Australia

Koala Bear in Sydney

Visiting Australia

General Tips: Australia is a very expensive country. Be prepared to pay more for just about everything. Tipping – most Australians don’t tip. I felt very awkward about this, given that everyone expects a tip in the US, and I…


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Sydneysiders Come Together to Honor the Martin Place Tragedy

The following post was written by a dear friend of mine from Sydney Australia, Laura White. Laura is a longtime friend and colleague, and a very proud Sydneysider. Laura, like many others were deeply affected by the horror of the…


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I Ate Kangaroo And I Liked It

Although kangaroos are a protected species, there are so many of them that they are widely regarded as as a nuisance, and they are hunted by professional hunters according to a strict quota system enforced by the government.  While many Australians…


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Australia’s Great Ocean Road

Australia’s Great Ocean Road is a scenic road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the cities of Torquay and Allansford. Australia’s Great Ocean Road stretches for 151 miles and was built by soldiers between 1919 and 1932.  The road is…


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White Night Melbourne Australia

White Night Melbourne was held this past weekend (February 22nd) from 7pm to 7am. Yes, you read that right, 7pm to 7am. I had been forewarned that the streets would be closed and the city would be crazy, but I…


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The Westin Sydney: Update

I originally posted about the Westin Sydney after spending Christmas and Boxing Day at the hotel.  I fell madly in love with the Westin and swore I would find a way to get back. Well, it turned out that about 3 weeks…


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Longrain Melbourne – Restaurant Review

Back in December one of my bosses recommended I try a Thai restaurant in Melbourne called Longrain. I work for a tech firm, so it’s pretty rare that I get phenomenal restaurant recommendations from people at work – I’m more…


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Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney, Australia Hotel Review

Hotel rates in Sydney – and all of Australia for that matter – are shocking during high season (Australian Summertime = US Winter) and so I ended up at a Holiday Inn Potts Point paying $198 AUD/night (about $203 USD…