• What happens when you damage a rental car

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what will happen if you damage your rental car? Well, friends, you can rely on ol’ spatially challenged Castle here to deliver. On my recent East Coast road trip adventure, my friend Michael and I hired a car from Avis. To our great delight, when we went to pick it up […]

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  • Stillness

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    As the year winds up and many of us look forward to a break, consider this simple concept. Stillness. Think of water in nature. Movement stirs up sediment and it becomes murky. Remove that turbulence and the sediment sinks. Clarity returns. Over the next few weeks, find time to be still. Stop thinking. Stop doing. […]

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  • Summer holiday viewing/reading

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    I’m at the point in the year where I am ready to lie down for about a month. On the upside, this is also the exciting time when I plan what I am going to binge watch/read over the holidays. Let’s face it: no one has ever described me as ‘athletic’. As a recently new […]

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  • Christmas survival guide

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Most of us approach Christmas with genuine goodwill and positive intentions but that doesn’t mean that things always work out. Exhaustion, financial stress, heat, alcohol and lots of togetherness can lead to interpersonal friction that can ruin your whole festive season. With this in mind, psychotherapist and relationship specialist Melissa Ferrari says it’s important to be […]

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  • Too busy? Just stop

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    This time of year should be called Crabbymas: the festival of exhaustion that takes place before Christmas. Lots of us turn ourselves inside out getting to parties, end of year catch-ups, and hitting the shops to stock up on gift boxed pretzels and fruit mince pies. Some of us start to feel like our glass […]

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jump
Dec
17

JUMP!

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 […]

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new-years-resolutions
Dec
16

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 […]

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la-la-la-laos
Dec
15

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 […]

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berlin-zoo
Dec
14

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 […]

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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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