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Living La Pura Vida in Costa Rica: A Wet Wednesday in Arenal

There are worse places to spend a wet Wednesday than in and around Arenal...and if you're already wet from the rain then an afternoon at the swim-up bar and an evening at the hot springs sound like a wonderful idea! …

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Living la Pura Vida in Costa Rica: Arrival, Activities and Arenal

It's our first full day in Costa Rica on the TUI Grand Tour, and it's all about meeting our "Pura Vida Family", staying in the shadow of an active volcano, and combating jetlag by throwing ourselves down a river in an inflatable donut...…

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10 years on…A wedding story

It's ten years today since Mr Fletche and I wed... time to reminisce about one of the best days of my life. Soppy post alert...…

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The Essential Long-Haul Airplane Kit

Which items are first in your hand luggage on a long-haul trip? Here are the things that A Brummie Home and Abroad won't travel without! (Contains affiliate links)…

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Theatre Review: Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages is a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the days when big hair, eyeliner and tight trousers were the norm. And that was just the men...…

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The Green House Pub: A New Look and Menu for Winter

This week we were invited to visit the newly refurbished The Green House pub in Sutton Coldfield. Open to the public from Saturday 10th November here's what we thought of the new look and seasonal menu Please note this review is #sponsored and we received complimentary food and drink in exchange for an honest opinion…

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Theatre Review: Dirty Dancing

In the most obvious cliche ever Ma Lee and I had the time of our lives watching Dirty Dancing at the Alexandra Theatre...…

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Date Night at the Jekyll & Hyde (where gin has ALWAYS been fashionable)

Bitter ‘n Twisted kindly invited Mr Fletche and I to sample the Jekyll and Hyde’s new autumn cocktail menu. The night before a wedding. Potential hangover awaits.…

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A Package Tour: Why we’re taking the easy option for Costa Rica

We wanted our 10th wedding anniversary trip to be stress-free, so we've gone against our usual independent instincts and booked our upcoming Costa Rica trip as a package tour...…

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24 hours in Rotterdam: A Brummie Home and Abroad City Guide

Rotterdam deserves so much more than 24 hours, but what if that's all the time you have? Don't worry, you can hit all the main sights in just a single day!…

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So what IS a Brummie?

Welcome to my World!

I’m Emmalene, a 40 something with a passion for travel, theatre, food, drink and the occasional accidental hike! I’m a born-and-bred Birmingham native so expect lots of Brum content on here too…

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