Oh Canada

We have been in my home country, Canada, for two weeks now and have noticed just a few things. – We will never be warm enough. The mercury’s been solid since we’ve been here, never straying too far from -10. That’s Celsius people. – Our dollars are stretching further. Between home cooking, $5 breakfasts andContinue reading “Oh Canada”

The adventure begins

We are sitting at the airport in the lounge waiting to board our flight. We’ve made multiple weigh-ins and the check in area bins are now stuffed with toiletries, runners, magazines and other odds and ends that were weighing us down. Literally. We couldn’t get through until I moved my belongings around and I’m nowContinue reading “The adventure begins”

A day at the Races

Last week I celebrated my last Melbourne Cup Race in Australia for a while. Mind you, the fact I’ve never been to Victoria or Flemington Racecourse during Melbourne Cup Carnival never stops me from getting into the spirit! We had morning tea and lunch at work, where we entered the ‘sweeps’ and I even madeContinue reading “A day at the Races”

Movements

Last week we packed up our suitcases and moved the few kilometres to Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD), into our temporary apartment that will be home for the next seven weeks. I was sad to say goodbye to the neighbourhood we had lived in for the past few years, with its jacaranda lined streets andContinue reading “Movements”

Coffee culture

Yesterday I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, especially since moving to Australia. I learned how to make coffee. Not just instant, filtered or drip coffee you can get in a diner or fast food joint. I learned how to make proper espresso. I took a course at Merlo Coffee inContinue reading “Coffee culture”

The big questions

We have started telling friends we’re leaving Australia at the end of this year. The furniture is for sale and we are getting ready to move into a temporary apartment until we fly out in mid-December.   I will miss our street but I won’t miss all of the big questions: “Do you have yourContinue reading “The big questions”

Melbourne weekend

Now that you know how much of a struggle it was for me to get to Melbourne, let me fill you in on what we did. We ate lazy weekend breakfasts in St Kilda and at the Fleur Depot de Pain near our hotel on Albert Park.   We wandered into the CBD, tramming itContinue reading “Melbourne weekend”

Seasoned traveller?

I thought I was pretty experienced when it comes to air travel, but boy was I proven wrong on my last trip to Melbourne.   Despite my multipurpose layers, minimal shoes, tiny toiletries and under 7 kilos of checked luggage, I managed to get pulled up by security for trying to sneak scissors on board.Continue reading “Seasoned traveller?”

Social butterfly

I am presenting my first face-to-face workshop next week on Twitter and LinkedIn basics for business. While I have done public speaking in Canada and Australia, including live interviews, radio spots and more recently, presenting and facilitating webinars online, this will be a new challenge for me. It helps that I have been using bothContinue reading “Social butterfly”