Mishaps

Meeting Linh: Part 2

Meeting Linh: Part 2

The phone’s ring dragged me from blissful slumber, and I hadn’t even accepted the call when my stomach leapt into my mouth and wrenched me in to full consciousness. I was still bumbling through apologies as I stepped into the…

Meeting Linh: Part 1

Meeting Linh: Part 1

When people ask how Linh and I met, the answer often elicits a condescending smile – at least until we provide a little more detail. The short version of this story is that I found Linh on Gumtree, but before…

Fuelling new Discoveries

Fuelling new Discoveries

Running out of – or at least grossly miscalculating – fuel is almost a rite of passage for the seasoned overland traveller. I’v lost count of the number of times that I’ve spent long stretches of road sweating the minute…

My first real encounter with the language barrier

My first real encounter with the language barrier

Whenever I travel, people ask me how I deal with the language barrier as if it is some kind of physically oppressive wall that stops them from travelling themselves. Of course I tell them that language is only a part…

What to do in Kalbarri when it’s raining.

What to do in Kalbarri when it’s raining.

As important as it may be for Western Australia’s farming community (and by extension the rest of us), I struggle with wet weather. The mercifully brief winter rains in Western Australia bring with them – for me – a dark…

On the train to Colombo

On the train to Colombo

I have never loved crowds. I have quite the knack for avoiding situations where I have to deal with being crushed against hundreds of sweaty bodies. I shun most events that mean that I’ll have to jostle, fight, bite and…

Barber Shop Photos 11 – Stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka

Barber Shop Photos 11 – Stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka

One thing that fascinates (and concerns) me about travelling is the effect we have on cultural and social practices as we trudge our way through countries that often have vastly different structures than our own. This shot of the stilt…

Rain on Lion Rock (Sigiriya Fortress)

Rain on Lion Rock (Sigiriya Fortress)

Once we decided to travel to Sri Lanka and we began to investigate what to do while on the island, I quickly identified four experiences that I could not miss. Firstly, we wanted to climb Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) and…

Whip it real good!

Whip it real good!

In 2013 I found myself in a small mountain village about an hour out of the Flores fishing village and divers’ Launchpad of Labuan Bajo. I was there with a school group looking for opportunities for cultural experience and community…

The Barber vs The Burger

The Barber vs The Burger

IMG_9181 Gastronomical adventuring has never been high on my list of travel motivations. In fact I have been known to become ever so slightly cynical when somebody carelessly mentions the latest season of ‘Master Chef’ or ‘Whatever cooking sellout plays prime-time this…