My name is Melinda and I am a 'mature' aged Aussie woman (but still very young at heart) and I have two daughters. I live in a beautiful area about 50kms from the centre of Melbourne, known as the Dandenong Ranges - think rainforest and you'll have an idea.
Following my eldest daughter's wedding in Samoa earlier in 2012, I've been bitten by the travel bug, and in 2013 I travelled to Antarctica and South America (my son-in-law was born in Chile). While in Antarctica I was able to kayak and camp as well as trek - absolutely incredible experiences.
I've been lucky enough to travel a bit over the years, beginning with the European tour in the '80s; I have a wonderful memory of stumbling quite be accident across Minack Theatre in Cornwall, and am still amazed today by vision of the woman who created this magical place. One day I hope to return to Minack and see one of Shakespeare's plays performed there.
I'm also a big fan of musical theatre - Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar......love them all. Then add Cirque du Soleil productions to the list of live shows, and off I go again......
I love reading, and collecting books; I'm not one for borrowing from the library, I'd rather create my own, which I've been doing for some years now. I very rarely read a book twice, but I do have a couple of exceptions to that rule - To Kill a Mockingbird and The Old Man and the Sea are my favourites.
When travelling to other countries, while I like to see the 'touristy' locations, I also like get away from the 'must sees' and find the hidden gems (like Minack Theatre). I'm happy walking around for hours and discovering the local haunts - and the best way to do that is by meeting and talking with the local people.
I'm very easy to get along with - especially if you speak English, as I'm a huge failure at all languages.
I'm living my favourite quote - "carpe diem" ("seize the day") - which is a quote from one of my favourite movies, Dead Poets (website hidden): Photo update soon.