How to Fall in Love With an Australian Pirate (Part 1)

We met in that classic meeting place: a bar. Cherry Bar was my favourite in Melbourne; a dirty, grungy establishment tucked down an alleyway with graffiti all over the walls and more smokers outside the doors than punters dancing inside. At 26, I’d just spent six months solo travelling southeast Asia and was adjusting to … More How to Fall in Love With an Australian Pirate (Part 1)

Thank you, next

If you’d have told 18-year-old me that I’d be single in my early 30s, I’m not sure how I would have reacted. Perhaps, at 18, I hadn’t yet had enough exposure to the societal norm of ‘settle down; make babies; live a quiet life’ to feel the pressure to do such a thing. Anyway, such … More Thank you, next

Under the Olive Trees – A Yoga Retreat in Montenegro

A couple of months ago I went on a week-long yoga and meditation retreat that involved silent breakfasts and vegetarian food. And it wasn’t the least bit pretentious or wank-y. Seriously. The awkward thing about booking onto a yoga and meditation retreat is that then you have to tell people you are going on one. … More Under the Olive Trees – A Yoga Retreat in Montenegro

Wildlife watching in Southern Africa: What to see that isn’t the ‘Big Five’

For most people, the aim of going on a safari in Southern Africa is to spot some or all of the ‘Big Five’. That’s the lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard, by the way – animals that are notoriously difficult for hunters to successfully kill. I’ve managed four so far but the king of the … More Wildlife watching in Southern Africa: What to see that isn’t the ‘Big Five’