A 30-day adventure by Emily
  • And home!

    September 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We are back home to our amazing cat Winston with some groceries in hand ready to snuggle down for the day and relax.

    We got the extra leg room from LA to Melbourne so we were living the dream again.

    We slept on both flights and feel good about which Timezone we are in!

    Was an amazing holiday.
    Friends
    Family
    Copenhagen
    Aarhus
    Berlin
    Reykjavík
    Toronto

    Thanks for sharing my journey. I loved all your posts!

    Signing off until next time 😁
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    Traveler

    I agree! What an amazing holiday!!! That extra leg room sounds wonderful. So glad that you slept and are ready for a snuggle down day together, and with Winston xxx Thank you for all your wonderful news as you travelled. It was so exciting to see what adventures you were having together. So many highlights .... but Iceland and “A monkey!!!!” Come to mind. Wonderful Denmark and family. Niagara Falls and a spectacular 40th Birthday. Wonderful to travel, great to be home xxxxx Mum xxxxx

    9/22/19Reply
    Traveler

    *-*-*-*-Welcome Home-*-*-*-* Enjoy relaxing and reliving it all, great blog.

    9/22/19Reply
    Traveler

    Welcome home to you both, what a wonderful journey, I enjoyed all your fantastic photos,made me feel I was there with you. Lovely to have you home. Grandma

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  • Day29

    Lax

    September 21, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Easy trip from Toronto. We are a bit tired but excited to be coming home!
    About to board!

    Traveler

    Have a safe flight. Love you Mum xxxx

    9/22/19Reply
    Traveler

    Great to travel with you both, safe travel home XxoxX

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  • Day27

    First day of Axsium camp

    September 19, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Ok so I am officially back at work but not working 😁
    Up at 6am breakfast, a goodbye to Stella and into a car with 2 colleagues, Joe and Camilo for a 2 hour journey down to Fern Gully resort. Was a great trip we laughed a lot, stopped for coffee then again for snacks before arriving at 10am.

    Checked in, got my present back with my team t-shirt, yellow. Then into the main pavilion for a company overview.

    They hired the Toronto comedy club who do improv comedy and I was well eager! They picked me first, gave me a 🎤 and told me to say the first thing that came into my head. They started easy with my name and how long I had worked for Axsium. Then they passed me an imaginary parcel which I had to open and explain what I had got... ‘a monkey’ I screamed. Then they asked who the card was from ‘Angelina Joly’. Then what the card said ‘I left Brad for you’ hahaha was a lot of fun!

    The camp is gorgeous. Surrounded by lakes. Lots of games, paddle boats, canoes, ropes. My room is enormous!

    At 5pm we broke for an hour before cocktails.

    Cocktail hour and a walk around meet and greet bingo where you find people who have things or done things to tick off. Great way to interact. A couple of hours then it was time for Trivia. 6 rounds with our yellow team coming 4th in the end.

    Played some darts with my car buddy Camilo then it was time for bed around 11:30pm.

    Yay camp Axsium!
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    Traveler

    Wow!

    9/20/19Reply
    Traveler

    Wow again!

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    Traveler

    Don't fall asleep on the lawn.

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  • Day26

    The day after

    September 18, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Did absolutely nothing today and relaxed with Stella and had a lovely afternoon in!

    Traveler

    Very nice idea.... perfect way to wind down xxxx

    9/19/19Reply
    Traveler

    Enjoy the down time girls, you’ve had an amzing adventure. Loved reading your post each day. Thanks for sharing and showing me Denmark x0x

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  • Day25

    The afternoon of Niagara

    September 17, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Ok so after the boat trip we had some food overlooking the falls. I honestly think we got the best table in the fast food house!

    Then up entertainment alley to a brewery and 8 flights of beer.

    Stella told the staff it was my birthday so they played me a Fleetwood MAC song, Landslide.

    After that we were back on the bus and out to the town of Niagara-on-The-Lake, which is a gorgeous little town. The changes their name to on the lake to distinguish them selves from the falls for postal reasons. There is a fort here from the battle of 1870 between the British and Americans. Restored after the Americans took it then the British regained it.

    On to a winery for multiple tastings then the journey back to the hotel where we drank a bottle a bottle of wine we picked up at the winery.

    There was towel art waiting for me in the room and a bottle of wine and a card from the hotel wishing me a happy birthday! Was lovely. I was however on the phone to mum at the time describing these niceties and was advised by mum that she had called and organised this. The hotel it appears was taking full credit for the wine gift and even signed it from the hotel staff hahahahaha 😂

    A bloody fabulous way to ring in my 40th year!
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    Traveler

    Haha.... great 40th Birthday!!! All of it. Yes loved the photos of you and Stella at your table looking out to The Falls. What a great spot to sit and take it all in. Loved the photo of the Alley, looks like everything is going on there. Those 8 tasters at the brewery!! (Would not have suited me at all.) Niagara on the Lake looked amazing... all that history, and they seem to have just embraced it all making the town so special. And then a wine tasting! And a bottle of wine to take back home. Loved what housekeeping had done to your room! What a surprise. Emails back and forth. So it turns out, as much as I wanted to give you a nice bottle of red to top off your day ....." No, Mrs Arch, it was our pleasure. " ..... I didn't get a look in. Hahaha.... fun though. What an amazing day. Happy 40th Xxxxxxxx

    9/19/19Reply
    Traveler

    ==** NIAGARA** == I have to agree with you Emily, what a way to spend your 40th birthday!!! An absolutely amazing day, one you won’t forget. You had a perfect table for that magnificent view of the falls, then entertainment alley and Fleetwood MAC - good work Stella! Beautiful little town Niagara- on- the-lake, colourful hanging basket everywhere, pots and planter boxes at every door, the main street looks like a florist its that’s impressive. Have to ask, was it an Ice wine winery and you had three sweet ice wines?...........like you we got a bottle to be polite. Hmmmm all the work your mum put into getting that bottle of red wine to you and the hotel hijacks it. I know the effort your mum went to, I hope it tasted nice hahaha (she even txt Stella in desperation, she was that determined, but the message didn’t go) Brilliant 40th Birthday.

    9/19/19Reply
    Traveler

    Hi Andrew! Yep Ice wine! It was too sweet for us so we did a red wine tasting and bought a bottle then did another red wine tasting and bought another bottle 😂 The hotel hijacking mums birthday surprise hysterical. On the phone to her and she asked if there was a card. To which I replied yes from the hotel 😂 Sneaky buggers! Thanks mum for the surprise!

    9/20/19Reply
    Traveler

    Brilliant photo.

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  • Day25

    Niagara

    September 17, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    One of the best experiences of my life!!!!!

    Up at 6:30. Breakfast.
    Shuttle downtown pickup at 8:50.
    Depot at 9:30.
    We are on our way to Niagara!

    First stop the maple syrup something.

    Then the falls!

    This is amazing. Did I mention it is 25 degrees?!
    The Danish have a saying... the weather reflects how you have behaved during your last year. I have certainly been good!!!

    Onto the boat and our pink ponchos. Canada pink, USA blue. We choose the left hand side down the bottom. We pass by the first falls and golly are we getting wet! Sunglasses on, off, anything to see this amazing sight!

    By the time we hit the circular falls we had our pick up the front of the boat as it had been abandoned because of the spray. Stella and I were laughing constantly, not believing our luck at where we are on this day. Did I mention it’s my 40th?! Hahaha
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    Traveler

    Absolutely loved this!!!!

    9/17/19Reply
    Traveler

    Wow!!! It surpasses everything you imagine about The Falls. Absolutely loved the photos and the video! It just looks amazing!!!! Happy, Happy 40th my special, wonderful girl xxxx love Mum xxxx

    9/17/19Reply
    Traveler

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY...............Wow what a way to spend your 40th birthday!!!! Your mum showed me the video, as you would say "bloody great" The falls are amazing and you could not have planned this day any better.

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  • Day24

    Toronto and my Australia birthday

    September 16, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Flight was good had a little sleep and the lady from yesterday who we were so excited with who gave us our stay in Iceland upgraded us to extra leg room😁
    Got to the hotel at around 12am Toronto time and off to bed.

    Up at 9:30 from our studio hotel room. So small we. Nearly didn’t fit our suitcases in 😂

    It’s my Australian birthday!! 38 hour birthday hahaha

    We took a walk to the CN Tower but the cloud cover was bad so we kept on to the harbour and visited the Amsterdam brewery. Chilled out with a raspberry beer and Stella organised a slice of cake for my birthday!

    Then back to the hotel and Uber over to the hotel my work has paid for 😁

    It’s been a hectic couple of days so we are relaxing.

    I went out to lobby and came back and Stella had lit a Danish candle, little Danish flags decorating the flags and a happy birthday sign suspended from the ceiling!!

    It’s my Australian 40th birthday!!!! Yayayay!!!
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    Traveler

    They look desperate!!!

    9/16/19Reply
    Traveler

    Yah... Stella!!!!

    9/16/19Reply
    Traveler

    Yah ... the lady from yesterday and extra leg room. Yah.... Toronto and walking, seeing wonderful new things! Yah .... moving from tiny room to bigger room. Yah .... Stella and candle and flags!!!! HAPPY AUSTRALIAN BIRTHDAY XXXXXX

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  • Day23

    OMG... you're in Iceland

    September 15, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Up at 6:40, breakfast and a bus out to the BLUE LAGOON!!! It was 1degree when we left 7 raining and windy by the time we arrived.

    Yay swimming in the rain!

    It is everything I had hoped it would be. Everything!!! Warm, blue of blue that you can’t see the bottom because of the white. Surrounded by black rock!

    Absolutely the best happenstance for me!

    I am filled with joy!
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    Traveler

    Fantastic photos and videos!!!!! You made it to the Blue Lagoon. I am so excited for you. This is amazing!!! OMG You are in Iceland!!!!

    9/15/19Reply
    Traveler

    I love this post, made me smile because you are both so happy. Emily your video was beautiful, and I laughed when you laughed. WOW you are doing something you never planned but always wanted. Keep having an amazing time *:*==~~ICELAND~~==*:*

    9/16/19Reply
    Traveler

    A great FUN photo.

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  • Day22

    Bad then fantastic

    September 14, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    So Iceland Air... hrrrrrm. Not the greatest. Overbooked our flight to Iceland, tried to put us on another plane then realised we were travelling together got on the same plane after lining up for an hour in Denmark.
    Arrived Iceland no dramas but on a leased plane as Iceland Air grounded their 74something planes.
    50 minutes to change no time to eat. Food has to be paid for on board.
    Wait, waiting. ‘Excuse me ladies and gentlemen. There is an issue with our emergency exit slide. We are attempting to fix it and will keep you updated’.
    An hour and a half goes by and a bus pulls up and more people are put on the plane. Stella and I were not allocated seats together so before this bus we had shifted seats to sit together. That time was over.
    2 hours in we get an update. New slide needed. 10 minutes to get here 20 minutes to install.
    2:40 in same message... hrrrm
    3:30 and we are told we need to get off the plane.

    Ok so fantastic bit. They are offering 45 people hotel transfers, meal vouchers, accomodation, plus 600 Euro compensation to stay in Iceland for the night!!!!
    They are paying me to stay somewhere I have always wanted to go!!

    We made absolute friends with the service desk lady and we thought all our Christmas’ had come at once. We even got $80 worth of food vouches which we split on food and some alcohol samples of Iceland. She said people aren’t usually as happy as us. We have her high fives, literally!

    Stella is a gem at getting to the front of queues so I think we were 7th to claim the offer.

    So we were supposed to depart at 5pm. We arrived at the Plaza hotel by 11pm. Long ass day but. We were so excited!

    We are in Reykjavík!!!
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    Traveler

    FULL MOON IN ICELAND!!!!!!!!! It doesn’t get better than that. Well perhaps 7th in the queue, a free night in the centre of Reykjavík and 600 Euros AND a full day in ICELAND!!!!! Sorry about the bad ... ( character building ) ... but the fantastic is FANTASTIC!!! I have been grinning all day. Hope you slept well. Might not have your cases. But who cares? A full day in ICELAND!!!! Go get ‘em xxxx love you Mum. Big hugs to Stella!!!! Xxxxxxxx

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    Traveler

    We saw the full moon!!!! 😁😁😁 Was spectacular! What an amazing chance opportunity!

    9/15/19Reply
    Traveler

    Hi Emily & Stella, OMG, what a story......and one you SHOULD repeat as often as you like ……..because its “A GREAT STORY” How lucky to be stranded in Iceland, a mini side trip with hotel, food and money …OMG and time to actually explore. That is the universe saying “HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY & STELLA” Sorry about the frustrating delay but what a ~~**Bonus**~~ to your holiday! Photos are great. Not many people can say they were paid to visit Iceland. Brilliant team work girls.

    9/16/19Reply
    Traveler

    Loved this video tour!!!!! Right in the centre of things!

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  • Day22

    Landed in Iceland

    September 14, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Disembarked on the tarmac and it’s bloody cold!!
    I certainly didn’t bring enough clothes if I was staying here. Stella did though lol 3 suitcases!
    Charging our phones and then onto Toronto in an hour.

    Will backdate the blog for the last few days on the plane :)
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