All posts by Mallee Stanley

I grew up in Australia, but like many Ausies, 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 was the inspiration for a second (and third) novel. 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. My third novel that I'm half way through writing is set during this time. I now call Canada home. This blog is mostly about my travel experiences with a little on writing and who knows what else as we take this journey.

Central Memorial Park Library

More than the books on a shelf of any library, it’s the atmosphere I’m drawn to when I walk through the door. My local library has a railway station feel so I drive a little further to use one that feels like home. Continue reading Central Memorial Park Library

Richmond Hiking Trail

Richmond was almost devoid of parks in my view. One area set aside for a park was still being developed while along the Fraser River, a trail extended along part of the river. Continue reading Richmond Hiking Trail

Creature of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens

I didn’t expect to spot anything beyond birds in the Botanic Gardens, but as I passed Eco Lake, there was something ominous swimming with its head above water — a lizard. Another dark outline swam closer. It was time to move on. Continue reading Creature of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens

Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach, not far north of Tairua on the Coromandel Coast, was where people took a spade to dig in the sand. Once they had a deep enough hole filled with thermal water, they sat and soaked up the warmth. Continue reading Hot Water Beach

Cheese World

Just out of Warnambool was the perfect place to visit if you love dairy. We drove past dairy cows grazing over pastures when stainless steel milk silos came in sight. We knew we’d return the next day to Cheese World, opposite the silos. Continue reading Cheese World

Richmond

I skytrained to Richmond to the heart of Vancouver’s Chinese community. I may have been surrounded by Asian languages, but I entered the Richmond Centre to find a shopping centre no different from any other, with only one Chinese restaurant. Continue reading Richmond