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November 2011

How to survive a long-haul flight

I realized I’d been in Australia too long when I dismissed the flight to Hawaii as “just 10 hours.” Before my 14-hour jaunt to Sydney, the longest flight I’d taken was nine hours to Europe from California. Now those cross-country and cross-Atlantic...
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The Blue Mountains: a sensory experience

The Blue Mountains is a flurry of activity for the senses, an expanse of natural beauty and real ingredients and small country towns. An easy drive from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, it’s a beautiful place to breathe in the relaxed lifestyle and...
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Postcard from Sculptures by the Sea

My favorite type of art isn't a classic painting or sculpture stuck in a museum, collecting dust and inviting glazed-over stares. It's art that sparks a discussion, art that makes you question whether it is art, art that is out in the public eye for...
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#3: Sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef

Confession: I don’t like open water, I hate getting my face wet, and my idea of a swim is to the other side of the pool for a glass of ice-cold pink lemonade. So when I found myself fighting seasickness, on a sailboat, in the middle of the...
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#4: Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef at Mission Beach

“Well, it’s not like you ever hear about people coming down and saying, that was awful, I absolutely hated it, right? And you’re bloody here, so you know you’re going to do it. What’s the point of being nervous?” Those were the kind words of...
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The week of road trips in the new Ford Focus

After selling my first (and only) car in February, I've been living a mostly-but-not-always-blissful life relying on public transportation in Melbourne. Likes: walking more, reading on the tram, not having to pay for gas or repairs, no road rage and...
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Postcard from Bellarine Peninsula

I have a weird habit of judging cities by their names. And since "Geelong" doesn't sound very pretty, and because all I knew about it was its AFL team (winners of this year's Grand Final!), its Ford factory and its reputation for being rather...
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The magic of Melbourne in a hot-air balloon

Every so often, I'd wake up to the sunlight streaming through my window and stretch out to see hot-air balloons rising up over the curve of the Luna Park roller coaster. Floating above the city, against a backdrop of the rising sun, the balloons...
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Peninsula Hot Springs: the ultimate relaxation destination

As I shrugged my shoulders beneath the hot water and took a deep breath of fresh air, I gazed at the lush green hills and sliver of blue bay on the horizon: this is living the dream, I thought. The hilltop pool at Peninsula Hot Springs is one...
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Postcard from Brighton Beach

Best known for its brightly-colored bathing boxes, the Dendy Street Beach in Brighton is one of Melbourne's favorite summer destinations. The stretch of sand curves along the aquamarine bay, with a rainbow of boxes, St Kilda pier and the Melbourne...
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