Birdwatching Down Under

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…

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The Amazing Scenery of Australia

I ran across this beautiful video and had to share it. Photographer Jody Brown lives in Warburton, WA, one of the most remote communities in Australia. He spent six months documenting the amazing scenery of Central and Western Australia for this timelapse video. The stars over Uluru look spectacular. I can’t wait to go there. Have you been to Uluru?

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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…

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Scenes from the Melbourne Djembe Flash Mob

As you may know, I take classes in African drumming with drum and dance company called Melbourne Djembe. Yesterday, they held a flash mob outside the National Gallery of Victoria on St. Kilda Rd in the CBD. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, a flash mob is when a group of people assemble suddenly in a public place and perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse.…

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Australia is Something New

The photo prompt for the Expat Blog Challenge on Monday, February 17th was, “Something I never would have seen if I’d stayed home.” Australia! Melbourne

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White Night Melbourne 2014

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is a photo prompt: a hidden gem. Considering it draws about 300,000 people and it takes place in the heart of Melbourne, White Night is not exactly hidden, but, surprisingly, a lot of people don’t know about it. I discovered it quite by accident last year and only a few days prior to the event. And although the event is massive, it’s full of hidden hidden gems if…

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Myer Autumn/Winter Fashion Launch 2014

As I write this, it’s 19°C (67°F). Pretty soon, I’ll be trading in my sweater for, well, another sweater. Summer is almost over and at last night’s Myer Autumn/Winter Fashion Launch, I was treated to a preview of what’s going to be hot when it’s time to cool down. The theme of the show was The Word on the Street, street-inspired fashion with couture flair. We saw a lot of black and white as well…

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Left Behind

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is “something I left behind”. The list is endless. I left behind my country, my city, my family, my friends, my spiritual community, my cultural community, my cat, my bed and other furniture, my mementos (e.g. high school yearbooks, college scrapbooks, photo albums), clothes, accessories, many books, various knick-knacks. Funny enough the “something” I’m prompted to write about today is a book: The Riverside Shakespeare. I majored in…

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A Day in Photos: The Melbourne Star

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is a day in photos. Most of my days are not photo-worthy. The weekends are different, of course. On the weekends, we might gather with friends and family, go to a special event, a drive in the country, and so forth. But here’s what my typical weekday looks like. I intend to wake up at 6:30am, and sometimes I do, but I don’t get up until about 8am.…

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The African Festival at Fed Square

Theo threw me out of the house on Saturday so he could do alone Theo things (which often involves activities such as cleaning and killing spiders), so I went off into the city to attend the first African Festival at Federation Square. It was a beautiful summer day. The sun was ruthless, but there was a wonderful, cool breeze. A 7-Eleven Coca-Cola Slurpee never tasted so good. The event got off to a slow, quiet…

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On Blog Design

This week, on January 1st, this blog turned two years old. In November, I decided to make some changes to it. The first major change, which I’d been afraid of doing, was to move the blog from the free WordPress.com platform to a self-hosted WordPress.org site. There are some great advantages to the free WordPress.com platform. The obvious one is that it’s free, but it’s also really easy to use and WordPress takes care of…

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Scenes from the Djembe Fiesta

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’ve taken up African drumming lessons with Melburne Djembe. The end-of-the-year student performance and all-around party was last week at Bar 303 in Northcote and we had a blast. Here are some photos from the night.

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