Category: Oceania

The World at Your Doorstep

I was standing in my doorway in Melbourne, with a cup of coffee in one hand, and signing for a registered letter with the other. The letter was from the Oslo county governor. A...

Great Ocean Road

Red Earth

My dearest red earth, The sound of your waves ricochets in my memory, and I miss you. It catches me off-guard, really. It will be a nice, sunny day on the top of Oslo....

Yarra Valley

Creeks

No, not creeks in your knees or creeks in the floors. Creeks–or cricks, in Iowan. On our trip back to Melbourne from the NSW coast, we crossed and saw several rivers and creeks–including the...

Bells Beach

Waves of Peace

I lay down on the board, and pretend to take a nap. The waves have died down a bit, allowing for some playtime in the water. The small waves gently hit my board, just...

Great Ocean Road

Getting OUT of the city

Had I been looking, I would have seen the wombat. Before moving to Australia 10 months ago, I had heard there was not much life in Australian nature. It was apparently pretty red, pretty...

Yarra Bend Park

Finding Nature in the City

G’day; it’s 23 C and sun: let’s go for a walk in Yarra Bend park! We’ve got our bag with water and some food. We’ve got proper shoes on and high spirits. The phone...

Sydney

Don’t give Leah the map

“Now that’s a city that captures you!” Becca exclaimed as our plane descended on Sydney’s skyline. Our faces quickly planted smack against the window, our eyes were wide with excitement. The skyline had us...

Beach

Om det å flytte

Du kunne ha sagt at Solveig (74) fra Tøyen har en mye mer spennende historie enn de fleste. Alan ikke verst, heller. Det var en søndagsmorgen i juni, og jeg hadde fortsatt litt hjemmelengsel....

Yarra River

That Melbourne Wind

Oh, so that’s what they mean by Melbourne wind! Today was windy. In fact, it’s 2am, and through my widow I hear buildings protesting and a hollow wind through the branches. In Iowa, it...