Archive for February, 2011

Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Hill Country, travel, Travel diary

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

While the rest of the world continued to throw the end of all hissy-fits, I had a holiday. You may have already read a little about me and MY Sri Lanka (yes, that’s right, I own it now), but now comes the interesting bit. When we decided to go to […]

February 28, 2011 ×

predictions

Is this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius?

Is this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius?

Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Morocco, to some degree Syria, and everybody is wondering about Saudi Arabia. Ever feel there is something pretty big going on? When I was growing up, one of my mum’s best friends had a son called Justin, and he’s always thought outside the very […]

February 26, 2011 ×

embracing culture, hotels, no children, slow service, Sri Lanka, travel

The Bleak House

The Bleak House

Can you guess where I am? I am standing in the shadow of a dark and imposing bluestone mansion, at least I would be in shadow if there were any sun. Mist creeps around me, leaving moisture on every surface, too small to see, but easy enough to feel. The […]

February 23, 2011 ×

Colombo, hotels, Sri Lanka, travel

I remember yesterday…

I remember yesterday…

Well, I’m home. I’m sitting in my back yard in that surreal passage of time where holiday has not been over for long enough to transport your astral body back to ground zero. But very quickly, vacation-mode is slipping away, in converse proportion to the headache creeping in. An early […]

February 20, 2011 ×

bastakiya, breakfast, Dubai, embracing culture, Traditional Dubai

Kitchen Culture

Kitchen Culture

In a couple of months, I will be sharing my three year anniversary with Dubai. I am so happy I am still here, what a wonderful place to live. And now, I will be accepted as a real expat – for those that have been here for a little longer […]

February 9, 2011 ×

democracy, Egypt, social network, twitter

Six degrees of digital separation

Six degrees of digital separation

link to Facebook page Last night I was watching Al Jazeera International, and it started to sound like Hosni Mubarak had finally resigned. Instead of breaking out the champagne, I calmly picked up my iPhone and verified facts with my friends on Twitter. Sure enough, he had not stepped down […]

February 6, 2011 ×

Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai restaurants, Frankie's, melbourne, restaurants, reviews

Flashbacks at Frankie’s

Flashbacks at Frankie’s

I have just been transported back to Melbourne, circa 1995. I am sitting on plush ribbed velvet in a jockey-owned restaurant. There is deep red carpet, white linen, a balsamic/olive oil combo bottle, and a waitress looming over me with a titanic-sized pepper mill. But then again, if it was […]

February 3, 2011 ×