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January 2012

Postcard from the best beaches in Australia

I'm having trouble finding the words to describe the beaches of Cape Le Grande. Perfect seems a bit too cliché, but honestly, each little grain of sand is so perfectly spherical that it squeaks when you walk. Seriously. And each perfectly spherical...
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City girl works on farm: a week WWOOFing at Coodlie Park

Let's make one thing very clear: I am a city girl. I have sworn to always live within five minutes from a grocery store (because I am also that girl who goes grocery shopping for milk and leaves with a full cart minus the milk), twenty minutes from a...
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Vegemite: less is more, but a bit is delicious

When it comes to Vegemite, less is more. Seriously. Too many non-Australians come down under, smear a heap of Vegemite on toast like it’s sugary sweet Nutella, and then wrinkle up their nose in disgust and spit out a spoonful of perfectly good...
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The adventures of Xtreme Xtine

After a particularly bad-ass left-handed goal, I was given the nickname “Xtreme Xtine” as a rookie playing lacrosse at California State University, Chico. At the time, I was anything but extreme: despite my love of a sport that left me with a few...
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Postcard from Koonalda Homestead

The Koonalda Homestead is an eerie place, a wide stretch of empty land suddenly littered with cars that sputtered to a stop in the middle of the Nullarbor in the 1950s. Originally a sheep shearing station, the Gurney family also established a fuel...
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#8: Seeing Australian wildlife in the wild

Forget the Sydney Opera House. Does Australia get any more iconic than kangaroos on the beach? One of the items on my Australia bucket list was to spot some kangaroos and koala bears--in other words, get up close and personal with Australian...
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Nullarbor Traveller: where the journey IS the experience

In 10 days, I swam with sea lions and dolphins, climbed a 52-meter tree, sunbathed with kangaroos on whiter-than-snow sand beaches, crossed the longest straight road in Australia and drove more than 3,000 kilometers (or 1,800 miles). I fell asleep...
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