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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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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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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Number One Beach

A Weekend at Seal Rocks

When Jared was a kid, he and his family went camping. He has memories of being the only one in the water, having his pick of waves and visiting different beaches each day. They cooked jaffles and slept in tents and generally had a rip-roaring good time. My family went camping in Michigan once. It […]

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The Worst of Australia’s Wildlife

Can we talk about cockroaches for a second? I realize this is not the first time I’ve talked about them, though hopefully it will be the last. There was once a time when I thought cockroaches meant a house was dirty. They were sort of like a disgusting tooth fairy that would only visit your […]

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Big Island

Uncovering the truth about Hawaii’s green sand beach

The Big Island of Hawai’i has at least two different kinds of sand that I can vouch for: black and white. There is also a third if you count the hybrid of the two, salt-and-pepper sand. At the Volcanoes National Park, a display claims that there are two other kinds of sand hidden on the […]

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Room Service in Vietnam

This is the final night of my first international work trip. I’m cushioned in the squishy covers of my king-sized bed in the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel. I can tell you without looking that right outside my window, motorbikes are hurtling in every direction across the streets, driveways, and sidewalks of this city. Waterfalls of […]

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2014: A Year of Milestones

Right now I’m sitting in our hammock, soaking up the breeze on a sweltering hot day. It’s the last day of holidays; tomorrow I return to work. Day 4 of 2015 and this new year is finally sinking in. But first, I need to close off last year. This was the year I became a […]

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