10 Things I Love About Australia

10 Things I Love About Australia

Australia is awesome! I know that word is overused and trite, but this is a case where it fits. After two months in Australia, I’ve barely scratched the surface, but here are 10 reasons you should consider going down under to Oz… Faces & Places  1) The people – Amanda & Maurice, Lenore & Lindsey, Soraya, Clare, and Derek, took me into their homes and their lives, and shared their country with me. Australia is...

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Sydney’s Famous Beaches…

Sydney’s Famous Beaches…

…and bonus, Secret Sydney! You may have heard of Sydney’s famous Manly & Bondi beaches (pronounce it Bond-eye!) They live up to their reputations for scenic beauty & waves, and are a great place to people watch. Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. You’ll cruise right past the Opera House and get great views of the harbor. Once there, pass through the main street of surf shops & restaurants, pick up a new...

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Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Many people fear traveling, and let that keep them from exploring the world. It’s much safer to stay at home, right? What if something really bad happens? Like a terrorist attack or someone unhinged taking innocent people hostage? This actually happened while I was in Sydney recently. I was, in fact, less than 3 blocks away from the Lindt Cafe where a lone man took 17 people hostage and held them at gunpoint for 17 hours. I had no idea...

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Scenic Sydney

Scenic Sydney

  What the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Opera House is to Sydney, its iconic roof rising over the harbor like billowing sails. In fact, the Danish architect’s father was in the shipping business, which had an influence on the design, not only the roofline, but also the windows, which angle out over the water and you feel like you’re on the bridge of a ship. What appears at a distance to be a solid white roof is actually composed of...

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