April 2011

Postcard from Hosier Lane

There are a lot of comparisons between Melbourne and Sydney, but one of my favorites is that Sydney is the hot girl while Melbourne is the one with a great personality. While Sydney has a striking harbour and gorgeous beaches–you know, that sort of obvious beauty–Melbourne has a network of hidden alleys and off-the-beaten-path lanes […]

April 13, 2011 Continue reading…

Surviving a solo trip to Ireland

Suzy Guese and I have a lot in common–that’s why we decided to travel through Barcelona and Valencia together on our way to La Tomatina. But we quickly noticed where we differed: she can read a bus map, prefers the shade and has a sarcastic reply to just about everything while I get bus anxiety, […]

April 12, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the busking love

Today’s photo was contributed by Backpacking Matt. Queenstown, New Zealand, might possibly be one of the most beautiful spots you could ever imagine placing a town. Imagine the greens of Ireland, the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps and the blues of alpine lakes and you’ll begin to understand what Queenstown brings to the table. I […]

April 10, 2011 Continue reading…

The perfect public transportation system

One of my most un-American (even more so, un-Californian) tendencies is how much I love public transportation. I was stoked to buy my first car at 16 (I’d been saving virtually all my Christmas and birthday money since I was 12), but the initial joy and sense of independence slowly wore off. Traffic, repairs and […]

April 7, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Santa Cruz

Whenever friends from home ask me about my life in St Kilda, I describe it as a beachy and laid-back suburb right outside of ultra-cool and urban Melbourne–like a Santa Cruz that’s a 20-minute tram ride from the center of the city, to put it in Northern California terms. While I miss Whole Foods, seals […]

April 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the birthday love

I spend a good chunk of my time reading in the sunshine, whether on a park bench, on the beach or in a cafe courtyard. Every so often, I close my eyes, take a deep breath, soak up the Vitamin D and smile to myself: this is my life. Sure, I might be “just a […]

April 2, 2011 Continue reading…