Now that I am living in the land down under – possibly for a very long time if this partner visa goes through – I need to really get used to these backwards seasons. It’s December; I’m sweating, and still I’m supposed to think that this means Christmas is just around the corner?! Yeah, that one is going to take… Read more
I get quite a few emails asking me about The London School in Bishkek. In case you were wondering, Bishkek is in Kyrgyzstan, and The London School in Bishkek is actually a fantastic little language school there – yes, a REAL place!
When I was first searching for things I could do in Kyrgyzstan, I got the idea… Read more
Look, Christchurch, about all that anti-New Zealand talk I gave earlier: it’s not you, it’s me. I said those things before I ever got a chance to know you… the real you. Because with so many cafes and bars, and cafe/bars, one could say that you are actually kind of cool. Who was I to judge?
But it was a… Read more
I spent around 6 weeks in the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia back in 2008. Basically, I was killing time while waiting for my teaching gig to start up in Ukraine, and I really couldn't have picked a better place - to hang out, meet cool people, eat good food and enjoy a nice mix between Eastern and Western Europe - than in that part of the world.
When a language is just so different from your native tongue, the best thing you can do is to forget about any preconceived notions you have about language structure and just attempt to learn it like a child.
I learned my lesson the hard way – by spending countless portions of class time hounding my poor teachers as to why… Read more
So many Aussies love vegemite that you are basically outcasted if you are one of the few that are repulsed by it. They eat it on toast; they eat it on sandwiches. It’s a breakfast, lunch or snack food requested by the masses down under, so much that it could be the equivalent of peanut butter in America.
For travelers,… Read more
I realized just as I started writing this that I might have a weird obsession with things that are underground. Another stop-off on the outback road trip was to White Cliffs, an old opal mining town where the few inhabitants actually live underground.
It also happens to be the location of the world’s LARGEST underground motel!
With a distinction like… Read more
It seemed almost magical. I finally had a way to coax Patrick into wanting to go on a random outback adventure, and it came in the form of a fisherman’s paradise.
At least that’s what the booklet said. “Menindee – Photographers and fishermen take note!” (or something along those lines).
It wasn’t a very long drive from Broken Hill, so… Read more
You might not expect it but this Silverton Cafe actually sells shit.
No, it’s not listed on the menu when you walk inside, but it is there. It’s not baked shit, or fried shit, or even toasted shit. They don’t put it on the grill or in the microwave; they don’t put it in the refrigerator.
The friendly woman that… Read more
For part of my recent holiday, I decided to go the non-traditional route here and avoid the beaches in hopes of getting a little taste of the Australian Outback.
So, I went on a road trip with Patrick all the way out to the farthest Western reaches of New South Wales in order to visit an oasis in the middle… Read more
Thousands of Australians are going without proper footwear all across the country.
From a random sampling, an estimated 10% of the population performs daily activities, such as grocery shopping or walking to work, without any form of shoe on whatsoever.
The cause of this strange behavior was initially said to be from a widespread shoe shortage in Australia, but after… Read more