August 2011

Graffiti: street art or simply vandalism?

Over the past year or so, I’ve fallen in love with street art. Unlike the white-washed, pristine feel of Nice, the twisting alleyways of Marseille, Lyon and Paris were covered with neon tags, stenciled social commentary and gorgeous murals. I remember wandering those cities with my camera, excited because I never knew what would lie […]

August 29, 2011 Continue reading…

How to turn study abroad regret into a positive

For my college graduation, my uncle gave me a book of daily inspirational quotes. As I settled into the post-grad life of my dreams–job at a top PR firm, serious boyfriend, great network of friends, studio apartment all to myself–I read one chapter each night before bed. There was one chapter that I was never […]

August 28, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the State Library of Victoria

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the library. The quiet organization mingles with a sense of possibility: everything has its place, but you never know what might be waiting for you. I’m still secretly thrilled every time I check a book out of the library: hours of entertainment, and for free! After […]

August 25, 2011 Continue reading…

#1: Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The last weekend I was in Sydney, the sun was shining and I had an afternoon to myself with nothing to do. I strapped on my walking shoes–OK, I tossed on a pair of flipflops and my sunglasses–and trekked from Paddington to the CBD to the Rocks, and finally, to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in […]

August 23, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from donkey wheel house

During Melbourne Open House, I certainly didn’t choose buildings based on architecture or historical significance: it really depended on whether it had a rooftop garden or a cool-sounding name. The donkey wheel house sparked my interest in the latter. The donkey wheel house was originally the headquarters for Melbourne Trams; it has since become the site of […]

August 17, 2011 Continue reading…

Five iconic Australian sweets

I’ve always had quite a sweet tooth, much to the dismay of my dentist and any attempt I’ve ever made at a diet. I just can’t resist dessert!   Luckily, Australia has more than enough means to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ve fallen for homemade lamingtons and pavlovas, as well as the iconic Arnott’s biscuits. […]

August 16, 2011 Continue reading…

What’s in my travel first aid kit

Other than a couple of minor colds and a few brutal hangovers, I haven’t really gotten sick since I’ve been traveling or living abroad. I swear by a large daily dose of Vitamin C (an orange or a packet of Emergen-C), lots of water and regular exercise. However, I’ve learned that there are some things […]

August 13, 2011 Continue reading…