One Week in Australia

Stranger in a Strange Land

I’ve been here a week. Other than go to the Melbourne Aquarium, I haven’t done any tourist activities. I’ve done quite a bit of shopping mostly for myself, just daily necessities, nothing exciting.

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The Tip

One of Theo’s favourite shopping spots is a place he calls “the Tip”. I’m pretty sure that’s not actually the name of this fine little junk shop. Just to give you an idea of how much Theo loves this place, I’ve been here in Australia less than a week and we’ve been to the Tip three times. Theo is very crafty. He’ll find some sad-looking, vintage chair or table and restore to its original glory.…

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Sunday Drive

Sunday drive into the bush.

It was a very hot Sunday yesterday. I wanted to take it easy, but I didn’t want to stay home so Theo and I went for a drive into “the bush”.

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Sunday Gratitudes

The railway line

A few things that are making me happy this week and that I’m grateful for:

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The Melbourne Aquarium

Melbourne Aquarium

I took my first trip into “the city”. Theo and I took a 20-minute train ride to Flinders Street and I was surprised to see just how busy the area is. We walked a few blocks, stopping in a Turkish cafe for kebab and a delicious chai latte, and made our way to the Melbourne Aquarium located on the banks of the Yarra River. The Melbourne Aquarium has four levels and includes Australia’s only collection…

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Kangaroos and Lamb

Melbourne, Victoria

Today was another busy day of settling in.

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Into Australia

travel

The last couple of days have been very long.

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Monday Morning at PantheaCon

There is programming at PantheaCon on Monday morning. I considered a few workshops, but opted instead to sleep in, have breakfast in my room, and take my time to pack. It was a good plan. Last night’s wonderful Kali puja was the perfect way to wrap up the PantheaCon programming. Hotel check-out is at noon, but the kind folks at the Umbanda House let me hang out in their suite and eat their food, which…

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Sunday at PantheaCon

Sunday at PantheaCon. I decided to sleep in this morning, which means I woke up at 9 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. I skipped the morning events and overpriced breakfast buffet and opted instead for an overpriced bagel and coffee in my room. Later, I went to the Golden Dawn Prosperity Ritual. It was formal, interesting, and familiar, but it’s the kind of ritual that satisfies me intellectually, not emotionally. I need more juice. I…

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Sunday Gratitudes

PantheaCon ribbons

A few things that are making me happy this week and that I’m grateful for:

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Saturday at PantheaCon

Today was another great day at PantheaCon. I woke up early and attended the Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism Panel. It was a fine discussion with a panel of intelligent black women that I have great respect for including Crystal Blanton and Uzuri Amini. It was not as diverse as I would have liked. There were no men, Latinos, Asians, or Native Americans represented. Nevertheless it’s an excellent start as this is a…

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Friday at PantheaCon

The problem with PantheaCon is that there are so many interesting and wonderful workshops and events going on at the same time, it’s difficult to decide what to do. After a relaxing morning and an overpriced lunch, I went to my first workshop, Triple Goddess Magic: Inner Guidance Quest with Selena Fox. It was a meditative ritual about connecting with the Maiden, Mother, and Crone as well as the wholeness of the Triple Goddess. It…

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