Don’t Write Too Many Chapters

I met a girl who’s about to start working for an American Insurance company. Being she’s from England, I asked her how in the heck she managed to get so lucky! Well she was a history major and had just graduated. A job offer for this insurance company came up and she thought she might…

The Late Bus

This lady was talking to me about her life and job as she was taking me to the bus. It’s her job to pick people up from the late bus and take them to the hostel and then take people to the bus every night. It comes at 2:15 AM, so it’s not like this…

The Skipper Surfer

I was sitting on a beach when an older gentleman sat down next to me. He started talking about the town he loves, 1770 (which also happens to be the town I was in) and about how in the heck he managed to get here. He was talking about how he was born and raised…

The NYFD Brother

The New York Fire department has probably seen more horror than most other fire departments. With so many people, so many accidents, and so many potentials for disaster, they have to be on the go pretty much nonstop. I was talking to a guy in the NYFD and he was telling me some of the…

The American Soldier

There was a group of American Army infantry at Airlie Beach today and I have never seen a more disgusting display of mankind. I successfully got a conversation out of 3 people. After that, it was just “show me your tits” or “that booty, oh what I’d love to do to that” or “you are…

Cherry Popping and Seal Breaking

I was at a bar with a New Yorker yesterday and we were talking about slogans that refer to sex and alcohol. I mentioned I had to go break the seal and he was like oh we say unpop the cork. I told him I couldn’t use that slogan because it sounded too close to…

The Stolen Generation

I met a victim of the stolen generation yesterday at a bar. For those who are unfamiliar with the stolen generation, it was a government attempt to “civilise” the aboriginal people by stealing their children and placing them in white families. Children were often abused, parents and families were ruined, and it wasn’t until 2008…

Middle School Gym Teacher

I met a middle school gym teacher and had a blast chatting with her about the horrors and joys of middle school, teaching, and being around kids every day. And if I learned one thing it’s that middle school kids are terrible. She was saying that they smell terrible. They don’t know how to properly…

Single and Free

I was having a chat with another solo traveller in the Mission Beach Hostel about how much our lives have changed since being single. I look back on my life and am so proud of who I am today. I never would have been able to do that if I was still taken and took…

River Rafting Guides

I went River Rafting today and my river guide was amazing. Funny, competent, assertive, and capable. We went down some gnarly Rapids and came out with only one falling out of the boat (wasn’t me). During the quiet parts of the river, we got to ask him questions about his life. He started rafting at…

One Person Doing Big Things

There are some people that come into your life, even if only for a brief moment, that leave you changed and help you get your life on track. I met one of those people on a trip to Cape Tribulation. She had done so much good for people at such a young age that it…

Farming Foreigner

I met two sisters who were about to start their farmwork. Now you might ask: why are they doing farmwork and what do they have to do? Well in Australia, you can get a visa called a working holiday. And then if you want a second year of the working holiday, you have to do…