Postcard from Coogee Beach

After discovering Coogee Beach on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, it quickly became my favorite sunny day destination. The wide, sandy beach and refreshing-but-not-too-scary waves are the perfect antidote after an invigorating walk along the beach or a vegetarian lunch in the adorable town of Coogee.

April 21, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the Costa Rica love

Today’s photo was contributed by my Aunt Katie. She’s not only a huge supporter of my blog, regularly commenting on posts and replying by email, but a world traveler in her own right. She and my Uncle Jay travel regularly to tropical destinations to escape the Nebraska cold and indulge their love of scuba diving. […]

April 17, 2011 Continue reading…

As American as apple pie

It’s pretty easy to blend in as an American in Australia. There isn’t much culture shock, and it doesn’t really feel like I’m half-the-world away from home. After I went on a hunt to find a pie tin to make an apple pie from scratch and got hit with a craving for a proper cheeseburger, […]

April 15, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Hosier Lane

There are a lot of comparisons between Melbourne and Sydney, but one of my favorites is that Sydney is the hot girl while Melbourne is the one with a great personality. While Sydney has a striking harbour and gorgeous beaches–you know, that sort of obvious beauty–Melbourne has a network of hidden alleys and off-the-beaten-path lanes […]

April 13, 2011 Continue reading…

Surviving a solo trip to Ireland

Suzy Guese and I have a lot in common–that’s why we decided to travel through Barcelona and Valencia together on our way to La Tomatina. But we quickly noticed where we differed: she can read a bus map, prefers the shade and has a sarcastic reply to just about everything while I get bus anxiety, […]

April 12, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the busking love

Today’s photo was contributed by Backpacking Matt. Queenstown, New Zealand, might possibly be one of the most beautiful spots you could ever imagine placing a town. Imagine the greens of Ireland, the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps and the blues of alpine lakes and you’ll begin to understand what Queenstown brings to the table. I […]

April 10, 2011 Continue reading…

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…