Absorbing Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

2018-11-26T16:53:47+00:00By |

Last week the winners of Australia’s most important and most talked-about annual art contest, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, were announced and the exhibition of finalists opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney’s and Australia’s premiere art museum. During the final days of last year's exhibition, we met Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head of …

Lessons in Silvermaking in San Miguel de Allende

2018-05-10T10:50:37+00:00By |

Getting lessons in silvermaking in San Miguel de Allende is one of the top priorities of many long-stay visitors to the charming city north of Mexico City. It was on my list of things to do too. Many kinds of courses were suggested to us when we arrived in San Miguel de Allende, from dancing …

What We Love Most About Local Travel: Meeting Locals

2018-11-26T11:00:50+00:00By |

Connecting with locals has been the most satisfying part of our travels so far this year. By far. Not seeing the Sagrada Familia, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State, or any other important monument or major sight. Because we haven’t visited any of those, in fact. As much as we love great architecture, we’d rather take …

James M White, the Man Behind The Broken Spoke, Austin

2017-11-08T22:26:27+00:00By |

When we first met James M White, the owner of The Broken Spoke in Austin, we knew we had to interview the guy. James is just as much of a legend as his legendary honky tonk dance hall. Not only is The Broken Spoke the oldest and most famous honky tonk joint still in operation, …

Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

2018-05-13T12:06:09+00:00By |

We didn’t need much encouragement to get us to The Broken Spoke, Austin’s famous honky tonk country dance hall. Getting me on the dance floor for some Texas Two Step, however, was another thing, and involved a bit of trickery on the part of Rusty Irons, who had brought us here. It’s not that I …

Reflections from 6 Months on the Road & Grand Tour Travel Tips

2018-11-26T11:24:19+00:00By |

As we’re now six months into our grand tour and have another six months to go it seemed a good time to reflect on the first half of our travel experiment and share some tips based on what we’ve learned from the experience so far. Rarely a day passes when we don’t get told “You …

Cooking in Bali with Desak in a Cultural Cooking Exchange

2018-12-17T17:50:34+00:00By |

Cooking in Bali with Desak ended up being one of the highlights of our two-week stay in our Balinese villa, allowing us to tick off a few grand tour goals — learning from locals, learning to cook the local cuisine, and giving back. I taught Desak Western dishes in exchange. Cooking with Desak in Bali in a Cultural Cooking …

Escape to Ubud, the Heart of Balinese Culture and Art

2018-11-26T11:14:23+00:00By |

The artistic, cultural and spiritual heart of Bali for centuries, Ubud is serenely located up in the hills in lush jungle, surrounded by rice-paddies. Lined with galleries, cafés and craft shops, its narrow streets are a delight to wander — just watch out for those drains! There’s no denying that Ubud has become increasingly commercial and its …