Weekend Wanderings: Perth bloggers

On Sunday, I'll be hosting a Nuffnang-sponsored meet-up in Kings Park (home to these gorgeous flowers!) for a bunch of Perth bloggers who I (mostly) have met through my blogging courses or freelance writing work - plus a couple who I've known online for a while but have never had the chance to meet … [Read more...]

Melbourne with a toddler: Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo

My little boy (who's now almost two) and I enjoyed a week in Melbourne recently, and not only was I pleasantly surprised at what an agreeable travel companion he was (although many have since suggested it is probably in his genes to love travelling!), I was also happy that we found so many very … [Read more...]

12 great landscape views I’d love to see (one day!)

Since my Tasmanian trip, I've been increasingly obsessed with amazing landscapes and have been doing lots of "travel daydreaming", so I decided to put together a list of beautiful places I'd like to visit. So be warned, there is lots of travel-lover's eye candy here and if you're feeling stuck in a … [Read more...]

Travelling to track down your ancestors

A dear friend of mine recently started a podcast for family history lovers called Genies Down Under, and since I started listening to it I've been getting inspiration to do some travelling to delve into bits of my own family history. In fact, the whole idea is so much fun that I decided to interview … [Read more...]

Travel consequences: Raising bilingual kids

Over a decade ago when I hopped on a plane to Osaka, I didn't look far enough ahead to imagine that one of the consequences of travelling the world would be marrying someone with a different mother tongue and then jumping onto the journey of raising bilingual kids. No, I was just looking far enough … [Read more...]

Meandering the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

This week, by some strange coincidence, not one, and not two, but three of my friends - none of who know each other - are exploring Vietnam. Two of them are heading to a boat cruise on the Mekong Delta today which got me thinking about a wonderful day I had there a few years back. Backpacking … [Read more...]

Travels with my mother … in Russia

This week was my mother's 70th birthday - happy birthday, to one of Not A Ballerina's most devoted readers! By coincidence, I have been writing pieces on Moscow and St Petersburg for one of my freelance jobs and as a result I've been (electronically) flipping through the photos of the trip my Mum … [Read more...]

Your coldest ever travel experience …

Aussies are obsessed with talking about weather. Perth people like me are obsessed about complaining about the cold, mostly because it is rarely cold here (never below freezing) and partly because we really feel the cold because we have no idea about heating our houses properly or wearing the right … [Read more...]

An artist’s impression of Hong Kong, with bonus musings on apartment life

Regular readers will remember my 25 years ago in Europe series in which I laid bare numerous pictures of me as a nine-year-old (fortunately, I haven't received *too* much ridicule as a result!). But wait, as they say, there's more. I recently came across the diaries I kept during those trips and … [Read more...]

Washing the dishes Australian-style

(UPDATE: There's now even MORE about the cultural differences of washing dishes to be read!) A simple enough question over at Multilingual Living this morning - it's about what kind of sponges and brushes you use to do the washing up - got me thinking about one unusual Australian habit that I've … [Read more...]