I've been Slacky McSlackster around here, I know. To be honest, I've been meaning to transfer this blog over to Wordpress but then I got all annoyed with their templates and lost interest. It's still on my to-do list.
So, what have I been doing since mid-November?
I went back to Australia for a month over Christmas, and ate a lot of food, as well as catching up with friends, family and, most importantly dogs.
Then I headed to Kuala Lumpur for two weeks, intending to spending it getting work done. Well I got some done. I didn't do a lot in KL. I've been there a few times and, to be honest, there isn't that much fun touristing to do there. I did do practical things like go to the dentist to a broken tooth fixed, got my eyebrows threaded and my nails done. Contrary to my expectations, none of those things were cheaper than they'd have been in Australia!
On the topic of nails, if you've ever thought of getting a shellac kit and doing them yourself, DON'T. My sister and I got one a while back. I only used it once, because of laziness, but she used it a fair bit then suddenly had a bad reaction to the UV light thing, got a rash and had a couple of her nails come completely off! Freaky shit.
After KL, I flew to London. On BA. I thought BA were a decent airline. No sirree, Bob. There were shit. I think I need to write a whole separate post on the shitness of BA.
So, I spent a week in London with my friend, Simon, joining me for the weekend. And yeah, we got rotten drunk. I blame him. I never get drunk unless he's around. Ever. We did a free flowing champagne afternoon tea thing then ended up at a drag show. Good times. I also did some historical stuff because last time I was in London, about 20 years ago, all I did was shop and go clubbing.
I didn't buy that coat but I regret it. How fab is it? I didn't buy it because I already had a coat with me and, luggage space. Also, those boots I'm wearing in the photo smashed my toe to the point I could hardly walk. I had to throw them out. I'd actually left them in Geneva with Simon last time I was in Europe then got them back off him. One night of wearing them and I remembered why I'd left them behind.
So I went to the Tower of London but it was 25 quid to get in. That's insane. For that price I could buy a Yamada Ryosuke coat hanger and I know which would give me the most fun. Note: I've wanted one of those Yamada coat hangers for two years and keep thinking it's too expensive.
So I went for a wander around then headed to Westminster Abbey. It was mainly full of dead entitled white dudes. I guess the best entitled white dudes are the dead ones. I dunno, I have issues with the whole British royal family and all that shit. They've never been anything but trouble for my family.
There were a group of school girls being lead around by a minister or churchy dude and he got really nasty with one of them for checking her phone instead of "paying respect". Seriously, if I was 15 years old, I'd have been going the same. I'm pretty sure that whatever she was checking was more relevant to her life. It really got me thinking about how when you're a schoolgirl the things you're into are placed at such a low premium because you are female and young but why are they any less valued? Like writing "I heart Justin Beiber" (or whoever the kids are into nowadays) all over your school books is probably a huge waste of time but then so is playing golf and other old man shit.
Then I got on the Eurostar and headed to Paris for 2 nights.
I also went to Paris 20 years ago and wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I went to Notre Dame for a look around, then headed over to Montmartre for a look around. I stayed at a fancy hotel which had it's good and bad points. I should post about that too.
The best bit about Paris for me though was finding so many fabulous vintage shops to poke around in. I could've spend a fortune but I didn't because luggage space. One had all cocktails from the '20s. I did get a pair of '60s mod sunglasses in another.
Notre Dame was so much more interesting than Westminster Abbey. And it was free to get in. Nice one, Paris.
I also spent a lot of time in Paris looking for boots to replace the toe smashing ones but they only had either extremely low or extremely high heels. Damn.
Then I got the train to Geneva. I pretty much arrived in Geneva and came down with a monster cold so didn't do much there. We went for fondue and I got to meet Rupert the dog, which was pretty awesome.
We went to Annecy for the day. It was freezing cold when we got there so I headed to the nearest shop for a pair of boots. No mucking around. I got the first pair I tried on. They are darn fine boots too. No buyer's remorse at all, and I had warm feet.
After lunch, the weather really improved. It's a gorgeous little town. As we walked around, I found another pair of boots I wanted. But two pairs of boots when you have minimum luggage? That's just ridiculous. But they were only 30 euro and, because my friend was buying shoes too, we got a 10% discount. I managed to fit them in my tiny suitcase.
The next stop after Geneva was Florence. Which is where I am now. The nasty cold is finally leaving me after I got some hardcore medicine yesterday. It's so hard to find decent coffee here. You think being Italy, it'd not be so hard to find but Florence has some shit coffee.
Florence is freezing cold but Florence in winter is about a million times better than Florence in summer because the streets aren't packed with dumb ass tourists. You can actually walk around without wanting to hit people.
I'm actually here because I want to do research for a book, that means I might have to get out of my sick bed and do something other than take photos of the streets and look for coffee on Monday and Tuesday. I guess a bit of culture never hurt anyone.
So that's been my year so far. I've been taking a lot of selfies lately and have come to the conclusion I need botox. Or maybe something stronger.
Have you ever had botox, or know someone who has? I guess that goes totally against my no animal testing stance though.