I'm calling this one an experience rather than a straightforward tour as I felt New Norcia offered a weird and uncomfortable experience. I'm writing a piece for publication later on quite what I mean by this, but New Norcia has a history it appears to be proud of, that masks a problematic way of working with Aboriginal … Continue reading Experiences: New Norcia Benedictine Monastery
On February 16th, I picked up a Hertz rental in downtown Perth and started my 2 hour drive north to New Norcia, Western Australia. I didn't know what to expect, on the road - would it be a motorway and featureless? I couldn't have been further from the truth. The route out of Perth is … Continue reading Drives: MONSTER TRUCKS on the road from Perth to New Norcia, WA
Probably the only time I'd heard the name 'Fremantle' was in the rolling end credits of Australian soap dramarama, Neighbours, as it's an enormous TV company. I knew little of Fremantle, the place, founded in 1829 as a British colony (the 'Swan River Colony') and now a major port, the sibling to the more cosmopolitan … Continue reading Experiences: Fremantle Prison
A library might not be high on your travel experience list, but - since I did a round the world trip in 2017 during a Masters dissertation - I started visiting libraries as a great place to study, which isn't alone in your hotel room. There tends to be quite a few people around, sharing … Continue reading Experiences: Perth Library
Fantastic lunch at the Lava Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland, featuring arctic char, lamb and astarpungar or 'love balls'!!