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6 airport travel tips

Today’s prompt of the Expat Blog Challenge begins, “I was at the airport, and…”. I wish I had a funny or clever story to share. My airport experiences have all been very mundane. I think the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me was that the airline broke my suitcase once. The whole side… Read More 6 airport travel tips

See & Do

Worldwide Photo Walk 2013, Kyneton

Last weekend, my partner Theo and I went on the Worldwide Photo Walk in Kyneton. The Worldwide Photo Walk is a social photography event in which photographers all over the world gather to walk around, shoot photos, and hang out. I don’t fancy myself a photographer. My point-and-shoot camera sticks out in the sea of fancy cameras,… Read More Worldwide Photo Walk 2013, Kyneton

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Of hobbits and immigration officers

The trip from Miami to Melbourne was the longest journey ever. I travelled from Miami to Los Angeles to Auckland to Melbourne. The journey from Miami to Los Angeles on American Airlines Economy was as comfortable as could be. It’s depressing to say that because it’s actually not a comfortable flight, but my expectations of… Read More Of hobbits and immigration officers

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To Miami and back

So that’s it. My time in Miami has come to a close. I fly back to Melbourne today. Here are some observations and discoveries. Memory is a tricky thing. There are Latin foods that I missed while I was in Melbourne. As it turns out, my mom’s cooking is just as good as I remembered… Read More To Miami and back

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Flying lessons

Here are some flying lessons based on my recent trip. It doesn’t matter how often I fly, the experience is always different and always a learning one. The protocols for checking in, going through security, and getting to the terminal and gate seem to change every day or, at least, every time I fly. Sometimes… Read More Flying lessons

See & Do

The Sacred Heart Cathedral

A few weekends ago, my partner Theo and I took to the country as we sometimes do on a Sunday afternoon. We stopped in provincial city of Bendigo and visited the lovely Sacred Heart Cathedral. I’m a Pagan with a soft spot for Roman Catholic history, art, and architecture.  The Sacred Heart Cathedral may not be as… Read More The Sacred Heart Cathedral

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What’s in your carry-on?

Tomorrow is the big day! It will take me about an hour to pack today. I’ve packed so many times before that I’ve got it down to a science. My carry-on luggage is more important. I want to be as comfortable as possible on the long flight. Most airlines let you to carry on two… Read More What’s in your carry-on?

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15 ways to entertain yourself on a long flight

Door to door, the flight from Miami to Melbourne is about 25 hours. It can get boring fast. Here are 15 ways to entertain yourself on a long flight. 1. Read. Thanks to the magic of the e-reader, you can carry a library of books with you. It’s good to have variety. You might want… Read More 15 ways to entertain yourself on a long flight

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What to wear on a long flight

What do you wear on a long flight? Door to door, the journey from Miami to Melbourne is about 25 hours. It goes across the hemisphere into the opposite season to Los Angeles. Then, across the US to Miami. When I travel, I want comfort, but also want style, and I prefer to look like… Read More What to wear on a long flight

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Before you go

I depart for Australia in about a week. I think everything is in order. There are so many things to consider when planning a trip especially a long one. Here’s a list of things you need before you go. Your passport It should go without saying that you need a passport and preferably one that… Read More Before you go