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Yesterday Was My Anniversary

Yesterday Was My Anniversary

My exit from Ukraine in late February 2009 was no other than a dramatic effort down to the final minute of departure. All those Ukrainian bills I was hiding in tampon boxes added up to quite a few U.S. dollars, but getting that money exchanged after leaving the country would have been extremely difficult. Apparently, it’s almost just as impossible… Read more
March 4, 2010 · Continue Reading · 15
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
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

Kyrgyz Drink Video Backlash

I used to make some videos every now and again for my blog, which I’d like to get back into doing, and I generally promote them on vimeo and also upload them to YouTube. I wouldn’t say I’m a successful video maker – they rarely get views, I make them with my pocket camera, and they never get comments… except… Read more
November 2, 2009 · Continue Reading · 3

Didn't quite make it to Leichhardt.

I didn’t quite make it to Leichhardt this past weekend, but I’m OK with that. Sure, Leichhardt is known as the Little Italy of New South Wales. Sure, they might have heaps of restaurants with delicious Italian food for all the tourists and locals to delight in. Sure, I didn’t make it to Leichhardt to see what touristy treats were… Read more
October 26, 2009 · Continue Reading · 8
musk sticks

Aussie Food Adventures – Want S'more?

Wow, time flies! Between getting work sorted after coming back from New Zealand, starting a course at a community college, and finding a flat of my own – I have just been busy, to say the least. Being in Sydney has been great, and I’ve been here so long that I sometimes forget where I am – even driving on… Read more
August 20, 2009 · Continue Reading · 9
bishkek at night

Central Asian TidBits Buffet

In an attempt to be caught-up and on-the-ball upon my return abroad in September, I’ve decided to combine all these little ideas for individual blog posts into one smorgasbord of interesting bits. So, here you have it! What I’ve learned, loved, lacked and l-acquired (?) while in Central Asia.
August 20, 2008 · Continue Reading · 2

Lake Issyk-Kul

If you’re the least bit familiar with the country of Kyrgyzstan, then you most likely know a little bit about the infamous Lake Issyk-Kul. I started hearing stories back in May of the lake’s power, especially in the months of July and August when the Bishkek heat can be almost unbearable (as I am currently finding out now!). What they… Read more
July 19, 2008 · Continue Reading · 9

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