#BohemianMelbourne

It’s been hot in Melbourne lately. One great way to beat the heat is to step into the beautiful State Library of Victoria. There’s always something good going on there and this summer there’s a fantastic exhibition that shines light on Melbourne’s cultural misfits. Bohemian Melbourne celebrates the lives of writers, visual artists, rock stars and other rebels who made art their lives and their lives an art form. Explore history’s backstreets with their cafes and studios to…

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier #jpgngv

In the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, the National Gallery of Victoria presented The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, featuring seven galleries with more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances. I almost missed this amazing exhibition, which ended the 8th of February, and I’m thrilled I didn’t. Despite not being…

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Australia Day

If you were to ask me how Australian I feel, I’d say very little. There isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not reminded that not only am I a foreigner, which is bad enough, but that I’m American, which is probably the worst kind of foreigner. My otherness is highlighted most strongly on Australia Day. What is Australia Day? Celebrated annually on the 26th of January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of…

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Glamping with Martinis & Marshmallows

Since I’ve been in Australia, I’ve been told a few times that my idea of camping isn’t “real camping”. By camping, I mean a nice tent, good bedding, hot food, and, hopefully, toilets and maybe even showers. I remember with great fondness the festivals I attended with friends back in Florida where we cooked full meals and dined together under a canopy before gathering around a fire with wine and mead to talk late into the night…

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Strictly Ballroom #StrictlyStage

Strictly Ballroom is the film that catapulted director Baz Luhrmann and his set and costume designer wife Catherine Martin to fame. It was the film that first brought Australia to me when I was a teenager living in Miami. Now that I live here in Australia, I’m fortunate and excited to experience it in a whole new way. This much beloved film has been turned into a brand new stage show and it’s ready to wow Melbourne with a…

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Free Images for Social Media and Blogs

Where can I find free stock images for social media or for my blog? This is a question that comes up often in my social media and blogger circles on Facebook. I end up posting a list of URLs that I copy and paste each time. So, I thought I’d collect a few of my favourite resources here and share it with you. I’ve included not only websites where you can find free stock photos, but…

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New Year’s Resolutions: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

I like setting New Year’s resolutions. I do it every year and I try to be pragmatic in how I approach them. I treat them more like goals than promises. I make a list and plans and check them through the year. If I don’t accomplish something, that’s okay, I don’t feel guilty about it. I just feel good about what I did accomplish. In 2015, I resolve to learn the skills I’d need to…

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2014 WordPress Annual Report

Last week, WordPress’s stat monkeys put together my annual report detailing how Stumble Down Under did in 2014. The crunchy numbers made me pretty happy. The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Funny enough, none of the entries I…

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2014, the Year in Review

It’s hard to believe 2014 is almost over. 2013 was emotionally trying. The excitement of being in Australia gave way to homesickness and a sense of grieving. In August of that year, I wrote an entry about how everything sucked. By January, life didn’t suck so much. I was more comfortable getting around Melbourne, I had taken up hobbies, and even obtained a local driver’s license. In February, I participated in the Expat Blog Challenge.…

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How to Spend Your First Christmas Down Under

The following is a guest post from True Blue Migration. Your first Christmas spent in Australia after a lifetime of cold, harsh winters can be a welcome change or an odd break from tradition which leaves you feeling a little strange. The feeling of the sun on your back in December as opposed to the harsh chill biting at your ears and nose is a pleasant but unfamiliar sensation. Still, despite the different weather, at…

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