Life

Christine’s ABCs of travel

I’ll be offline–and sans chargers and my straightener!–this week as I camp across the Australian Outback with Nullarbor Traveller. Learn a bit more about my favorite travel memories while I’m gone, and forgive any delays in responding to comments, tweets or emails.  A: Age you went on your first international trip: 11 years old. I […]

December 19, 2011 Continue reading…

The sacrifices of solo travel

I always get a pang of envy when I see someone rubbing sunscreen on a partner’s back. It’s a simple gesture of intimacy, trust, utility. It’s a reminder that not only am I alone, I will also have a splotchy and sunburned upper back in a few hours from the spots that are just impossible […]

December 5, 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…

Finding inspiration in other’s stories: Swept and Travels with Myself and Another

“Solitude is all right with books, awful without,” writes Martha Gellhorn, my latest literary/travel/life inspiration. The last two books I’ve read have featured ordinary women who have taken extraordinary journeys, women who inspire me to push beyond my comfort zone.

October 31, 2011 Continue reading…

The ups and downs of a six-month attention span

One of the most defining characteristics of Gen Y is its short attention span. We’re a generation that’s been raised with instant gratification, ever-faster and ever-better technology and an obsession with multi-tasking. I’m certainly no exception. I have an infamously short attention span and inability to focus on any one thing for too long. I […]

October 26, 2011 Continue reading…

Making friends: finding people just like me

It’s funny how we gravitate to people just like us. It’s a fact that I learned in social psychology–people are attracted to people like them, whether in friendship, work or relationships–but it’s still shocking to think about its application in real life. My friends at home are all remarkably similar to me: while there might […]

October 24, 2011 Continue reading…

Graffiti: street art or simply vandalism?

Over the past year or so, I’ve fallen in love with street art. Unlike the white-washed, pristine feel of Nice, the twisting alleyways of Marseille, Lyon and Paris were covered with neon tags, stenciled social commentary and gorgeous murals. I remember wandering those cities with my camera, excited because I never knew what would lie […]

August 29, 2011 Continue reading…