Melbourne

Australia: I miss you. Here’s why.

There’s  still a little bit of me that still feels like Australia is the one that got away. There’s a lingering heartache, a touch of guilt: I chose to leave Australia when I was still madly in love with the cities, the beaches, the people. When conjuring up the moments that I felt happiest, the […]

December 4, 2012 Continue reading…

Why I loved living in St Kilda

When discussing suburbs in Melbourne, many people instantly discount St Kilda as being “full of backpackers.” With Luna Park and the beach being an undeniable tourist draw (and the rave reviews of Base Backpackers), it’s true that St Kilda does get its fair share of foreigners. But as a Working Holiday-er who lived in St […]

January 24, 2012 Continue reading…

The Down Under edition comes to an end

Nothing in Australia went how I meant it to go. But, then again, I suppose it’s worked out better than I could have imagined. Either way, everyone said it would “change my life” (whatever that’s supposed to mean–doesn’t every day change your life?) and I suppose it has. First, I didn’t plan on staying in […]

December 25, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the streets of Fitzroy

If I hadn’t lived in laid-back, beachy St Kilda, I would have lived in Fitzroy. The hipster cafes, the trendy bars, the crazy amount of vintage stores…and the street art. In the main roads, on the side streets, in the alleys: works of art with graffiti, posters, found objects are everywhere. It makes a simple […]

December 1, 2011 Continue reading…

The week of road trips in the new Ford Focus

After selling my first (and only) car in February, I’ve been living a mostly-but-not-always-blissful life relying on public transportation in Melbourne. Likes: walking more, reading on the tram, not having to pay for gas or repairs, no road rage and lots of yoga breathing because it is out of my control. Hates: getting soaked in […]

November 17, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Bellarine Peninsula

I have a weird habit of judging cities by their names. And since “Geelong” doesn’t sound very pretty, and because all I knew about it was its AFL team (winners of this year’s Grand Final!), its Ford factory and its reputation for being rather industrial, it wasn’t at the top of my list for places […]

November 17, 2011 Continue reading…

The magic of Melbourne in a hot-air balloon

Every so often, I’d wake up to the sunlight streaming through my window and stretch out to see hot-air balloons rising up over the curve of the Luna Park roller coaster. Floating above the city, against a backdrop of the rising sun, the balloons seemed like something out of a fairy tale. Melbourne is one […]

November 14, 2011 Continue reading…