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September 2011

Postcard from Rugby World Cup

When I found out the Rugby World Cup was in Wellington (a mere three-hour flight away from Melbourne) and that a sorority friend from university was living in Wellington at the moment, I just couldn't resist a weekend away. My first national sporting...
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People or places: why do you travel?

Why I travel—why I click the “buy” button on an airline website and watch my hard-earned money float away, endure crack-of-dawn wake-up calls and late-night taxi rides, why I gladly suffer through jet lag and customs forms and currency...
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Postcard from Mount Wellington

On a clear day, you can see half of Tasmania from the peak of Mount Wellington. But, as my guide joked, if you don't like the weather in Tasmania, just wait 10 minutes. If you're wearing comfortable shoes, packed some extra layers and want to...
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Where to stay in Hobart: The Pickled Frog

I smiled to myself as I fiddled with the frog figurine on the check-in counter: my grandma is an avid collector of all things frog, and the mish-mash of figures throughout the reception area reminded me of her living room. The Pickled Frog in...
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My list of solo travel joys

It’s the awkward curse of the only child: I often prefer being alone, a good book as my company. I love hanging out with my friends, but I also like nights in with a favorite movie and a glass of wine, an early morning run, an afternoon at a café...
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Spotlight on Malaysian seafood specialities

I've come along way from my fish-fearing childhood, a time when I threw a fit whenever trout or salmon was announced as that night's healthy main course. I've even progressed from my teenage years, where I reveled in my grown-up-ness while ordering...
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Postcard from Hobart Harbour

The waterfront is one of the most gorgeous features of Hobart, the stretches of water reflecting either the clear blue skies or the intriguing cloud formations. Streteching along the city border, it's filled with sailboats, yachts and fishing...
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The highlights of Hobart

Hobart is less of a small big city, and more of a big small town. As I settled into the middle seat on my flight, the man to my left asked if I was heading home. Nope, just visiting, I replied a bit warily—after months of living in a big, bustling...
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Postcard: Is it spring or is it love?

Spring has officially arrived in Melbourne: the sun is shining, flowers are blooming and love is in the air. Table for two, coming right up. 4838...
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Save Caffeine, and supporting small businesses

As I walked up Swanston Street the other day, I passed a Starbucks. Groups of Asian tourists and Australian teenagers clutched their icy coffee drinks in the trademark white and green takeaway cup on the sunny terrace, and I tried to remember the...
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