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…

Twinkie Twins

Twinkies. Or in the correct term, twins. Two bundles of joy coming out. Double the trouble, double the fun, double the love. On the trip, there were two couples with twin boys and one guy who was a twin as well (but his twin was not on the trip). Anyways, one of the moms was…

The Lost Generation of Teachers

Education. Again, my passion. It’s on my bucket list to change the face of engineering education and culture and I’m on a mission. But anyways, I was talking to a guy who’s a primary teacher at a public school and he was saying that lately, the younger teachers they’ve been bringing in don’t have the…

Real-Life Hogwarts

I met a woman who worked at a boarding school. The way she was describing it, it actually sounded like going to Hogwarts. I was so intrigued because I had just entered a real version of the world I had only seen on a wizard series, so the questions started pouring out. I wanted to…

Two Births, Two Cultures

There was a woman in the Darwin part of my trip and she was talking about the difference between childbirth in India and childbirth in The western culture. It was fascinating to hear the difference between the two cultures because there are such differences. She had her first child and she said it was a…

Adventures, Mistakes, and Experiences

I was talking to a woman on my trip who’s doing the whole trip with us. She was sharing her life story which is pretty incredible. It ends with her living in Canberra near her parents with just her and her 9-year-old daughter. She said she was a bit of a partier in college. Then…