What’s Keeping Us Inspired To Travel During Covid

Written on Friday, September 11, 2020 by What's Keeping Us Inspired To Travel

What we are reading

  • Traveller.com.au
  • Travels with Nina = Blog by Nina Karnikowski – great reads on Africa
  • Gourmet Traveller
  • Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant – Owen Beddall
  • Sunday Times Travel Magazine
  • Just Kids – Patti Smith set in New York
  • Escape Magazine
  • The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons – set in St Petersburg in 1945 and how St Petersburg ‘survived’ WWII
  • Cross Stich/Outlander Book Series – Diana Gabaldon – yes that’s the Scottish TV Show, it was based on a set of books which are a great read
  • Spin the Bottle – Monica McInerney – a woman is called back to Ireland to run her aunt’s B&B for 12 months – easy read and very cute

What we are watching

  • Jack Whitehall’s – Travels With My Father – Netflix – This a great laugh, I think his dad does pretty well.
  • Films For Change (subscription) – Down To Earth –  Great story of a family’s 5 year journey around the world
  • Cruising with Jane McDonald
  • Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown – SBS – The last series he was working on, fantastic watch
  • Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook – SBS – Fun in the sun and great food
  • The Worlds Most Scenic Rail Journeys  – SBS – Brilliant, especially the one with Bill Nighy
  • Great Asian Railway Journeys  – SBS –
  • Ainsley’s Australian Market Menu – SBS – he travels around Australia visiting markets and using the local produce to create delicious meals
  • Gino’s Italian Escape – SBS – lots of energy and great food
  • Two Greedy Italians – SBS – so many laughs, they are both very cheeky
  • Thai Street food with David Thompson – SBS
  • Coastal Railways with Julie Walters – 7 Plus
  • Joanna Lumley Japan – Foxtel UKTV – wonderful series, can also look at her Silk Road Adventure and India.
  • Around The World By Train with Tony Robinson – we love our trains
  • Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul – beautiful man, such a wonderful way to learn about places. Also watching his French series
  • Flintoff’s Great British Road trip – SBS
  • Gordon, Gino and Fred – 7 plus
  • Top End Wedding – Northern Territory – Great way to see a lot more of outback Australia and a great story as well
  • Orangutan Jungle School – Stan  – filmed in Borneo, it’s an orphanage for baby orangutan’s!

What we are eating

  • Serbian Gibanica – a traditional cheese & pastry dish made with Feta cheese & Filo Pastry, similar to Greek Tiropita or Turkish Burek. This was my favourite dish growing up – Jacqueline
  • Pad Thai – Elise
  • Mahalia’s progressive international ISO dinner – Where the food progressed, and the diners didn’t. Mahalia’s course – Moroccan Tagine.
  • Indian Curry – Aloo Gobi – Memories of Delhi – Jedda
  • French date night – highlight of ISO – Ruth – Entrecote – 3 course steak with famous green sauce, delivered with candle, Wine, and music.
  • Homemade Chicken Karaage with Kewpie mayonnaise  – Santo’s memories of  Takayama Japan
  • Citrico -Dave’s Argentinian feast – loved the empanadas
  • Triakosia – A little taste of Greece – the best char grilled octopus
  • Delicious chicken in Pandan leaves for Dave from Jinda Thai
  • Maha night at Dave’s with amazing Turkish beef dumplings
  • Mahalia’s homemade Sicilian caponata –  memories of Ortigia
  • Movida at home – A little taste of Spain for Kelli
  • Emma’s Father’s Day  homemade French banquet present – from Terrine and French onion soup, Coq au Vin and Cassoulet to finish with his favourite Creme Brulee.
  • Atlas Dining – Kelli’s family dine around the world at home
  • Kelli’s home made Greek feast – marinated butterfly lamb with Greek Salad, dips and pita bread.

What we are listening to

  • Spotify – French Girl playlist – great to play whilst sitting at the computer
  • Spotify – So Frenchy So Chic -pour yourself a glass of Rose and dream away
  • Buena Vista Social Club – If you haven’t seen the movie do so, the music is wonderful
  • Spotify – Latin Guitar
  • My Life in France – Julia Childs – Audio books
  • A Walk in The Woods – Bill Bryson – Audio books
  • Women Who Travel – Conde Nast Traveler podcast
  • Flight of Fancy – In conjunction with Intrepid travel  – podcast

What we are drinking

  • Margaritas – reminding Mahalia of Guanajuato Mexico
  • Jedda’s reminiscing of her time in Samburro Kenya and trying her hand  at Dawa
  • Emma’s homesick for Capetown and adding a little Amarula to her coffee (not in the mornings)
  • Whisky Mac – created by the British while in India – featuring ginger wine
  • Dave’s dreaming of a beer garden in Munich and drinking Ottinger German pilsner
  • Mahalia’s sampling various Malbec from Argentina – where she first found her love of red wine
  • Pimms and lemonade – great for a beautiful day in the garden, dreaming of Wimbledon
  • Carmenere – Ruth’s favorite from Chiloe Island in Chile
  • Memories of Nice and a little calvados cocktail
  • Kelli’s having a nice bottle of Sparkling from Tassie’s Tamar Valley to remind her of a trip there with friends


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