October 2011

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 in bag. Flowers are the one thing that I never tire of photographing, […]

October 12, 2011 Continue reading…

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 favorite beaches in Maui, Orange County and St Kilda. I finally decided […]

October 10, 2011 Continue reading…

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 shining and a rare no-wind day forecast for “windy Wellington” I scrapped my original plan and […]

October 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Thank you, David Walsh: The MONA experience

As I left the Museum of Old and New Art, cruising down the Derwent River in the sunshine, the first thought to cross my mind: even if the rest of Hobart is absolutely awful (thankfully, it had its highlights), this was totally worth it. When’s the last time a museum left you feeling that fulfilled? […]

October 5, 2011 Continue reading…

The five essentials for the AFL experience

I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of Australian Football League season, and instantly fell in love with “the footy.” Melbourne is AFL-mad, with more than half of the league’s 18 teams based in Victoria. Originally established as the Victorian Football League 1897, it’s only been known as the Australian Football League since 1989. The […]

October 3, 2011 Continue reading…