It’s been a very busy couple of weeks but I’ve been able to work on projects I love, so I’m happy!
New gig: Acting Editor at Resource Travel
This month, while Resource Travel‘s Editor-in-Chief Michael Bonocore is on assignment in Cuba, I’m stepping as Acting Editor. I still work full time, have other travel writing commitments, including a major print deadline and had 15 hours of French classes, so it has been a very challenging but very rewarding week. Excited to see what the rest of the month holds!
On that note, I’m also in charge of their Instagram this week. To be featured, #ResourceTravel on your best travel photos!
Cats at the Regent Theatre
In the midst of an insanely busy week, seeing Cats at the Regent Theatre was a welcome break. I couldn’t check my phone for two hours and unlike at the movies, I was away from a screen. Delta Goodrem absolutely nailed it as Grizzabella, the old cat who sings the production’s most famous song, Memory. I’d never found the song to be particularly moving, until I heard Delta belt it out on Thursday night. Get tickets if you can!
Exploring Port Melbourne
I’d heard so little about Port Melbourne, that I assumed it was still mostly industrial. I’ve gone for brunch there the last two weekends in a row, walking down to the beach afterwards and checking out the many shops, bars and cafes lining Bay Street.
Last weekend I had Cafe Lafayette’s famous Matcha Matcha Freakshake, which was all party on the top, and refreshing green tea inside the jar. This week we ate at Hurricane Handsome, which is one of my new favourite cafes because it has the fresh, breezy decor and somewhat healthy and creative menu I’ve come to expect from a Melbourne cafe, but without the pretension which usually comes with it.
One week French intensive
During the summer break between terms at Alliance Francaise, they run one-week intensive courses. There are three hours of classes per day after work, which is a great way to squeeze in an entire term into just one week! I feel really confident in my French and enjoyed the challenge of the faster pace, but I don’t think I’ll do an intensive again. I enjoy two hours of French class, but the third hour is a real battle. Usual term classes are two hours, which I really look forward to each week. My teacher was fantastic this week, but I still didn’t really look forward to class every evening. This was also because I was getting up ar 5am to get do four hours of editor duties before my day job begins, so by the end of the evening I was pretty wrecked.
I am really happy that I finish the week, especially as the level I completed has more grammar than most other levels. It was good to get it all done in one big go!
All my reading this week has been on screens, or in a French textbook. I’ll spare you the finer points of bossing people around with the correct French grammar, but history buffs will geek out over these cool discoveries being dug up all over London, work-life jugglers will appreciate this article on work-life integration and pretty much everyone in the 21st century could use Timothy Egan’s advice for improving our 8 second attention spans.
This week you guys loved artist Tristan Eaton’s gorgeous mural of Audrey Hepburn, in Little Italy NYC. Follow me on Instagram to have a say in the photo of the week next week!
Little Italy's very own Fair Lady brightens up the corner of Mulberry & Broome Streets as part of the Little Italy Street Art Project, designed to fill the historic neighbourhood with murals. Artist Tristan Eaton chose Audrey because she represents classic beauty, just like the neighbourhood. // #nyc #lisaproject #streetart #littleitaly
Fresh off the press
Did you know that my first (and only) Michelin-starred meal was a burger in New York? Also, for those in Melbourne, don’t miss the Andy Warhol – Ai Wei Wei exhibition at the NGV – these two titans of the art world are even better together.
What have you been up to this week?