7 things I didn't expect in Iceland

7 things I didn’t expect in Iceland (and 3 I did)

Iceland blew me away. I knew it'd be different somehow, but it surpassed my expectations and I know it's a place I'll return to someday, even though it seems to be the opposite end of the earth from Australia. I have so, so much to tell you about Iceland, and I want to start with what … [Read More...]

Visiting Slovenia

Why visiting Slovenia should be on your travel wish list

I spent a few days in the small country of Slovenia about a decade ago. I was based largely in the capital, Ljubljana, with some countryside excursions, but from what I saw, I knew that it was a country I wanted to see more of one day. Introducing Nina, a blogger from Slovenia Then I met Nina, a … [Read More...]

ESL books for students in Australia

Learning English in Australia: ESL books that sound like we do

Before my son was born, I taught English as a second language (ESL) for almost a decade, mostly to adults. It's the job that took me to Japan, Slovakia and Germany before returning to Perth to teach … [Read More...]

German books for preschoolers - Ich hab einen Freund

German books for preschoolers: Our favourite “Ich hab einen Freund …” Bücher

As a non-native speaker living outside of Germany, it's not easy to find good German books for kids. And as my son gets older, his book requirements change and it just gets trickier! Now that he's a … [Read More...]

mylocalworld Instagram photo challenge July 2015

#mylocalworld Instagram challenge for July 2015

Back in April, a bunch of Not A Ballerina readers gathered around on Instagram and Facebook and shared a picture a day which illustrated some aspect of their local world. We had pictures from the … [Read More...]

Happy 10th birthday - Not a Ballerina's blog anniversary

Happy 10th birthday to Not A Ballerina! It’s my blog anniversary!

Well, here we are: the blog is turning ten. I've been blogging here for a whole decade! In past years I've celebrated my blog's birthday with cake (and quite often, by forgetting to celebrate the … [Read More...]

Travelling around New Zealand with kids in a campervan

Kristy’s tips for travelling around New Zealand with kids in a campervan

I have thought very often about campervanning around New Zealand so it is not without a little piece of jealousy that I'm sharing this guest post (and another one soon). My dear (real life!) friend … [Read More...]

Meeting the locals in Latvia and Russia

Locals I’ve met: Real life examples of why I love meeting the locals when I travel

Meeting the locals when I travel is one of the aspects of being out there that I love the most. I think it's partly because I'm insanely curious about people in general (it's a genetic trait!) and … [Read More...]

The colossal list of printables for kids on a road trip

The colossal list of printables for kids on a road trip – resources to entertain children on long drives

My son is a great traveller in many ways, but he is not a fan of long car trips. It's about an hour and twenty minutes in the car when we go to visit my Dad, and that is too long for him - he's fine … [Read More...]