Category: Asia Pacific

Altona Beach

Compromise is a beautiful thing. Today, Ken and I came together and found some middle ground on how to spend our Saturday, which also happened to be Grand Final day in Australia. Grand final day down under is similar to Superbowl Sunday in the states, only slightly more intense. Pretty much everything shuts down, and all eyes are on the… Read more →

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Werribee Mansion

The weather in Melbourne is finally getting nice, so Ken and I took advantage of this pleasant change by taking a day trip to Werribee Mansion and rose garden. When we arrived mid-morning there were families already set up on the grass around the mansion playing frisbee, reading, and enjoying the beautiful day. Ken and I headed to the mansion’s… Read more →

Hiking Tower Hill with Kangaroos

A Bit About Weekend Getaways Ken and I have taken a fair bit of weekend trips since I moved to Australia. Before I moved here, Ken hadn’t done much of this sort of thing, so in a lot of ways we are both exploring this country together. We are slowly getting better at figuring out what makes a successful trip.… Read more →

What’s Good About Warrnambool?

Why Warrnambool? Warrnambool might not be on many must see lists for visiting Australia, but really, it should be. Victoria is such a beautiful part of Australia with so many small towns, like Warrnambool that look more appropriate in a period film than in the year 2015. On top of the small town charm, Warrnambool has a very popular tourist… Read more →

Healesville Sanctuary 

Ken and I left early on Saturday morning heading to a small town called Healesville, about 2.5 hours away from our house. We had some strange weather that morning with clouds rolling in and out and the sun making sporadic appearances on a mostly dreary day. The weather did make for some nice photo opportunities. These are some of my… Read more →

Collingwood Children’s Farm farmers’ market

Over this past weekend I experienced my first Australian farmers market and, like most things, the Aussie version of a farmers market is very different from the ones I’m familiar with back home in Chicago. This particular farmers market doubles as a children’s farm, so while you are doing some shopping, your kids can go brush the cows. The vibe… Read more →

Australia: Road Trip

After an amazing first day hanging out with Ken and meeting his family in person, I was ready for a restful night sleep, however I was so excited about the next day’s adventure I couldn’t manage to shut off my brain. The next day Ken and I were headed out on an all day road trip traveling on the Great… Read more →