Places

Defining Australian world-class culture

“New York City is where you go to make it,” said the producer of Masterchef, a popular cooking reality TV show, when asked why the show took finalists for a week in the Big Apple. It struck me as odd that in order to “make it,” Australians need to leave their own country. Australian culture […]

July 23, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard of ice skating at Bondi Beach

Winter in Australia: it’s ice skating on a beach, curling up with a hot chocolate in front of a fake fire, wearing a beanie and gloves when you barely need a jacket. It might not snow in Sydney, but that doesn’t stop Australians from embracing the Hollywood vision of a winter wonderland.   Growing up […]

July 20, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from 1000 Steps

Sometimes you just need a bit of time outdoors to clear your head. Hiking in the Dandenong Ranges was a great example of not needing a ton of travel money to see something beautiful: other than train fare, the experience was free! The 1000 Steps of the Kokoda Walk honors the Australian soldiers who followed […]

July 13, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Newtown

Taking advantage of cheap flights, I hopped up to Sydney a couple of weekends ago. I spent one gloriously sunny day exploring Newtown: a colorful and slightly off-beat suburb. I wandered through countless bookstores on King Street, searched for street art in alleyways and ate the most delicious African food for lunch. Winning.

July 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Sydney Tower

Sydney is a gorgeous city, thanks to its idyllic harbor location and year-round sunny skies. However, you tend to soak it up at ground level: terraced houses in Glebe, the iconic Bondi Beach, in the streets of downtown Sydney. It wasn’t until I zipped up to the top of Sydney Tower until I realized just […]

June 29, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Greece

In what seems like ages and ages ago, I made my first real-life friend via Twitter: you know, those people whose blog you fall in love with and with whom you engage in witty banter on Twitter, and then make that awkward-seeming online to offline transition.  I discovered Where My Heart Resides via the Sacramento PR […]

June 22, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard of St Kilda Skies

With my birthday trip to Cairns quashed as a result of a Tiger Airways flight cancellation, I was forced to spend the long weekend ruminating the value of travel insurance at home in St Kilda. Despite the cold, the sun came out and gorgeous cloud cover dotted the brilliant blue sky: perfect for a bundled-up […]

June 16, 2011 Continue reading…