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September 27, 2017

St Petersburg

I'd heard a lot about how beautiful St Petersburg is so I was quite excited to visit. As usual when my expectations are high, I was slightly disappointed (it's probably not a fair assessment of the city though - I came down with travellers diarrhoea here, which marred my experience). Compared to Moscow, it's much more compact - it has a defined centre and old town, which we didn't really leave - and the architecture is much more western European. Peter the Great, who founded it, loved all things European and drew inspiration from places like Amsterdam. Possibly because I've been to several western European cities, I didn't find it overly special. I can still see why people visit, and it's definitely much more touristed than Moscow, with a lot of people visiting it as part of a Baltic Sea cruise or tour. I also noticed that people here are a bit more arty and hipster, as opposed to Moscow's glam.

September 24, 2017


Last weekend I went to Rookwood Cemetery to check out Hidden, a sculpture exhibition. If you remember, I went last year and absolutely loved it. It wasn't as good this year unfortunately, but I still liked the setting.

September 21, 2017

Moscow ii

Part i here. Because I liked it so much I couldn't fit all the photos into one post.

September 18, 2017

Moscow i

I didn't expect to like Moscow as much as I did. I guess I went in with only vague imagery of St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin in my mind, and no other expectations at all. The city itself is very big, and very grand. The architecture is quite different to that of Western Europe, with its beautiful Orthodox churches and imposing Soviet-era buildings. It also has lots of cultural activities and events, and overall seems like a nice place to live (if you can speak and read Russian). Other observations: the city is extremely clean, and the women all dress very well.

September 16, 2017

Yes to equality

Friendly reminder to Australian readers to return their marriage equality postal surveys. I know this survey is a waste of time and money, but it's happening and we don't want to give our government any more excuses to delay the legalisation of same sex marriage in Australia. We especially can't be complacent - we've seen what can happen (see: Brexit, Trump). Tick the box, seal the envelope, and put it in your bag so when you're out and about this weekend you can throw it in the first postbox you see.

September 13, 2017

3.5 weeks in a backpack: 10 outfits

Hello! I'm back! Before I sit down and face the daunting task of editing hundreds of photos, here is my review of what I packed in my backpack for this trip. I did successfully end up doing carry-on only for all my flights this time. The following 10 outfits are pretty much all the ones I wore over those weeks.