You travel. You meet people. You leave. You leave new friends.
A little over a week ago, I received a Facebook message from a girl I taught with in Ukraine. The message was also addressed to many other teachers that had come and gone the same route as we had. She brought up an interesting idea — to all take… 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I heard stories that it existed. Oftentimes, the story was followed with shock and horror if someone actually had a personal experience to add. I didn't know what to think. Would I ever encounter this thing myself? Would I one day have my own story to tell?
Even though I have spent nearly two weeks of my life recently in Riga, Latvia, this is actually my first post on the country at all. Shocking, no? I was planning to do a post on Sigulda with some cute photos, but someone I was travelling with decided it was a good time to clean the sensor on my camera… Read more
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.
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