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A rock-and-roll wedding…

I just got engaged. Sort of. I mean sort of because things don’t work the same here. We are however planning a wedding for this coming summer in Australia. There is no ring, there was no down-on-the-knee proposal… but I’m over the moon regardless. This is a different world and somehow this cross-culture relationship is … Continue reading

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…

It was a normal sunny afternoon in Batukaras, and we were finding a little solace from the heat by lying on the cool tiled floor of our little village house. ‘Thuck, thuck, thuck…’ The noise stopped, so I ignored it, closed my eyes again… but… ‘Thuck, thuck, thuck…’ There it goes again. We got up … Continue reading

just another week in paradise…

Living here certainly has its ups and downs. A man walked into my house last night with a toddler (they don’t stand much on ceremony here), because the baby wanted to see a white person… the baby then preceeded to cry as the man tried to push her closer to me. It can’t help but … Continue reading

When the world is pure and blue and quiet…

The world as I once knew it has shifted, it is undeniable the change and it is unavoidable the changes that it has made on me as a person. Batukaras has been a whirlwind for the two months that I’ve already been home. There have been ups and downs, there have been tears and laughter … Continue reading

On a dusty day, a union formed…

We were out of place right from the beginning. It was clearly us and them. We are different, there is no doubt about that, from what is the norm in this small dusty beachside town. A white girl marrying a local boy… is more than enough to encourage a few raised eyebrows and a lot … Continue reading

Australia, you’re a bit weird… but I do love you.

Last week there wasn’t much holding us back when we got in the car to do the road trip from Sydney to Melbourne. With a bag of snacks, an empty car and a hunger to see those friends that I’ve missed for a year… we set off. Man, there is some weird stuff in the … Continue reading

Christmas, it’s child’s play…

It’s 17 sleeps until Santa comes… trust me I know… I’ve been counting. I can’t help it, it’s probably the North American blood that courses through my veins… but I love Christmas… I really do. It’s a special time of year, it’s gingerbread and chocolates and good white wine. It’s seafood and salads and days … Continue reading

barefoot in the mother land…

I travel a lot. It’s true. Some people think I’m running away from things. Perhaps that’s true too. But as much as I love to leave, there is something about Australia that I love and I think the more time I spend away, the more I love this beautiful country every time I come home … Continue reading

Love on the Road II

A couple of months ago I hosted the Lonely Planet Blogsherpas 8th Blog Carnival Love on the Road, with great success. The topic was Love on the Road and has brought up many queries and questions in regards to my own story… I try not to be one of those bloggers who uses this public … Continue reading

from barefeet to bubble baths…

I’ve been back on my native soil for five days and I’m seriously freezing. The Southern Highlands of New South Wales are not only a beautiful part of Australia, but mother nature seems to have forgotten than Summer is a mere 3 days away. It’s been less than 10 degrees for the past few nights, … Continue reading