Evergreen Brickworks – Toronto, Canada

I don’t know if Toronto was always a densely packed urban jungle, or if that is the influence of residential construction and condo living in recent years. But when compared to cities like Sydney and San Francisco, I’ve noticed how thick the urbanisation is in Toronto. The condo skyline reminds me of New York’s, and the […]

Hoover Dam – Las Vegas, Nevada

There is more to Las Vegas than gambling, drinking, shows (and show girls), and more gambling, and more drinking and more show girls. Hoover Dam, previously called Boulder Dam, sits in the Black Canyon (part of the Colorado River) on the border of Arizona and Nevada. And it’s a major tourist attraction, with almost one million […]

Native Foods Cafe – Newport Beach, California

It’s rare that the Nomads eat at a restaurant that has a wide range of choices for South Nomad. Usually it’s chips, or garden salad, or one menu item without the cheese, or eggs, or the dressing (or without the meat, in the worst cases). On the rare occasion we do visit a restaurant or […]

Shark & Ray Snorkelling Tour – Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Ever seen a muscular French Polynesian man make out with a sting ray? We have! The resorts at Bora Bora have a variety of water based activities and sports for their clientele to enjoy. We chose the Snorkel Safari group tour with Moana Tours. If you’re staying on the main island, Moana Tours can pick you up […]

Art & About in Toronto, Canada

What Identifies a City? The Nomads visited New York in 2012. It was a seriously fun trip, but I was somewhat bemused by the city itself. This was the city everyone raved up?  Sure, there’s lots of stuff do. And there’s the culture. Everyone will remind you of “the culture”. But…it’s just a city. When […]

Lake Lyell and Lyell Dam – Lithgow, Australia

Summers in Australia can be brutal. In 2013 and 2014, temperatures soared close to 50 degrees Celcius/120 degrees Farenheit. Meanwhile in Canada and America, we were clutched by the icy fingers  of the polar vortex. The Nomads used to live on the beaches in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with North Nomad living right on Australia’s most […]

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 […]

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 […]

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???!!?? […]