This is the tenth post in a series about my East Coast US trip in March 2013 (see the first part, second part, third part, fourth part, fifth part, sixth part, seventh part, eighth part, and ninth part). It's been a very busy few months for me through the end of 2013 and the first half of 2014; so apologies for the tardiness of this post.[more ...]
I have been compelled by guilt into addressing this long silence (with my last entry coming nearly 8 months ago!). It has been an extraordinarily busy time, and I'm hopefully nearing the end of a PhD and my studenthood. Excitement lies just over the horizon! And so here is a brand spanking new website and blog design, as well as a migration away from Blogger and onto a statically generated site.
In the near future I'll write a ...[more ...]
This is the ninth in a series of posts about my East Coast US trip in March 2013 (see the first part, second part, third part, fourth part, fifth part, sixth part, seventh part, and eighth part). Boston, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cities in the United States, having been founded in 1630. I loved the city and my time there, but my memories are tinged by the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings, which occurred just a fortnight after I left the city. Still, I highly recommend a visit for anyone travelling through the northeast United States.[more ...]
My last day in New York came far too quickly. For all that I had seen and done, I had not even managed to venture out of Manhattan before my time in the city was up. I would spend this last day crossing the final ...[more ...]
I've found myself giving lots of advice about travelling to the US to many people over the last few months, and I thought I should get around to writing down some of these. This post is a grab bag collection of tips for Australians looking to visit our neighbours across the Pacific. There's much to sort out when planning these trips, and I hope that this post helps cover some of the key issues.
Australians travelling to ...[more ...]
This is the seventh in a series of posts about my East Coast US trip in March 2013 (see the first part, second part, third part, fourth part, fifth part, and sixth part). The tardiness of this post is regretted - July/August/September are always very busy months!
My fourth day in New York was to be a walkabout day of exploring. I started by catching a subway north from Chelsea, back to the Columbia University area. Just near the ...[more ...]
I am a first-generation Australian. My parents arrived in this country nearly forty years ago, seeking better opportunities for the future. I was born in a small country town in regional New South Wales, and I had the great fortune to grow up in a safe, welcoming environment, free from many of the anxieties and insecurities that plague much of the Western World as well as the terrifying dangers and tensions rife in many developing countries. I am very lucky ...[more ...]
My third day in New York started off very sunny, and I had planned to take the Staten Island ferry (which is free!) on a round trip to get photos of the Statue of Liberty. Sadly, Liberty Island itself was still closed due to the damage caused by Hurricane ...[more ...]
The rain mostly stayed away during my second day in New York, and I took advantage of the respite to go walkabout on Manhattan Island. My morning started with a particularly New-York style breakfast of a savoury bagel. I then walked to the east, towards the Flatiron district and its eponymous ...[more ...]
It was snowing in Washington DC as Tara and I departed - she to the airport, and me to Union Station. Our time there had seen the weather go from brilliant sunshine to dull overcast to snow, and in the ten minutes it took me to reach the train station I was coated in ...[more ...]
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