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A beautiful reminder of why we take the slow road… Thanks for posting, Jane!

The Common Wanderer

That most common of butterflies, the Monarch, is known in Australia as the Wanderer.  Immediately identified by its orange and black markings, it’s beloved for its beauty and overlooked for its commonness.


In 2003 I left my job at NPR and took one last assignment with Let’s Go Travel Guides, updating the Australia guide.  My territory was the Great Ocean Road and all of South Australia.  Far from the surfer’s paradise of Bondi Beach or the snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, my journey was along the road somewhat less traveled, at least by the common backpacker.

I traveled the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide, along the bottom of the country.

I did learn to surf, on a fairly quiet strip of beach in Geelong.  I stalked kangaroos on golf courses and in wildlife sanctuaries. And I was able to wander along the beautiful coastline, stopping to…

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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