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About thebluebeyond

FEAR OF THE SKIES Up until 2013 I didn't really travel that much. Why? Because I had a deep rooted fear of planes, heights and flight. When I was 11 years old I experienced a crash landing in Spain and it stayed with me until my adult years. But this changed. I've always had a burning desire to travel and I wasn't going to let a fear of flying metal deter me. So after a ridiculous five year period of ZERO holidays, I decided to take the plunge (bad word choice?) and, in the Fall of 2012, I braved a solo trip to New York. Thanks to copious amounts of alcohol in the Virgin Clubhouse, I was able to get there and back without hyperventilating. BEYOND THE BLUE Then in 2013 I somehow found myself to be a Private Secretary to a Government Minister who had to travel the world for an important international project. I was the lucky gal who got to accompany him. Within the space of 9 months I had visited Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, South Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Czech Republic and Switzerland. I saw some fascinating sights, travelled business class (on occasion) and met many British Ambassadors, International Ministers and yokels. All of this opened my eyes to a wonderful, diverse and mind-blowing planet and I wanted to see more. Much more. ME.ME.ME. Ok, so I'm British, my partner calls me 'English' and my London friends called me 'Scouse'. I was born in 1980 in a small town called Wallasey just south of Liverpool. I have been living in London for over 5 years now and have to say that I have found my home for life. I'm a Civil Servant by day but also a bit of a rockstar by night. I write and produce songs for myself and other artists and, if not travelling, you'll find me in my studio recording some tracks. Oh, and by the way you can check out my stuff here: I like my traditionally British pastimes - Coronation Street, Manchester tarts (the cake variety), Wimbledon and booze. I HATE tea. I also like a lot of non-British things such as Indian food, Thai food and Chinese food. Well, non-British grub really. BLOG VIRGIN This is my first time writing a travel blog and I hope you enjoy my adventures as much as I do. There is a big world out there and I'm looking forward to exploring it. Please join me.

Prague, Czech Republic, March 2014

“Prague is the Paris of the ’90s” – Marion Ross. I am European and I have seen alot of Europe over the last 12 months, but this was my second visit to Prague in Czech Republic within a 6 month period. … Continue reading

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Venice, Italy, February 2014 – The Lagoon City

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go” – Truman Capote.  Italy – the world’s largest producer of fine wines, founder of the pizza, creator of the Roman Empire and, most importantly, the maker of some … Continue reading

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NEW YORK, September 2012

NEW YORK, NEW YORK….AT LONG LAST I had dreamed of going to New York since I was a child. I don’t know why but I always felt magically drawn to the city, like there was an invisible connection there just … Continue reading

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TOKYO, July 2013

MY FIRST TASTE OF TOKYO What started as a long and draining business trip quickly turned into an incredible 4 day holiday with my colleague, and now good friend, Jo. It was mid-July in Tokyo and it was hot. Burning … Continue reading

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SOUTH KOREA – THE UNDERDOGS OF ASIA? I didn’t have any expectations of Seoul. I’d never been to Asia but I’d heard on good authority that the South Koreans were extremely accommodating, approachable and about to take the world by … Continue reading

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