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 this year (2012), I've been bitten by the travel bug, and have recently booked my next trip - to Antarctica and South America (my son-in-law was born in Chile, so that's one of my destinations).
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, although I'm rather good at referring to my Spanish-English dictionary. I spent two weeks 'talking' with my son-in-law's father when he came over for their wedding.
I'll be in South Amercia/Antarctica during February-March 2013, so I look forward to meeting new friends then - maybe you!!
I'm living my favourite quote - "carpe diem" ("seize the day") - which is a quote from my favourite movie, Dead Poets (website hidden): Photo update soon.