Places

Where to stay in Hobart: The Pickled Frog

I smiled to myself as I fiddled with the frog figurine on the check-in counter: my grandma is an avid collector of all things frog, and the mish-mash of figures throughout the reception area reminded me of her living room. The Pickled Frog in Hobart is a bit like that: it reminds you more of home, […]

September 20, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Hobart Harbour

The waterfront is one of the most gorgeous features of Hobart, the stretches of water reflecting either the clear blue skies or the intriguing cloud formations. Streteching along the city border, it’s filled with sailboats, yachts and fishing boats.    The harbour is impossible to miss while scoping out the highlights of Hobart: the city centre […]

September 15, 2011 Continue reading…

The highlights of Hobart

Hobart is less of a small big city, and more of a big small town. As I settled into the middle seat on my flight, the man to my left asked if I was heading home. Nope, just visiting, I replied a bit warily—after months of living in a big, bustling city, I’m quite unaccustomed […]

September 13, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard: Is it spring or is it love?

Spring has officially arrived in Melbourne: the sun is shining, flowers are blooming and love is in the air. Table for two, coming right up.

September 7, 2011 Continue reading…

Save Caffeine, and supporting small businesses

As I walked up Swanston Street the other day, I passed a Starbucks. Groups of Asian tourists and Australian teenagers clutched their icy coffee drinks in the trademark white and green takeaway cup on the sunny terrace, and I tried to remember the last time I had a Starbucks. I certainly haven’t had one in […]

September 5, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from ACDC Lane

Wandering in Melbourne may be one of my favorite activities. The city’s neatly ordered grid system makes it nearly impossible to get lost (and fondly reminds me of the A to Z by 1 to 16 grid of my hometown of Sacramento). However, the street art of myriad laneways and alleys spice up the straight […]

September 1, 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…