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...]

Visiting Heilbronn, Germany: What to see and why to go!

Even when I meet people who know Germany well, not too many of them know anything about the town I lived in - Heilbronn. To many who've driven around the south-west of Germany, the name is familiar only because two large Autobahns intersect there! Otherwise, it's probably considered a bit of a … [Read more...]

Superwoman traveller Nicole: Solo travel is completely liberating

Welcome Nicole, from the delightful Woman Seeks World blog, who is our latest superwoman traveller. Nicole is a fellow Aussie who figured out at age 22 that there was more to life than a perfectly planned career path (and that's pretty much exactly what I decided at 25 - so she was smarter than … [Read more...]

Anzac Day 101: What to expect in Australia on April 25

I can't explain this, but although I'm a real anti-fan of war, I'm a big fan of Anzac Day. But of course, most of the world has no idea what Anzac Day is. A lot of people visiting Australia come across Anzac biscuits (I once posted an Anzac biscuit recipe) and I'll always remember telling my English … [Read more...]

Paul Theroux on visiting the uncool places

I'm a big fan of the writing of Paul Theroux (a little less of the person, although I've long wondered if the grumpy projection is just a marketing ploy - perhaps he's actually quite a teddy bear), and particularly of his two books encompassing Trans-Siberian journeys because, as most of you would … [Read more...]

My top three castles: Bojnice, Osaka and Heidelberg

Coming from Australia, where castles don't really exist - well, except for the movie The Castle! - I've long been fascinated by these structures, right from when I was a kid and the Disney castle would show up on TV every Sunday night. And my sentimental yearning for the Disney castle is what has … [Read more...]

Superwoman traveller Megan: Travelling is deep in her veins

It's well and truly time for me to introduce you to another Superwoman Traveller here: you're about to hear from Megan, who I met online (thanks to the wonderful world of blogging!). Megan is from a small town in south-east Victoria, Australia, and had long dreamt of doing a big trip - but … [Read more...]

The Bardo Museum of Tunis with mosaics galore

I'm always saying I'm going to tell you more about Tunisia, one of my all-time favourite places to visit, and especially since it's been in the news of late I feel even more compelled to tell you all the good reasons to go there (not just the political curiosities). So, let me introduce you to one … [Read more...]