Australia

Postcard from Rottnest Island

It’s hard to believe that the paradise-like Rottnest Island was once an Aboriginal prison, an internment camp and a military fortress. However, some forward-thinking tourism official saw the light and the island was turned into an A-class nature reserve and holiday destination in 1917. With no cars or pets allowed, Rottnest Island is overrun with […]

December 29, 2011 Continue reading…

The Down Under edition comes to an end

Nothing in Australia went how I meant it to go. But, then again, I suppose it’s worked out better than I could have imagined. Either way, everyone said it would “change my life” (whatever that’s supposed to mean–doesn’t every day change your life?) and I suppose it has. First, I didn’t plan on staying in […]

December 25, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the streets of Hobart

A small-town capital, Hobart is a city that shuts down squarely at 5 p.m.  The crisp peak of Mount Wellington overlooks the city’s sparkling harbour, with the tidy streets of the CBD propped in neat squares and right angles in between.                           You would […]

December 22, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Cockatoo Island

Sydney often seems too shiny and new to harbor any past secrets. However, a visit to Cockatoo Island is a sunshine-infused reminder of the city’s convict and industrial past. And not a bad place to have a beer with a view, either… A former imperial prison and once Sydney’s biggest shipyard, the prison buildings of […]

December 14, 2011 Continue reading…

7 Reasons why it’s Radelaide

Adelaide, the glorious little capital of South Australia, is constantly overshadowed by its bigger, better counterparts. Sydney with its beaches, Melbourne with its culture, Perth with its sunsets. But this “big country town” is a bit underrated, if not off the radar of most travelers. A popular jumping off point for overland trips to Perth […]

December 11, 2011 Continue reading…

Outpost Project: the culture of Sydney street art

It’s no secret that I love Sydney, sunshine and street art. Throw all three together on a (kind of) deserted island, add in a bar and breakdancing, and you’ve got my perfect day. The Outpost Project is a rare chance to see a wide variety of street art in one location. The range of art […]

December 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the streets of Fitzroy

If I hadn’t lived in laid-back, beachy St Kilda, I would have lived in Fitzroy. The hipster cafes, the trendy bars, the crazy amount of vintage stores…and the street art. In the main roads, on the side streets, in the alleys: works of art with graffiti, posters, found objects are everywhere. It makes a simple […]

December 1, 2011 Continue reading…