In one months time, I'll be on a plane, headed to Stockholm. "What, again?", I hear you ask. Since 2008, I have visited Sweden (in particular, Stockholm) on several occasions. By my reckoning, I’ve “lived there” for almost six months. I really like the country, have made some friends there, and whenever there's a few... Continue Reading →
If you've never been to Bundeena in Sydney's South, I'd highly recommend it. You can catch a train to Cronulla, and then take the ferry across. Or, like us, you could always drive, taking in the terrific Audley Weir. I'm home now, after a lovely day walking along the beach with a friend. As you'll... Continue Reading →
I reached the conclusion about half way through last week I needed some "country air". Though I could have booked a flight home to Lismore, I concluded the answer to my dilemma was closer than I thought. Only two hours away by train, I booked a single room (upgraded to a double) in a hostel... Continue Reading →
Almost everyone who has ever visited Nimbin as a tourist will regale you with a story of how they were walking down the main street of Nimbin and were approached, and were asked if they wanted to buy some marijuana. It's almost a badge of honour for some. But looking back on my forty-something years... Continue Reading →
Though I've been on many ferries over the 20+ years I've lived in Sydney, for the first time EVER I went on a cruise of Sydney Harbour today. For $39, a group of friends and I (including visitors from the US), enjoyed two hours cruising the harbour. The cruise included a complimentary glass of sparkling... Continue Reading →
Woke early this morning, so I headed down to Sydney Harbour. Really great being there before all the crowds arrive. Breakfast at City Extra. Coffee mediocre.
The sunrise over Brisbane on Monday was really beautiful. Even the city's ugly buildings looked good against the backdrop. I wouldn't normally have been up and about so early, but I'd woken at 4.00am Brisbane time. Most days I wake at about 5.00am, but because of the change between daylight saving time and regular time... Continue Reading →
Late this afternoon I was faced with a choice: would I go for a swim, or would I go for a beer? The Hobart Aquatic Centre is right across the road from the ABC. Pubs are a little further away. It was a case of convenience vs temptation. Two seconds later, I'd made my choice.... Continue Reading →
"If you're there on a Wednesday night, there won't be any gay bars to go to", a friend who lives in Sydney, but who grew up in Adelaide, recently told me. He was bemoaning the lack of a gay scene in his hometown, and so I did an online check for him late in the afternoon.... Continue Reading →
When I fly in to Sydney, most of the time it's over the oil refineries of Kernel. It's always such a pleasure to fly in a different way, taking in views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. This was the view on Thursday afternoon/evening on a Virgin flight. Bliss.
When you talk to people about Canberra there are often a lot of negative stereotypes. There's the political thing, of course. But there's also a perception that it's dull, suburban etc. In contrast, I have really positive views of Canberra. I lived and worked in Canberra for a while, and usually visit once or twice... Continue Reading →
Having previously written a few times about Sydney's Red Chilli restaurant, I was super excited to discover one in Canberra too. Over a bottle of wine and great conversation, a colleague/friend and I enjoyed a most excellent dinner there. Ham, eggplant, fish. All brilliant. Highly recommended (AGAIN).