• Poop

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    There is nothing quite like a good poop to make you feel better. The strange thing – even with all the talk of fermented foods, gut health, and probiotics – is that no one really talks about the end game. The Poop. I was shocked and delighted when a colleague of mine casually mentioned that she […]

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  • Joy

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    A few weeks back I read a wonderful post by Elizabeth Gilbert about how your soul is always guiding you towards joy (click here to read it). The basic premise is that the further you move away from what makes you joyful, the louder your soul will protest. Joy, not to be confused with pleasure, is […]

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  • Six things I didn’t know before I became a mum

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    It doesn’t matter how much time you have spent Googling and talking to people. There’s still a bunch of stuff that will surprise you – and, at times, blindside you – when you become a mum for the first time. Here are the main things that blew my mind. Sex is painful I had a […]

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  • Cockroaches

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Our apartment in Glebe is the epicentre of cockroach society. Every tier is represented. Every species. I have never known such activity as what happens in our kitchen after dark. Even when I opened my laptop (my laptop!), a tiny cockroach ran out. A couple of weeks ago I was feeding the baby in bed and […]

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  • Couples viewing

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Is this a new phenomenon? The mutual pleasure of loving a TV show so much that it becomes central to your relationship? The Spark and I have enjoyed many box sets and, in an alarmingly truthful moment, he once said that watching TV together is what we do best. That sounds kinda lame, right? That […]

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jaipur-sweets-elizabeth-st-sydney
Dec
9

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, […]

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worlds-worst-travel-photos
Dec
8

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 […]

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dr-congo
Dec
7

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 […]

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i-am-so-excited
Dec
6

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 […]

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going-swimmingly
Dec
3

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 […]

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Dec
2

Laura’s Word(s) of the Week: Dirty Dancing

Dance floors can be dirty, dangerous places, as illustrated by this tongue-twisting phrase: Dutch: Uw ongecoordineerde dansbeweging doodde bijna die persoon achter u. English translation: Your uncoordinated dance move almost killed that person behind you.

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travel-tales-bev-malzard
Dec
1

Travel Tales: Bev Malzard

Name: Bev Malzard Age: An interesting age. Occupation: Journalist/travel writer/magazine editor Favourite travel destination? Why?: Vietnam: the food, the people, scenery, the history, especially recent history. I was against conscription when Australia was sending boys to Vietnam to fight in that futile, unwinnable war; the energy of a nation working, rebuilding and with a dogged […]

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foreign-correspondent-tennille-duffy
Nov
29

Foreign Correspondent: Tennille Duffy

Name: Tennille Duffy     Age: 27 Occupation: Lawyer/Consultant for Human Rights NGO (non-government organisation) Where do you live?: New Delhi, India. Why did you move there?: For this job.  I applied for the experience and the adventure of living overseas. What do you love about your town/city?: The energy of the place is manic – you […]

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Nov
26

Laura’s Word(s) of the week: In bocca al lupo

‘In bocca al lupo’ means ‘Good luck’ in Italian. The literal meaning is ‘In the wolf’s mouth’. The appropriate response if someone wishes you luck is ‘Crepi il lupo’, meaning something along the lines of ‘The wolf will cark it.’ Dead wolf = success!

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drinks-paloma
Nov
25

Around the world in 80 drinks: Paloma

The Paloma from Mexico By Dan Kaufman When it comes to Mexican cocktails most people think of margaritas – yet according to Christophe Lehouz, the owner of Pocket Bar, in Mexico it’s the Paloma cocktail that’s arguably more popular. It could be because the teaming of grapefruit soda with tequila makes this much easier to […]

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