Postcard from donkey wheel house

During Melbourne Open House, I certainly didn’t choose buildings based on architecture or historical significance: it really depended on whether it had a rooftop garden or a cool-sounding name. The donkey wheel house sparked my interest in the latter. The donkey wheel house was originally the headquarters for Melbourne Trams; it has since become the site of […]

August 17, 2011 Continue reading…

Five iconic Australian sweets

I’ve always had quite a sweet tooth, much to the dismay of my dentist and any attempt I’ve ever made at a diet. I just can’t resist dessert!   Luckily, Australia has more than enough means to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ve fallen for homemade lamingtons and pavlovas, as well as the iconic Arnott’s biscuits. […]

August 16, 2011 Continue reading…

What’s in my travel first aid kit

Other than a couple of minor colds and a few brutal hangovers, I haven’t really gotten sick since I’ve been traveling or living abroad. I swear by a large daily dose of Vitamin C (an orange or a packet of Emergen-C), lots of water and regular exercise. However, I’ve learned that there are some things […]

August 13, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Portsea

I’m ready for it to be summer. Been ready, actually, since I left California in the dead of winter, had a few all-too-brief weeks of sunshine in Sydney, and then got hit with the gray skies and chilly winds of a Melbourne winter.   And you know what doesn’t help summer envy? Visiting coastal towns […]

August 10, 2011 Continue reading…

What the London riots made me realize

I realize that I’m extremely lucky. I was lucky enough to be born in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. My family is white and upper middle class and well-educated. I’ve never had to worry about my next meal or paying my bills or how to keep the roof over my head. My […]

August 9, 2011 Continue reading…

Introduction to Malaysian cuisine

I fully admit that I’ve never been a rock star at geography. But even I was a little embarrassed when a group of Malaysian students joined my Alliance Francaise class in Nice, and I couldn’t even begin to tell you where Malaysia was. I did little to remedy my ignorance about Malaysian culture, other than […]

August 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Melbourne Open House

If there’s one thing I love about Melbourne, it’s that there is always something on. Last weekend, it was Melbourne Open House, a celebration of architecture in the cultural capital of Australia. 75 buildings opened up for the public to explore: beautiful churches, sustainable rooftop gardens, historic state buildings. The State Library of Victoria: it’s […]

August 3, 2011 Continue reading…