All posts by Mallee Stanley

I grew up in Australia, but like many Auzies, I wanted to explore the world. After two years travelling around my birth country, I bought a one-way ticket in India and didn't return to Australia for six years. From India I journeyed by sea across to East Africa — the inspiration for a second (and third) novels. The second is about a girl growing up in Dar es Salaam who escapes from her dark past, only to find it catches up with her in Canada. I only spent a few weeks in Uganda, but after I left, I kept hearing stories about the political instability. I've finished the first draft of a tale set during this time, and am beginning my next project set in New Zealand and Australia while editing my Uganda story. I now call Canada home. This blog is about my travel experiences. If you visit my ReadandWrite blog, you'll find book reviews on my top choices and what I've learned about writing.

Comox Harbour

From the brochure I picked up on Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley, there was a great write up on this walkway, but the more spectacular Goose Spit Park didn’t even get a mention. Continue reading Comox Harbour

Only men allowed?

I’m a tree person, but staying close to the downtown core of Calgary, I can’t help notice some of the beautiful buildings. It might be a glistening highrise, but often the older preserved buildings catch my camera’s eye. Continue reading Only men allowed?

All that glitters is usually gold

Singapore is one of the few cities where I comfortably walk alone at night. I feel like it’s the safest city in the world to be a woman. So on my last visit, I took advantage of this nightly freedom to stroll through crowded footpaths of Little India where all that glitters is usually gold. Continue reading All that glitters is usually gold

A touch of Picasso

I skipped most of the old portraits of wigged men and religious motifs that made up part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s European paintings in the St Kilda branch. Instead, I strode to the section where a couple of Picasso’s works were displayed. Continue reading A touch of Picasso

Nob Hill Greenway cardiac climb

At one end of Goose Spit Park was Nob Hill Greenway. It appeared to be a workout for the local Comox crowd who jogged up the two hundred and forty-five steps and raced back down again. Continue reading Nob Hill Greenway cardiac climb