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 flights just seem like warm-ups for the real thing. I’ve done about four […]

November 30, 2011 Continue reading…

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 the fresh mountain air. Away from the dull and gray chaos […]

November 28, 2011 Continue reading…

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 all to see, enjoy and talk about. Sculpture by the […]

November 24, 2011 Continue reading…

#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 Pacific Ocean, sporting an anti-jellyfish-sting suit—I had […]

November 22, 2011 Continue reading…

#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 comfort I offered to the muscled, tattooed English man who […]

November 21, 2011 Continue reading…

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 lots of yoga breathing because it is out of my control. Hates: getting soaked in […]

November 17, 2011 Continue reading…

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 industrial, it wasn’t at the top of my list for places […]

November 17, 2011 Continue reading…