Hello, Friends. How was your week? I’m having a wonderful time exploring Sydney — your recommendations have been spot on! I’m so grateful for all the amazing suggestions. We are really loving it here — Ben Blair is ready to move right in. He’s totally into how the whole city is built around accessing the water. It’s really fantastic.

Two funny things that keep surprising me: 1) The time change. It’s not the jet lag — we seemed to sort that out pretty quickly. It’s more about me getting confused because it’s a different day here than it is in the U.S. I’ll start to text something funny to the kids and realize it’s 2:00 AM for them. Hah!

And 2) Walking on the left! About 20 times a day I have to remind myself to move to the left side of the walkway. I had no idea how ingrained walking on the right is for me. I assume walking on the left here is related to driving on the left side of the road, but I swear I never noticed this in England and they drive on the left there too. So who knows. It keeps making me laugh! I feel so awkward every time I realize I’m walking against the stream.

I can’t wait to tell you more about my trip. Till then, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

– You’re Disillusioned. That’s Fine. Vote Anyway. (NYT)

– Seriously. Please vote.

Is LSD good for you?

– Have you ever heard of HIAS? Opposition to this group motivated the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

– The evidence of China’s mass Muslim detention camps grows more detailed and more chilling.

– I brought two books on my trip and I’m enjoying both so much — Less by Andrew Sean Greer, and Dare to Lead by Brené Brown.

Airbnb is out of control in Barcelona.

– Get a jumpstart! Here’s your Thanksgiving Game plan.

– California’s housing crisis is so bad, families are squatting abandoned homes.

– The massive and expanding universe of Kit Kats in Japan. (NYT)

– Ugh. Anti-Vaxx billboards are popping up across the U.S.

– White Christian nationalism is the most dangerous weapon in America.

– A nostalgic look at Australian suburbia.

I hope you have a happy weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle