Awesome Gifts for Bloggers

Christmas is around the corner. You know what that means – shopping! Here are some awesome gifts for the bloggers in your life or maybe just your perfect gift to yourself. They range widely in prices so there’s something for everyone. 1. A computer This is a generous gift, but it is the blogger’s single most important piece of equipment. It’s also a very personal gift so if you buy one for the blogger in your life,…

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Metropolis Bookshop

A long time ago, my sister-out-law took me to this incredible bookshop. At the time, I didn’t know Melbourne and the location of this store did not register in my relocated brain. We walked there, stepped into the building, walked up three flights of stairs, browsed for an hour, paid for our purchases, walked out,  down the stairs, out of the building, and I had no idea where this bookshop was, no idea where I was. I only barely remembered the…

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The BIBA Experience

When you move to another country, you need a lot of things. You need a new place to live, a new job, new appliances, perhaps a new car, or new clothes for a different climate. Thinking about all those big things you need, you might forget that you need some new services too such as a new accountant or a new hair stylist. I have curly hair. The first problem with curly hair is that,…

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Shopping Trolleys: Granny Chic

Last month, Diane over at Oui in France wrote a piece about shopping carts, or trolleys, as they’re called in Australia. It occurred to me that this has become part of normal living here in Melbourne, but it’s something I never did until I came here. We’re not talking about the kind of shopping cart provided by supermarkets and large stores such as Target and Kmart that you use to hold your items until you check…

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Melbourne Shopping Guide

I’ve written before about some great shopping spots in Melbourne, but there’s a difference between shopping like a tourist and shopping like someone who has just moved to a new city. Once you’ve got your souvenirs and gifts out of the way, you might be wondering where to buy shampoo, a new mobile phone, new camping gear, or what kind of store Bunnings is. It takes time to learn, but here’s what I’ve worked out…

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Scenes from the Suzuki Night Market

In my post last week on the Big Design  Market, I mentioned that there are markets galore in Melbourne. I do not get tired of them. I’m more of a looker than a buyer, but I enjoy browsing and the feeling that I might find something really awesome that I can’t live without. It’s also a good opportunity to find interesting and unique gifts for others. The Queen Victoria Market is Melbourne’s most famous market.…

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Scenes from the Big Design Market

There are markets galore in Melbourne. In Miami, a farmer’s market is something of a novelty. In Melbourne, markets are just life. The Queen Victoria Market is probably Melbourne’s most famous market, but just about every suburb has a market with fresh fruits and vegetables, delis, butchers, fishmongers, and even home goods and clothing. Beyond these, you can find an arts and crafts market going on most weekends and there are a number of twilight…

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The Joy of Coupons

Coupons

You may have heard me complain about how expensive life in Australia is compared to life in the United States.  It’s tough to get a break on shopping down under and one little savings joy that is common in America is noticeably missing in Australia – the coupon.

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Scenes from the Disney Marketplace

When people think of Walt Disney World, they tend to think of the parks especially the Magic Kingdom. There’s much more to it than the parks. Formally titled the Walt Disney World Resort, it covers more than 30k acres and includes four theme parks, two water parks, 23 on-site themed resort hotels including a campground, two spa and fitness centers, five golf courses, and a large shopping, dinning, and entertainment complex known as Downtown Disney.…

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10 Great Shopping Spots in Melbourne

I’m either a brilliant shopper or a terrible one. I’m a minimalist and spend most of my shopping budget (I use the word “budget” loosely) on books and music, both of which are mostly digital and take up no physical room in my space. I see many things that I like, but always end up asking myself, “What am I going to do with this?” Back on the display it goes. But if you’re a shopaholic,…

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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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