JetLag Jane

Australia

Mallee Hen Nest: Sandalwood, South Australia

I have never seen a Mallee Hen in their natural habitat. Despite frequently visiting their nests (Which is more a dug out hole that looks like a mound) and living in the Mallee throughout my childhood, they successfully eluded me and my curious family and friends. The chattering and the vibrations from our excited approach toward their mound probably warned them: however they have pretty much developed quite a few survival techniques and characteristics- one of them being their plumage  ...

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Singapore

Singapore: a book lover’s guide

The last time I was in Singapore was just before the world was turned upside down by COVID19. It was the end of February, and the city was quieter than I had ever seen her. Chinatown was all but deserted, and the underground trains were still busy with many facemask wearers and social distancing was being tentatively and suspiciously observed at best. At that time it was still inconceivable that the world would change so much for us all, so I was still quite happy to wander the streets with  ...

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Bali, Postcards

A Wall of Greeting: Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Just behind the towering Bali Inna Beach Hotel on Sanur Beach- a bold new vision for tourism back in the mid-1960s and a sad anachronism now- is the rolling green of the golf course and the cranes and high fences of yet another development. Here along a service road toward the golf course I walked my friend’s dog, and saw this hand painted greeting card for the important ritual of Galungan, the Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma- what should be done- over adharma- what  ...

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Indonesia

Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia.

Get a taste of this spectacularly located, bustling fishing village on the western edge of Flores, overlooking the islands of Komodo National Park. Twenty-one years ago, a girlfriend and I spent a month island hopping easterly across Nusa Tenggara, taking the public ferries and rickety busses across the stunning landscapes of Bali, Lombok, and Sumbawa. During those long, languid days, we practised our Indonesian with phrasebooks, played card games with fellow passengers and made some  ...

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Australia

Stone Walls: Keyneton/Sedan Road, South Australia

Living in the Barossa Valley, one of the routes to get over the ranges and onto the Murray River Flats is the Keyneton/Sedan Road. It is a slow, twisting sealed road with steep descents and the most spectacular view of the flats. It is one of my favourite Sunday drives too because I marvel at the pioneer built stone fences which line this road and are also still used on the properties to keep the sheep in. Before European settlement there was no need for fences- there was no need for land  ...

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Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer #2: Shot Glass, Kiev 2019

Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and a fabulous leafy city to wander around on a sunny day. Maidan Square, or Independence Square- is the city centre and also the focal point for collective identity in contemporary Ukraine. It was here that the 2014 ‘Revolution of Dignity’ that ousted former President Yanukovych began. Next to it, to our amusement, is the ‘Museum of Jellyfish’, which we, unfortunately, did not have time to visit. Khreshchatyk Street is the main street in Kiev, and it is quite  ...

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Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer #1: Russian nesting Doll, Prague, 1998.

I bought this fake Russian nesting doll on the streets of Prague in May 1998. It had a sweet face and the blue background had caught my eye. The folk-art flowers were very much in vogue back then. It was a gift for my Nanna, who was sitting in her little retirement home in South Australia perhaps wondering what on earth her ‘flippety gibberty’ granddaughter was up to next. I had come to Prague for the long weekend with J, when we were in our ‘courting’ phase. I had just finished a two-month  ...

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Wunderkammer

Introducing Jetlagjane’s Wunderkammer

What is a Wunderkammer? Wunderkammer literally translates from German as ‘A Room of Wonder.’ In English it is usually referred to as a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’. It is, quite simply, a notable collection of objects; a carefully curated cumulation of curiosities. A Wunderkammer can be as small as a cigar box or as large as an actual cabinet. (The term cabinet originally described a room rather than a piece of furniture.) In my own definition of Wunderkammer, each item has its own  ...

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Ukraine

Odessa: The Catacombs

The Museum of Partisan Glory is an underground museum and monument to the people of Odessa who fought back against the occupying Nazis and Romanians during the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. Built in 1969, the museum has two sections; the underground catacombs and the above-ground hall and gardens. The catacombs first appeared in the 19th century, at the time of the construction of most of the grand buildings found in Odessa. The estimated 2800km (Odessa to Moscow and back again, then a bit  ...

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Indonesia

Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Manado is located on the north coast of the wildly unusually shaped island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) and is the second-largest city in Sulawesi after Makassar and is the capital of North Sulawesi. Although on the coast and surrounded by beautiful ocean and coral for snorkellers and scuba divers, the waterfront has no beach- it is lined by volcanic rocks breakwaters. The islands to the north, accessible by boat, are the starting points for underwater adventures. It’s a prosperous place  ...

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