My Mum’s Top Ten Travel List

traveltopten_mumToday for #TravelTuesday I asked my mum, who is currently staying with us, to come up wiht a a travel top ten list to share with you all.  This is what her top ten list looks like:


1. I like to meet people.
2. Trying new things to eat.
3. Laughing at family and friends who ask, “Why do you want to go there??”
4. Planning the trip months before I go. It’s half the fun. Getting ideas of where to go and what to do.
5. Browsing markets to see what people eat or what sorts of handcrafts they create.
6. Beautiful scenery that I’ve seen in photographs that I get to see for real.
7. I would rather travel than spend money on a flash car or jewelry. The car will get old. The jewelry could be lost or stolen. The travel memories stay with you.
8. Helping others plan travel. It’s neat when you can help.
9. Bringing home some fun travel trophies. Like embroidered pictures from Vietnam, tea from England, handmade jewelry from all over.
10. Meeting christians from other countries.

Pictured with my mum (on the left) in Snowdonia, Wales and at the Sonoita Vineyards in Arizona, USA.


Oceanside at the Jersey shore with my sons on our American holiday a couple of years ago.


In Belize in Central America.


With my sister, and fellow Third Culture Kid.


Enjoying life in a kayak.


With my mum back in 2004 in Thailand on Thailand’s Mother’s Day before we went to Cambodia together.


My mum at the Longhorn Grill in Amado, Arizona.


Q: Where do you want to go and why do you want to go? Let us know in the comments!



lookingadventure I am on the look for female travellers and/or expats who not only love looking for adventure by exploring the world but who also love to share their photos! If you feel this fits you please get in touch with me:

bonnie(at)bonnie-rose(dot)co(dot)uk   traveltuesdayspotlight-strasbourg Really love the city of Strasbourg and now heres a great list of three must dos while visiting this historic town.

Travel with Me


I would love to say I am traveling somewhere amazing this week.  However I tend to move to places that becomes the destination where friends and family want to come visit you so that they can also see the sights. Case in point the last three places my family has lived has been Brighton, England; Oahu, Hawaii; and Monterey, California.  While I may  not be packing my bags, a favourite person of mine is packing hers. Or at least I hope she is nearly packed for my mum is going to be here on Wednesday!  My boys have been counting down the days until Nonna arrives and Christmas celebrations can officially begin here in Bath, England.  While anticipating my mum’s arrival here is a photo from one of our trips together.  Pictured here with my mum and my father’s brother near Newark, NJ.  We had a fantastic time kayaking (one of my favourite hobbies) and catching up over lost time.




If you would like to come to Bath, why not read other bloggers posts who share about this beautiful town?  Including Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons blog.


Best and Worst Cruisines

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November’s themed #TravelTuesday post is brought to you by my lovely co-host Courtney of  Adelante blog: ‘Best and Worst Cuisines’.  As an avid lover of food myself, who loves to write blog posts about where to eat, I have been looking forward to this prompt all week.

From my nomadic upbringing I stand behind the fact that a great way to experience a new place is to try the food.  So with that I begin this post by sharing the worst cuisines I have tasted.  Do not worry I do not have instagram pics to share with this portion.   I do have a big tip when traveling: Eat where the locals eat.  By pass the resturants near tourist locations.  Ask locals where their favourite places are to eat.  Find those hole in the wall places off the beaten bath.  From experience I have tasted just how the ‘tourist traps’ water down their food for the tourist palate.  Not to mention the prices on said cruisines also go up.

The best cruisines. Honestly my eyes light up when I talk about places I have been and the subject of food is not far off from my lips.

  • There are the fresh strawberries I had when my family first arrived in Oslo, Norway.
  • The germknodel up on the slopes in Austria in between my snowboarding adventures.
  • The spaghetti and house wine at the resturant on the marina in Sorrento.
  • Mama’s Thai fried rice around the corner from where we taught English in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Those are certainly not the only best cruisines I have had around the world and I know they will not be the last. However the important fact to me is that they have been experienced.

For that reason I love to try new places in my backyard in my expat life to share with you to experience too.  Some of my favourites have been:


The Tiroler Hut, an Austrian restaurant in London, England


The Cosy Club here in Bath is where I love to escape for a cup of tea and brunch.

20131101-BRP_0188SMOutside Bath in Bradford on Avon is the Lock Inn cafe which I love for all the details while you eat food that satisfies the tastebuds.


Another must try place in Bradford on Avon is the Bridge Tea room.  My photos from this post were also featured on BuzzFeed with 21 Absolutely Charming Tea Rooms You Have To Visit Before You Die







Girl Gone International & Instagram

Welcome to #TravelTuesday and next week will be our next themed prompt!  Courtney has chosen it this month and it will be: “best and worst cuisines abroad” If you have not participated in our themed posts before, I will share a bit on how it works.  You take the theme and run with it.  We do a themed travel tuesday post once a month.  You do not have to do a themed post to still link up.  On the last Tuesday of every month you can hop around and see everyone who has written about the theme.  We love it because it is a great way to get out of the norm, break writer’s block, and can help bring us together on a subject in an interest we share. 

Today I wanted to share another aspect of Travel that I love to participate in and that is Girl Gone International’s Instagram.  With girls from around the world doing weekly take over’s you you never know what photos to expect to find on the photo feed.  It is proven to fuel that wanderlust and help you meet new travelers around the globe.

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There are now monthly photo a day challenges that are going on and you can participate too.  Do not feel like you have to share one photo EVERY day, but definitely share when you can. All you have to do is use the hashtag #girlgiphoto #girlgi and let us know what theme you are submitting the photo towards.  You may then see your photo highlighted as one our recaps for that day!    What are you waiting for…check out Girl Gone International on Instagram!

Caught up in the Whirlwind

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A year ago I was closing in on a year of blogging every day.  Every morning I sat down with my laptop to write and share photographs.  I had organized my week into themed days to give me a constructive outline of what to share with the world when.  I knew not everyone who came to my blog would read every day.  However with wanting to share the many facets of myself knew that what may not appeal to one reader on one day, may appeal to them on the next.  I spent quite a bit of time connecting with readers, who became friends, through various social media outlets.  I even got away from my computer and to blogging events and blates (blogger dates).

 Then in the late Spring of this year my presence online became quiet.  Which is not a new thing for my blog to experience.  A few times since the creation of it in 2005, have I had to step back for a while.  I honestly believe it can be the best thing for bloggers.  If you have ever had a blogging break than perhaps you understand.  I had not meant to be quiet for so long and time just kept getting away from me.

Caught up in the Whirlwind.

This is a term we use at work from the book The Four Disciplines of Execution.  It is a great visual about how we can easily lose sight on goals when trying to keep up with everything at once.  I have recently found myself much like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, swept up by everything going on. In the end it has left me feeling quite lost.

With unneeded stress in just one area of my life it has had a rippling effect on to all the others.   Reflecting on it all I felt as if it left me starving creatively. I had not picked up my DSLR camera in months. I had not written any stories, poems, and hardly any blog posts aside from the weekly #TravelTuesday linkup.  I have not devoted much time to art at home and work has been so busy with day-to-day clients. I feel like I have been grasping at anything to stay grounded.  In the last few months I Luckily had the opportunity of being in another theatre production, which gave me a lifeline to my creative spirit.  Yet my life and my schedule stayed ever busy and the whirlwind has just kept spinning.

Fast forward to about a month ago when I suffered a shoulder injury. Not sure how it happened but it impacted the whole length of my arm and has resulted in missing some time off of work. I would love to say that I have spent every moment of it writing for National Novel writing Month, doing yoga and mediation, taking photographs, and spending time with my family. However the lack of being able to use my arm fully, the pain, the fact that my family is at work/school it has been less on the side of a vacation from the whirlwind and more so like experiencing cabin fever.  I greatly look up to anyone who has to work through pain on a daily basis because it can be so deabilitating and frustrating to say the least.  I look forward to having a relaxing vacation in a sunny climate sometime in the future. But for now  I cannot wait to get back to work.  To get back into a better and healthier rhythm of life once again.  To have calmed down and tamed the whirlwind.

Off the cusp of this moment I have found the time to write out this post and share that I do miss writing here in this space.  The outlet and being able to connect with all of you has been something I have missed.  I more likely will not be blogging every day again at this moment.  I do aim to share more as I regain balance in my life once again.  Thank you for all the messages and for coming back to A Compass Rose again.

I am trying to touch base more often on Twitter/Facebook and you can always find me on Instagram and Pinterest as well.

New #TravelTuesday Cohosts!


Now is your chance to meet and check out the blogs of the lovely new co-hosts for #TravelTuesday who are living in Spain,  Czech Republic, and South Korea. Courtney blogs at Adelante, Cynthia blogs at Adventurings, and Yalanda blogs at Laugh Anyway.


Sharing an Instagram photo for this week as I play catch up with things going on around here.  The sun has definitely decided to give up the long summer we have had in England and the cold weather has returned.  However with the rain I have already seen amazing rainbows on two different days. Rainbows always remind me of my father, who passed away while we were living in Hawaii.  Despite the gloomy rainy sky, the rainbow just coloured the day full of hope and promises that the future can bring!