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Canberra in autumn 16 April 2013

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Canberra

Love it or loathe it. In fact, I prefer if you loathe it, so I can have it to myself.

Canberra-bashing is a national sport in Australia. Despite being the capital and the seat of parliament, people hate it. Even people who live here hate it.

Not me, though. And although I hope these are not going to change your mind (I am happy to keep this wonderfully ecclectic and nerdy town to myself) I can’t help but want to share the gorgeousness of autumn with you.

Us foreigners are constantly bowled over by Australia’s bluest of blue skies.

And with the changing foliage in the foreground… How can you but love autumn here?

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Morning Ritual 24 November 2010

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Vietnam is littered with schools, to cater for an incredibly young generation. There are babies everywhere, and trying to get past any school just at the time of it starting or finishing for the day is a nightmare of motorbikes and meandering children.

Our office is located across the road from one of these many schools. A while ago, when thunder started rumbling during recess, every time there was a roar of thunder (and by that I mean the loudest bang you have ever heard) hundreds of little voices screamed in unified terror. The poor children had to stay outside during the terrifying thunderstorm all the same.

I much prefer the singing and dancing in unison, which they also do, frequently! Every morning, the school blasts out an upbeat, fun song starting the day off in style.

It’s always one of two songs, either one which is used as a morning exercise routine (which makes me hang out of the second floor office window to watch the little darlings, it is so cute! If I can find a YouTube clip, I will post it for you) or everyone’s favourite song honouring Bac Ho, or Uncle Ho Chi Minh: Như có Bác Hồ trong ngày vui đại thắng.

It is a lovely reminder of being so close to every day Vietnamese life, with children squealing and laughing and running around outside as well as inside of the office. One of the many things I will miss from my life in Vietnam.

Morning musings 16 July 2010

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For those of you who know me, you know that I am definitely not a morning person. I love my sleep, and can’t think of a worse way to start my day than by getting up.

Worse still is getting up early. It’s that awful realisation when the alarm goes off that this is it. It’s those long, drawn out minutes where I have to will my brain to start ticking so I won’t fall back to sleep. And it is the negotiation that starts between my brain and my body of how many minutes I am allowed to snooze. This morning, it was 29.

But this morning was also one of those rare moments of bliss. Once I had dragged myself up, had a shower, and was dressed enough to go into the living room, I sat in the couch facing the window, and was stirred from my thoughts by gorgeous little chirps.

Chirp-chirp-chirp-chirp. Three chirps rising in pitch, one falling.

It was a tiny little bul-bul. His mouth would open, his throat widen and his little chest would heave to push out the song. He was sitting right there on the banister to my balcony, serenading a female.

It was beautifully serene.

And although I am still tired, I love the fact that I was up at six thirty this morning to see my little friend.