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view of Half Dome from Upper Yosemite Falls hike
North America USA

Yosemite: A veritable eden

“It was like lying in a great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more butiful than any built by the hand of man.” – President Teddy Roosevelt. The cliffs close in on you, as if you’re going down a bright…

North America USA

What to do with 48 hours in Seattle

It can be pretty easy to love Seattle on first sight. You need only glimpse it from the air to know this city has a stunning location. With downtown located on the deep blue shores of Elliot Bay and…

North America USA

Travelling Hawaii: Oahu

Hawaii. Palm trees and blue skies. Leis on arrival and hula dances at night. Surfing galore and a dose of luaus on the side. It paints a pretty picture, huh? And Oahu can be gorgeous, when the sun is shining,…

tourist in texan shooting range
North America USA

A tourist in a Texan shooting range

Some of you who know me a little better may be intrigued and slightly disturbed by this post’s title. Alas, it is as it seems. Despite heavy protestations, my Houstonian friend insisted I experience all of Texas’s fabulous culture,…

outsiders take on baseball
North America USA

An Australian perspective on baseball

Baseball. This sport has always gone over my head, much the same as cricket. The game seems to consist of tobacco-chewing blokes failing to hit a heavy ball with a thin wooden bat? If they succeed at this, they fail…