Out of office: SheGone

Hello, Thank you for your email. I am currently getting on a plane to Johannesburg and will be returning with tales of deepest, darkest Africa on Tuesday January 5th, 2010. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and a very big thank you for your support in 2009! Love youse, Em x



Looking over the edge of an open cargo dock at 10,000 feet, your mind empties. No thoughts. Just fear. And then then you lift your knees, cross your arms over your chest and the instructor leans forward into nothingness. Deafening wind and falling and more air than you can possibly inhale. You’re struggling to breathe […]

New Year’s resolutions


It’s about this time of year that I start to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Motivational types always says that if you want to succeed in achieving goals, you should tell people about them so, without any further ado, here are my resolutions for 2010: Learn Spanish Mr and Mrs Deans (note: that’s me […]

La la la Laos


La la la Laos By Georgia Keighery I have to say this – when we arrived in Vang Vieng, Laos, after a five hour drive from Luang Prabang, I was completely underwhelmed. Luang Prabang, in Northern Laos was a divine little enclave of easy pace, cliffside temples, and handcrafted silver in picturesque night-markets. Conversely, arriving […]

Berlin Zoo


Berlin Zoo By Thea Easterby It was definitely love at first sight.  The moment I walked into the Berlin Zoo and laid eyes on my first giant panda, I was in love. Luckily my timing was perfect.  For Bao Bao, it was feeding time.  After snacking on an apple, it was onto the main course […]

Jaipur Sweets, Elizabeth St, Sydney


The next best thing to being in a country is finding a restaurant that excels at its cuisine. On my bus ride to work in the morning, I pass African, Turkish, Italian, Peruvian and even Scandanavian restaurants (try the Viking Glogg – it’s just like mulled wine but with sultanas in it – yum!). Now, […]

World’s worst travel photos


There was a funny story that ran on news.com.au yesterday about an Indian man named Kashi Sammadar who has allegedly taken the worst travel photos ever. To see the full story, please visit http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/are-these-the-worst-travel-photos-ever/story-e6frfq80-1225807015544 What struck me about this story was not that Mr Sammadar’s photos were crap (and believe me, they were). What deeply appealed […]

Dr Congo


I am a stickler for GPs that bulk bill and for this reason, I have run the gauntlet of semi-retired, semi-insane doctors that work at these government-funded practices. The doctor that shuffled into the surgery on the day in question was no exception. I have seen him before and his world weariness combined with his fragile grasp on the Queen’s language make you feel a […]

I am so excited …


It’s only ten days until I go to Africa for the first time. I just finished reading Swahili for the Broken-Hearted by Peter Moore (thanks Mici) and it has given me a bit more perspective about what I am in for. Peter travelled from Cape Town to Cairo so I will only be experiencing a […]

Going swimmingly


One thing that I always associate with travel – or more accurately, holidays – is swimming. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been obsessed with it. There is a photo of me, taken when I was about four years old, that is incontrovertible proof of this fact. I am wearing swimmers and a snorkel […]