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Winner of Best International Travel Story Under 1000 Words at the 2016 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, for A Boy and a Coin.
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The Science of LA
www.lonelyplanet.com, 24 August 2016

"You might think that Los Angeles is all about entertainment, with major drawcards such as Hollywood and Disneyland. But there’s another side to the city, in which science and technology are celebrated. From prehistoric fossils to space travel, LA is home to excellent museums which explore human ingenuity and the world around us. Here are four of the best..."

Investigating insitutions dedicated to science and technology in Los Angeles, USA
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Masters of Marzipan: Lübeck's Sweet Success
www.lonelyplanet.com, 3 August 2016

"Central Europe is famous for producing a delicious sweet treat that doesn’t grow in its neighbourhood: chocolate. For the true sweet-toothed connoisseur, however, there’s an even more exotic delicacy to be found in northern Germany. Since the 18th century, confectioners in Lübeck have used almond paste to produce the finest marzipan. Once the indulgence of kings, it’s now available to everyone..."

Sampling the marzipan delights created in
Lübeck, Germany.
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Hamburg's Coffee Connection
www.lonelyplanet.com, 3 August 2016

"Vienna, Melbourne and Seattle are all cities renowned for excellent coffee and lively cafe scenes. But there’s another place that can be added to the list, and it may surprise you: Hamburg. This port city in northern Germany has long thrived on trade, and with the coffee bean having passed through its docks and warehouses for centuries, there’s plenty here to interest lovers of the brew..."

Investigating the coffee history of the port city of Hamburg, Germany
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Danish Town is Bard to the Bone
Traveller (The Sun-Herald
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24 July
2016

"'Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.' I have Hamlet on my mind as I stand inside the train station at Helsingør, north of Copenhagen. As well I might, because this Danish town is better known in English as Elsinore, the setting for William Shakespeare's play. The station's interior does indeed seem crazed. A huge chandelier hangs from intricately carved roof panels, above an ornately decorated staircase and walls bearing coats of arms. And yet there is method in it..."

Exploring the town and castle which inspired Shakespeare in Helsingør, Denmark
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A Week in Hawaii
roundtheworldflights.com, 11 July 2016

"Spending a week in the USA’s island state? You won’t be lost for things to do. Between the urban delights of the Pacific’s biggest city, Honolulu, and the natural attractions across the eight main islands, there’s plenty of material for a memorable trip. Here are some ideas..."

Suggesting attractions to visit over seven days in Hawaii, USA.
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The European Neighbourhood That Declared Independence
Traveller
, 6 July 2016

"There's more to Nina than meets the eye, and the same could be said for Freetown Christiania. After idealistic squatters moved into this abandoned military base in 1971, it became infamous for the open dealing of cannabis. There's still an air of tension when entering Christiania's Green Light District, on the aptly named Pusher Street. Here photography is forbidden, and the dealers standing by their stalls wear masks. The rest of Christiania, however, is a different world..."

Exploring the counter-culture enclave of Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark
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Artist's Haunt Paints a Picture
Traveller (The Sun-Herald
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26 June
2016

"I like using local laundromats when I travel. There's something soothing about taking time out of the sightseeing routine, and you inevitably get to meet locals. In this case, I meet up with an unforgettable local, though one who's been dead for 70 years: Emily Carr. The Emily Carr House, a museum devoted to an apparently well-loved local artist of whom I've never heard, is located a block away from where I'm sitting. So after the tumble dryer's done its work, I head there to learn more..."

Visiting the former home of a great artist in the James Bay district of Victoria, Canada
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So Far, So Noir
The Age
, 25 June 2016

"'There are 16 months in Denmark – and five of them are November,' says Christine, my guide on this Nordic Noir tour of central Copenhagen. As our small group huddles outside Vesterport train station, her observation seems particularly apt. This spring afternoon is as unwelcoming as a late-autumn day, the sky spitting drizzle and an icy wind swirling in every direction..."

Joining a tour devoted to 'Scandi noir' television series The Killing and The Bridge, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Entering the Dragon's Lair
www.lonelyplanet.com, 22 June 2016

"A two-hour drive north of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv lies the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, site of the worst nuclear accident ever recorded. In the aftermath of a reactor explosion in 1986, cities and villages were abandoned. Decades on, tourists can visit the zone to find an eerie landscape of crumbling buildings being reclaimed by nature. It’s a prime example of dark tourism..."

Joining an overnight tour to the strange radioactive sights of Chernobyl, Ukraine
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Ten Attractions Keeping Portland Weird
Traveller
, 21 June 2016

"If you watch the sketch comedy TV series Portlandia, you might assume the city of Portland is the epicentre of all that is hipster, eccentric, and downright odd on the west coast of the USA. You wouldn't be entirely wrong. In recent decades, this formerly gritty industrial city on the Columbia and Williamette Rivers has reinvented itself as a creative, diverse place with lively arts and food scenes, and with unusually good public transport. It's easy to get around, and it's also quirky..."

Listing ten unconventional attractions of Portland, USA
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I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

My writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. I'm also an author of travel books for Lonely Planet.

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