Victoria

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 its fair share of foreigners. But as a Working Holiday-er who lived in St […]

January 24, 2012 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…

The week of road trips in the new Ford Focus

After selling my first (and only) car in February, I’ve been living a mostly-but-not-always-blissful life relying on public transportation in Melbourne. Likes: walking more, reading on the tram, not having to pay for gas or repairs, no road rage and lots of yoga breathing because it is out of my control. Hates: getting soaked in […]

November 17, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Bellarine Peninsula

I have a weird habit of judging cities by their names. And since “Geelong” doesn’t sound very pretty, and because all I knew about it was its AFL team (winners of this year’s Grand Final!), its Ford factory and its reputation for being rather industrial, it wasn’t at the top of my list for places […]

November 17, 2011 Continue reading…

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 […]

November 14, 2011 Continue reading…

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…