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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...]

Anxiety and pre-trip nerves: I still get them nearly every time I travel!

You might assume that because I've travelled a lot, and still try to travel as much as possible, that I'm totally relaxed about traveling and am entirely positive about the whole thing. Alas. I wish I was! The truth is, that for various reasons I can often feel quite anxious and stressed before a … [Read more...]

The shock of no culture shock on arriving in Germany

When I first moved overseas to Japan, I definitely experienced a degree of culture shock, as anyone who's been to Japan can understand - they do lots of things differently there. I soon adjusted and loved living this different life, and when I moved on to Slovakia I found another complete set of … [Read more...]

Travelling to meet online people offline and taking my travel blog to the Gold Coast for Problogger

I get to travel again next week - yippee! - although it's only a quick trip, over to the Gold Coast in Queensland, the other side of Australia, to attend the Problogger conference. I haven't been to the Gold Coast since I was twelve and then it was an extremely quick look. I won't have much time to … [Read more...]

Digital scrapbooking and recalling Japan a decade on

I'm a bit of a hoarder. (My mother will read this. She'll say I'm not just a bit of a hoarder ...)In any case, I'm entirely too sentimental and I hate to throw anything away that reminds me of some fun or interesting thing that happened to me in the past. Of course, when it's travel-related it … [Read more...]

The weirdest place I’ve ever bumped in to someone I knew

I attended my 20th high school reunion last week. I missed the 10th since I was living in ... hmm, I guess it was Japan at the time; I was at the 15th, but it was very soon after I'd moved back from Germany and to be honest, I was still feeling totally out of the loop, I didn't talk to many people … [Read more...]

That’s my (travelling) cup of tea

Call me strange (plenty have in the past), but until the age of twenty-five, I never drank tea or coffee. And I still don't drink coffee to this day. But the tea - well, the tea is all about travelling.I lived in Japan for two years. Sure, you can live in Japan and ignore some of the traditions, but … [Read more...]

The Japanese love of cute (and my Snoopy bank card)

Doing some tidying over the long weekend I found a box full of memories from Japan. It appeared to be a box I posted home to Perth at the end of my stay, then didn't really unpack because I didn't get back to Perth for three more years. It was a real trip down memory lane, with numerous cards and … [Read more...]

My version of budget travel (aka I’m a cheapskate traveller!)

Inspired by a piece on BootsnAll about travelling cheaply (or as cheap as possible) in five expensive countries, I have been thinking about what I'd like to call "cheapskate travel" - my version of budget travel. First up, you should know that I was raised by a bank manager father and a real estate … [Read more...]

Ten years too late to be location independent

When I left Perth to live abroad and travel in 2001, the internet was definitely around, but not always easily accessible. I couldn't afford to have home internet access in Japan (I did manage in Slovakia and Germany though) and mobile devices like the iPhone just weren't there. I'm guessing that's … [Read more...]