Author Archives: Cathryn

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.

Utah

Oh wow, Utah!! Utah greeted us with nothing less than Monument Valley. We could see the incredible rock formations as we drove down the long desert road towards it, but  we crossed the border from Arizona just as we got … Continue reading

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Arizona

My word, Arizona. You really are spectacular! We spent just two nights and two days in the Grand Canyon State but it really blew us away. The drive from Las Vegas was somewhat dull – the landscape was vast and … Continue reading

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Vegas, Baby

We arrived in Vegas on Monday afternoon. Vegas was my son’s dream city – he’s wanted to come here for years (NO idea why). When we drove down the Strip and he saw the crazy buildings, his eyes popped out … Continue reading

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California

It felt very very odd to come back to our home state. We landed last Tuesday evening at SFO and I was totally bewildered. Was I home? Was I not? Why were we heading north up the 101 to stay … Continue reading

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The Big Island: Kona side

The west shore of the Big Island is very different to the lush east shore – here it’s stark and arid. Lava fields abound. Black lava is literally piled up across great swathes of land, making it often look like … Continue reading

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The Big Island: Hilo side

The minute we arrived on Hawaii island (aka The Big Island), it baffled us. The airport was like someone’s back garden but with a luggage carousel. Compared to the city bustle of Honolulu, Kona airport was in the middle of … Continue reading

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Oahu, windward shore

Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s the windward (east) shore of Oahu that I love. We stayed there when we first visited three years again, but I couldn’t find a reasonably priced rental property when I searched for this … Continue reading

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Oahu, leeward shore!

We arrived on the Hawaiian island of Oahu last Thursday, staggering off our red-eye from Sydney. Coming out the airport, the humidity hit us like a steam train. We visibly wilted. We’re splitting our 10 days in Oahu between two … Continue reading

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Sydney!

Oh Sydney, aren’t you GORGEOUS??? We arrived in Sydney on Monday afternoon just as the sun came out. We dumped our bags in our hostel and set off walking up Darling Harbour in search of the Harbour Bridge and the … Continue reading

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Queensland

We flew out of Melbourne early on Wednesday morning, just as the sun came out after two days of steady drizzle! Darn. Flying internally within Australia is slightly freaky because THEY DO NOT CHECK IDs. Not even once! We kept … Continue reading

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