Tortoise on the Move

December 1, 2015

Guest Post: Canberra’s Best Hikes

Granite Tors

Guest post by my friend (and au pair extraordinaire) Stacey Lamore. I met Stacey while living in Australia, and she is currently working in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Camels Hump

Camels Hump

Canberra: The place I have called home for the past 12 months. Australia’s capital and largest inland city.. yup, thats right: inland. No beaches here. Not only that, but it even occasionally gets below zero degrees here. I know what you are thinking: “BUT ITS AUSTRALIA?!” ….and all I have to say is, “But it’s CANBERRA!” A lot of people don’t like Canberra – they say there’s nothing to do, there’s nothing to see, don’t waste your time. Many people asked, and continue to ask, “Why Canberra?”

Look on the bright side! When I say that, I mean literally. Without fail, Canberra skies light up EVERY night with incredible sunsets unlike any other place I’ve seen. Also, it’s not so deadly hot that all you want to do is.. well, nothing. You can actually go on a hike without dying from the heat, most of the time. Speaking of hikes… Living inland in a valley has its perks! SOO many different hikes to choose from – and I’d like to share a few with you!


December 20, 2014

Everything Happens for a Reason: Six Months in Australia

Gungahlin sunset

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey. – Tad Williams

I can hardly believe it, but today marks six months since I arrived in Australia. When I stepped off the plane in Sydney back in June, I knew my dream of traveling here was coming true, but I had no idea how incredible this journey would be. I’ve become part of a family and made friends I’ll have for a lifetime. I’ve recognized changes in myself that I never thought possible. And I’ve thought a lot about home.


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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.