South Dakota: the tourist trap state

IF COFFS Harbour ever pulls a Detroit and files for bankruptcy, the subsequent sell-off of The Big Banana would probably see the oversized piece of fruit snapped up by the state of South Dakota. Not because of any connection the Midwestern state may have with the tropical, allegedly evolution-debunking botanical berry, mind you; after all, … Continue reading South Dakota: the tourist trap state

Like the Vatican, but with more bird skeletons

THIS trip to the beach was the strangest I’d experienced, including the time I stumbled upon that nudist beach. Living near the coast in a swimming-crazed country, visits to the seaside in late spring and early summer typically involved hunting down the last, precious parking spot before walking across hot sand to the refuge of … Continue reading Like the Vatican, but with more bird skeletons

Selfies in the face of tragedy

One World Trade Centre, though still incomplete, has cemented its place as the defining landmark of the modern Lower Manhattan skyline. Standing 541m high, the tower also provides an eerie sense of scale for visitors to the adjoining memorial to its predecessors While visiting the National September 11 Memorial last Monday, I felt my stomach … Continue reading Selfies in the face of tragedy