• A Resolution of Sorts

    By Wednesday, February 4, 2015 0 No tags Permalink

    When I was younger, I loved reading and couldn't get enough of it. My stepdad read stories to me every night, as well as my grandmothers when I was at their houses. As I went into my teenage years, I became more interested in the Internet and TV and slowly drifted away from my once joyous hobby. However, ...

  • Australia Day

    By Tuesday, January 27, 2015 2 No tags Permalink

    Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi! Yesterday, we celebrated Australia Day (or as I like to call it - Straya Day)! It happens every year on January 26th to mark the anniversary of the first fleet of British ships arriving here in Australia (which happened in 1788), so it's sort of like the 'founding day' of the ...

  • Summertime in Melbourne

    By Thursday, January 22, 2015 2 No tags Permalink

    You know that Christmas song: "There's no place like home for the holidays"? Well, I'd like to revise it for this post to: "There's no place like Melbourne for the summer". I thought it was fun during Christmastime, but this place is buzzing during the summer, and we are loving it! Although the weather is still somewhat temperamental ...

  • Melbourne: Coffee Capital of the World

    By Thursday, January 8, 2015 2 No tags Permalink

    Okay, okay, so I don't know if that's a legitimate title Melbourne holds, but they ought to! If there is one thing that sets this amazing place apart from the rest of the world (in addition to, you know, being the most livable city), it is definitely the coffee as I'm sure I mentioned an obnoxious ...

  • A Look Back… and Looking Forward

    By Thursday, January 1, 2015 2 No tags Permalink

    Sorry for the not-so-great quality! I took the video with my iPhone. Kelly: Wow, what a year it's been. Last New Years, we rang in the new year in Langebaan (an hour outside of Cape Town, South Africa) with my dad and stepmom and watched the fireworks from their window. It was such a wonderful way to welcome a new ...

  • An Aussie Christmas

    By Wednesday, December 31, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

    A very merry (belated) Christmas, everyone! We sincerely hope it was a very fun and wonderful day/season for you and your loved ones. Will and I definitely enjoyed our day, and our very first Aussie Christmas :-). We had such a fun-filled and relaxing day with Americans and Aussies alike at an 'orphans Christmas' (all ...

  • Mateship

    By Friday, December 19, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

    According to the official Australian citizenship document, mateship is "helping and receiving help from others, especially in difficult times", while Wikipedia calls mateship an "Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship". Much like South Africa's ubuntu, it is this ideology that kicks in naturally when an individual or community is in need, and is the glue - ...

  • It’s Christmas Time in the City

    By Sunday, December 14, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

    City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas.   I'm not even going to lie... I've been listening to Christmas music daily since before Thanksgiving - and I've loved every minute of it. It's my absolute favorite holiday - family, the music, decorations, and just the overall excitement in the air! I've celebrated Christmas ...

  • Taking It All In

    By Sunday, December 7, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

    This is a bit of a short and sappy, albeit deep post, so bear with me ;-) In our day and age, it's become easy to put in our headphones when we go anywhere. I know that I usually do it any chance I get. I couldn't be in the car without blasting my favorite Spotify ...

  • Thanksgiving in Melbourne

    By Monday, December 1, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

    Although Thanksgiving isn't my favorite holiday (sorry, Christmas definitely has me wrapped around its finger), I will never pass up the opportunity to celebrate it, aka binge on delicious, delicious food. It was so comforting to be able to celebrate it with fellow Americans, because for some of us, it was our first holiday in Australia away from ...

  • Melbourne: Four Seasons in One Day

    By Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2 No tags Permalink

    When we first moved to Melbourne, I was always told that you're bound to experience 'four seasons in one day' here. I always chuckled and laughed it off as some cliche saying that everyone says about their city. In Virginia, we've experienced our share of crazy weather - from the hot sun beating down to ...