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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Vote for Batman

I received an amusing letter last week. First of all, it came from the Division of Batman. Apparently, I live in the Division of Batman. Seriously. I live in Melbourne and in Darebin and in the Division of Batman. Melbourne is a metropolitan area, which means it is a region with a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, which share industry, infrastructure, and housing. So, I live in the greater metropolitan area of Melbourne.…

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The Melbourne Star Encore

Last month, my partner Theo and I went on the Melbourne Star. This week, we went again. For our birthdays (mine is in November and Theo’s in December), his sister and brother-in-law gave us encore tickets on the Melbourne Star. That means you can go twice within 30 days. The first time, we went around sunset. This time, we decided we wanted to see the night lights. As it turns out, it’s not that impressive.…

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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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Melbourne Restaurants

Today’s assignment in the Expat Blog Challenge is to write a restaurant review. I recently wrote about dining out in Melbourne. It’s not very often a pleasant experience for me and my Aussie partner. It’s too crowded. It’s too noisy. The portions are small. It’s so expensive. The service is mediocre. I need water. I need a napkin. By lemonade, do you mean a Sprite or lemonade? Nevertheless, I enjoy dining out because I like…

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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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Melbourne Dining Out Tips

Earlier this week I wrote about how despite the fact that both Americans and Australians speak English, we sometimes speak different versions of it. Similarly, we both have lips and tongues and teeth and tastes buds and we probably equally enjoy meeting our friends for coffee and eating out, but dining in Miami and dining in Melbourne are very different experiences. Here’s a little guide to eating out in Melbourne. I’m certain that Melbourne has…

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Resident of Where?

There are only six reasons a person may be excused from jury duty and being in another country is not one of them. Yes, I have been summoned to appear for jury duty in Miami-Dade County. One can only postpone for up to 60 days. It seems that the County actually expects me to spend $2k and fly in for jury duty. That, or invent teleportation. Talk about motivation. I couldn’t find a way to reach…

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Keep Your Cool: Surviving a Heatwave

Earlier this week, I blogged about the heatwave. Despite the fact that it gets really hot in Melbourne every year, hundreds of Aussies still suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and death due to exposure to extreme heat. Below are some tips collected from across the web as well as personal experience to help you stay cool and safe during one of Melbourne’s heatwaves. The first thing to keep in mind is that a heatwave…

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Heatwave

Melbournians love to talk about the weather. “Four seasons in a day,” they say. After a chilly start to the summer season, a heatwave hit Australia last week. Narrabi in New South Wales saw temperatures rise to 47.8°C (118.04°F). Here in Melbourne, we saw four consecutive days over 40°C (104°F). According to Carl Braganza, Manager of Climate Monitoring at the Bureau of Meteorology, it was the longest heatwave in 100 years. And yet, last week’s heatwave…

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