The perfect public transportation system

One of my most un-American (even more so, un-Californian) tendencies is how much I love public transportation. I was stoked to buy my first car at 16 (I’d been saving virtually all my Christmas and birthday money since I was 12), but the initial joy and sense of independence slowly wore off. Traffic, repairs and […]

April 7, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Santa Cruz

Whenever friends from home ask me about my life in St Kilda, I describe it as a beachy and laid-back suburb right outside of ultra-cool and urban Melbourne–like a Santa Cruz that’s a 20-minute tram ride from the center of the city, to put it in Northern California terms. While I miss Whole Foods, seals […]

April 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the birthday love

I spend a good chunk of my time reading in the sunshine, whether on a park bench, on the beach or in a cafe courtyard. Every so often, I close my eyes, take a deep breath, soak up the Vitamin D and smile to myself: this is my life. Sure, I might be “just a […]

April 2, 2011 Continue reading…

The Australian alcohol culture conundrum

When a gaggle of Australian backpackers tumbled into a European hostel, I knew they were in for a loud and drunken evening. Young Australians love to travel—and history and culture aren’t often at the top of their to-do list. Attractive young Aussies have acquired quite the reputation for starting parties and frequenting pub crawls on […]

March 31, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from downtown Sydney

While Sydney is synonymous with surfers and sunshine, it’s also the thriving business capital of Australia. The Central Business District (commonly known as the CBD) is nestled right in the heart of Sydney: next to The Rocks and Chinatown, a few steps from the Sydney Opera House and conveniently located right behind Circular Quay (where […]

March 30, 2011 Continue reading…

Welcome to Melbourne: a review of The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is widely renowned as not only one of the best hostels in Melbourne–and it lives up to its reputation. I read about The Greenhouse in Lonely Planet and was also recommended by a friend who stayed there for a few months while working in Melbourne. Thus, my expectations were high–but The Greenhouse completely […]

March 28, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the St Kilda view

Every day that I look out my window, I feel a little surge of glee. From my bed, I can spot palm trees, a roller coaster and the Port Phillip Bay (although I prefer to just think of it as the ocean). It feels like all my childhood dreams come true–especially since the waves in […]

March 26, 2011 Continue reading…