August 2011

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 you know what doesn’t help summer envy? Visiting coastal towns […]

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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 keep the roof over my head. My […]

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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 to remedy my ignorance about Malaysian culture, other than […]

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Postcard from Melbourne Open House

If there’s one thing I love about Melbourne, it’s that there is always something on. Last weekend, it was Melbourne Open House, a celebration of architecture in the cultural capital of Australia. 75 buildings opened up for the public to explore: beautiful churches, sustainable rooftop gardens, historic state buildings. The State Library of Victoria: it’s […]

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