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Approaches to Madrid

I’ve had my fair share of annoying travel mishaps: cancelled flights, extended delays, road & track closures, detours. Then there was that time I stood on a train for 30 hours from Nanning to Shanghai, jammed in a wagon with 300 smoking Chinese people. But none of those can deliver...

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In Love in Seville

I’ve been woken, again, by the sound of suitcase wheels being dragged along the cobblestones. What time is it? I can hear birds singing, so it must be daylight. A car rattles down the street and a man calls out ‘Buenos dias!’ Ah, yes, it’s the second morning of our...

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Here I Am, Here You Are

Can’t remember what happened last time? Read the first parts of the story here: One: Parking in the Rain Two: A Doorway Three: The Party At the end of voting on part 3 there was a tie. The choices were: She took a deep breath, closed her eyes and started...

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Jinx at Tuskanac

We went along on Tuesday night to the special 20th anniversary performance by Croatian band Jinx at Tuskanac. I’m amazed at how well Croatians can turn any space into a stage. This is normally a basketball court on top of a parking garage. By the time the sun went down...

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The Party

I guess most of you felt the man is more adventurous than generous, so the result was: “Do you want to come to a party?” (57%) Missed the beginning? Read Part 1 and Part 2. Part 3 – The Party “Hey,” he said, suddenly deciding. “Do you want to come...

Pink painting no 1 - Virginia Verran 2

A Doorway

Your votes are in, and the result is: He speaks to the girl. New to the game? Read Part 1 here. Part 2 – A Doorway He stepped up out of the gutter onto the footpath, and ran his hand through his wet curly hair. “Nice sandwich?” he asked the...

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Japanke

With the advent of spring, C and I are wearing our Australian national footwear – thongs (or flip flops, if you must). We are now wandering the streets of Zagreb feeling cool and looking fab. There’s just one small problem. Japanke*. Basically, Croatians have an irrational fear of cold feet....

C: Rick Doble - rain on my windscreen 2

Parking in the Rain

He stopped his car in a side street and hopped out the door to check on the price of parking. There was always some bloody rule or other; police vehicles only, fifteen minutes loading zone, clearway on the second Monday of every month during school term. Was it too much...

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Blue

She feels the press of it in her palm, the weight of the thing. Such a small key, she thinks, for such a large door. The heavy wood is cool, gives away none of its secrets. But she hears it at night, calling to her. He will be home soon....