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My Aussie team sent me off in style!

Last time round the Sydney harbor.

Last time round the Sydney harbor.

The End of Redhead Down Under

I couldn’t leave my favorite country and not mark the occasion with a small blog post. 

There are so many things I love about ‘Straya:
Bronte Beach.
The Harbor Bridge.
The Opera House.
Luna Park.
The greatest suburb names in the world - Woolloomooloo.
Little Creatures.
Lord Nelson.
Close proximity to New Zealand and all its wonders.
The Pyrmont Bridge.
Sydney Cafe.
Donna Hay.
The Enmore Theatre.
Small bars.
Meat pies.
The TV show Embarrassing Bodies. 
The people.
The way of life. 

I have always wanted my life to be an adventure, and my time in Australia has, for the first time, made that come true. 

One of the countless live music acts I saw during my time in Australia was a woman named Amanda Palmer, she is a crazy performer in the best sense of the word. She also happens to be a fellow American who fell in love with Australia. One of my favorite songs of her’s captures what Australia has meant for me, better than I ever could:

I could tiptoe on a tightrope made of fear and looking down see

all the people do they see me

I could wave or I could carry all the dishes that they game me

Or I could go to Australia

Carry a bowie knife

And wear my hair like Hepburn parted on the side

And learn card tricks 

And buy everyone drinks

And take boxing

And write songs about my bowie knife

Thanks Australia for everything, I will shout you a drink next time I am in town. 

Yet another reason I will miss Australia. They do shit like this. 


How to hit high notes…

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by Gina Vaynshteyn



by Gina Vaynshteyn



holy shit

Died laughing at this genius piece of text.



MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca: Part One

In the first episode of MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, host Daniel Hernandez dives right into the belly of Oaxacan food by starting his visit at the Mercado 20 de Noviembre, one of the old-school markets in the historic center of Oaxaca City. Here, he samples local fare like tejate, chilacayote, tasajo, and chapulines, Oaxaca’s famous toasted grasshoppers. Since everyone needs a recharge, Daniel then visits a classic Oaxaca City cantina called El Chato, and has the house special, a Mexican lager in a salted, lime-crusted glass. Later that night, he dines with chef Alejandro Ruiz at the temple of contemporary Oaxaca cuisine, Casa Oaxaca.


Oaxaca is primo.

I am so going here sooner rather than later

On the Road Again

After nearly two years in Australia, I am going to be heading back to San Francisco at the end of May. 

It was a really difficult decision, but my company basically pulled a Godfather on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. But you will be happy to know I didn’t respond with a Fredo kiss. 

But even though the opportunity is great and I am looking forward to being closer to my family and friends in San Francisco again, it is going to be very hard for me to say goodbye to Australia and all the people I have met here. 

In less than two years, I have made a life for myself in Straya that has made me feel more at home than ever before. Strange that it was possible in a country with so many things trying to kill me.

Instead of goodbye, because I will be back, here’s a very heartfelt thanks to this corner of the world for an incredibly crazy, breathtaking, hilarious, awe inspiring, challenging, epic time - and here’s to the next adventure. America you have a lot to live up to.


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