As much as I love big cities, I always list ‘camping’ as being one of my favourite things to do. Campfires and being in the same swimsuit for days and Banana Boats and a few books and I’m in heaven. Fortunately my friends in Melbourne love camping too and, unlike me, they actually own camping … Continue reading Camping in Echuca: Oh My Goanna!
The friend I'm staying with, Dom, needed to get some driftwood for a project he was working on and invited me to join him for a quick trip to Piha beach. Located in about 40km from Auckland, Piha is one of NZ's great West Coast beaches, surrounded by crashing Tasman waves and black sand that … Continue reading A quick trip to Piha
I'm a big city girl who loves the outdoors; throw me in the middle of a city with a map and I'm happy. Throw me in the middle of the woods with a pack of matches and I'm happy. No matter where I am, I've got a big hard-on for nature, so it's important to … Continue reading International Coastal Cleanup Day!
I've got two pieces of advice for you: 1) Don't be afraid to spend good money on peanut butter 2) Go to Doubtful Sound I've never been on one of those massive day tours before. I've been on walking tours, rode a hop on/hop off before, and spent the day with five other people and … Continue reading Doubtful Sound: No diggity
In an effort to beat the small-town blues, my friend Andrew and I took a trip to Dunedin. As luck would have it, he ended up winning a bidding war for a car in Dunedin, AND he had a friend there who was happy to have us stay with him*. It's like it was supposed … Continue reading The Otago Peninsula
The other day, I climbed a mountain. Okay, maybe “mountain” is a big word. Compared to other mountains, this is more of a hill. But WHATEVER. To me, it was a steep climb up rocks and trees and I ended up 1500 feet above the place I started at. So to me, it was a … Continue reading I Climbed a Mountain-ish
People who know me (or follow my Twitter) know I like a good glass of wine here and there, so when I decided to jet to Tasmania and saw pictures of Wineglass Bay...I mean, how could I *not* go? Here's what it looks like in the guidebooks: And here's what it looked like when I … Continue reading Spending the afternoon in a Wineglass
I'm a member of CouchSurfing, an online community of thousands that was originally started as a way to find couches to sleep on, but has evolved to be this huge project of acceptance, learning and exploration of other cultures. Far from [just] hippies, CSers look to get more out of travel than just seeing the … Continue reading Penguins in St. Kilda
1. The "half-flush" option on toilets Look, sometimes you don't need a full flush. The half-flush saves water and that's important. Even in Canada. 2. The wildlife and plants Everything is different here. The bird calls are eerie and beautiful and constant, the trees seem heartier, there are flowers everywhere, roadkill is more often possum … Continue reading Things I forgot I loved about Australia
(I'm importing and re-touching some articles from my old blog. This one was originally written in 2009.) This article from Torontoist talks about one of those kitschy tourist machines that, for the price of $2, will squish a penny and engrave something on it for you; in this case, something specially designed by an artist. … Continue reading Pennies: For or Against