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October 2011

Finding inspiration in other’s stories: Swept and Travels with Myself and Another

"Solitude is all right with books, awful without," writes Martha Gellhorn, my latest literary/travel/life inspiration. The last two books I've read have featured ordinary women who have taken extraordinary journeys, women who inspire me to...
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Postcard from the walls of Hobart

The details of a place have always interested me more than a sweeping panorama: those are the rewards for paying attention, for actively searching your surroundings instead of complacently heading toward the next scenic vista. Hobart was full of the...
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The ups and downs of a six-month attention span

One of the most defining characteristics of Gen Y is its short attention span. We're a generation that's been raised with instant gratification, ever-faster and ever-better technology and an obsession with multi-tasking. I'm certainly no...
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Making friends: finding people just like me

It's funny how we gravitate to people just like us. It's a fact that I learned in social psychology--people are attracted to people like them, whether in friendship, work or relationships--but it's still shocking to think about its application in...
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Postcard from the streets of Wellington

Wellington is a crisp, clean city: laid-back, orderly, vibrant. It's easy to list the adjectives, but harder to capture the feeling: Wellington seems authentic, happy, sure of itself. The anti-authority graffiti that runs rampant in Paris, where the...
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What to do in Wellington

I wasn't sure what to expect heading to Wellington. I booked the trip on a whim: a sorority friend was living there, the USA was playing Australia in the Rugby World Cup on a Friday night, and the plane ticket was cheaper than going to the other side...
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Five things I learned about Malaysian food

A few months ago, I could barely place Malaysia on a map, much less define its cuisine. I had never step foot in a Malaysian restaurant or dared to try the Malaysian drinks that Asian students in Melbourne seemed to love. The Malaysia Kitchen...
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Postcard from Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

This is my perfect spring afternoon: sun shining, flowers blooming, an endless park of green lawns and ponds with ducks to feed and countless varieties of flowers and trees and ferns. My camera in hand, fully-charged iPod earbuds tucked in, good book...
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The zen of stand-up paddle boarding

Every time I've watched stand-up paddle boarders, I've thought that it can't be that hard and I've wondered what the appeal was. It doesn't seem as difficult as surfing or as exhilarating as snowboarding, yet it's become more and more popular on my...
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Postcard from Wellington waterfront

The Wellington waterfront is one of the city's sparkling attributes: skies that seem almost too blue stretch above glittering turquoise water. I meant to spent my day exploring museums, shops and photography exhibits in the city--but with the sun...
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