I recently had a conversation with some friends visiting from the United States. One of their overwhelming experiences from travelling in Australia was the genuine and trusting nature of Australians who, they observed: “were interested to help in any way and also to know us as individuals. There is an openness and trust that is … More The overwhelming kindness of others
Firstly, I have to say that this is not an ad for airbnb although I am an enormous fan of this relatively recent phenomenon in travel. airbnb is an online platform that allows people to rent out their homes or rooms to visitors from other parts of their country or the world. For those planning … More The world according to airbnb…
Decisions, decisions, decisions… Once you decide to pull up your roots and remove yourself from all the things that are known to you, the options and choices are suddenly numerous. When you are no longer tethered to the obligations and joys of history and community, the choices are wide open. And so, as we begin … More The Paralysis of Choice
Granada here we come… soon! It has been decided… we are going to live in Granada, Andalucía for one year. Despite never having set foot in this city, Granada has consistently come out on top of the “preferred places to live in Spain” list when tested against our criteria: A small/ medium city with a significant local … More Granada – Nos vemos pronto!
I have become obsessed with Europe and we still have 9 whole months to wait until our departure… Yes, it’s true, I am a planner and researcher and I have become obsessed with planning our year in Spain that is still 9 months away. It has led to great frustration in our household because I … More Something strange is happening to me
Recently I have had an ongoing conversation with the mum of a boy in my daughter’s class at school. Her name is Angelina and she and her family moved to Sydney from Barcelona six months ago. I am lucky that fate has brought us together with such timeliness. Angelina and I have become each other’s … More An ongoing conversation about Spain
Will our plans be scuppered by the European debt crisis? As we excitedly approach the countdown zone for our year in Spain, we have become attuned to everything “Spain”. Each day we lurch from bad news to worse news regarding the state of affairs in Spain and Europe as a whole, and we constantly discuss … More The European debt crisis and our year in Spain