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25 years ago in Europe: We meet the Italian police

It's when things go wrong on a trip that you have the most fun, isn't it? Well, maybe not the most fun, but you certainly have the best stories to tell afterwards. See this photo - that's my Mum shepherding my sister and I into a carabinieri car - yep, the Italian police. You might well wonder how … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: Pisa was already leaning

My memory of some parts of our European trip 25 years ago is a little patchy. I know we went to Spain, for instance, but for some reason there aren't even any pictures of this part of the trip in my scanned collection of photos. But I do remember visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It helps, no … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: My first visit to the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of those world-recognised tourist icons, and in fact Wikipedia claims it's the "single most visited paid monument in the world"; it's almost a cliche to visit it these days, and some "real travellers" advocate skipping the tower completely. Not me. And here I am on my very … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: A striped campervan in a Paris caravan park

I've never been one for fancy travel in luxury hotels or lazing around the pool at resorts, and if you look back to my childhood trip around Europe you will know why. We were spending six months in Europe, and we hadn't won the lottery or anything, so that meant we had to be budget travellers. And … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: Not all beaches are created equal

If you grow up in Australia, you have a warped sense of how good a beach should look. I guess it's like growing up in Switzerland and then heading to other countries to go skiing: you'll usually be disappointed. When I was nine years old, I was sure that all beaches had beautiful white sand and … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: London stereotypes

Even before I visited London as a child, I had some ideas about it. After all, I grew up on British TV and reading British children's books - back then, the United States had much less influence on Australia - and I knew all about Buckingham Palace and bright red phone boxes. In late March 1985, my … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: It all started in Hong Kong

Last year I blogged about my brush with an English bobby and commented that it was almost 25 years since my first big trip, when my parents took my sister and I campervanning around Europe for six months. Well, with 2010 upon us, it really is 25 years ago now, so it seems like a good time to relive … [Read more...]


I'm Amanda Kendle. I'm "Not A Ballerina", but a traveller and a thinker, and I love to write about my travel experiences in a way that is both fun and meaningful. Not A Ballerina: A Traveller and a Thinker is a travel blog which nudges those who think they might like to travel somewhere to get up … [Read more...]

Do young kids remember their travels? How to keep travel memories alive!

My son has only just turned four, but he's already been on numerous flights to ten different countries. But he's so young - will he remember these travels?Regular readers will know my parents took my sister and I campervanning around Europe for six months when we were young. I was nine, and my … [Read more...]

Review: Travel Secrets for Seniors (which are really travel tips for everyone)

Last year I met a lovely couple in my travel writing course who told me they were already well on the way to publishing a book and a bit of an empire, too, called Passionate Retirees (great name!). We've kept in touch and now Adele and Ely's first book Travel Secrets for Seniors is being launched … [Read more...]