5 things I didn’t expect in Bangkok (and 3 I did)

Apparently, it's the year of surprises. Having travelled to a few Asian cities before, I had some fairly set expectations for Bangkok. Crazy busy chaos was basically what I thought awaited me - along with some delicious food and fun people. But just like Iceland did, Bangkok decided to serve … [Read more...]

A three-day London layover with jet-lagged kids: Our suggestions

Are you friends with jet lag? I am not, but sadly as I live in Western Australia there are many destinations where jet lag can hit badly, and flying long haul to Europe is one of those times. I always try to build in a jet lag buffer to the start of these trips, and this time it was a … [Read more...]

#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 United States, Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, Malaysia, both sides of Australia ... … [Read more...]

Five years of travel for my favourite young traveller

My wonderful little man turns five this week, and it seems like a good time to reflect on his travels over the first five years of his life, in happy combination with Instagram Travel Thursday. I'm thrilled and proud to say that he's a keen and curious young traveller who talks about other countries … [Read more...]

10 years of Not A Ballerina in 2015 – my plans to celebrate my blog anniversary

Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome to 2015 - the year that Not A Ballerina turns 10. I can't believe that this blog which I started without too much thought in my little flat in Heilbronn, Germany, will reach its double figure birthday this year. Back when I started blogging, announcing that you … [Read more...]

Perth for kids: Fun at the Castledare Miniature Railway

Give me a four-year-old boy and I will say he is a train lover and I will always be right. Right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctA4YYcjsI8 So when my husband heard about the Castledare Miniature Railway from a colleague, I did agree that it sounded like a winner - but for once left it up to … [Read more...]

Do you really like green tea? Lessons from Japan and meeting the locals

Everyone who knows me well in person knows that I like green tea. Some of my best friends (and yes, this is probably a criteria you need to satisfy to become one of my best friends) buy green tea especially so that they can offer it to me when I visit them. (Love you guys.) But the other day someone … [Read more...]

Why tourists should visit the Perth Royal Show (and how pigs fly)

In the 80s I was a kid growing up in Perth, arguably the most isolated city in the world. But isolated didn't mean we missed out on fun (or if we did, we didn't realise - there was no internet back then, and much less FOMO!). One of the highlights of the year was our nearly-annual chance to visit … [Read more...]

Feeding giraffes at Perth Zoo: Like travelling in your hometown

A couple of months ago I took my son to Perth Zoo on his fourth birthday for a bit of a treat. The funny thing was, this treat turned into a special experience for me too, with that same thrill I get from travelling. Perfect! Getting close to the animals at Perth Zoo Going to the zoo wasn't the … [Read more...]

Animal travels: It’s funny what you see walking down the road …

My endless folders of photos from my trips show up a common theme: I love meeting animals on my travels! Perhaps it's a variation on meeting the locals. After my recent heavy post on the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, I felt the need to get a bit more light-hearted and remember some of … [Read more...]