Charlotte

Englishabroad

Charlotte

Hi and welcome to my blog 😊

I'm a girl in her mid twenties who has always loved traveling and learning things about a new country. However up until August 2016 all my travels were mainly family holidays and even though these trips were a great way to see parts of the world they aren't traveling.

In August 2016 I moved to China. I'm here to enlighten you with tales about my experience in China and Asia, the adventures my friends and I got up to and teaching English to Kindergarteners.
In August 2017 I started my next adventure. A year travelling around Australia. Have a read about my adventures and trips.

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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin June 1st 2018

I apologise for the delay, it’s been a long time coming but I am going to catch up on blog posts. Starting from May 2018. The day started early, 4:30am. Laurent and I got a taxi from Phil, our van, to the airport. I was going home. As my first flight was internal, Cairns - Sydney, Laurent was able to come straight to the gate with me. We said our tearful goodbyes and I got on the plane. Lauren stayed on to sell Phil then joined a group to do the West Coast of Australia. I flew to Sydney then had a few hours stopover. After checking in and going through security, I got some food and waited for my next flight. Sydney - Indonesia. Only for a short stop and then back on the plane ... read more
leprechaun selfie .
We are a lovely bunch
We shrunk

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City May 26th 2018

We had to be in Cairns by the 27th May as I had a flight booked but we wanted to be there a few days earlier so we could do the things we wanted to in that area. Luckily we arrived on the 22nd so we were fine. We arrived late afternoon and the first thing we did was find a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We found a perfect one; we didn’t want to dive, we were happy to snorkel. We found a boat that went to the Outer Reef and included lunch and other things. We booked it for the Friday. The day before the reef we spent walking around Cairns and exploring the town. It isn’t the prettiest of places but it has the reef so everyone goes there. The day of ... read more
Sea front Pool
Purple Coral
The Great Barrier Reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Magnetic Island May 20th 2018

The East Coast Technically we had been traveling up the east coast for a while but the last two weeks before we got to Cairns, had been very busy. After leaving Brisbane and heading back to the Gold Coast and spending some time at a family friend’s house we headed to Australia Zoo. I had bought Laurent tickets for Christmas and it was finally time to use them. We arrived at the zoo when it opened and spent the entire day there. We went to different shows, giant turtles, otters, crocodiles and tigers. There were a lot of crocodiles at the zoo, but as Australia Zoo is the Steve Irwin Zoo, the crocodile hunter, it made sense. We had an amazing day at the zoo seeing so many different animals. Laurent’s favourite were the Meerkats. ... read more
I got to stroke a Koala 🐨
Sunset
Spa Pool


We’d heard that Brisbane wasn’t the nicest City but we loved it there. There was so much to see and do and a lot of it was free - which is always an added bonus. After going to a few information centres and deciding exactly what we wanted to do, we got started. We spent the afternoon looking around free markets, trying tasters and buying fresh fruit. The first morning we walked along South Bank, a public area with parks, swimming areas, restaurants and a Chinese temple. It was a lovely place to walk and look around. We always like to head to a city’s China town so after the South Bank we started on our way there. Unfortunately Brisbane’s China Town wasn’t the greatest, it was rather small and most of it was shut ... read more
Brisbane
South Bank Pools
Kings Island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads May 1st 2018

The Gold Coast. Possibly the most touristy place in Australia; theme parks, water parks, amazing beaches. We did it all. We arrived on a Sunday and after looking around and playing mini golf we headed in to the city - Surfers Paradise. We found a small market on the sea front and strolled along it. We decided to go out for dinner that night. I had found a Groupon voucher for a place selling tapas close by. We drove there only to find the voucher had only been added that day and the system wasn’t ready. We found some where else for dinner and camped in the carpark. The next day we did the tourist thing. We had bought an all in one ticket for four attractions - Wet n Wild water park, Warner Bros ... read more
Wet n Wild
Shark
Feeding sheep and goats

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay April 21st 2018

Between the Blue Mountains and The Gold Coast is 570 miles (roughly 10h drIve) of basically just coast. This drive took us a week and we stopped in three different towns along the way. The first place we stopped was Newcastle. This area was discovered by accident when in 1797 John Shortland was sent to search for a number of convicts who had seized HMS Cumberland as she was sailing out of Sydney. The town became a big coal mining area. Newcastle gained a reputation as a "hellhole" as it was a place where the most dangerous convicts were sent to dig in the coal mines as harsh punishment for their crimes. When we first arrived in Newcastle we went straight to the beach and spent the afternoon reading, sunbathing and swimming. The next day ... read more
Laurent going for a swim
Happy Hour!!
Byron Bay beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 13th 2018

The Blue Mountains I think I have found my favourite nature spot in Australia. In 1788 the mountains were named Carmarthen Hills or Landsdowne Hills by Governor Phillip. However because of all the eucalyptus trees, which give off a fine mist from the oil in the leaves in a hot sun, which makes a blue haze, the mountains were renamed The Blue Mountains. We spent three and a half days in the Blue Mountains and did a variety of activities and all of them were fantastic. We got to the mountains late the first night so after dinner we watched a film and was ready for the next morning. We went to a local information centre to ask a few questions and went to a view point close by. The view was breath taking. Trees ... read more
Laurent getting ready to jump
The Jenolan Caves
Our river walk

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Beach April 9th 2018

Sydney What a city. It has everything: beautiful beaches, amazing old and new architecture. It’s a lovely city to spend time in. The modern history of Sydney started in 1788 when a fleet of British ships came in to the harbour. From then until 1900 Sydney was the capital of the British Colony of New South Wales. In 1900 it became the state capital. Sydney was original named New Albion but the colony acquired the name Sydney after the British State Security Thomas Townsend Lord Sydney. Today Sydney is Australia’s largest city and has played host to many international events, including the 2000 Summer Olympics. Laurent and I spent a fun filled time in the city. The day we arrived it was late afternoon and we didn’t have time to start a full activity so we ... read more
Crocodile Dundee
Olympic Pool and the Birdge
You’ll never guess where we are?


The Royal National Park is the second oldest National Park in the world and was the first to have the title National Park. It was founded by Sir John Robertson on 26th April 1879. The park is 18 miles (29k) from Sydney’s CBD (Central Business District) and is 58 sq. miles. It was originally named National Park and wasn’t until 1955 that it became the Royal National Park when Queen Elizabeth II passed by in the train. In 2006 the park was added to the Australian National Heritage List. We only spent one night and day in the Park, but it was amazing. We arrived late so just parked in a carpark and spent the night there. The next day we got up early and started our hike. The first part of the hike was ... read more
Laurent about to jump
Our own private beach
Rock Pool


Jervis Bay Wow. It’s the only way to describe Jervis Bay! Being so close to Sydney and along the New South Wales coast line, most people would assume that this tiny (102squared km) piece of land is part of New South Wales, but it isn’t. It is part of the ACT - Australian Capital Territory. When Canberra became the capitol in its own territory, the Australian Government thought that every capital should have its own port and naval defence base, that is why Jervis Bay is part of the ACT. Today it’s still used for Navy training, but it is also a popular spot for tourists and locals alike and its easy to see why. White Sandy beaches one side, surfing beaches the other and bush land with wild animals in between. When we first ... read more
Scottish Rock Beach
Footprints in the sand
He touched one




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