 2 44 Views 04/20/13

Whilst in Luxor we also visited the Colossi of Memnon. These two statues were massive. Really amazing!

 

In Aswan we visited a Nubian village. I believe he said it was on elephant Island. Not that there were any elephants but there were rocks in the shape of an elephant. It was great getting to see the village. Our guide was a guy who lived in the village and whose museum and home featured in the lonely planet guide. He was very proud of this and had the review in a plaque in the village. He kept baby crocodiles and this tortoise. We got a tour of the inside of a Nubian house which was his museum. They make good use of the land and the plants. Using the trees to make furniture, baskets, brushes etc etc. They grew mango and dates mainly there.

We also ventured to Kitchener's Botanical gardens which was just beautiful. There were quite a few cats in that garden probably because there were plenty birds. On our way back from the Botanical gardens we passed the tombs of the nobles. I didn't get a chance to do that trip.  There was 140 steps up to reach those tombs. I had already done the Valley of the Kings and wanted to visit the Nubian village instead.

On board our ship we had an Egyptian night where everybody got dressed up in Egyptian attire. It was so much fun. The staff were playing on the drums, there was dancing and games. A really good night. I even got a big surprise when I went into by cabin to find a mummy in my bed.lol

We had an option one afternoon of free time to go to the markets in Aswan but as much as I'd love to have gone you just couldn't do it. The hassle was just to extreme. You would get mobbed and probably robbed.  Apparently one of the other reps from another boat had slapped a pick pocketer the other week. So I chillaxed on the sundeck instead. It was much easier just to buy things on the bus whist on trips than being trapped by a mob.

Sarah :-)

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Nile Cruise Part 1 70 Views 04/13/13

So I've returned from an amazing holiday. I've always wanted to go on a Nile Cruise. We sailed from Luxor to Aswan and back visiting all the sites along the way.

 

Luxor was a very run down looking city. The people are desperately poor and lack of tourism is not helping the situation. The hassle was rather daunting to begin with but by the end of the week you toughen up to it all.

 

We visited the Valley of the Kings, visiting the tombs of the various Pharaohs. I went inside Tutankhamens Tomb, saw him laid out and his gold sarcophagus. Was really incredible. The walls were so detailed and colourful. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos in the Valley of the Kings but bought photographs.

 

 

 

We also visited the temple of Hatshepsut who was the only woman ruler who reigned Egypt. It was amazing to see how grand these buildings look and how 3000-4000 years later there is still colour on the walls.

 

Sailing down the Nile seeing the rural life of the farmers was really interesting. I heard a strange noise whilst we were cruising and when I looked there was a farmer on a rowing boat, pulling this ox across to the other side of the river, trying to keep its head above the water. Poor creature! The children would be calling out and waving at the river banks. We also heard the call to prayer from the minarets as there were Mosques everywhere dotted along the river. Was quite a relaxing sound apart from when it woke me up at 4am and then the full recital of the prayer at 4.30am. That was an exhausting day.

 

Being a blue eyed blonde in Egypt was interesting. They stare at you alot, you gain many complements, discounts and sometimes free stuff and of course you get the offers for camels. My highest bidder was 3 million camels. lol

 

The temple of Komombo was amazing. Dedicated to two gods. The crocodile god (Sobek) and the falcon god (Horus), We saw the worlds oldest calendar. We arrived just before sunset and it was kind of magical watching the temple glow in the last of the sun.

 

Aswan was different to Luxor, less run down but more extreme hassle. Aswan is very beautiful. We visited the high dam, although I could not see any crocodiles on the other side. We visited the Philea Temple which is set out on an island. That temple was dedicated to the God Isis (goddess of magic and life). We learned of the story of Isis and Osiris, although I already knew the story. Had a bit of an oops experience there. During our free time a security guard with a gun in his pocket was trying to lead me away and show me great views for pics, ended up taking my photo and of course demanding money. I did give him the money as it was only the equivalent to a £1 and honestly I'm not going to argue with a guy with a gun in his pocket. Highlights the corruption over there though. Any help given or offered requires payment. Even going to some of the god awful toilets, requires payment.

 

Later that night we went to the Philea sound and light show which was spectacular. Seeing the buildings lit up like it's the voices of the gods telling you the story of Isis and Osiris. What was also amazing was looking up at the stars. So many stars. I even spotted Orion's belt which is the only star constellation I can so far identify lol. After the show our boat ride back was a bit dramatic. No lights on the boat so it was very dark and our engine cut out. We were like- ahh death on the Nile. However another boat rescued us.

 

We were so lucky with our guide named Yassar. He was so well educated and had a wealth of knowledge. He was actually a spokesman for the political leader of the opposition party in Egypt. He gave us a talk about the political situation in Egypt, pointing out that the last president was better for Egypt than the current leader and predicts another revolution possible civil war in future for Egypt.

 

I'll post some pics for now and discuss more about my Nile adventure later.

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Starstruck 96 Views 03/28/13

I took my mum the other day to see Alfie Boe in concert. I'm not sure if he is famous in America but he is a world class opera singer and has stared in shows like les miserables in London. Our seats were like the 3rd row from the front. He is an amazing singer. It was a mainly older audience. I got caught up as he looked right at me whilst singing. It was weird like I couldn't look away. Felt my cheeks burning up as I couldn't stop smiling. Haha. I'm not like a fan really plus he is too old I think. What a weird experience lol He was probably only looking at me as he was thinking thank god I also have a younger audience too. lol

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Dammit Janet!! 48 Views 03/17/13

So I went to see the Rocky Horror Show last night. It was the 40th anniversary. People had really gone to town dressing up. Before the show people were standing up in their outfits getting big cheers from the crowd. One guy was dressed as rocky, flexing his muscles another guy in a corset and suspenders. I wasn't dressed up. I just had a pretty dress on. I must of been a Janet, Dammit! lol

 

 

 

It really was a hilarious show. Not for the faint hearted or ultra conservative. The audience was shouting out some really smart comments especially with the narrator. He was full of wit and could carry it off. 

 

 

 

Sarah :-O

 

 

 

 

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10K 168 Views 03/03/13

So according to my Nike running app, I ran just over 5 miles today and within that ran my fastest 5k. So I've signed up for a 10k run in June to raise money for Cancer Research. So just like last time, if you wish to sponsor me IM me, email, blog me etc and I shall send you the link to my page on the charity website.

Sarah :-)

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Hot Air Ballloon 53 Views 02/26/13

So I've had to cancel my hot air balloon ride at Luxor after recent events in the news where around 16 people have died after their balloon caught fire and burst. There was also a similar incident in 2009 where people were critically injured after dropping 40ft. So health and safety there is obviously not up to scratch.

 

Can anyone recommend any other good locations which are safer around he world for hot air balloon rides? Needs to be of a warm and sunny climate for the views.

 

Sarah

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