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January 2012

Awesome hikes in South and Western Australia

The best way to get your heart pumping and blood flowing again after hours in the car crossing the Nullarbor? Head out for one of Australia’s awesome hiking opportunities: a brilliant way to squeeze in a workout, spot some wildlife up close and enjoy...
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The one with all the bedbug bites

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have recently been inundated with complaints about my bedbug-infested life. I apologize. I am an only child, and thus need someone to validate my discomfort. Don't worry, I waited until 6:01 a.m....
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Postcard from Eyre Highway

It’s easy to think the drive across the Nullarbor would be boring. It means “treeless plain” and the landscape can be a bit repetitive: it’s hundreds of kilometers between towns, service stations, even toilets. But on a clear day, the view...
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Why I loved living in St Kilda

When discussing suburbs in Melbourne, many people instantly discount St Kilda as being “full of backpackers.” With Luna Park and the beach being an undeniable tourist draw (and the rave reviews of Base Backpackers), it’s true that St Kilda does get...
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Adventures among the tree tops in Western Australia

Coming from just south of the California Redwood Forest and a place affectionately known as the “City of Trees”—Sacramento has more trees per capita than any other city in the world—I’m no stranger to tall tangles of bark and leaves. But even...
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The wise words of Kurt Nordstrom

Remember that quote about how you'll forget your nights out in college, but you won't forget who you spent them with? I think the same thing also applies to your classes: I might not remember the key terms in social psychology or the exact format of...
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Postcard from Fremantle

I expected to love Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle. Any space with craft beer is all right in my book, and waterfront location doesn't hurt either. However, I didn't expect to fall in love with the city's outdoor art--but between giant mermaids...
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10 pretty reasons to pop over to Perth

I had a feeling I was going to like Perth: I've got a thing for the west coast, and cities near the beach. Coming from California, it just feels right when the sun sets over the ocean. But I realized Perth has a lot more going for it than just...
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How I wear my memories: jewelry from around the world

I never thought I was much of a souvenir-collector on my travels—and then while completing my ABCs of travel, I noticed my jewelry case. About half of my pieces were foraged from my mom’s 1970s jewelry box, and the rest were bought abroad—in markets,...
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#11: Visiting the wombat rescue center

Wombats might be my new favorite Australian animal: soft, cuddly and incredibly cute. At the Wombat Fauna and Rescue in Ceduna, not only did I get to pet my first wombat--they're usually nocturnal and live in secluded holes--but I got to hold the...
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