Scenes from the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo

I went to my second bridal expo today. Earlier this month, I went to the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event at the Royal Exhibition Building. Today’s event was the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. I was worried that today’s bridal expo was going to be identical to the first one I went to, but they were different. It was a beautiful morning in Melbourne. I arrived at the convention centre just before the 9am…

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Black Lives Matter in Melbourne

Originating in the African-American community, the Black Lives Matter activist movement has arrived in Australia. Last weekend, there were Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne. There was also rally in Perth this weekend. I was sick with a cold when I got the invitation on Facebook to go the Melbourne rally, but I couldn’t stay home. I’ve been watching the BLM movement with great interest since the 2013 shooting death of African American teen Trayvon Martin. I’d been…

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Lessons from the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2016

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at supporting emerging writers. I attended this year’s 10-day festival for the first time. I didn’t go to every event, but here are some lessons I took away from the ones I went to. Industry Insiders: Pitch Perfect With: Jacinda Woodhead (Overland Journal), Cate Blake (Penguin/Random House), Jo Walker (Frankie), Cassidy Knowlton (Crikey) Pitch Perfect brought together four publishers and editors to give us a behind the…

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#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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Christmas in Melbourne

It’s summer so you know what that means – Christmas! The Melbourne CBD is alive with the scorching sun and the bright sights and sounds of Christmas. It felt strange celebrating Christmas during the summer in my first year in Melbourne. Being from Miami, I never experienced a white Christmas, but the vibe was different. Even though it’s mild, winter in Miami does feels different from summer and all the traditional winter solstice events and festivals of…

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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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Your Guide to Melbourne Metro Trains

For the last few weeks I’ve been taking public transport to and from work. I generally enjoy it. You see and hear a lot of interesting and humorous things on the train. Sometimes I run into a friend and that always makes the journey more enjoyable. The train is packed when I take it both in the morning and afternoon. At first, I was confused about how to fit in with the rush hour train…

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Melbourne, Most Liveable & Friendly City

Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city. Again. And it’s also the friendliest. For the fourth year in a row, Melbourne came in number one in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking, which surveyed 140 cities. The survey rated cities out of 100 in healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment, and infrastructure. Melbourne received 97.5 out of 100. Aside from the arts, cultural, and sporting environments that add to the quality of life…

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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…

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The Melbourne General Cemetery

Last week I popped into the Melbourne General Cemetery. It was a nice day and my partner was meeting with a client in nearby Carlton so I thought I’d take the opportunity, however brief, to have a look around. Cemeteries have a special beauty to them and are always interesting to explore. The Melbourne General Cemetery was established in 1852 and replaced the Old Melbourne Cemetery, which on the site of what is now the Queen Victoria…

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Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2014

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…

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York Butter Factory, a Coworking Space

In December, I discovered my first coworking space in Melbourne, Inspire9. Recently, my WordChicks Meetup group met at another coworking space called the York Butter Factory. A coworking space is a shared working environment designed for work-at-home professionals, freelancers, independent contractors, and other types of workers who end up working alone. A coworking space gives you a place to go when you’re looking to escape the cabin fever of working from home and when you…

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