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”

International romance

We are going to a an Irish-Australian wedding this weekend. We have known the couple for the past two years and really hit it off as the men could reminisce of their homeland, while we women discussed international relationships. Didn’t I tell you I am in an Irish-Canadian marriage? Next weekend also marks our six-monthContinue reading “International romance”

With Spring comes change

The countdown is on, less than a few months until we pack up our beautiful life in Australia and relocate to the northern hemisphere. Who knows what awaits us on the other side of the equator? We have both now officially given our notice at work, started to tell friends of our plans and prettyContinue reading “With Spring comes change”

Obtuse observations

Ob·tuse ( b-t s , -ty s , b-) adj. ob·tus·er, ob·tus·est 1. a. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect. b. Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: an obtuse remark. c. Not distinctly felt: an obtuse pain. 2. a. Not sharp, pointed, or acute in form; blunt. The other day I was waitingContinue reading “Obtuse observations”