Worldwide Photo Walk 2014

worldwide photo walk

Last year, Theo and I attended the Worldwide Photo Walk and we loved it so decided to do it again.

As the name suggests, Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photo Walk takes place in cities around the world. Photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather to explore, shoot, and just hang out. Our local organiser was, once again, Robert Groom. Robert is a super nice, very skilled and creative photographer, and I know I can count on him to be awesome. Last year, he organised the walk in the Kyneton. Theo and I almost sold all our possessions to move there and take up residence in a dilapidated mental asylum. This year, the walk was in Trentham.

Trentham is a charming little country town about 97 kilometres (60 miles) north-west of Melbourne with a whopping population of 629 people. Although there’s not a whole lot going on there, it’s a nice place to visit. It has cute and colourful shops, cafes, and small town quirks. Its most compelling attractions are Trentham Agricultural and Railway Museum and nearby Trentham Falls.

This year, I snapped and processed all my images on my iPhone.

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Street Fight, Aussie Style

I don’t enjoy seeing anyone – or anything – fight and while I didn’t particularly enjoy this video, I found it fascinating. I’ve never seen such a thing other than in Looney Tunes cartoons. Behold, street fighting, Aussie style.

And then there’s these two arguing over who ate the last eucalyptus cookie and sounding like my dog’s squeaky rubber ball when it’s near the end of its life.

I’ve heard koalas can be vicious and, judging by those claws, I believe it. Drop bears, people.

Advanced Style

Advanced Style

“I think good style improves the environment for everybody.”

Ari Seth Cohen roams the streets of New York looking for stylish older men and women. He documents them in his street style blog, Advanced Style, and they also appear in his coffee table book of the same name. Now there’s a documentary.

Advanced Style examines the lives – and style – of seven New Yorkers between the ages of 62 and 95. Check out the trailer.

The film opens in Australia nationally on 2 October and will screen in select theatres. Visit this website to find out if it’s playing near you.

The trailer alone is beautiful and inspiring. As someone who wears mostly black, I could use a little colour in my wardrobe. I look forward to seeing the film.

Who or what are your fashion inspirations?

Expat Star Awards 2014

Expat Star Awards 2014 BronzeStumble Down Under has been honoured with 3rd place in Expat Star Awards 2014.

This prestigious awards event recognises, celebrates and rewards the sheer hard work, effort and creativity that goes into making an expat blog invaluable to its expat community. We want to show our true appreciation and admiration for the people or teams who put everything into ensuring expats have the information and insights they need for a smooth and enjoyable transition to another country or a peak at life in their perspective home.

Websites are assessed on a number of criteria including quality and uniqueness, analytics, and user experience.

Huge thanks to I’m thrilled to win third place and I congratulate the other winners and finalists. I will be sure to visit those great blogs.

Open House Melbourne 2014


Open House Melbourne is a celebration of Melbourne through design and architecture. It’s an annual free event in which over 100 buildings are open to the public.

Some of these such as the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Town Hall are open to the public year round, but they may open special areas that are not normally accessible. Some places such as the substations are only open to the general public during Open House Melbourne and there are some exclusive areas such as the Manchester Unity Building and the Federation Square ballroom that only a few lucky ballot winners get to see.

With over 100 buildings all over Melbourne open, the hard part is trying to figure out where to go. There’s a website that lists the all the buildings, opening times, special requirements, and if queues are expected. It allows you to craft an itinerary and access it on the mobile app.

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Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2014

Oz Comic-Con 2014

Oz Comi-Con at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

I made it to Oz Comic-Con again this year. It was held at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building. In some ways, it was just as good or even better than last year, but it was also much more crowded and expensive.

General admission for one day was $30 if you purchased tickets online or $35 at the door; it was $22 at the door last year. That’s for the basic event with access to vendors and panels. Beyond that, you have to buy tokens to get an autograph or photo with your favourite celebs and then there are a variety of passes for various up-close experiences and extras ranging from $200 to $600. I’m a fan and a geek, but I’m not that hardcore and I’m not a collector. I don’t care about taking photos with celebs or getting their autographs so I was satisfied with my general admission ticket.

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The Queen’s Birthday Holiday


Today is a public holiday here in most of Australia. It’s the Queen’s Birthday!

Ok, it’s not actually the Queen’s birthday. Queen Elizabeth II was born the 21st of April, but in Australia, except for the state of Western Australia, the Queen’s birthday is observed on the second Monday of June. The royal birthday has been celebrated since 1788 when Governor Arthur Phillip declared a holiday to mark the birthday of the King of Great Britain. Until 1936 it was held on the actual birthday of the Monarch, but after the death of George V it was decided to keep the date on the second Monday in June.

What do Aussies do on the Queen’s Birthday Holiday? Many people get the day off and take advantage of a three-day weekend to go away. For those of us staying in town, we may visit friends, family, or attend a sporting event. Footy, of course. The Queen’s Birthday Holiday clash is an annual Australian rules football match between Australian Football League (AFL) teams Melbourne Demons and Collingwood Magpies. Theo and I will be watching that on TV before sitting down to a lamb roast with the family. Go Pies!

The Queen’s Birthday honours list is also released today. This is the only civic occasion of note and it honours Australians for their services to the community. More than 700 Australians were recognised today. You can read about that here on ABC.

How are you observing the Queen’s Birthday Holiday?

Buzzfeed Lists of All Things Australian

I thought I would follow Wednesday’s heavy post on politics with some fun content from Buzzfeed.



35 Australian People Problems includes issues such as Christmas Day sunburns, spiders, and getting swooped by Magpies.

30 Agonising Australian Problems describes some of those terrible things we suffer from living down under such as it being too hot or too cold, spiders, and getting swooped by Magpies.

29 Problems Only Australians Can Understand reminds that there is always something out to kill you in Australia such as spiders and swooping Magpies.

20 Aussie Items That Need A Place In Your Home is a list you want to keep handy come Christmastime.

11 Embarrassing Early Roles Of Australian Actors looks at the humble beginnings of some big Aussie stars.

The 10 Most Australian “Would You Rather” Questions Of All Time provides questions for your next big date.

A Definitive Ranking Of Australian Lollies And Chocolates is perhaps the most important list you will read today.


50 Australian Books To Read Before You Die

33 Deeply Remorseful Australians Apologise To Asylum-Seekers

28 Stunning Australian Places You Need To Visit Before You Die

22 Australian Women Who Will Inspire The Hell Out Of You

20 Inspiring Indigenous Australians Changing The Face Of A Nation

17 Asian Australians That Are Making Waves And Breaking Stereotypes

Anything tickling you pink today?

In the News

Here are some bits and pieces of news from around the web that I liked and I thought might interest you.

One of the things I love about the Australian Football League (AFL) is that it encourages girls and women to get involved with Australian football. The AFL has a female umpire and features little girls as well as boys during game half-times and in their commercials. The AFL also has a strong policy on racial and religious vilification and now it is getting behind efforts to support homophobia. AFL Chief Executive Andrew Demetriou said, “Discrimination is never acceptable and vilification based on sexual identity is just as serious an offence as vilification based on gender, race, religion, colour or special disability.” You can read the whole story at the AFL’s website here.

It’s not just the AFL. The Australia Rugby Union, the National Rugby League, the Football Federation Australia, and Cricket Australia have all signed a commitment to eliminate homophobia in their sport.

Staying in touch with family and friends abroad is important for expats. Mashable recently had a piece highlighting some apps to connect long-distance family members. It says 12 in the headline, but I only saw eight. They look fun, mostly aimed at families with young children.

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Birdwatching Down Under

A Superb Fairy-wren, the bird that started it all.

A Superb Fairy-wren, the bird that started it all.

I’ve taken up a new hobby: birdwatching.

Things like playing Dungeons & Dragons used to be really dorky, but then geeks became cool. So now, birdwatching may be among the dorkiest hobbies on the planet. Birdwatchers are a little crazy too, probably right up there with people who collect orchids.

I was never interested in birds when I lived in the United States. I have a good friend who is a birder and if we were out at a park and she spotted something interesting, she’d say, “Oh, look, that’s a Red-shouldered Hawk!” and I’d reply, “Hey, cool bird.” I suppose it was because I’d seen such birds all my life even if I didn’t know what most of them were called or what made them interesting and important to the local ecology. But when I came to Australia, I became interested in all the new and interesting wildlife. Kangaroos and koalas are adorable, but you don’t see those every day, and there isn’t a huge amount of variation among them. I was curious about that bird whose song was waking me up far too early in the morning and that other crazy, black and white bird that likes to swoop people and bicyclists.

Birdwatching is a great way to get to know the local wildlife and explore the landscape. In fact, the impetus for finally taking up the hobby was a visit to local wetlands. However, birdwatching is deathly boringto people who are not interested in the subject, the hey-cool-bird types. So, rather than bore my family and friends here with my new birdwatching adventures, I’ve started a new blog to document my birding trips. It’s called Birdwatching Down Under (clever name, huh?). I invite you to visit, check out the photos; you might even find you might be interested in visiting some of the sites. But I will totally understand if you say to yourself, “Pft. What a dork!” and pass.

Melbourne Djembe en Ville

Last November I started learning to play the djembe with Melbourne Djembe, an African drum and dance company. After a whopping four lessons, I hit the small stage for the end of year student performance. That’s what happens when you start music or dance classes at the end of the year. I’m happy to report that I suck a little bit less now than I did four months ago and I’m ready to hit the stage again in the end of term 1 student performance.

It was great fun last time so it’s bound to be wonderful again and I thought I’d invite my bloggy friends to come and hang out. There will be drumming and dancing, African food, an all-out jam.

Melbourne Djembe

Djembe en Ville is this Sunday, 6th of April at 5pm at Kindred Stuidios, 212A Whitehall St, Yarraville. It’s $12 for adults and free for kids.