The Challenge of Language

How long may you spend in a country before you make an effort to learn the language? I have been visiting Croatia regularly for three years. I have even had a couple of jobs here and now have decided to settle here for a while. But I still can’t speak Croatian. I don’t blame myself […]

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August 6, 2008 by
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Things I Love about Prague: Castles, Charles Bridge, Cake

My sister wanted to go to Prague. I had always resisted the place but she was coming all the way from Australia so I dutifully got online and booked flights and hotels. Why had I resisted? It’s meant to be the jewel of the ex-communist world, the prettiest, the most cultural, the place that seems […]

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August 5, 2008 by
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Vatican Guide: Vatican Tours, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s

Piazza San Pietro in Rome So, I’ve been to the smallest country in the world. Just 0.44 sq km (0.17 sq mile) in size; main exports: stamps, tourist items and publications; population: 900. Great architecture, a pretty incredible art collection, and a police force who wear the oddest uniform in the world and are from […]

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August 3, 2008 by
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A Cure for Jet Lag in Brisbane

This is the third in a three-part series on beating jet lag after a long flight to Australia. If you’re touching down in Sydney or Melbourne, read our tips for overcoming jet lag in Sydney or overcoming jet lag in Melbourne. This installment is all about beating jet lag after an arrival in Brisbane. Beat […]

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July 31, 2008 by
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Things I Love about Poland: Krakow, Bison, Mountains

Sightseeing in Poland Rumour has it that some years ago, deep under the cover of the EU night, I snuck (that’s right, snuck, not sneaked, snook or sneakered) across the border from Central Europe into the deep dark East. Poland to be precise. Like a secret double agent, only single and not so secret, I […]

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July 30, 2008 by
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Only in Las Vegas: Weddings from Classic to Cheesy

Las Vegas wedding – the classy version Las Vegas is known for many things – gambling, neon, mega-resorts and, of course, the infamous “quickie wedding.” Obviously not all weddings in Vegas are last-minute drunken and debauched events! In fact, almost 50% of weddings that are booked in Las Vegas are carefully planned in advance, right […]

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July 26, 2008 by
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London’s Hyde Park, An Ode

There are times in London when the sun shines and – because it’s been pouring with rain and blowing with wind for what seems like an eternity – the quality of that sun shining is, well, it just makes you head for a park. Just drop everything you had planned, phone in sick, shut down […]

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July 25, 2008 by
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Why Lara loved her after-hours Vatican Tour

Let’s face it, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel – holding one of the world’s richest collections of art – is one of the unmissable sights in Rome. That you must visit it is without question. How you do it is another issue, depending on time and resources. As we stroll the 15-minute walk from St Peter’s Square, or Piazza St Pietro, along Viale Vaticano, around the colossal block that’s home to the St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, to the museum entrance, we can’t help but think how incredibly lucky we are.

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July 22, 2008 by
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Hold My Hand, Miss Jane: Travels with Squiggle

Editor’s Note: If you miss Mr Squiggle as much as Jack clearly does, sign the petition to bring Mr Squiggle back! For those of you born without eyes and ears and a television in Australia, or you just don’t know, Mr Squiggle was one of the longest-running children’s television programs on national (non-commercial) television in […]

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July 18, 2008 by
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Guest Blogger: Jeff’s Post-Flight Recap

Editor’s Note: Jeff Gates’ is off and running again. Catch up on his posts from last summer or his first post from his most recent trip to Spain. This is his second post from Spain. Jeff is the New Media Lead Producer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Managing Editor for its blog, Eye […]

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July 17, 2008 by
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