‘We’re not tourists…We’re just in between homes.’

‘We’re not tourists…We’re just in between homes.’

‘It’s ok, we’re not tourists’ smiled my friend, Liv, to the bemused young guys on the 333 bus heading to Bondi.  Each with a large suitcase, and that ‘I’ve been travelling all day’ look, it was a reasonable assumption that we might yet another pair of young tourist tripping out to Bondi. ‘We’re actually moving’ followed up Liv. She was being charitable to say ‘We’re moving’.  The correct answer was ‘I’m helping my friend here, yes the moody looking girl, move between houses.  We’ve been riding around Sydney all day…

Empire of the Mind

Empire of the Mind

Every six months, I meet up for a coffee and a chat with a gorgeous friend of mine. I’ll natter about university, work, my latest exciting recipe or purchase, and in return she’ll modestly regale me with tales of saving rainforests in Brazil, internships in Geneva, orphans in Madagascar and hot summers in New York. If she wasn’t so fantastic and genuinely interested in my tales, I’d feeling a bit self-conscious saying things like ‘Oh yes, well when the soup started to turn blue….’ or ‘You should have seen me…

Oral Indicators

Oral Indicators

I was talking to a Canadian recently about the raised-in-#canada Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds. I remarked that Reynolds was doing quite well (he was voted People magazine’s 2010 Sexiest Man Alive) and then I commented that ‘He would have had to dump his Canadian accent when he crossed the border.’ The Canadian I was talking to replied ‘What Canadian accent? There isn’t one.’ Clichés about ‘out and about in a boat’ aside, yes of course there is a ‘Canadian accent’ just as there is an Irish, Scottish, Australian, German and…

Sleeping With Strangers

Sleeping With Strangers

I have often thought that undertaking air #travel today is like being a contestant on some mad, and quite sadistic, tv game show.  Think ‘Amazing Race’ but with bite. From the moment you arrive at the airport, the whole affair is designed to test your patience, sanity and ability to perform under pressure (or extreme exhaustion).  You want to go on holiday? See your family? Get somewhere for business? How. Bad. Do. You. Want. It?! Just how much of your own dignity are you willing to give up in order…