Tortoise on the Move

September 26, 2014

Gallery: Floriade


sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love

– e.e. cummings

Floriade is Canberra’s annual festival celebrating spring. Each year, Commonwealth Park comes to life with thousands upon thousands of flowers, featuring a main garden viewed best from the top of a Ferris wheel.


September 19, 2014

The Weekend Series: Batemans Bay

Bridge over the Clyde River

Clyde River Bridge

If Gold Coast was the love child of Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, then Batemans Bay is Naples (Florida, that is). A sleepy town on the south coast of New South Wales, Batemans is a popular destination both for Canberrans escaping the city and retirees seeking warm weather in a quiet environment. According to my host dad, Canberra all but clears out on summer weekends as residents head for the coast, so two of my au pair friends and I decided to check it out last week.


September 12, 2014

5 Reasons Being an Au Pair is the Best Way to Experience Australia


I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, but I never expected that my path to the Land Down Under would be as an au pair. Since I’ve primarily written about the places I’ve visited in Australia so far, I’d like to dedicate this post to the reason I’m able to visit these amazing cities without breaking the bank. I’m the first to admit I didn’t know much about becoming an au pair when I first posted my profile. Au pairs, like gap years, were not exactly at the forefront of my American upbringing. By definition, an au pair is “a young foreign person, typically a woman, who helps with housework or childcare in exchange for food, a room, and some pocket money.” That’s basically what we do, but not entirely descriptive of who we are; au pairs are big sisters, family members, caregivers, helpers, teachers, AND travelers. While there are many ways to travel here on a Working Holiday (farm work, seasonal work, resort work, etc.), these are my top 5 reasons why the #aupairlife is the best way to experience Australia:


September 6, 2014

Newcastle: A Break in the Action


IMG_4609Quick Hits

Where I went: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

How I went: Family car!

When I went: August 29 – September 1, 2014

Why I went: Road trip to see Host Mum’s dad