Oman — where’s that?

{A longer read} ‘Where’s that?’ is the most common response from people when I tell them I have travelled to Oman. I went there for just five days in May 2011. I hope to return one day. Here are some quick facts: Oman is located to the east of Saudi Arabia, above Yemen, and looksContinue reading “Oman — where’s that?”

Overheard in NYC

If Australians are famous for needing their personal space on the street, I’d say Americans consistently demonstrate strong voice projection when out and about, and are more than happy to share thoughts and feelings in public. It has provided me with great amusement and fascination while wandering the streets of New York this summer. AsContinue reading “Overheard in NYC”

In a special light

A couple of months ago, I took a photo of some people enjoying the sunshine on the High Line in New York’s Chelsea. I’d waited in my spot for almost a minute, waiting for the two friends in bright-coloured dresses to decide where they would sit, as I knew the colour of the fabric wouldContinue reading “In a special light”

Harlem highlights

Harlem, the neighbourhood north of Central Park on Manhattan island, with a rich migrant culture and proud African-American community. This was a fascinating wander to iconic civil rights, music, religious, cuisine and architectural locations. The best part? Of all the tours I have ever done, this was the one the felt the most like beingContinue reading “Harlem highlights”

Lower Manhattan streets

Some of the most famous tourist landmarks of New York are the New York Stock Exchange, the bronze ‘Charging Bull’ sculpture by Arturo Di Modica, Wall Street, and Tiffany’s. Yet until today, I hadn’t seen any of them. A few quick things I was taught on the tour, and photos below, from what was aContinue reading “Lower Manhattan streets”