Category Things I love

Exploring the Royal Botanic Garden

After that glorious day at the beach, we decided we needed a day off to let out little sunburns subside, and to let our crevices remember what it felt like not to have sand everywhere. We set out for the Royal Botanic Garden, which Ananda had not yet seen, and which I was eager to […]

A day at Manly Beach

Beach day today! Because let’s be honest, that’s the whole point of being here: sun, surf, and hot lifeguards reminding you of all the ways you might die. We skipped beachy scene at Bondi and instead headed out to Manly Beach (so named because the British colonisers were so impressed by the manliness of the […]

Boxing Day at the opera house

The most iconic building in Australia is Sydney’s beautiful opera house. Jutting out into the harbour on a spit of land that had been used for centuries by aboriginal people for song and dance, the opera house is massive, unmissable, and mesmerising — and we had tickets for a guided tour first thing the day […]

Christmas Eve down under

Have I ever enjoyed the weather on Christmas Eve so much? I doubt it. Sunny and clear, in the high 70s and with a light breeze — it could not have been more perfect. I started the day with a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden. The lush expanse of green lawns and colourful flower […]

Australia for the Holidays!

All I want for Christmas is sun, beach and city. Sydney fits the bill! Wish me luck on the longest flight of my life… London to Perth, then on to Sydney in just under 24 hours. I may set a personal best for number of movies watched in a row. 😜

I’m in Luxembourg!

What do you do when you’re in Luxembourg right before Christmas? Eat all the cheese!!! First a delicious raclette with my business clients . . . . . . then a Mont d’Or, which is an entire little wheel of cheese that has been baked until melted, and into which you dip meats and potatoes. […]

I’m in Brooklyn!

Nothing like a quick hop across the pond to catch up with friends! A good excuse this time: Nicole, one of my good friends from Kennedy Center days, is getting married tomorrow and today is her birthday! Naturally we’re in the uber-hip neighbourhood of Williamsburg, and the hotel is all artisanal free range brick and […]