New things in my life {USA and UK}

{THIS is the USA links page}

With so much change ahead it is time to streamline as well as refresh my belongings so that they will serve me on this very varied road into the future! (Brexit, Travel, living in America, going to photograph and teach English in Asia and getting ready to eventually move to Sweden… yes, that’s all a LONG story!)


Icebreaker Merino Women’s Cool-Lite Spheria Short Sleeve Scoop T-Shirt


Here are a few things that I am looking at and am going to own within the next weeks. If you have any questions let me know. I will be able to give a review once I have tested my new belongings.









MONEY & TRAVEL & EXPAT LIFE! More useful than anything for somebody living abroad and earning income or needing to pay bills in more than one currency has been Transferwise! I can’t recommend them enough.

Travel & Packing: Packing goodies! I LOVE these packing cubes. I was definitely skeptical before purchase but my suitcase is super easy to organise and for somebody who is away from home longterm and has quite different clothes for different seasons and occasions in her suitcase these packing cubes have been amazing! Lifechanging??? YES!


Earplugs made from wax! Jason swears by them! They keep him (a very light sleeper) sound asleep while I rattle around the room.. He reuses his earplugs for a week at a time, but I think this depends on how squeaky clean you feel your ears are. I certify his ears as ultra clean so it’s ok!

And then also these hard drive shell cases that help protect my data as I rattle around the world. The same company as the one making the above packing cubes also makes padded cases which can help protect hard drives when travelling. I use both of the cases below. The set of 3 padded cases as well as a few hardshell cases like the one on the left.

Books I have LOVED reading:

3 –  A Portrait in Sepia (I couldn’t find a link) But this is an amazing book that you absolutely should seek out!

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, this means that at no additional cost to you I will get a small percentage if you follow any link and then purchase something. This helps me out.
I value the 50 cents here and there, they become coffees; and coffees in cafes always turn into photographs, sometimes into cafe reviews. The photos I can submit for stock photography and with some luck make another 50 cents ..
I know it sounds tiny but these extra cents add up and if by the end of the year they become $50 or $100 or maybe a little modest single paycheque covering a week of living and this is a welcome boost to my budget, created by you enjoying a recommendation I made, and it doesn’t cost you a anything!

BELOW is the UK links section

Everything Below is in need of some time invested to make it pretty!

I will use this page mainly to link to my favourite things in the world!

It’s mid-August, I DID get that camera and this amazing portrait lens Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Fixed Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras This is for the US store where I’ got the lens from.

If you would like a link for the UK here it is: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR f/1.8G ED Lens – 85 mm

• My next camera upgrade will be this – In fact we are buying it THIS week!: Nikon D750 24-85 / 3.5-4.5 AF-S G ED VR ( 24.93 MP,3.2 -inch LCD )  I am not 100 sure yet when I can upgrade but until I do I am going to be in a bit of a professional career waiting loop.. The sooner I can make the leap the better. It is ok that my dream camera is a Canon at the moment and that I am sticking with Nikon. Nikon has seen me through a lot of learning! I did a lot of research and the Nikon D750 24-85 / 3.5-4.5 AF-S G ED VR ( 24.93 MP,3.2 -inch LCD )” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Nikon D750 will let me work at higher end than my current kit will allow me to. I think I will be happy!

I will need to update my memory cards, get a couple with faster writing speed than I have now and it would be great to get a 125 GB one but the price is eye watering so I will most likely settle for this one for filming SanDisk Extreme PRO 64 GB up to 300MB/s UHS-II Class 10 U3 SDXC Memory Card and this one when taking photos and not needing as much speed (this is so much cheaper!): SanDisk Extreme PRO 64 GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card – Standard Packaging  and then I will still need one more card to make use of the dual card slot facility on the Nikon D750, the compact flash cards.. Gosh photography is an expensive business! Crazy! SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB 160 MB/s CompactFlash Memory Card – Black/Gold/Red

• My current dream camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera (Body Only) But not the camera that I will own any time soon.


My yoga mat (US link) Manduka PROLite Yoga Mat (USA)

My yoga mat (UK link)  Manduka Prolite Yoga Mat (UK)

Meine Yoga Matte / Germany: Manduka PROlite® Yogamatte

Yoga Blocks USA link Manduka Recycled Foam Yoga Block (USA)

Yoga Blocks UK link Manduka Recycled Foam Yoga Block (UK)

Yoga Blocks Germany link: Manduka Foam Block

I also have the cork yoga blocks Manduka Cork Yoga Block (USA) & Manduka Cork Yoga Block (UK)


My favourite book that I read last year: Portrait in Sepia written by Isabelle Allende. It completely hooked me, maybe in part because it features San Francisco and the story of immigrants!

One of my favourite books of all time: The Glass Palace by Amitav Gosh


Explaining these links a little more: Some of these links will help me earn a little trickle income if you follow them and out of genuine interest make a purchase. I will not offer affiliate links to something that I personally have no interest in or that I find questionable. So when I tell you that I would love to be able to afford the newest Canon Camera to which these words will form a link to take you to Amazon (UK)  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera (Body Only)  then this really is a camera that I would LOVE to afford. If you can afford it and happen to wish to buy it, too: then if you use this link to land on the Amazon page and then purchase your dream camera while there then I get a mini percentage as a sort of advertiser fee (Amazon assumes that you might have not made a purchase without my link, this is why I receive a reward for sending you to their page) while it doesn’t cost you even a penny more.

Wireless headset microphone that I will need for Language lessons & live streaming yoga sessions: (UK link) MeoMe Wireless Microphone Headset Speaker 2.4G Voice Amplifier Loudspeaker with 40m Stable Wireless Transmission Speakers for Teaching Meeting Tour Guide

Data Storage is slowly taking over my life.. So I can never have enough of these hard drives. I tend to get the 2 TB ones rather than 3 or 4, I am not sure that I have a good enough reason for this.. Ultimately it means double the hard drives laying around. (UK LINK).

WD 2 TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive, USB 3.0