March 2011

Share the Porto love

Today’s photo of Porto, Portugal was contributed by Candace Rardon. She loved the way the city was balanced on both sides of the River Douro and no matter where you wandered, you were never far from the river. After a late lunch, she sat along the riverbank and watched the sunset, struck especially by the […]

March 19, 2011 Continue reading…

Sydney on a budget

You know what no one ever tells you? Or, at least, what no one told me? Sydney (and most of Australia) is really freaking expensive. Sure, people might mention the outrageous cost of books ($25 for a new paperback or $50 for a Lonely Planet Australia) or the super-high minimum wage, but no one outright […]

March 17, 2011 Continue reading…

Video Postcard from Sydney Mardi Gras

I usually celebrate Mardi Gras with mass amounts of homemade crepes: Fat Tuesday is traditionally the last day to use up all your fat and sugar before Lent. The religious overtones of this day of feasting were cast aside at Sydney Mardi Gras 2011: it celebrates the gay and lesbian community with a flashy parade […]

March 16, 2011 Continue reading…

#2: Going Inside the Sydney Opera House

The Opera House seems to be the Eiffel Tower of Sydney: it’s the most recognized landmark in the city, the thing that you see upon arriving and think—Yes. I’m here. I got a little giddy as I spotted the trademark white, swooping arches as my plane landed in Sydney.

March 14, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the Antarctica love

Today’s photo of Port Lockroy, Antarctica was contributed by Marcello of Wandering Trader’s Travels. There is a British base there, which is one of the popular stops on most Antarctica cruises–including the world’s most southern post office! Perfect spot to send some postcards–and capture a postcard-worthy view.

March 12, 2011 Continue reading…

How to make new friends (and keep the old) while traveling

“I’m not friendly, but I am a good friend.” My girlfriends used to joke that my straightforwardness (OK, extreme bluntness and lack of a poker face) wasn’t exactly welcoming to newcomers. So when a regular at the Nice restaurant where I worked commented on my “genuine friendliness,” I almost couldn’t contain my laughter. But that’s […]

March 10, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Glebe

Once I booked my ticket to Sydney, I messaged an Australian girl who I had met on a bike tour in Munich a couple of years ago about grabbing a drink. In typical, full-on, Aussie friendliness, she first invited me on a trip to Thailand (that left the day after I arrived for two weeks)–and […]

March 9, 2011 Continue reading…