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ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A. (part 6): LOS ANGELES

This seven-part series is getting ridiculously drawn out. HOWEVER, if you’re you, and you’re interested in reading about the ups and downs of doing Los Angeles in a day and a half, read on my friend: The first day: First drive through the desert, Vegas to L.A. style. The trip was almost four hours long, … Continue reading

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A. (part 5): VEGAS

It’s Vegas, baby! And it’s about time I told you about it, too. The first day: After stormy weather, flights being delayed, and a stopover in Houston, it was already evening by the time we reached Vegas. A New York native named Jerry (who’s face and demeanor I have mentally morphed into those of Richard Belzer from … Continue reading

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A. (Part 4): Orlando

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A. (Part 4): Orlando

Merry Christmas everybody! I’ve been in such extreme holiday-mode lately that it’s taken me how long to tell this seven-part American tale?! Hey, at least it’s making the trip drag out in my mind, even though in reality there’s been a whole semester between then and now. Get ready to read about 92% Disney World, 3% candied almonds, 1% … Continue reading

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A. (Part 3): Memphis

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A. (Part 3): Memphis

I submitted my last two assignments of the year on Friday (!!!!), so this Sunday off has sent me kind of loopy with liberty and endless possibilities. Tried looking at the course handbook to decide my classes for next year, but that was too overwhelming for my day off, so I’m going to tell you guys about our two days … Continue reading

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A (Part 2): Nashville!

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A (Part 2): Nashville!

Let me tell you about my favourite place in the world, where the grass is green, everyone is so lovely, the locals say “y’all” (I swear I had a crush on just about every boy I met or overheard in Nashville), people wear boots and country music is everywhere. The first day: I knew we were heading south when … Continue reading

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A. (Part 1): New York

ALYSSA IN THE U.S.A. (Part 1): New York

New York. Before my visit, I knew it only as the city where Taylor Swift owns an apartment (and likes to step out on the daily to greet the paps with her cat – Olivia Benson – in her Swiftacular grasp), the place where Alicia Keys and the kids from Glee went to make their dreams come true, and most … Continue reading

A Muddled Mind and the Return to Aus

You guys haven’t heard about my travels yet! My first venture abroad! The fantastical journey across the seas to the U.S. of A. We were there for four weeks, we’ve been back in Australia for four weeks, and we still haven’t looked at our photos. Shocking. But we have not had time. There are a … Continue reading

Hey there, 2014!

We just got back from a few days at a caravan park by the beach with friends, where there were tots with names like Diesel and Saffron riding around on too-big-for-them bikes and being carted around in prams that attach to bicycles . There were about 50 games of “Rich Man Poor Man” played with 2.5 decks of cards … Continue reading

“So This Is Bangers”

Last weekend we were at a party for my uncle’s birthday. It was just like any family party: grandparents, party napkins and repetitive “So what are you doing over summer?” questions – except for a hired waiter named Gareth who my sister and I at first assumed to be a really helpful and polite second … Continue reading