September 2011

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 city, I’m quite unaccustomed […]

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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.

September 7, 2011 Continue reading…

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 last time I had a Starbucks. I certainly haven’t had one in […]

September 5, 2011 Continue reading…

Re-imagining your worst case scenario

What’s the worst that could happen? One of the lessons that stuck with me from The Four-Hour Work Week was envisioning your worst-case scenario. Too often, we avoid change out of fear of the unknown. But if we rationally lay out our worst-case scenario, we’re able to make a decision based on facts, not fear. […]

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Postcard from ACDC Lane

Wandering in Melbourne may be one of my favorite activities. The city’s neatly ordered grid system makes it nearly impossible to get lost (and fondly reminds me of the A to Z by 1 to 16 grid of my hometown of Sacramento). However, the street art of myriad laneways and alleys spice up the straight […]

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