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Moresby Meanders Observations From an Ongoing Journey

Experiencing Public Life in China – A Guide to Finding Yourself as an Uptight Westerner

CHINA | Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | Views [779]

At first I was a little uncomfortable, a little confused. The old man stood in front of me, looked me up and down and drew heavily on his cigarette. Initially I tried to avoid eye contact; ‘perhaps he’ll go away soon’, I thought. Some ... Read more >

Tags: china, dancing, finding yourself, pyjamas, singing, westerner

Dai Minority Dining in Kunming, Yunnan

CHINA | Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | Views [1043]

Turning off the main street, just past the train line, an alley cuts in between a series of squat aging apartment blocks. Steel frames dress the windows above. Potted plants rest on window sills. A small shop stocked with drinks and cigarettes stands ... Read more >

Tags: china, dai minority, food, kunming, yunnan

IV's and Cigarettes - Community Clinics in China

CHINA | Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | Views [611]

I look up at the shiny metal stand next to my bed as the fifth bottle of intravenous drip slowly empties itself into my blood stream. I had planned to let it run its course before I went to the toilet, but the urge to relieve myself has become unbearable.... Read more >

Tags: china, good poisoning, kunming, local clinic

Photos: China

CHINA | Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

China 2015
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Counterfeit Foods are Choking China's Food Culture

CHINA | Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | Views [1206] | Comments [3]

A distinct chemical burn appears in my throat, I start to choke on my sushi roll. I look down at my bowl of soy sauce where a sheen of chemical slick has developed on the liquid surface. What the hell is this stuff? I ask as I examine the fresh tube ... Read more >

Tags: china, counterfeit, cuisine, culture, food, kunming

Tips on How to Survive London on a Working Holiday Visa

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 9 Nov 2014 | Views [791]

Multifaceted, ever-changing, often fickle; London is defined by it’s pace, density, and diversity. Multicultural and inclusive here, homogenous and exclusive there, but most often both, side by side. Neighbourhoods offering overpriced continental ... Read more >

Tags: london, uk, working holiday visa

Heatwaves, Spiders, Bastards, and a Pick and Mix Australian

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | Views [700]

This year’s summer here in the UK has found me considering questions of identity, challenging “facts” about myself and where I belong, as well as taking advantage of a few opportune moments along the way to fall back on my Australian ... Read more >

Tags: australia, bastards, heatwave, pick and mix, spiders, uk

Tax, Visas, Immigration, Bureaucratic Red Tape and other Certainties

NORWAY | Sunday, 1 Jun 2014 | Views [717]

A recent interaction with the UK’s HM Revenue and customs has reignited my underlying sense of contempt for bureaucratic organisations. It seems that no matter how far and wide you travel there are a few certainties: Whatever new country ... Read more >

Tags: beureaucratic red tape, immigration, immigration police, norway, tax, udi, uk, visas

A Foodies Guide to Home Cooking in Oslo

NORWAY | Sunday, 18 May 2014 | Views [715]

Like clockwork the deciduous trees had begun to yellow and drop their leaves. The days were visibly shorter and the autumn rains were moving in. It was damp under the forest canopy, a rich musty smell rose from the undergrowth. I picked my way gingerly ... Read more >

Tags: food, home cooking, oslo

"This is not Scandinavia" - 16 Things to do in Oslo and How I Came to Relate to a Sidewalk Poet

NORWAY | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Views [692]

Some eight years ago walking home through the inner city suburb of Macdonald Town, Sydney, I stopped to read a few words etched in the cement.   “This is not Scandinavia”. The fact that someone had chosen preserve these precise ... Read more >

Tags: norway, oslo, this is not scandinavia

Photos: Oslo

NORWAY | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Sitges, Michel, Michel, and Bar La Locacola

SPAIN | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Views [646] | Comments [1]

As we sat in the police station waiting to file a report we reflected on the week that had been. Despite it being the middle of spring we had been treated to nothing but rain. The hours of queuing for over-priced attractions were wearing thin, and as ... Read more >

Tags: gay bar, sitges, spain

Beware the Cockney Chinwagger

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | Views [487]

Making a beeline past the hipsters and young professionals of trendy Hackney, deep into East London, towards regional Essex, you will find a slice of the old school. Yet to be gentrified and still, on a London scale, fairly affordable to live in, boroughs ... Read more >

Tags: chinwagger, cockney, east london

The Farcical Case of the Chicken Bought at Sunrise

CHINA | Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 | Views [950] | Comments [2] | Scholarship Entry

It was dark as we clambered over the tall, iron gate at the foot of the mountain. A guard stumbled out of a small hut, shining a torch in our direction. "We want to see the sunrise on top of the mountain", my friend explained. He waved us on. At the ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

Monkey Drum – An Unsettling Introduction to Chongqing

CHINA | Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | Views [702]

It was muggy disembarking the intercity train from Chengdu. Crowds of people pushed through the gates exiting the station. Emerging the other side, we made our way down to the subterranean leg of the metro network, Chongqing. Underground, the air was ... Read more >

Tags: chongqing, monkey drum

Shrunken Heads, George Washington’s Hair and Other Curiosities - A Look at London's Museums

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | Views [523]

London boasts a phenomenal number of museums, around 240 in total. Included in these monuments to the wonder of human accomplishment and our natural world are such greats as the Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, ... Read more >

Tags: british museum, collectors, hoarders, huntarian museum, london, wellcome collection

Songpan - A bad Trip on an Otherwise Good Journey

CHINA | Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | Views [686]

Behind the glass window in the ticket hall of the bus station at the northern end of Songpan in the Aba prefecture of Sichuan, a middle age woman methodically typed information into her computer, printed and stapled together a two-part ticket and exchanged ... Read more >

Tags: china, langmosi, sichuan, songpan, tibetan autonomous region

A National Health Nighmare?

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | Views [572] | Comments [1]

    Entering my local NHS doctor’s surgery it resembled a news report on the latest strain of bird flu. There was an air of ailing disarray. The waiting room packed with patients, children squealing, clinging to their parents. When ... Read more >

Tags: health-care, nhs, uk

Passport & Plate - Gong Bao Zhi Ding

CHINA | Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Ingredients 2 Chicken breasts cubed 2 Large spring onions thick sliced (can be substituted with celery or leek) 200g raw peanuts A handful of whole dried chilies sliced in half and deseeded 1 small piece of ginger sliced 3-4 cloves of garlic sliced ... Read more >
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Tags: Passport & Plate: ITALY 2014

Antisocial Interactions - Using Public Transport in Merry Old London Town

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 | Views [668]

Coming from Sydney I am thankful if my bus or train turns up at all. Years living in one of the most poorly serviced parts of the world for public transport has made me a little more forgiving than the average Londoner. While London's public transport ... Read more >

Tags: bus, dlr, london, minicab, national rail, overground, public transport, taxi, tube

New to East Ham - Getting Acquainted with the Ghetto

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | Views [2078]

If not for the usual high street signage like Sainsubry’s, Argos, Primark and the old Lloyd’s Bank spanning East Ham High Street, one would be forgiven for forgetting for a moment that they are in fact still in greater London, or even the ... Read more >

Photos: UK 2012-2014

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | Photo Gallery

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A Prelude to Writing on the Subject of Life in London

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | Views [827]

Back in the nineties young people from Australia used to flock to London on the promise of earning good money (in ever strong British Pounds) which would then pay for the travel, adventures, parties and a series of hazy but satisfying remnants of memories ... Read more >

Tags: london

Earth-Porn, Injury, and a Touch of Tibetan Hospitality

CHINA | Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Views [1439]

Heading north from Chengdu into the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, signs direct traffic up a winding mountain road to the not so aptly named Jiuzhaigou “Scenic Area”. Frankly, passing off this extraordinary UNESCO world heritage, AAAAA ... Read more >

Tags: china, earth-porn, hospitality, jiuzhaigou, sichuan, tibetan

A Monk From the Future

CHINA | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Views [11886]

As I sit in a vegetarian restaurant in the Tibetan district of Chengdu, chewing on particularly tasty chunk of imitation lamb, I observe a Tibetan monk on the table opposite, thumbing messages in to his smart phone with one hand, lips moving silently ... Read more >

Tags: chengdu, china, monks, temples

Finding Love in People's Park in the Time of Internet Dating

CHINA | Monday, 6 May 2013 | Views [1176] | Comments [2]

Among the frenzied ruckus of blaring music, ballroom dancing, opera singing, and endless chatter in Peoples Park Chengdu is found a network of paths intersecting through the trees. People young and old gather here and shuffle up and down the pathway ... Read more >

Tags: chengdu, china, marriage market, peoples park

Photos: Chengdu, China

CHINA | Monday, 6 May 2013 | Photo Gallery

Chengdu 2013
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A Moment in Meherabad

INDIA | Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | Views [701] | Scholarship Entry

I sit, focus drawn upward, eyes fixed on the colourful pattern adorning the fabric that stretches over the roof of the giant marquee. A group of men sit on a small stage. Sliding, pounding hands produce a complex series of rhythmical syllables on tablas ... Read more >