Meander Melbourne

“Karen knew all the interesting and pretty spots to see, including a great market, the laneways, a fantastic graffiti alleyway, some great outdoor sights, and some of the city’s official monuments. She was knowledgeable and good to talk with, and I felt like I’d really gotten to know a lot about Melbourne in one day! She was also very flexible in her tour so we could see the things that interested me most. I’m very glad I took her tour and am so happy to got to see so much of Melbourne.” Lauren, September 2018

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A few months ago, in my last blog post, I mentioned that I was trying out some new things after my long-term editing contract finished. I also wanted to find something that would get me outside, exercising, and doing the things I love – walking, exploring, taking photographs! The answer came to me in the form of Airbnb Experiences. I’d already been an Airbnb host for a number of years, renting out the spare bedroom in my apartment, so it seemed natural for me to give Airbnb Experiences a go. One month into my ‘Meander Melbourne’ walking tours and I’m so happy. There is nothing better than sharing a place you love with fellow-travellers…

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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Ansel Adam

Canoeing at Katherine Gorge

Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about my photography… and wanting to get back into creating beautiful images of the places I travel to… I guess because I’ve spent the last seven years focusing on reading and writing words (as editor of the Victorian RSL’s membership magazine) and now I just feel like a change.

So, the first step I’ve taken is to create a little photography blog on the side – www.kgrahamjourneysphotos.wordpress.com. I’m currently posting on that site a lot more frequently than I am here… because that is where my heart is… for now!

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The great snake wrangling adventure

““But don’t worry,” she continued. “Most snakes don’t want to hurt you. If you’re out in the bush and a snake comes along, just stop dead and let it slide over your shoes.” This, I decided, was the least-likely-to-be-followed advice I have ever been given.”
Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country

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Late last year I was commissioned by Australian Geographic to write an article about the Great East Rail Trail Ride. It was my fourth visit to this stunning rail trail and the second time I’d participated on the Great East Rail Trail Ride (see my previous blog: East Gippsland Rail Trail Ride). But, somehow, this time felt different; I guess because I was writing my first article for Australian Geographic. It was super exciting!

And the ride went really well – beautiful scenery, perfect weather for cycling and no major mishaps – until day three. Then we were cycling through denser sections of forest and there was a lot more debris on the track. I was cautious on the downhill sections and looked out for obstacles on the trail. After riding about 20 kilometres, I was about to cycle over a small branch when I saw the branch move.

It WAS NOT a branch. It WAS a brown snake!

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They cannot take the sky

“The candle symbolises light in the darkness of life; especially individual life, illumination. It is also the symbol of illumination of the spirit of truth.” White Night Melbourne

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Thousands of LED lights float in the moat of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). It’s beautiful. Mesmerising. But, then it’s heartbreaking. As you hear the voices of refugees.

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Make life be your art

“This is for us who sing, write, dance, act, study, run and love
and this is for doing it even if no one will ever know
because the beauty is in the act of doing it.
Not in what it can lead to.” Charlotte Eriksson

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

Recently, I read this gorgeous poem by Charlotte Eriksson… and it really struck a chord. Writing and photography have always been my passions (along with travelling). I can lose myself in those worlds… I’ll be writing or working on photos, and time evaporates… I forget to eat… but it dosen’t matter… for in that moment, my soul is satisfied.

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Random Acts to IMAlive Journey: Inside the Life of an IMAlive Volunteer

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

2017 was an interesting year for me: I juggled a variety of temp jobs, along with writing, editing and photography gigs; I enjoyed lots of beautiful gatherings with my family and friends; I managed to travel a little bit; and, most importantly, I began a long-term volunteering commitment with IMAlive, an online crisis network. Looking back, there are plenty of wonderful memories and it was a really rewarding year on a personal level.

I did, however, miss spending time working on my blog, something I hope to remedy this year. Click on the “view original post” link below to read about my volunteer journey with IMAlive; something that came about because of my obsession with a little television show called Supernatural – and because I was inspired by the charitable work of its stars Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles.

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“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” Isaac Bashevis Singer

I’ve had moments in my life where I felt I couldn’t talk to anyone or I thought no-one would understand. I still do. And I think we all go through tough times.

For me, the remedy has always been to travel. I feel so alive when I’m venturing to new places and meeting new people. As long as I have some sort of adventure planned, I can put up with the most unsatisfying job, or difficult boss, or really rough days, because I know that I have something exciting to look forward to.

So, when I heard that Misha, Jared and Jensen were setting up a Crisis Support Network through a Random Acts and IMAlive as a coalition partnership, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved with – if they would have me. And luckily…

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San Diego: where pop culture meets military history

This time last year, I was in the US attending San Diego Comic Con; the biggest pop culture event in the world – and, this year, I’m home enduring a Melbourne winter. But I keep hearing all this wonderful news from San Diego via Twitter and Facebook, and I’m actually really surprised by how much I miss being there (with my people). So I guess attending another San Diego Comic Con is on my bucket list. But, in the meantime, to keep me sane, I thought I’d share this article that I wrote for Mufti, the magazine I edit for the Victorian RSL. Who would’ve thought that I’d be able to find such a fun link between my geek life and work life?

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The ‘Embracing Peace’ sculpture by Seward Johnson depicts one of the most iconic moments in the history of the US; it was inspired by the spontaneous and joyous celebration that broke out in New York’s Times Square when people heard that World War II had ended. Here a newly-wed couple mimics the pose.

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