Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Elwood Farmers’ Market


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Another great local Farmers’ Market in the hipster suburb of Elwood. On a beautiful autumn morning, I waded my way through the autumn leaves lining the pathway leading into the grounds of Elwood College. There were some construction works on so it’s relocated to the rear of the property however, it won’t be long before it’s back in its original spot.

With around 40 stalls selling beautiful home-made / hand-made produce, this is a quality market that lives up to the reputation of the Victorian Farmers Market Association. Here are some of the items available: (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Travel Tips & Ideas

10 Ways Not To Be An Annoying Tourist


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Over the years I’ve seen, heard and smelt some pretty dreadful ‘tourists’ that can make me want to crawl under a rock until they are gone. Folks, if you’re travelling overseas, particularly in a country where you don’t understand the language and the culture – curb your idiosyncrasies and try to blend in.

An example would be in Burma where I spotted a couple at a monastery where it was clearly stated to cover up. But no, they wore cut off denim shorts and a tank top for her and long slung shorts with a muscle shirt for him. This blatant disregard was cringe worthy and despite a discreet comment by their guide, they laughed it off and continued into the monastery as if the local customs didn’t apply to them. Yowsers!

Now I’m not here to be the Proper Police but there are a few steps you can take to travel without looking like a dick and be respectful to the people in that country. Remember, you are representing your country – an unofficial ambassador so make a good impression. (more…)