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Scott's European Adventure

I have worked at Ruddicks for just over four years specialising in tax and business services. In October 2012 I completed my Chartered Accountants qualification and that was when I thought now was the perfect time to go travelling.

As some of you will know I have recently returned from a 70 day European holiday. I took in some amazing parts of Europe, as well as fulfilling a life long dream to witness a test match at Lords (even though the result was not as I had hoped!). Over the journey I took in the sights of the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Greece/Greek Islands, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain. It was an amazing trip and some of the highlights were:

  • Southern Italy. Fantastic food, scenery and history as we explored Pompeii then moved onto Sorrento to base ourselves for trips to the Isle of Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Below is a photo from atop Capri.
  • Greek Islands. Now not to make anyone jealous but again the views were amazing and the people were very welcoming. We took in the islands of Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. Mykonos was an amazing place full of colour and a crazy nightlife. Paros was scenic and a lot quieter. We did a day sail where we simply explored little surrounding islands while tasting greek wine and having souvlaki cooked on a BBQ! Santorini had some of the most stunning views in the world (no offence Tassie). There was also a pub to catch a game of AFL which was appreciated!
  • Barcelona. Incredibly vibrant city even as it struggles with debt and unemployment. Very welcoming and plenty of sangria to boot!

The final highlight was at Lords. Whilst the cricket was not very enthralling we were lucky enough on the second day to have the Prime Minister of Great Britian David Cameron sit next to us for a session. Luckily it was a session we dominated and we had a great time! He was warm and very open to a bit of banter! To our surprise the next morning as we ate breakfast and checked the papers we found ourselves on the front page of the UK’s Daily telegraph celebrating a wicket. Later found that we had made it into several papers. As I was only five seats from the PM.

Finally thanks to Ruddicks for allowing me the opportunity to take extended leave at this time to really open my eyes to the world!



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