journalist Catherine McMaster revisits her home country and dines at Otto Ristorante Sydney. Here, she enjoys sublime and simple Italian flavours
How did you celebrate global wellness day? Partake in a spot of downward dog? Smear CBD oil over your joints? Ate a pack of lentils, chickpeas, legumes or kale? Meditate or even write poetry?
Wellness is a trend and term I try not to attach myself too. It’s too vague, too rinsed in the media, too much of a buzzword, too catchy, too expensive, too…. well, vapid.
In Nilgiri mountain range of South India reside a number of traditional tribal communities. The Irula, Paniyam, Kota and Badaga people are some of the many tribal groups that inhabit the area, among whom the Toda community is the most remarkable.
Milan, I would wager, is to the parochial tourist Italy’s most disappointing city.
‘Meeting the parents’ – the venerable ritual of getting serious with the boy/girl of your choice. Dating for a few months till finally you tentatively ask; ‘would you like to meet my parents’. Honestly, I’m usually filled with utter joy and jubilation that anyone would think of me seriously enough to meet their parents. But this jovial attitude lasts a…
‘Here’s the thing,’ my best friend Diana exclaims loudly to an audience of 125. ‘She’s half bogan, half posh – a total 50/50’.
It perplexes me when people profess they hate to travel. The airports, physical insecurity, food, smell, cost or culture – what exactly repels?
The concept of identity is multifaceted, no? In a world obsessed with labels, identity, specifically with who and what, is consistently debated and analysed.
A myriad of colorful and rich stereotypes ensures an easy laugh for the Australian within the international sphere. The bushie, battler, surfie, townie, bogan – culturally enriching and farfetched prototypes of the Land Down Under.