A month or two in New York City (some day)

A decade or so ago I spent five days in New York City. Five days was absolutely nowhere near long enough! It was all the time I had, being about to move from Germany to Australia, but from the minute I arrived - and checked into a YMCA hostel near Central Park - I knew that some day I would have … [Read more...]

Tom’s saxophone and salsa strategies for coping with reverse culture shock

I love talking to fellow travellers who, like me, have had some difficulty fitting back into their home country after spending time abroad. In this post, I've got an interview with Tom Bourlet who proves what I've long thought, that reverse culture shock can hit even if you're only away for a few … [Read more...]

Five destinations I’d like to revisit

Some travellers like to check places off a list and never return. I actually love returning to places that I've been before: it's interesting to see what has changed, to compare it to my memories, to catch up with people I met there. I also love visiting brand new places, of course - that's how … [Read more...]

New York vs Paris: That’s a whole lot of wonderful

There are cities like Perth, the one I live in. Not that many people across the globe know where it is; even fewer have been there. And then there are cities like Sydney, the one I'm sitting in right now at the airport, waiting for my flight to the Gold Coast. Sydney is a well-known city and kids … [Read more...]

Contradictions in travel: Confessions of someone who loved Disneyland!

I tend to go on a lot about seeking out the less popular tourist spots, about getting to know the locals, about having authentic experiences when you travel rather than doing the big tacky touristy things. But you know what? Sometimes I just love doing this stuff too. I am a travelling … [Read more...]

New York City honeymoon, YMCA-style

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 over the weekend, I feel like I've been endlessly reading about New York but not always in a good way. I adore New York - and this is saying a lot since I'm really not a "big city" kind of girl. But New York is something very special and one of my dreams is to spend … [Read more...]

Travel photo dance: A New York corner

As I promised, I'm launching a few new things here on Not A Ballerina this year, and my travel photo dance series is the first. While my picture pirouette series includes some of my better photos and the travel story that's related to them, I'm definitely better at writing than taking photographs, … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Lost in Grand Central, New York

Point one: I just discovered that Grand Central Station is not in New York. Or should I say, this iconic place I have always called Grand Central Station is in fact officially called Grand Central Terminal, and I've been getting it wrong all these years.Point two: Grand Central (let's just leave it … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Ports and coffee shops in Seattle

I'd almost forgotten that I'd ever been to Seattle: it was back in 2002 when, from Japan, we went to visit a friend in relatively nearby Vancouver. Looking back through my photos of the trip, I can recall visiting all the usual tourist spots there, but it was the port that seemed to fascinate me … [Read more...]