Why Melbourne Is New Orleans’ Sister City

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Flinders Station, Melbourne

Have you ever stepped into a new city and felt several other cities staring back at you? This is what happened to me during my first week in Melbourne and, this time, the city I felt the strongest connection with was a city I call home, my New Orleans.  

Now, to be fair, there are numerous aspects of Melbourne that are nothing like New Orleans, and maybe – just maybe – I’ve been feeling a little homesick, but allow me to make a case for why I think Melbourne is New Orleans’ secret sister city.

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My Top 10 Travel Moments of 2015

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On January 1, 2015 I made a life changing decision.  I have never been one to set resolutions, but I knew this year would be different.  I decided 2015 would start with a promise to myself and I declared the new year to be “the year that lived”.  Wow – did I keep my promise!  I am proud to say that not only did I explore several amazing cities in the United States this year, I also took a leap of faith by quitting my job, leaving my city, and moving to Australia to begin an adventure of a lifetime.

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Saying Goodbye to New Orleans

It was all planned out.  I would sell my largest items and invest the profits.  I would spend my last week working during the days and enjoying time with friends during the evenings.  I would fly my mom in to New Orleans on Friday evening.  I would have a mini-moving sale on Saturday morning and a farewell party Saturday evening.  I would pack everything I owned into my Honda Accord and drive away with my mom accompanying me in the passenger seat.  I would feel sad and excited, a blur of many emotions as I said goodbye.  I knew the plan but I forgot how often our plans work out as expected. Continue reading