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August 13, 2017

3.5 weeks in a backpack

I'm officially on leave and on Wednesday I'm heading to Europe! It's a scaled-back trip compared to my last few - city hopping starting in Moscow, then St Petersburg, Vienna, Budapest, and Edinburgh (if Edinburgh seems the odd one out, it's because I'm doing a short surgical skills course there). As there won't be the temperature or activity extremes like the last two trips, deciding what to pack has been relatively easy this time, and I'm pretty confident I'll be able to travel carry on all my flights.

Sources here but they're not the exact items I have.

Mostly my old travel staples, plus two relatively new sleeveless tops - my silk shell and linen button down. I have been consistently bad at packing for hot weather - as you can see, I'm still refusing to pack shorts or a skirt (I just prefer not to wear them in general). Hoping those tops with loose pants are fine for Budapest, which will be the hottest destination (high 20s-30C). Conversely, the coldest will be Edinburgh (10-15C), where I guess I'll layer up with my cardigan, parka and jeans. And then the usual mix and match in between. For once, I didn't have to deliberate for ages about the shoes - my Chelsea boots definitely proved themselves worthy last time. They've been resoled and are ready to go.

And yes, I am also taking things like underwear, socks, pyjamas, and flip-flops for the shower. I didn't include them because I figured there's no option not to take them, and also because they're just not very aesthetic, are they?

August 3, 2017


To continue to try and make the most of my midweek days off this rotation, I took a day trip to Leura in the Blue Mountains yesterday. It's probably the second most popular town after Katoomba, but I'd never been there before.

July 31, 2017

Looking at lately

Random visual things I have been consuming recently.

July 20, 2017

The Coast Track

I've had a few days off in the lead-up to my run of night shifts, so on Tuesday I thought I'd take advantage of the sunny weather and get out into nature in the Royal National Park. The full Coast Track is actually a 2 day walk, but I just walked from Bundeena and Marley Head and back. Apparently Marley Head is a good whale watching spot, which is why I went, but I didn't see any that day! The track is quite well travelled, because Wedding Cake Rock is on the way and for some reason people are obsessed with it. I did take my camera, but I didn't like how most of my photos turned out except the one above.