Monthly Archives: November 2014

Travel Memoirs By Women

travel_memoir_femaleI’m a big reader, a huge reader, and whenever people ask me what kind of books I read, I say I’ll read anything (which is true). However, I do have a super-weakness for a very specific kind of book. After much reading I discovered that my favourite niche is loosely bound by the following constraints:

  1. Travel memoir
  2. Written by a woman
  3. Not just a holiday, but actually moving somewhere
  4. Non-English speaking destination
  5. It’s not about buying a house, farm, renovations, etc. (e.g. Under the Tuscan Sun)
  6. Not taking kids or husband or boyfriend.
  7. Not too…Eat, Pray, Love

(Let’s not analyse me based on these restrictions too much.)

I scour bookshops, Amazon, and all the libraries of Sydney’s North Shore to find new travel memoirs. I had a bonanza in Hawaii visiting a Barnes and Noble, which had titles I had never seen in Australia. I have also gotten 2 from second hand bookshops that I never saw anywhere else.

I love when I find things like “If you liked When in Rome you’ll love blah blah blah“, so here I’ll keep a collection of the travel memoirs I’ve read.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS: Note that I have linked to the authors websites where possible, rather than to a book shop site,  because I personally find it really interesting to read more about the authors, although these can also involve spoilers seeing as the books are about their lives…be warned.

  • When in Rome by Penelope Green *
  • See Naples and Die by Penelope Green
  • Girl by Sea by Penelope Green
  • Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard *
  • Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald
  • Fast times in Palestine by Pamela Olson
  • To Hellas and Back by Lana Penrose
  • Leaning Towards Pisa by Sue Howard
  • Wanderlust by Elisabeth Eaves (breaks rule 3)
  • Paris in Love by Eloisa James (breaks rule 4) *
  • Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
  • Salaam Brick Lane by Tarquin Hall (breaks all  of the rules) *
  • Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh (breaks rule 3)
  • The Other Side of Paradise, Life in the New Cuba by Julia Cooke.
  • Henna for the Broken Hearted – Sharell Cooke *
  • Me, Myself and Prague Rachael Weiss
  • The Thing about Prague  Rachael Weiss
  • All Roads Lead to Austen – Amy Elizabeth Smith (Breaks rule 3)
  • Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod *
  • Single White Female in Hanoi by Carolyn Shine
  • Marrying Anita, a Quest for Love in the New India – by Anita Desai
  • Radio Shangrila by Lisa Napoli
  • Oh Mexico by Lucy Neville *
  • Only in Spain by Nellie Bennet *
  • Paris My Sweet by Amy Thomas
  • A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi
  • Foreign Babes in Beijing by Rachel DeWoskin
  • Marcus of Umbria by Justine van der Leun (breaks rule 6)
  • What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman (breaks rule 3)
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  • Tout Sweet by Karen Wheeler
  • Undress Me in The Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman  (breaks rule 3)
  • The Lost Girls by Jennifer Bagget (and others)
  • With the Kama Sutra Under My Arm by Trisha Bernard
  • Scoop Wallah – Life on a Delhi Daily by Justine Hardy
  • The Temporary Bride – Jennifer Klinec
  • Ransacking Paris – Patti Miller
  • From India with Love – Latika Bourke
  • Picnic in Provence – Elizabeth Bard (Author of Lunch in Paris!)
  • Making Soapies in Kabul – Trudi-Ann Tierney
  • All Roads Lead to Austen – Amy Elizabeth Smith (she doesn’t move permanently, but she travels around South America discussing Austen with locals there, which is right up my alley)
  • Falling in Honey – Jennifer Barclay
  • A Taste for Green Tangerines – Barbara Bisco (this is FICTION, which it took me a while to realise. But it is about a woman fed up with her London life, who moves to Borneo – so, I read it)

* My favourites, the ones I read again and again.


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Object Oriented Programming Analogies

Rails Mama  has written a series of blog posts to help explain object oriented programming from the perspective of a new Rails dev. I thought they were great, so I am adding them to my ‘coding analogies’ tag (which has been sorely neglected I know).

I highly recommend you read the whole three posts but I’m also going to summarise what I think are the most interesting points from all three, so that it is easy for me to come back and reference what I got out of them. Continue reading

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Polymorphism Analogies Are Hard

Polymorphism is hard. I have had to deal with it in projects a few times, and I really have to draw these things out on paper to make them stick.

In my head, the following is what polymorphism is like, but just in case you want something a bit more experienced, from someone who is a bit more certain, you can also check out this post,  polymorphism made easy.

In my example, beverages are polymorphic, I’m going to call them ‘Drinkable’.
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