Nic Freeman

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Daily delights on Instagram

Hello lovely reader, Do you follow me on Instagram? Please do. I’ve got lots of daily delights and mini adventures to share with you there. Find me at http://instagram.com/nicfreemanlife  xo Nic Advertisements

October 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Photo Walk in Melbourne, Australia

Crisp leaves scrape along the windy path. Coffee grind scents the morning air. A dog dressed in tartan trots next to a lady in black. I’m as comfortable here, walking … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 30 Comments

Words About Home

There are times when this big, boisterous world is just too great to absorb. My mind can’t expand across the oceans and peaks, nor bridge gaps between cultures and hearts. … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · 22 Comments

Surprises on Losinj, Croatia’s Island of Vitality

Finding myself floating in tepid jade sea off Lošinj, Croatia’s self-dubbed “island of vitality”, was a bit of a surprise. We had always planned to spend time relaxing in the … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 17 Comments

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part Two – Canyoning

Of all the outdoor adventures I imagined myself having in the alpine wilderness of Slovenia, flinging myself down a rock cliff into icy water was not one of them. But, … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 7 Comments

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part One – Emerald River Adventure

From the highest mountain pass in Slovenia, the world is a soothing spectrum of hinterland greens, precipice blues and alpine whites. Here, in the northern corner of Slovenia, beside the … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 23 Comments

Delightful Dining in Bologna & Parma, Italy

If there is one thing you must do when in Italy, it is eat…and oh, what a chore it is! The Italians are experts at offering regional specialties, quality ingredients … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 13 Comments

A Week in Florence: The Pleasures of Italy’s Renaissance City

A week in Florence is a fabulous way to test your dedication to your travel budget. Although hosting its share of tourist traps, overpriced dining and luxury shopping, the real … Continue reading

September 19, 2012 · 17 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Lisbon.

Usually the posts in this ‘Travel.Food.Photo’ series share the foods themed by country, but as my Portuguese travels (so far) have been limited to the capital city, Lisbon, this post … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 13 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Morocco.

The food of Morocco epitomises the vibrant cultural flavour of the nation. Delightfully affordable, thoroughly spiced and served with enthusiasm, I must admit that Moroccan meals spurred a whole new … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · 11 Comments

188 Days of Travel

Looking out across the calm Lisbon shore, I am moved by the memories that brim to mind. It is mid-year already and time to reflect on all I have seen … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · 21 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.2)

Yesterday was the last day of my six week Spanish adventure, during which I saw a lot of the country, learnt a little of the language and ate lots of … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 10 Comments

Cycling in San Sebastian, Spain

There is something inherently serene about cycling by the sea. Perhaps its the feeling of salty air filling your lungs as your glide like a gull along the waters-edge. Perhaps … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 126 Comments

6 Wonderful ways to experience Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Traditional and contemporary delights contribute equal doses of charm in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Widely known as being a UNESCO World Heritage City, the home of … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · 7 Comments

Walking the end of my Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The white concrete walls and lichen-covered facades of Santiago de Compostela are a heady contrast to my view of days past. As I sit here, looking across the window-framed historical … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · 28 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.1)

In April, the fresh flavours of Istanbul, Turkey inspired me to photograph and share my culinary adventures in the first instalment of Travel. Food. Photo. It seems that you liked … Continue reading

June 3, 2012 · 14 Comments

Four days of solo Camino: walking through the Spanish Meseta

There are some things that are best experienced within the solitude of your mind, like meditating or soul searching… and perhaps, walking through the Spanish Meseta on the Camino de … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 27 Comments

Reflections: A 2012 Travel Photo Essay

I’ve always found that travelling offers so many opportunities to reflect, to re-evaluate the direction of my life. Unlike the routine churn of home life, travelling allows time and space, … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 8 Comments

7 Days walking el Camino de Santiago, Spain

After seven days of walking el Camino, my perspective has changed a lot. I have admired picturesque views more majestic than my imagination could conjure.  I’ve met people from many … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · 13 Comments

For the love of Turkish coffee

Thick, sweet, caffeinated goodness, oh how I love you… especially when served in tiny colourful cups amidst the whir of Turkish culture. For the love of you, I have been … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · 9 Comments

Starting el Camino de Santiago: confessions from an almost-pilgrim

I am shaking in my figurative boots right now as I prepare for bed in Pamplona, Spain. Tomorrow when I wake, I’ll be eating a boiled egg and fruit, drinking … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · 20 Comments

Must-have Istanbul meals for 10 Turkish Lira or less

The glory of Istanbul’s Ottoman architecture and colourful carpets is arguably matched by its exotic, flavoursome foods.  After three months of travelling around Northern Europe on budget-conscious cold sandwiches and … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · 16 Comments

From Istanbul to Barcelona, from there to here

A rising murmur in the afternoon street rouses me from siesta. Eyes open to a sun-streaked balcony of daisies and thyme. Ears focus on the plucking of strings and the … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 9 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Istanbul.

I’ve become that strange girl who photographs her food. I’m not sure if it’s a natural urge that I’ve previously suppressed through social awareness, or a new habit that’s sprung … Continue reading

May 6, 2012 · 12 Comments

How to travel the UK & Ireland in a campervan: lessons from 1 month on the road

Driving through the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland in a campervan is one of those classic adventures that offers more delights than you bargained for. You expect the charming thatched-roof … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 35 Comments

A beginner’s guide to skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria

When you talk to a skier or snowboarder about their sport, you’ll notice the poetry and passion in their words. The natural majesty of towering white peaks, pine-scent air and … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

My Wicked Campers road trip begins: UK & Ireland here I come

Do you ever feel like you just need to get into a car and go… explore…get lost? I’m now two adventure-packed months into a nine month European trip and am … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · 19 Comments

One month travelled, eight to go.

My understanding of one month seems to have adjusted a little since starting this adventure on 1 January. Instead of one hour, one day or one month, I now seem … Continue reading

February 2, 2012 · 4 Comments

Looking back to step forward: lessons from past travels

I was flicking through an old travel journal while packing the other day and I found this passage. I wrote it when I was 20 and terrified to be embarking … Continue reading

December 13, 2011 · 11 Comments

Adventures Under $20: The Travel-Budgeter’s Guide to Brisbane

I used to consider myself a very conscientious saver. But as my pay packet has grown, so has the time between consulting those handy budgeting  spread sheets that I used to … Continue reading

November 8, 2011 · 4 Comments

Camping with the Kangaroos: Yuraygir National Park

All I can hear is the barrelling of waves, the flap of a tent, the twill of a cricket and the crackles of a fire. There is no other light. … Continue reading

October 21, 2011 · 1 Comment

Dancing in the Mud: the 2011 Bellingen Global Carnival

I could feel the damp seeping through my jacket as I stumbled into the Bazaar Tent and out of the evening storm. Only minutes before, I had left the campsite … Continue reading

October 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Wonderful World of Picnics Around Brisbane

In honour of World Parks Day on Saturday, I thought I would write a little bit about my favourite park activity: picnics. These lovely little events encompass many of life’s … Continue reading

September 16, 2011 · 4 Comments

The Glass House Mountain Challenge: the first climb

The challenge was conceived during a little picnic at McCarthy’s Lookout during a recent weekend away in Maleny. It was a sunny afternoon. We had cheese, sausage and pickles. The … Continue reading

September 12, 2011 · 7 Comments

Oh Brisbane, you light me up

I have a funny kind of excitement bubbling under my skin this afternoon. There are lots of things to be excited about. It’s Friday. The Brisbane Festival starts this weekend. … Continue reading

September 2, 2011 · 1 Comment

The 5 book project: posting parcels across the world

There is a unique charm about a crisp brown paper parcel arriving in the mail. Like an exotic unannounced traveller at your doorstep, a parcel is mysterious and exciting, prompting … Continue reading

August 31, 2011 · 3 Comments

Some thoughts on new challenges and comfort zones

I’m feeling sentimental tonight. It’s been a day of farewells, best wishes and ‘we’ll miss you’ as I packed up and handed over a job I’ve been in for more … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · 3 Comments
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