Tag: Travel Guide

Big City Lights Calling – Manjimup Pt 4

Big City Lights Calling – Manjimup Pt 4

The mad town of Manjimup is now well and truly in my past. And let’s hope it stays there. No more mental bosses screaming at me for getting sinks wet, no more cleaning of dog placenta from dogs tails and no more cleaning poo from […]

A City for City Skeptics – Kuala Lumpur

A City for City Skeptics – Kuala Lumpur

I landed in Kuala Lumpur after a traumatic flight with Vietnam Airways from Heathrow, despite being told at check in I couldn’t board because I had no visa for Malaysia and, bizarrely, because I had no return flight from Australia. Both myself and the lady […]

Becoming a Dog Person – Manjimup Pt 3

Becoming a Dog Person – Manjimup Pt 3

Picking fruit, packing vegetables, slaving away on a farm in extreme heat losing my body weight in sweat each day; what I had expected to be doing to earn my second year visa, the type of work you’d only do if you’re a backpacker and […]

Don’t Swerve – Manjimup Pt 2

Don’t Swerve – Manjimup Pt 2

The diamond tree has a lookout straddled atop its bough, 52m vertically up in the air. Stakes have been forced into its trunk to form a ladder that winds steeply around the trees trunk, a flimsy chicken wire mesh vaguely protects you from falling outwards, […]

The hunt for rural work – Manjimup

The hunt for rural work – Manjimup

On a good day, Manjimup is a 3.5 hour drive south of Perth, down two long highways. The first is lined with fields that stretch dusty and scrubby with stumpy trees east and west. Approaching Manjimup you become hemmed in by towering Karri trees which […]

Touch Down in Perth

Touch Down in Perth

Touch down in Perth was an anticlimax if ever there was one, Jas and Mike had been sat in arrivals over an hour waiting whilst I queued to have my passport stamped manually and when I finally got through customs I walked straight past them. […]

The Gambas Operation – George Town

The Gambas Operation – George Town

The Gambas Operation is the name the Spanish have for the Brits who visit each year, catch a few too many rays and return home with skin the burning pink hue of a prawn. I was told this by a Spanish volunteer in House of […]

Waking The Rain Gods – Rocketfest

Waking The Rain Gods – Rocketfest

Rocket fest was being banded around Vang Vieng when we arrived; on everyone’s lips with mysterious signs pointing to the edge of the town, but none of the backpackers quite knew what it was, just that we wanted to go. We were staying in the […]

By the Seaside – Brighton

By the Seaside – Brighton

My base in Brighton was possibly the poshest student digs I’ve ever seen, my sister has really landed on her feet; what fresher has a 4 storey house with electric gates on the seafront?! Well, she is one street back from the sea front, walking […]

Like Goats to the Slaughter – Kalighat Temple

Like Goats to the Slaughter – Kalighat Temple

Getting anywhere in Kolkata is a battle. Most taxi drivers are the first generation out of the villages and can’t read their own language on maps, let alone understand your requests in English. Despite its fame, none of the drivers near our ill chosen hotel […]