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July 2011

Best ways to work, play and stay in France

I may be in Australia now, but France will always have a piece of my heart. My first taste of international travel was a trip to Paris and Provence with my mom when I was 11. I spent a summer in Provence when I was 16, a summer in Paris when I...
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Postcard from Grand Pacific Drive

My dislike for driving in general, compounded with my discomfort on the left side of the road, means that I'm generally stuck to seeing Australia by buses or trains. Every once in a while, however, an Australian takes pity on my car-less state and...
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The 80/20 rule of budget travel

I first learned about the Pareto principle in my university marketing courses: it states that roughly 80 percent of sales come from 20 percent of clients. The 4-Hour Work Week applied it to personal life as well: one thing that stuck with me is that...
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Defining Australian world-class culture

“New York City is where you go to make it,” said the producer of Masterchef, a popular cooking reality TV show, when asked why the show took finalists for a week in the Big Apple. It struck me as odd that in order to “make it,” Australians need to...
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Postcard of ice skating at Bondi Beach

Winter in Australia: it's ice skating on a beach, curling up with a hot chocolate in front of a fake fire, wearing a beanie and gloves when you barely need a jacket. It might not snow in Sydney, but that doesn't stop Australians from embracing the...
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Photography: the art of observation

There’s something about photography exhibits that I can't resist. Photographs move me in a different way than other art forms. Perhaps it’s because it’s not created as much as captured: while the individual photographer is important, so are...
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Postcard from 1000 Steps

Sometimes you just need a bit of time outdoors to clear your head. Hiking in the Dandenong Ranges was a great example of not needing a ton of travel money to see something beautiful: other than train fare, the experience was free! The 1000 Steps of...
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The joy of doing nothing

I've realized that I really hate doing stuff. I can usually handle one "touristy" thing a day: a tour, a museum, a historical site. After that, I'd rather just do a whole lot of nothing--in the best possible way. I'm starting to learn that...
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Turn off computer. Go outside.

I walk that fine line between “outdoors person” and “city girl.” Really, I’m neither of the two: born and raised in the suburbs, I’m most at home in a car, in a strip mall, in a parking lot, in a cookie-cutter house with a pool in the...
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Postcard from Newtown

Taking advantage of cheap flights, I hopped up to Sydney a couple of weekends ago. I spent one gloriously sunny day exploring Newtown: a colorful and slightly off-beat suburb. I wandered through countless bookstores on King Street, searched for...
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