I stand in solidarity with the Muslim community because some of the greatest examples of love, hospitality and compassion have been modelled to me by good friends who happen to also be Muslim, but unfortunately this is not the view of Islam or its followers that is championed through our media sources of late.
If you intend to take a trip down under planning your budget should be an important part of your preparations. Yes Australia is many atlas inches from pretty much anywhere else (no offence New Zealand), so your flight is unlikely to be cheap, but there are ways to save on an Aussie adventure while still having a bonza time.
The piece revolves around the concept that when trying to confront the issue of talking to disabled people the advice is always negative, always a list of "don't"s and rarely "do"s. Mr Hoge then states that most of these are the opinion of the authors and then gives a list that he states are things "you can say to someone with a disability".
30-minute subway ride away is Perth's sister city - the undersized coastal town of Fremantle (Freo to locals). Less urban and with a more tangible community vibe, Fremantle is worth visiting in its own right, but it's also a great place to stay while you explore the distinctive tourist attraction that is Rottnest Island.
Perth is not like other cities. Situated in Western Australia, Perth is an isolated city that most gap year types miss off their once-in-a-lifetime journey around Oz. Why? Because, being located on the opposite side of the country to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, it's not close to anything else of note in Australia.
I wasn't offended or upset that they didn't like my body in particular, rather I was upset for all the women out there that society has been telling are not good enough if they are not extremely thin. This led me to the question of "how did we get here?" It wasn't so long ago that Marilyn Monroe was celebrated for her beautiful curvy body. Fast forward in time and we are here, where beauty is equated to being thin.
There were days when I'd seriously question why people chose to live in a city that ate me up and spat me out at the best of times, where simple tasks were a constant battle. But gradually that cold, grey capital drew me in and seduced me one day, one month, then one year at a time. I felt like London was the world and the world was at my fingertips.