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The question people most often ask me about living in Lithuania is whether or not I miss Ireland. My answer is always the same – it’s not so much Ireland that I miss, but my family and friends. There are other things I miss occasionally, like the music and craic in a good Irish pub or living near the sea and the abundance of fish & seafood that the sea provides. But mostly it’s my friends and family that I miss.

As it happens, I still had the same problem when I lived in Ireland because my sister (my only sibling) and her family live in Australia. Back when I had a good job I would take a month off work every other year and travel to Australia to see them. Given that they usually came to Ireland in the in-between years it was never too long between get-togethers.

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Now that I also live abroad, coordinating visits is more complicated. We met up in Ireland last September and she’s talking about going home again next summer. With small kids growing up at a rate of knots that’s just two damn long between meet-ups. So, budgeting and frugal lifestyle be damned, I’m going to Australia.

This time next week I will be in the air, winging my way across continents and oceans to see my big sister. I’m really looking forward to the trip. I’ve been to Australia a number of times before so I won’t be doing much of the touristy stuff. I will, however, be heading up the Blue Mountains to a homestead to go horse riding with the kids – something I’m seriously excited about. I am also looking forward to lots and lots of fish and seafood and Weekly Photo Challenge, lively markets. I’ll take lots of photos and tell you all about it when I get home.

The title is a nickname I have for my sister which I took from the song by America.

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  1. longchaps2 #

    I missed this post, so now I know what you have been doing for the past couple weeks. I hope you are having a FABULOUS time visiting with your sister and family and out riding some HORSES. Can’t wait to hear all about it and see the pictures. Enjoy!

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    July 8, 2015
    • Thanks Susan! I’m back since yesterday but still recovering from jet lag. Hope to have a post up before the weekend. The horses were fab – loved every minute of them.

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      July 8, 2015
      • longchaps2 #

        Welcome back. Sounds like a good time. Looking forward to hearing about it. I bet Arunas was happy to have you home again 🙂

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        July 8, 2015
  2. You’ll already have been here by the time I post this, so I hope you enjoyed your time in the beautiful Blue Mountains – my home 🙂

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    June 28, 2015
    • Thanks Livonne! We’re actually just heading up there tomorrow – I can’t wait!


      June 28, 2015
  3. Have a great trip! I’m looking forward to hearing how it went. Family is precious. Glad you have a chance to visit.

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    June 19, 2015
  4. smfarm #

    Horseback riding YESSSSSS! Have a great time!

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    June 15, 2015
    • It ain’t my forte, Julie, but I look forward to giving it a try! I got thrown as a kid and broke an arm and later I had serious back problems that prevented horse riding. I’m strong now, though, so I should be ok!


      June 15, 2015
  5. Have a fabulous break with your family June. Wish my own sis & her brood lived closer but at least they are bit nearer than Oz. Enjoy!

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    June 15, 2015
  6. Tania #

    Have a fab time….I will get a nice makrell for you tomorrow from the English market… But I may have to eat it for you also…..sorry

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    June 12, 2015
    • Thanks Tania! If you get that fish enjoy it – it’s one of my favourites!


      June 13, 2015
  7. Have a wonderful trip!

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    June 12, 2015
  8. Sister golden hair here…. can’t wait! In exchange for fresh fish for dinner every night, my skin (and blister) will be helping me manage 3 feral kids and organise my pantry and my paperwork. God love her! I too am super-excited about seeing a clan member – especially this particular clan member – down under.

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    June 12, 2015
    • Yeay – Sister Golden Hair! That actually sounds like a fair deal to me – AND I get to spend time with you lot. Getting there is the bit I’m I’m not looking forward to but I can’t wait to get there! x

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      June 12, 2015
  9. Bon voyage et bonne retrouvailles 🙂

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    June 12, 2015
  10. Holly #

    I have discovered as I get older just exactly how much my family means to me. Enjoy yourself.

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    June 12, 2015
    • Thanks Holly. There’s no one quite like family so we must enjoy them while we can.


      June 12, 2015
  11. Susan V #

    Good for you, June. I’m glad you will get to see your sister and her family. Kids’ do grow up so fast…Will you be gone a month or just a couple weeks? Take lots of pics and we’ll meet up after you return.

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    June 12, 2015
    • I’m just going for 2 weeks, Susan – there’s too much going on here to be gone for longer. We’ll definitely have to meet up when I get back,


      June 12, 2015
  12. Have a wonderful trip 🙂

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    June 12, 2015
  13. Have a wonderful trip!

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    June 12, 2015
  14. Who’s going to keep Cockanova in check??? …I see trouble ahead…

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    June 12, 2015
    • Arūnas is staying home – unfortunately the ole self-sufficient budget doesn’t cover two tickets. He’ll be sure to keep Casanova in his place!


      June 12, 2015

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