Tag: Travel

  • Pose with my grave and skeleton

    Before visiting Melbourne in September, I read Sophie Cunningham’s Melbourne. It’s one of the City Series from NewSouth, ‘travel books where no-one leaves home’. I’ve spent several years working my way around Australia while reading my way through this series. Melbourne has been my favourite yet. There’s a moment in the book where Cunningham is learning letterpress at […]

  • Brain worms: A Love Story

    I’m in The Moth GrandSLAM this August – and here’s the story that got me there. It’s probably the greatest love story of all time (and my friends’ favourite story about me, ask any of them), so no wonder it won The Sydney Moth StorySLAM in April 2016. This was the start of the now […]

  • Experience the nectar

    In 2015 I visited the Kingdom of Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan country wedged between China and India, like a pea delicately set between two butt cheeks. Bhutan is world renowned for its Gross National Happiness philosophy, which the government believes is a more important metric than the standard GDP. It’s less renowned for its history […]

  • What I learned in Singapore part 1: How to avoid being grilled on a red hot pillar

    The best part of travelling is learning about the values and traditions of other cultures. Like the Ten Courts of Hell, a vision of the afterlife recreated in dioramas at Haw Par Villa in Singapore. Built in 1937, Haw Par still attracts local school groups and confused tourists. The Ten Courts is its most baffling exhibition. […]

  • It’s a takin

    Me: Look, it’s a takin. Husband: It’s attackin’ what? Note: The takin is the official national animal of the Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan. Seriously, look it up.