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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Top 5 Attractions Under $50 in Melbourne

I received the following infographic from the PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport hotel and I thought I would share it. It’s a great little guide to some terrific local attractions. I’ve never mentioned Degraves Street, one of Melbourne’s awesome laneways. It’s definitely worth checking out. Thanks to PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport Hotel for the creation of this attractions in Melbourne graphic. View Larger Image. Do you know of any other budget-friendly things to do and see in Melbourne?

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Inspire9, a Coworking Space

A few weeks ago I attended a Girl Geek workshop about WordPress at Inspire9 and I just had to blog about this terrific concept and amazing place. Inspire9 is a coworking space. That is, a shared working environment. Unlike a typical working environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same employer. They are work-at-home professionals, freelancers, independent contractors, and other types of workers who end up working alone. There are many advantages to…

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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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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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Djembe Fiesta

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I picked up African drumming classes. After a whopping four lessons at Melbourne Djembe, I’m hitting the big stage. Well, it’s probably a smallish stage, but the fact that I’ll be performing at all is pretty impressive considering I kind of suck. This is what happens when you start music or dance classes at the end of the year. You end up in the end-of-the-year student performance.…

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African Drumming and Fed Square

Federation Square is one of my favorite places in Melbourne. Fed Square is a large civic and cultural center containing cafes, restaurants, and museums, and shops.  It’s also home to many events such as book markets, poetry readings, wine tastings, and cultural festivals. The best part is that almost all the events at Fed Square are free.  Every Wednesday through December 18, Fed Square is hosting African drumming workshops led by Asanti Dance Theatre. It just…

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Myer Christmas Windows: Gingerbread Friends

Last week, Myer Melbourne unveiled its 58th Myer Christmas Animated Windows. I wasn’t there for the noon unveiling at the Bourke Street Mall, which featured the Salvation Army Australia Songsters, Aussie soprano and actress Mariona Prior, and, of course Santa Claus and his elves, but I happened to be in the city later that afternoon, and I walked down to have a look. This year’s theme is a tribute to the children’s book Gingerbread Friends by Jan…

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The Melbourne Cup 2013

Yesterday was the famous Melbourne Cup race and Theo and I had “smashing” good time. We woke up bright and early, had a hearty breakfast, packed a light lunch, and hopped on the train from our suburb into Flinders Street Station. A fun Elvis impersonator was there to guide people to the right trains and we were at Flemington Racecourse just a little after 9am. Mother Nature was on our side. It was a bright…

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Spring Racing Fashion

Earlier this month I entered a guest blog competition at SportsBet for a chance to win two tickets to the Melbourne Cup, the three-and-a-half-minute horse race that stops the nation. And I won! Thank you very much, dear readers, friends, and family for putting up with my spam-like requests to Like my entry and for making me the winner. And of course, big thanks to SportsBet for the opportunity and generous prize. That’s one hurdle over.…

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5 Reasons to Attend the Melbourne Cup

A representative from SportsBet.com.au approached me about entering its guest blog competition on the subject of the Melbourne Cup, the horse race that stops the nation. I blogged about the Melbourne Cup last year. I don’t follow horse racing, but the Melbourne Cup is unique in that it attracts people who are otherwise not interested in the sport and it’s one of the biggest betting events in Australia. I got into the spirit of it…

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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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