My Travel CV: What a life of travel has taught me

I got my first passport when… I was 8 months old and about to move country and continent. My first holiday memory is… Playing by the pool in Morocco. I’ve been to 43 countries. My favourite place in Australia is… Cairns. I love the warm, tropical environment plus our visit was made better by travelling…

My Travel CV: What a life of travel has taught me

I got my first passport when… I was 5 months old and living in Seattle. My first holiday memory is… snow tubing at Whistler in British Colombia. I remember riding the gondola up the mountain, the snow and some glimpses of the Fairmont Hotel. I may have been 2. Thanks to recounting this memory often…

My Travel CV: What a life of travel has taught me

I got my first passport when… I was 4 months old. My first holiday memory was… Egypt. I remember crawling inside of a pyramid in Giza with my family. I also remember the rice at the hotel buffet. I’ve been to 43 countries. My favourite place in Australia is… Tasmania. The climbing, the climate, the…

We Bought A Farm

No, we didn’t buy a farm, God no. But apparently it’s the thing to do. In the US one might strive for a beach house in the Hamptons. In England the rich leave London on the weekends for their “cottage” in the country. Here in Australia, once you’ve really “arrived” – you buy a farm. Growing…

Ocker

Thanks to my dentist, I’ve learnt a new Aussie word this week. He had asked me if I had lived in Oz long enough to understood the slang locals use – I said I thought I had. He then questioned if I had ever met an “Ocker”. I had no idea what he was talking…

Fun Aussie Slang

Slippery Dip – If this makes you think of a frozen dessert from an ice cream truck, a slip and slide, an old fashioned carnival ride or something a bit more perverse – you would be wrong. A slippery dipper (or slippery dip) is found in almost every playground around the world because it is a slide!…

Australia is Easing Restrictions

Tomorrow marks the first day for our family of a return to routine, of a little of the life we had before COVID 19. We only just moved to Melbourne at the end of December 2019. The kids began their school year in February and by mid-March I was pulling them out of clubs and…

Lockdown Culture Trip: Week 10

  Sweden Our last visit together was in 2013 sans children. We were in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city. Coffee, pastries, excellent recycling, “free to roam” laws, a strong passport, 480 paid parental days, gay relationships have been legal since 1944, and gingerbread – A small list of wonderful things in Sweden. Tonight we are enjoying…