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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...
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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...
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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...
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#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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Postcard from Portsea

I'm ready for it to be summer. Been ready, actually, since I left California in the dead of winter, had a few all-too-brief weeks of sunshine in Sydney, and then got hit with the gray skies and chilly winds of a Melbourne winter.   And...
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What the London riots made me realize

I realize that I'm extremely lucky. I was lucky enough to be born in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. My family is white and upper middle class and well-educated. I've never had to worry about my next meal or paying my bills or how to...
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Introduction to Malaysian cuisine

I fully admit that I’ve never been a rock star at geography. But even I was a little embarrassed when a group of Malaysian students joined my Alliance Francaise class in Nice, and I couldn’t even begin to tell you where Malaysia was. I did little...
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