Markets in Eumundi: Queensland’s BEST

My very first experience of the Eumundi Markets was a long time ago when I was just a small child. It was a weekend and my dad was delivering hay to a supplier in Eumundi. I wanted to go with as I always did when dad went on a delivery, so I did. Let me…

Happy New Years!

It’s time to let go of the bad times from the last year and embrace what the future holds; celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one;  a time for us to move on from the lows we have all had this past year, and get excited for what the new year will…

Spice Up Your Life at India Fest

In October we were lucky enough to attend the inaugural India Fest in Townsville, which coincides with India’s Festival of Lights. We were not sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised by the variety and ambiance of the festival. I would say it is one of the best cultural festivals we have here in…

205 Years of Beer

When the clock strikes noon on Saturday the 19th of September, Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter will tap the first barrel of beer and officially begin Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is one of the world’s largest festivals with over 6 million people consuming 1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausages and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens over…

Because of you, I am me. Happy Mothers Day!

I dedicate this post to my beautiful, strong, intelligent and always supportive mother, Gina. I love you mumma! <3 For me, Mother’s Day is about thanking my mum (and other authoritative female figures in my life) for taking care of me, supporting me and doing whatever she could to help me learn and grow. The…

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls between the 21st January and the 20th February, and is the longest running festival in the Chinese Calendar. Small scale celebrations began c.2300BCE during the Neolithic, but it was not until the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050BCE) that New Years celebrations became a part of the year end religious ceremony. During the…

Be My Valentine

With approximately 62% of the worlds population celebrating Valentine’s Day, it is no wonder it’s the second highest celebrated holiday in the world. But where did it all start? Valentine’s Day, or St. Valentine’s Day, can be traced back to the Ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, held from 13th to the 15th of February, to…

Why I Don’t CELEBRATE Australia Day

It is nearly time for another Australia Day and all the celebrations that go with it. Contemporary Australia Day is a reflection on the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and is marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming people in to the Australian…

Best Carnivals Around the World

Carnival is the religious festive season which occurs immediately before Lent (the six weeks directly before Easter marked by fasting), traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup. Cologne, Germany Beginning 11th November and going through winter, Germans celebrate during Karneval, aka Fasching. In cologne events include…

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

It has been 25 years since one of the most significant historical events occurred in Berlin; The Fall of the Berlin Wall. Having an abundance of German ancestry myself I fully appreciate the importance that the fall of the Berlin Wall had on the reunification of Germany. Make sure you check out the iPhone and…

Lest We Forget: Western Australia War Memorials

In honour of upcoming Remembrance Day you can remember the service of Australian soldiers by stopping and paying respects at one of these memorials. ANZAC Cottage Claremont Built by the Ugly Men’s Association to house war widows from WWI. Kalgoorlie War Memorial A statue dedicated to locals who served during WWI and WWII. Memorial to…