Back in December, I compiled some of my favorite travel-related gift ideas that I had found around the web. I’m still oohing and ahhing over most of those items, but the list also made me realize just how difficult travelers can be to shop for. After all, what do you give someone who has minimized their possessions and stuffed their entire life into a backpack?
Hint: it starts with “e” and ends in “xperiences.”
No room for knick-knacks on this camel!
As part of the “In My City” link up series, I’m joining six other bloggers around the world to share some of our favorite things to do, see, eat, and drink where we live. Today, we’re featuring places to eat. Sydney has no shortage of popular and highly rated eateries, but, instead of going for the ones you’ll see recommended in every other guide book, I thought I’d share a few of the restaurants that have become personal favorites of mine in my year and a half in Sydney. Give them a try next time you’re here!
I’ve previously spoken to Betty in Zaragoza, Spain and Roshan in Sydney, Australia in my Travel Talk series, and today I introduce Chelcie, who manages a fantastic artist travel program, La Casa de la Artista. Read on to hear her story!
Chelcie in Alaska
Hi Chelcie! Tell us about yourself.
I’m an artist in every capacity from Chicago, Illinois and am based in St Thomas Virgin Islands, although I travel most of the year. My work includes Managing Director for La Casa de la Artista and Brand Manager for Kindred and a travel-inspired line of fashions and accessories. I’m a photographer, and I also design jewelry and fashions and write for Potent Magazine and various blogs/websites.
This year’s Easter meant a visit in Sydney from one of my favorite traveling companions, my mom. Together, we headed to Melbourne for the long weekend, stirring up memories of one of our other big trips, 2013′s Easter week in Italy. I previously wrote about arriving in Rome, Naples and Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and Capri, but, bittersweetly, the trip was coming to a close.
After our day on the island of Capri, we returned by ferry to Sorrento. There, we treated ourselves to a meal I still rave about today: dinner at Inn Bufalito, which specializes in one of the most heavenly foods on earth, buffalo mozzarella, set in a beautifully rustic courtyard. Take me back! We topped it off with gelato at a Sorrento favorite, Gelateria Primavera, which offers 70 flavors and impressively gaudy decorations.
In 2011, I visited Peru, and, as much as I adored it, I oddly never wound up writing about my trip in detail on here. I am working on a post about my time in Ollantaytambo, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu, but, in the meanwhile, Jonathan has shared some of his best tips for seeing the stunning country. We connected on Twitter over our passion for travel, and I learned that he spent a year traveling South America and now runs tours in Peru, Ecuador, in Bolivia. Without further ado, here’s the best of Peru, alongside a few of Jonathan’s stunning photos.
My sister and me at Machu Picchu in 2011
Travelling to any new destination is always preceded by a mixture of excitement – the dreams and thoughts of the adventures, sounds, foods and experiences that await you – and apprehension – the nervousness around not knowing exactly how things work in a particular country, hoping you like the accommodation, worrying that you packed your passport!
With Easter (and therefore a weekend in Melbourne!) coming up fast, I started thinking about the years I’ve spent the holiday abroad, in Spain, Italy, and Australia, and the traditions I’ve been introduced to in each. Curious about how other countries celebrate, I asked a few fellow travel bloggers about the customs they’ve experienced abroad. Who knew Easter could be so multifarious?
American-style Easter in Sevilla back in 2012
Hard to believe that exactly 18 months ago, I was packing my bags to move to Australia. Ready for a change from Spain but not yet ready to end my travels, I decided to give the country a try, figuring that, worst case scenario, I’d have one last epic adventure before returning home. Instead, I found a job, got sponsored for a work visa, and am sticking around for who knows how long.
On a kangaroo quest
But what made all this possible was the Australian working holiday program, which granted me a visa and paved the way for me to make a life for myself in Sydney. Whether you’re curious about what I’m doing here or are looking for your own international adventure (I highly recommend the program!), here’s the lowdown on what the visa is and how you can totally be an expat in Australia too.
Spring break in Italy was already shaping up to be unforgettable, with visits to Rome, Naples, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast. Our next destination was the island of Capri, home of foil juice packets and calf-length pants. Wait, wrong Capri.
After a quick homemade lunch in Capri’s town plaza, the sun finally made a brief appearance as my mom and I climbed to one of Capri’s lookouts over I Faraglioni, striking rock formations just off the island’s coast.
Looking out over I Faraglioni