Gothenburg Gardens

On my second morning in Gothenburg, I visited the botanical gardens, and later on I sent my parents a message saying: “If it were possible to die of happiness I’d be a goner!” Anyone who has read my travel blog will recall that botanical gardens are amongst my must-sees in any city. Also on that…

Gothenburg “Gatas”

It was miserable weather when I arrived, but I liked Gothenburg as soon as I stepped off the ship that had departed from Frederikshavn in north Jylland, Denmark. The crossing took 3.5 hours, which I spent eating and trying to avoid loud families. After walking for about 15 minutes in the rain, dragging my old…

Bedbug

Today is the fourth day that I have spent relegated to my bed due to what I can only assume is the black plague (the doctor says influenza but he’s not my usual doctor). It’s nasty and brutal but, alas, not short. The nothingness of each day blurs one into the next and I’m almost…

Watch it Begin Again

Earlier this year I moved to Sydney from Perth to do my PhD. I tried really hard to make this happen. I put a great deal of effort into my scholarship application for the University of Sydney and fought off annoying questions about why I didn’t choose a different uni. It’s tempting to answer that…

Regular Demons

I had my life sorted there, for a little while. I ticked all the usual “important life things” boxes: a new city with a new job, friends, a place to live and a study scholarship at a good uni. I even met a nice boy to drive me places and to put my bookshelf together…

Musings on Melbourne Coffee

I don’t think that I will ever be able to wean myself off coffee. Dairy was relatively easy; sugar as well. But coffee hits the spot in the same way that a good beer or some hot chips do, and there is no substitute. Not dandelion, not rooibos, not chicory. There was a time when…

Eastern Promises

The east coast of Australia promises a lot. For a start, the east coast is comprised mainly of capital cities (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne) and other major regions like the Central Coast, Sunshine Coast and Goldcoast as well as the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Cut to the west coast and it’s possibly more beautiful…

Things Adelaide Does BADLY

I could talk about Adelaide all day. For one thing, other people aren’t talking about which makes it all the more appealing (I still remember being in Year 3 Art class and listening to every single other child talk about Big Brother. I hadn’t seen it. I didn’t want to see it. I had no…

Things Adelaide Does Well

My tour, which took me from Alice Springs to King’s Canyon, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Coober Pedy (did I mention it is a pile of sand? Yeah. I’m pretty sure Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days was set there…) and the Flinders Ranges in 6 days, finished up in Adelaide where I was well and truly ready for…

Can you take a picture of me and my beer? Oh, and Uluru…

The difficult thing about visiting any kind of world-wonder is that you are always going to have some expectations. I was surprised that the Eiffel Tower is not visible from every little cobblestone alleyway in Paris, because in films it is always right there in the background. Likewise with Hollywood sign; you have to get…

Desert Therapy

Six months of Perth was getting me down. I was no longer 40 quid and the classic combination of EasyBus/Ryanair away from some foreign city. I was in “the most isolated capital city in the world”, where the next closest capital city is a three hour flight away. It was time to do what I…

Home is Such a Lonely Place

The first time I went overseas was when I went on student exchange to England. It was a safe choice, because I’d never travelled by myself so far away and for so long, but it was still difficult. Sometimes it was lonely. I remember that around that time blink-182 released their new album, Neighborhoods, and…