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Profile: Bay Oliver

Bay's career has been many and varied due to a penchant for traveling the world. After completing a double degree in Business Management and Journalism at the University of Queensland in 2002 she was lucky enough to land herself a job at Brisbane's Quest Community Newspapers. A year of roving reporting brought the epiphany that journalism and Bay didn't jive. So, she up and packed her bags to spend a ski season at one of Australia's premier destinations, Thredbo Alpine Resort. For Bay, learning to snowboard was one of life's great challenges, and three months on the slopes saw many a tantrum and snowball thrown. Coming out relatively unscathed, Bay hopped a plane to the land of Leprechauns and Guinness for a five-month secretarial stint and a three-month camping trip around Europe. Finally, in 2006, she came to rest for a while in the beautiful, rainy, and ever-exciting city of Vancouver. She hit the slopes once more, honed her skills to perfection (well almost) and decided a permanent change in career was in order. Now she operates under the official title of Business Analyst, but with Flickspin up and running, her previous journalism skills are back in action. Vancouver and the surrounding region offered many delights to feed Bay's vices, most notably, some great coffee shops, excellent cycling paths, amazing local wine regions and a generally awesome lifestyle.

In June 2009 Bay started traveling once again and blogged her way through North America, Cuba, Mexico and Central America for 6 months.

Now, she's back in Brisbane, with the city at her feet and the travel bug at her heels. Set down for the indefinite future, Bay will be unravelling a city and country that seemed so familiar overseas but upon returning are far different than the ideas she held in her memory.

Bris-vegas, what a city, what a lady,
She drives me crazy, rhyme rhymes about her daily.

- Resin Dogs

Latest Articles

Bigfoot Hostel, Leon - Don't Expect Service With a Smile

Published: October 26, 2009

Bigfoot Hostel in Leon, Nicaragua claims to be all about good vibes, peace and happiness. This does not, however, seem to be the case in reality.

A Review of Portland's Bluebird Guesthouse

Published: July 5, 2009

Portland's Bluebird Guesthouse is a tranquil retreat in a funky neighbourhood, packed with great coffee shops, cafes and second-hand stores.

New Orleans Top 10 Things to Do - in No Particular Order

Published: July 5, 2009

What to do in New Orleans but eat, drink and be merry, listening to some inspiring and soul stirring music.

Latest Blog Posts

A Tourist in My Own City

Published: May 5, 2010

As promised, I am tackling Brisbane with vigour and enthusiasm.

What a city, what a lady

Published: April 24, 2010

Moving to a new place is hard, probably harder when you've lived there before in a completely different era of your life.

Colour me pink

Published: April 13, 2010

An Australian get-together.

Latest Fact Files

Hula Hoop Australia

Published: November 24, 2009

Can't find a website selling Australian Hula Hoops online? Well, there's a good reason for that...

Latest Reviews

Stumptown Coffee Roasters pulls the best in Portland

Published: July 20, 2009

Stumptown Coffee Roasters are brewing up a storm at their Seattle and Portland locations.

Latest Recipes

Hot Agnostic Buns

Published: April 2, 2010

Feeling confused about your religious affiliations this Easter? Fear not, there is still a delicious treat for you

Hobbies & Interests

How to be creative...

Creating an economically viable entity where lack of original thought is handsomely rewarded creates a rich, fertile environment for parasites to breed. And thatʼs exactly whatʼs been happening. So now we have millions upon millions of human tapeworms thriving in the Western World, making love to their Powerpoint presentations, feasting on the creativity of others.

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