Author: Natalie

“It’s only an imaginary vigil that we keep…”

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Beauty / Uncategorized

I knew the second I touched it that I’d lost it. It bounced, almost in slow motion, while I looked on horrified. Then it shattered on the tiled floor in a way that left me with absolutely no doubt that it was completely unrecoverable. With a mixture of disappointment and disgust I picked up as many pieces of the broken blue glass as possible and threw them in the bin. As something of a beauty […]

Auckland.

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Oceania / Travel / Uncategorized

“Last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart.” Rudyard Kipling. Australians are the great adventurers of the world. It takes us so long to get to most places that we almost always go big, then go home. But despite living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, I would wager more people are planning a trip to Paris or New York this year than the Great Barrier Reef, Broome or Uluru. I think maybe we’re […]

“If vanity’s my vitamin…”

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I remember exactly where I was when this photo was taken. I was sitting on a cobblestone street in Prague, on the other side of the Charles Bridge towards the castle. Doorway of an old building. Starbucks hidden across the other side of the street. Not too hot and not too cold. Air infused with a golden light thanks to the combination of butter-yellow paint on nearby buildings and streaming sunlight. In a few minutes […]

Berlin.

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Europe / Travel / Uncategorized

“You are crazy, my child. You must go to Berlin.” Franz von Suppe. You don’t have to travel very far across Europe to see the scars still present from the two world wars past; and, that being the case, all roads historical lead naturally to Germany. So it would be easy to have expectations about the country and it’s long divided capital. Whatever mine were – my recollection is uncertain on this point – by […]

“And it’s crazy how lately now it just seems to come in waves…”

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I got lost trying to find my accomodation the first time I went to Paris. It was grey and rainy and I ran into a video shop for help, trying to understand the attendant’s broken English and relay my dilemma with a French vocabulary that didn’t extend much further than “bonjour”. I couldn’t event tell you where it was that I stayed now. It was a little hostel somewhere way on the outskirts of the […]

Los Angeles.

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North America / Travel / Uncategorized

“She stood there bright as the sun on that California coast…” Bob Seger There are few cities in the world as misunderstood as Los Angeles. For years I’ve listened to the common refrain from returning Australians, who tell you they don’t like it. They stop there on a trip to somewhere else (usually New York) and complain that the city is touristy, dirty, soul-less, difficult. There’s cars everywhere. You can’t walk anywhere. I’m gonna beg […]

“We could of had it all / Rollin’ in the deep…”

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I left my bloody runners in a hotel room in Vienna. They weren’t especially special – black Nike Frees I’d bought for about sixty bucks at a shoe warehouse on Sunset Boulevard in LA – but it was annoying to have to pay to replace something due to my own forgetfulness. Shoes are such a critical part of any trip; bring the wrong ones and you curse yourself to hours of sore feet or a […]

London.

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“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Samuel Johnson. I’ve been to some incredible places around the world but from the moment I stepped off that plane into London 12 years ago, it had my heart. It was the first major international city I visited and it’s still my favourite. I absolutely love London. I’ve been there four times now; the most recent visit was only just over a month […]

To begin at the beginning.

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I didn’t grow up with a dream of travelling. I wasn’t the kid who marked exotic locations off on maps, the teen who planned a backpacking adventure, the young adult who couldn’t wait to see the world. I was the Sagittarian who would read the descriptions for their horoscope, the ones that said we were the travellers of the zodiac, and laugh. “Wrong!” I thought. I didn’t go overseas until I was 28, a trip […]