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from one winter to another...

Sunday, 4 Oct 2009 | Views [741]

My time here is almost up, sadly, but Mother Nature, knowing I don't get a summer this year as I'm leaving Perth at the end of the winter and going back to the US during the fall, has blessed me with a few days of beautiful sunshine for my last weekend ... Read more >

Tags: beach, cottesloe, perth, swan river, western australia

bali: where the land is lush, the beer is cheap and a one-hour massage costs five dollars

Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Views [1299]

The island paradise of Bali exceeded my already-high expectations, and considering it rained on us most of the time, that really says something about this small isle in the archipelago that makes up Indonesia. There was a lot of relaxing-on-the-beach ... Read more >

Tags: bali, beaches, indonesia

Gallery: bali

Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: byron bay & surfers paradise

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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byron bay and surfers paradise

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | Views [909]

After our two days in Sydney, Jess and I flew up the coast of New South Wales to the much-loved holiday spot of Byron Bay, in the northeastern corner of the state. All year I've been hearing and reading out how great Byron Bay is, and it did not disappoint.... Read more >

Tags: australia, beaches, byron bay, gold coast, new south wales, queensland, surfers paradise

Gallery: sydney

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: springtime

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | Views [833]

It took me nearly a year of being in Oz to finally make it to Sydney, home of the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as many other beautiful pieces of architecture. It also boasts great parks, a waterfront botanical garden, ferries to take ... Read more >

Tags: australia, harbour bridge, new south wales, opera house, sydney, the rocks

a southern spring

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | Views [1444]

It's not quite warm in Perth, but spring has sprung for the wildflowers and the newborn birdlife. The sun has poked through a few times in the past couple weeks, bringing with it gorgeous pink wildflowers in King's Park and adorable ducklings and swan ... Read more >

Tags: kings park, perth, spring, western australia, wildflowers

Gallery: south perth and the city

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

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the sweet life in south perth

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | Views [1013]

While Seb's parents are traveling, we have the good fortune to dog- and house-sit for them at their luxe condo in the cute enclave of South Perth, a neighborhood on the south side of the Swan River, directly across from downtown Perth. The pad, with ... Read more >

Tags: south perth, swan river

kookaburra on the loose

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | Views [657]

I woke up in Margaret River a few weeks ago to this little creature gracing us with his presence on the deck. Luckily, he was silent during his time with us...kookaburras make the most annoying noise. The first time I heard it, I thought children were ... Read more >

Tags: australia, kookaburra, margaret river

coastal living

Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | Views [1571]

We had a much-needed break Sunday in the cloudy skies that have overtaken Perth this winter, so I spent some time rediscovering the Perth coast. Or discovering new parts of it, I should say. Normally, I find myself on the wide sandy stretches of Cottesloe, ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, indian ocean, perth coast

winter mini-break

Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | Views [708]

Mother Nature was very kind to us this past weekend with glorious spring-like weather. After a lot of rain and storms, it was a welcome distraction, so Seb and I took advantage with a little winter mini-break. We headed north about 1.5 hours to the tiny ... Read more >

Tags: lancelin, mindarie, perth, swan river, swan valley

american spirit and christmas in july

Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | Views [720]

Trying to celebrate an American holiday anywhere other than America is, obviously, not quite the same. But I did my best. We couldn't find any American flags, but there happens to be one red wall in our house, which made a perfect base for some hastily ... Read more >


Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | Views [641] | Video

Riding the wave of success that Australia had with its Best Job in the World contest a few months ago (a job living in paradise on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays), Taiwan has announced a Best Trip in the World contest to promote tourism in the ... Read more >

Gallery: bird life

Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | Photo Gallery

The wildlife around Lake Monger in West Leederville, Perth, Australia
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a bird's life

Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | Views [2114]

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways I amuse myself these days is by observing the various species of bird and duck that live around my local watering hole--Lake Monger. My favorites are the cockatoos. While the black swans and the dozen ... Read more >

Tags: birds, cockatoos, lake monger, perth, western australia

victorian melbourne

Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | Views [755]

As luck would have it, Melbourne, Victoria, notoriously rainy and chilly in the winter, where we were expecting clouds and drizzle, miraculously gave us a bright blue sky for our day of exploring. So we took it and wore ourselves out wandering around ... Read more >

Tags: melbourne, st. kilda

Gallery: melbourne

Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: queensland

Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | Photo Gallery

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tropical queensland

Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | Views [885]

Last week, I finally made it over to Australia's lovely east coast. After eight months of being in Western Australia, it was fantastic to see more of this expansive nation. Queensland, Oz's northeastern state, was our first stop. We started in the ... Read more >

Tags: airlie beach, australia, beach, noosa national park, pacific ocean, queensland, sailing, whitsundays

Gallery: augusta

Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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no easter bunnies in augusta

Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | Views [1098]

We traipsed down to the southwest tip of Australia on our long Easter weekend (that's right, Easter is a lovely four-day weekend here). Augusta is a cute small town that sits in a great spot near Cape Leeuwin where the Blackwood River turns into Flinders ... Read more >

family fun

Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | Views [529]

Last week, some wonderful, adventurous members of my family made the long, long journey to this remote corner of the planet to pay me a visit. Mother Nature was kind enough to give us sunny, blue skies and not too much wind. We had a fantastic time ... Read more >

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