November 2011

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 seemed like something out of a fairy tale. Melbourne is one […]

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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 of those places where you simply can’t […]

November 11, 2011 Continue reading…

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 city skyline providing a background of contrasts. A remnant of Victorian-era morality, the 82 bathing […]

November 9, 2011 Continue reading…

The beauty in saying goodbye, and looking forward

I’ve never been one for goodbyes. In social situations, I’m notorious for pulling a Cinderella and simply disappearing into the night without a word. Whether I’m dead sober or sloppy drunk, I just hate going through the social protocol and saying a proper goodbye. I’d rather skip the awkward hug and excuses, and leave. The […]

November 7, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Spring Racing Carnival is when Melbourne wakes up from a sleepy winter, puts on its nicest fascinator and heads outside to sip champagne in the sunshine. While Melbourne Cup is the biggest event of the year–falling on the first Tuesday of November, it’s a public holiday in Victoria–there are a number of horse races throughout […]

November 3, 2011 Continue reading…

What I love (and hate) about Australia

When the sun is shining, when I’m sipping a latte with perfectly frothed milk, when I’m watching the sun set over St Kilda beach–I think, I could stay here forever. I could live here. I could raise a family and have a career and own a dog here. I could be happy here. I am […]

November 2, 2011 Continue reading…