Category: Travel

  • Time travelling in Winnipeg

    Time travelling in Winnipeg

    All through high school and university, I was desperate for one thing – to leave my home in Winnipeg, Canada, and explore the world. I’d never travelled outside the country, beyond the few American states across the border. But I had neighbours who’d lived all over the world. When I was 22 and on the verge […]

  • Ep 24: Sea-creature days with Kavita Bedford, author of Friends and Dark Shapes

    In Friends & Dark Shapes, author Kavita Bedford uses the term sea-creature days, ‘Days when things that lurk beneath the surface start to come up and feel a little stronger in day-to-day life than they normally do.’ We’ve all had days like that. In episode 24 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we interview […]

  • The Cyclops Horse and other monsters

    Steve and I are eating vegan this February, so on the 14th we celebrated what is now known as Vegantine’s Day. Normally we don’t do much (sometimes the best gift is low expectations). But since the Chau Chak Wing Museum recently opened at the University of Sydney, Steve suggested visiting it together. It turned out […]

  • Moving across oceans to create a new life

    After moving from India to Sydney in 2019, Khyati Sharma became inspired to share the stories of fellow expats and migrants through a new online project called Immigrants in Australia, modelled after Humans of New York. Since launching in September, she’s shared the stories of people from all over the world, including India, China, South […]

  • Canada vs Australia triple-layered dessert face-off

    Canada doesn’t have caramel slices. At least, not exactly. When I was growing up, my mom made a dessert called Eagle Brand squares. These had a graham cracker base (a kind of sweet plain biscuit), not ground up but simply dropped into the pan, like floor tiles. The middle was a sort of oozy, pale […]

  • An overdue caramel slice confession

    An overdue caramel slice confession

    Since How to Be Australian was released in June, I’ve been waiting for someone to point out the book’s glaring inconsistency.  It started when I first arrived in Sydney. One of my favourite discoveries was caramel slices, and particularly their wide abundancy at cafes everywhere. Australia is a country that takes its desserts seriously, as evidenced […]

  • How do you know if you’re really Australian?

    How do you know if you’re really Australian?

    Jay Martin is the author of Vodka and Apple Juice, a memoir of living in Warsaw, Poland as a diplomat’s wife – or more accurately, an undiplomatic wife. Jay also lived in Alberta, Canada, for two years, and has recently moved back to Perth. I recently had the chance to chat with Jay about Canada, […]

  • Be Nice to Australians Month

    Part of learning how to become Australian has meant trying to figure out the relationship between Australian and New Zealand. Growing up in Canada, I never thought much about NZ. Australia had a defined character, a national brand, thanks to Crocodile Dundee and Foster’s beer ads. New Zealand was just a place on the map, […]

  • 4.5 minutes of fame

    It’s ironic that my first appearance on national TV would be on breakfast news, since an actual line from my memoir How to Be Australian reads, “The breakfast news was on (it was always on at the gym, like some sort of curse).” Regardless, here I am! Wearing my Iced VoVo earrings and exposing the […]