Joanna Turner

Joined February 2017
  • Day4

    Bye bye Brooklyn

    June 5 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We got up and used the shared bathroom one last time. We wandered out to find some street art which luckily wasn’t far from the apartment. After stopping for some breakfast (yep another bagel) we got on the subway and headed into manhattan for the last time. Since it wasn’t far from the beginning of Brooklyn Bridge we detoured to the 9/11 memorial which was heaving but still really peaceful. There were a few twats taking gormlessly grinning selfies (why?!) but generally it felt very respectful. We then started the sweaty walk over the bridge. Annoyingly it was the hottest day of our trip and the only day we’d have to lug our rucksacks around. It turns out Phil REALLY doesn’t like the heat which was tough as he was stuck on a mile long bridge (with me being unsympathetic) when we finally got off the bridge and found some shade he perked right up. We enjoyed the view of Manhattan whilst figuring out what we were going to do for the next few hours, settling on eating and drinking which made us both happy. After lunch we wandered to Dumbo and found an indoor food hall where we stopped for a pint (of Brooklyn lager obvs) before getting the subway for the last time to the airportRead more

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  • Day3

    Who you going to call?

    June 4 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Up early again so it was straight out onto the streets and this time we went all the way up to Central Park stopping for breakfast bagels on the way. After walking through the park we stopped at the lake and thought we’d have a go on the boats. After nearly an hour of trying not to crash into anything or fall in whilst looking at the Manhattan skyline we stopped for a glass of wine by the edge of the lake. We walked to Strawberry fields and left before the man on his guitar broke into Imagine. Then it was off to Little Italy for a snack which turned out to be a massive plate of pasta each and a bottle of wine. When in Rome....... After filling out bellies we went to Greenwich village (again) to go and see the ghostbusters fire house where I made numerous jokes about Phil looking like Egon. He took it well. Since it was happy hour we went to bar 230 where I nearly didn’t get in because I’d left my ID at the apartment. When will I learn?! I successfully persuaded the guy on the door that I was over 21 and we went up to a very crowded rooftop which had alright views but not quite what I was hoping for. We drank up and got the subway to the upper west side for more happy hour drinks and teppenyaki which was really tasty and entertaining in equal measureRead more

  • Day2

    Can we go to Greenwich Village?

    June 3 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Up silly early but thankfully not too tired. We managed to (mostly) avoid seeing anyone in our shared apartment and headed out onto the train towards the west village. Highlights we’re seeing a pug in an ikea bag. Lowlights were it was pretty stuffy. We got off at the High Line and walked along snapping the streets below us and playing how many yellow taxis can you see. We then went to Chelsea market and grabbed some bagels which we ate in the square outside before walking through Greenwich Village to get to the Color Factory, an interactive, immersive pop up of pure colourful fun. After eating free ice cream and knobbing around in a giant ball pit we headed over to MOMA to fool ourselves into thinking we are cultural. We definitely made the right choice by starting at the top as that it where all the big dogs are. We saw Andy Warhol, Picasso, Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock before feeling a bit arted out. We then strolled through 5th Avenue stopping at St Patrick’s and Grand Central Station (for a look and much needed snacks) Then it was onto Carragher’s where Phil lived his best life rewatching Liverpool beat Tottenham and getting to hold a trophy. 3 pints in and we were starving to since we were near Koreatown we found a really nice Korean restaurant called Barn Joo 35. Then it was on the train again and back to BrooklynRead more

  • Day1

    Hangover airlines

    June 2 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We got up at 5:15 both still drunk from the night before and made our way to the bus stop. It all seemed like a good idea when we booked it before. Anyway who cares we’re off to New York, the city that never sleeps which is just as well as we haven’t had any. Nice flight over and stress free security. We decided to get an Uber to the apartment as we were too tired/lazy to negotiate the train. We were met by our host who showed us around the loft which is full of old vintage furniture. It’s cosy and there are others staying here but it was a steal compared to hotels so I guess it’s worth it. We decided to head out to the local area for food and beers and got caught in a thunder storm which soaked us. For some reason I thought it was funny. Phil not so much. We drank 2 extortionate but nice beers which I said looked like ascitic fluid but tasted lovely before heading to Roberta’s for pizza. It was no fatto a Mano (in taste or price) but was really good. We said hipster a lot as we walked through the neighbourhood which is a real mix of Latino and gentrification. We crashed out when we got back as we realised we’d been awake for nearly 24 hours which is miraculous given the state we were inRead more

  • Day4

    Hunter Valley

    December 4, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    Up ridiculously early but for an exciting reason. We went wine tasting! We had a two hour drive out to Hunter valley where we got to try out loads of wine, cheese and vodka. If I’m honest it wasn’t the best out of the tastings I’ve done and the scenery wasn’t as pretty BUT I got to see kangaroos 🦘 so that was a total bonus. We ended up back in the city nowhere near as tipsy as I’d have liked and crashed out in front of Gavin and StaceyRead more

  • Day3

    City

    December 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Woke up without a hangover which was the absolute best feeling ever! Pippa and I headed into the city centre walking through the botanical garden to see the harbour which is huge and so exciting to see in real life. Unfortunately the weather was more English winter than Australian summer so my plans of wanky Instagram photos of the opera house were slightly dashed but it was still amazing. The sun did make enough of an appearance for us to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine in the opera bar. Then we got the ferry to Manly which was a blustery, hair ruining affair but so good to see the harbour from different angles. We didn’t spend too long in Manly as we were cold so headed back to the cityRead more

  • Day2

    Help me!

    December 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 33 °C

    Woke up feeling very very unwell and a bit of a jittery mess thanks to the multiple espresso martinis last night. We went for brunch to try and sort ourselves out but I made it half way through before abandoning as I thought I was going to throw up everywhere. Grim and absolutely gutted as the food was amazing (hot smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, pickled cucumber and dill mayo 😍) The plan was to do the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk but I felt mega wonky and had to go back to the flat for a lie down. Toby met us there and he and Pips went to the beach and I met them after about an hour of feeling sorry for myself. The sunshine and sea definitely helped as I rallied sufficiently to get myself to the pub/hotel (still weird) for some beers. Pippa and I then did the walk which was incredible and probably better doing it when it was cooler. We ended up in Bondi as the sun was setting and met Natalie for some foodRead more

  • Day2

    Beach and beer

    December 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 32 °C

    Went to the beach with Toby and Cole (and a cool box full of beer) It was ridiculously hot but thankfully really windy. I am not sure if I am a convert to sandy beaches as I have sand everywhere. We went back to the boys flat which is gorgeous via the liquor shop. For some reason they don’t serve alcohol in the supermarkets. Weird. Toby and Cole cooked some amazing food then we went to the Imperial which is their local and conveniently a massive gay bar that really puts Legends to shame. We drank an awful lot and did some expressive dancing. In the cold light of day I’m not entirely sure how it went down but at the time I thought the crowd loved meRead more

  • Day1

    Beer!

    December 1, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Woke up in a bed! Ate breakfast on Pippa’s balcony then wandered down into Coogee which is a gorgeous beach with loads of stuff to do. We then headed out to a beer festival in the centre of Sydney and met Cole and some of his friends. The sun was so hot and I was terrified that I had underestimated it by wearing factor 30. Anyway I’ve come away unscathed/burnt but have problems got no suncream left. After it had finished Pippa and I headed to Darling harbour to watch the fireworks which the put on every weekend in the run up to New Year’s Eve. We were going to go for another drink but realised we were battered to had Tim Tams instead. Wise moveRead more

  • Day21

    Last day with Laurence

    November 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We got up and attempted to pack all our stuff into the rucksacks which proved to be much harder than either of us feared. Then it was a casual 4 hour drive to Christchurch where we emotionally waved goodbye to Laurence. We decided to drown our sorrows with a conveniently timed happy hour which turned into quite a session in a cool little food hall type effort near our air bnb. I’m fairly certain I was shitfacedRead more

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