Calico Ghost Town – Mojave Desert, California

There are two types of ghost towns in America. The first are the modern ghost towns – the depressing and tragic reality of the American economy. On a drive through the Mid-West you’ll pass many abandoned and derelict small towns. It’s scary how new and contemporary some of the buildings look in these modern ghost […]

Winter in Canada: The Reality

Unless you’ve been hibernating, you’d know that Canada and the United States have been hit by the polar vortex this Winter, turning the entire area into Winterfell. This April 2014, we’re coming up to six months of snow. Six months of snow. Every time an Australian friend proclaims how lovely that would be, I get the […]

Recipe Wednesday: Almond Butter Cups – Delicious and Healthy Version of Peanut Butter Cups

Well, they’re as healthy as home-made Reese’s peanut butter cups can be. I use organic and natural ingredients in my desserts, so I maintain that as they are not processed, they count as one of my daily meals and legitimately go towards the nutrients required in my recommended daily intake! And, they’re ridiculously easy to […]

Lilianfels Resort & Spa – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Picking a hotel for your wedding night can be a little stressful.  We wanted somewhere that was luxurious and comfortable. Somewhere with sprawling views of the bush and sky, yet easy to get to  our wedding venue on the cliff face above the Leura Cascades. I also wanted a place where I’d never woken up with […]

Fresh on Spadina – Toronto, Canada

It may be excruciatingly difficult to get a good vegetarian or vegan meal in Toronto pubs and restaurants, but Toronto is also home to some of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants I’ve ever tried. My favourite here is Fresh. It’s a casual chain restaurant in Toronto that caters to vegetarians and vegans. Most meals […]

Recipe Wednesday: Kale and Tofu Dumplings

These dumplings are like little ninjas.  They’re stealthily healthy, and delicious. They’re also super easy to make and you can freeze them for later. Ingredients: Dumplings  1 block of firm tofu. Kale. Rip the leaves off the stalks until you have about six handfuls. ½ a white onion. 1 tbsp  of ginger. 3 garlic cloves. […]

Niagara Falls Through The Seasons

The weather in North America varies from Indonesian-level heat and humidity in summer, to Russian-level extreme cold and snow in winter. Some of my cousins also live in this part of the world, and we each have fairly strong and varied opinions on the weather here. Below is a conversation from Facebook: Cousin 1: Snow Again???!!?? […]

Bottomless Lakes State Park – Roswell, New Mexico, United States

If you only stopped in Roswell’s main town, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all alien paraphernalia and 50s diners. And for dwelling on the confrontingly high level of morbid obesity in the area. But if you drive 30 minutes past town out to Bottomless Lakes, you’ll find a place of unexpected beauty – […]

The Power Plant – Toronto, Canada

Driving back from Newcastle to Sydney one Sunday afternoon, North Nomad and I took a “shortcut”. The shortcut doubled our return trip, and took us through Wolf Creek territory. Driving through the semi-rural regional area about 40 minutes out of Newcastle, we hit a stretch of road that was deserted but for one house. One […]