• French Stereotypes

    French Stereotypes

    Having been in France for a couple of months, I think it’s fair to say I’m now an expert in French culture. Here’s my judgement of two French stereotypes.

  • A Look Around the Louvre, France

    A Look Around the Louvre, France

    If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Louvre in Paris, or even if you have, allow me to take you on a fascinating and ill-informed tour of some of the Museum’s lesser known artworks

  • Walking to Poland, Germany

    Walking to Poland, Germany

    Whilst visiting Germany’s Baltic coast, I realised I was staying only a couple of kilometres from the Polish border. Being Australian, the thought of being able to walk to another country had me giggling like a kid.

  • ‘Morgen!’, Germany

    ‘Morgen!’, Germany

    While enjoying the breakfast buffet in several different hotels, I noticed something very cool about German culture.

  • Sarajevo – Siege City, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Sarajevo – Siege City, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The first time I remember Sarajevo coming to our screens in Australia was for the ’84 Winter Olympics. The second time was for a long and bloody siege that mocked any notion of human rights and dignity.

  • Lost and Found in Translation, Balkans

    Lost and Found in Translation, Balkans

    I often find it funny how people who speak English as a second (third, fourth or fifth) language habitually use phrases that English people don’t. I am sure there are people all around the world right now saying the exact same thing about English speakers who learn their languages.

  • Leaving Kosovo

    Leaving Kosovo

    Sometimes leaving a country is a straight-forward, stress-free exercise. Other times, it is anything but.

  • A Walk in the Black Forest, Germany

    A Walk in the Black Forest, Germany

    The Black Forest. The name conjures images of dark, mysterious mountain woods, inhabited by wild animals and supernatural creatures straight from the pages of classic fairytales. I was in the neighbourhood, so thought I’d spend some time exploring this place of legends.

  • The Statues of Skopje, North Macedonia

    The Statues of Skopje, North Macedonia

    Whoever was in charge of Skopje’s Statue Department clearly took the ‘more is more’ approach to their portfolio. The Macedonian capital has a lot of statues. And when I sat a lot, I mean heaps. Literally hundreds.

  • Vodici Ceremony, North Macedonia

    Vodici Ceremony, North Macedonia

    When I checked in to my apartment in the North Macedonian capital of Skopje, the landlord mentioned that the following day was a public holiday. He explained that a ceremony, involving hardy souls plunging into the freezing Vardar River, would be taking place in the city, and that it’s something I might like to have…