The Pagan-Christian Crossover

My fellow Pagan, blogger, and social media junkie Kimberly over at Blogging with Gypsy recently blogged an exploration of the crossover that Pagans often observe occurring in the Christian religious community. I am finding more and more self-professed Christians (meaning they have openly said it in their bios, ‘about me’ pages, comments, tweets, etc.) out there using esoteric methods in their every day life and in their businesses. These methods include Numerology, Oracle/Tarot cards, Astrology, iChing,…

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The Convent at Daylesford

Daylesford is an interesting place. With a population of just over 3,000, to an American, it might seem like a sleepy, conservative, little town. Daylesford is pretty progressive though and is known as a spa town and a centre for “alternative lifestyles”. Aside from traditional spa treatments, you can find reiki, aromatheraphy, reflexology, and other forms of alternative and spiritual healing. It appears to have a thriving GLBT community and a Pagan one as well. It…

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A Bird’s Eye View of Melbourne

The first thing a first-time visitor to Melbourne should do is go to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and view the city from the Eureka Skydeck. Located on the southern banks of the Yarra river in the Melbourne CBD, Eureka offers spectacular 360 degree, floor-to-ceiling views of the city all the way down to Port Phillip Bay. On a clear day, you can see to the Dandenong ranges. Visit at night to see Melbourne in lights.…

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Old Melbourne Gaol

Australia

Last week, we visited the Old Melbourne Gaol, a museum and former prison. Gaol, by the way, is just a British variant spelling of jail. The building of the Old Melbourne Gaol began in 1841 and expanded following the discovery of gold in Victory, which led to rapid growth in population and increased crime. It held and executed some of Australia’s most notorious criminals including Ned Kelly. At one point, the Gaol occupied an entire city…

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Tasmania in Review

Tasmania

All in all, we spent about five full days in Tasmania, two of which were spent largely driving from Devonport at the north of the island to Hobart in the south. It’s definitely not enough time to see all that beautiful Tasmania has to offer, but we had a wonderful time visiting Bonorong and Port Arthur, shopping at Salamanca Market, relaxing at the holiday home and spying on pademelons, and just driving through the gorgeous landscape. About…

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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals in Tasmania. It was great seeing a Tasmanian devil. That felt like a once in a lifetime experience especially considering that they face extinction due to a contagious cancer. I’ve seen kangaroos at Bundoora Park and the Werribee Zoo, but Bonorong takes the cake. After we spent about ten minutes feeding two adorable kangaroos through a fence, when we stood up to walk away, they…

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Hello, Tasmania!

We waited two-and-a-half hours in the queue to board the Spirit of Tasmania Monday evening. We got there when check-in begins and yet we saw passenger cars that arrived less than half-hour to the ship’s departure board before us. When we tried to inquire with a security agent, he laughed and was dismissive saying, “There’s no use in even trying to explain it.” I use the term “security” loosely, by the way. The overnight journey was comfortable.…

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