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I spent around 6 weeks in the Baltic countries of <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/latvia/">Latvia</a>, <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/lithuania/">Lithuania</a> and <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/estonia/">Estonia</a> back in 2008.  Basically, I was killing time while waiting for <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/my-life-as-a-teacher/">my teaching gig to start up in Ukraine</a>, 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.

Baltic Graffiti – A Photo Essay

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.
April 27, 2010 · Continue Reading · 20
Learning Like a Child:  Host Family Flashback Part 1

Learning Like a Child: Host Family Flashback Part 1

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
April 19, 2010 · Continue Reading · 8
Taking the Blame for McDonald's in a Hostel for Adults

Taking the Blame for McDonald's in a Hostel for Adults

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
February 8, 2010 · Continue Reading · 9
Menindee - The Place Where Dreams Dry Up & Die

Menindee – The Place Where Dreams Dry Up & Die

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
February 5, 2010 · Continue Reading · 5
Silverton Cafe Sells S#!t

Silverton Cafe Sells S#!t

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
January 24, 2010 · Continue Reading · 13
no-shoes

Shoe Shortage in Australia

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
December 7, 2009 · Continue Reading · 14

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