April 2011

#6: Whine less, drink wine more

I’ve grown up in a wine-friendly family. My grandfather was a wine connoisseur who wrote an annual catalog of recommendations for colleagues, friends and family. My mom and grandma swear by one glass of wine a night—although my mom prefers white and Mimi won’t touch anything but red (and the occasional glass of pink champagne). […]

April 30, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is often billed as the most scenic drive in the world–and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The route winds alongside crushing waves, white sand beaches and quaint seaside towns with jaunts through dense, greener-than-green rainforest and rolling hillsides dotted with cows and crops.I had a brief foray into driving on the left […]

April 28, 2011 Continue reading…

Anzac spirit, unity and biscuits

Australia and New Zealand often tend to be lumped together in the upper hemisphere’s mind: those two beautiful countries down under that rarely make the world news. They don’t start wars, they don’t have massive protests or reforms; basically, they don’t get into trouble. I woke up bright and early on Anzac Day to attend […]

April 26, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the Tongariro love

Today’s photo was contributed by Simon of Ozawapi. Considered one of the best day treks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing lives up to its reputation. It’s an outstanding hike across dramatic volcanoes on New Zealand’s North Island. Peter Jackson picked this place to shoot the Lord of the Rings movies. We chose it to get great […]

April 23, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Coogee Beach

After discovering Coogee Beach on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, it quickly became my favorite sunny day destination. The wide, sandy beach and refreshing-but-not-too-scary waves are the perfect antidote after an invigorating walk along the beach or a vegetarian lunch in the adorable town of Coogee.

April 21, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the Costa Rica love

Today’s photo was contributed by my Aunt Katie. She’s not only a huge supporter of my blog, regularly commenting on posts and replying by email, but a world traveler in her own right. She and my Uncle Jay travel regularly to tropical destinations to escape the Nebraska cold and indulge their love of scuba diving. […]

April 17, 2011 Continue reading…

As American as apple pie

It’s pretty easy to blend in as an American in Australia. There isn’t much culture shock, and it doesn’t really feel like I’m half-the-world away from home. After I went on a hunt to find a pie tin to make an apple pie from scratch and got hit with a craving for a proper cheeseburger, […]

April 15, 2011 Continue reading…