Kangaroos in Morisset NSW

US Perceptions of Australia

Australia is a very easy country to stereotype if you’ve never been here. For the three weeks that we were in the Midwest, a number of common perspectives about Australia emerged, which can be broken down into two main categories: Creatures That Will Kill You and Creatures That Are Cute But Weird. Additional categories include […]

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Artwork Spectrum Cafe Anna Bay

Escaping Routine in Anna Bay

One of the reasons I travel is to escape routine. Ironic, then, that routine is one of the things I miss when I’m on the move. For example, I recognize that I have an unusual (or so I’m told) obsession with breakfast. Every day I eat a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, coconut, chopped walnuts, […]

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Newcastle NSW beaches panoramic

The Write Stuff: A Return to Blogging

I feel like it’s time to do some blog housekeeping. What have I been doing besides visiting the US? Is this still a travel blog now that I’m all married and mortgaged up? What’s the deal with the loooong lag between posts? How about that book? For the past two years my motivation to write […]

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New Glarus Brewery beergarden

Going Swiss in New Glarus, Wisconsin

Thirty minutes before I left the office for the airport to catch our flight to the US, I dropped my iPhone in the toilet. I always wonder how people manage to do something so ridiculous, but now I know – one second, it was in the back pocket of my jeans, the next, it was […]

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Chicago skyline

An Electric Boat Ride in Chicago

Both of my parents turned 60 this year, which coincided with the rare occasion of the whole family being in the same postcode at the same time. To celebrate, my (newly married!) sister snapped up a $99 Groupon for the Chicago Electric Boat Company. For two hours, our group of seven could cruise the Chicago […]

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Sydney Harbour

Waiting for Chicago

It’s 7 o’clock on Saturday night and I’m in my pajamas, 3 cups of tea in, dinner long since eaten. I did stay up until midnight last night, but it was only because I was hooked into ‘The Girl on the Train’ and threw caution to the wind, determined to stay awake until I finished […]

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Poh & Co

The Poh Project

Winter is coming. I thought about taking up a deal at one of the local gyms, $50 for a month of hot yoga, but the idea of driving somewhere to exercise when I can run right here, for free…well, it wasn’t convincing. So I needed a new project. One Thursday night, watching back-to-back cooking shows […]

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ANZAC Day in Canberra

Last week was kind of crazy. The meteorologists warned us of ‘gale-force winds’ on Monday night, but everyone sort of shrugged their shoulders and moved on with life. I had arranged a two-day student photo shoot for the Tuesday and Wednesday, so no matter what, I needed to believe in good weather. We all know […]

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Lake Bled

Coming Full Circle in Slovenia

Seven years ago I went to Slovenia for the first time. It was part of my Eastern Trekker tour with Busabout, during the six weeks of summer that would alter the course of my life. The Busabout internship came at a time when things looked great on the outside, but weren’t quite right under the […]

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