In my (almost) three months in Europe I fell in love. Not with another person, or with the beautifully historic buildings or the canals or the languages, but with bicycles. But I didn’t fall in love with those sleek metal frames and soft touch handles, no, I fell in love with what bicycles gave me. Never had it been more convenient to get pretty much anywhere around town – no worries about finding parking, paying and waiting for the train or spending more half an hour legging it somewhere. Continue reading “Why Cycling in Sydney is Doomed”
After six and a half months on the road, I have a decent idea of what makes a good hostel. I should say that no hostel managed to tick all the boxes – they were always lacking in at least one department, but here are the areas that make a good hostel along with the hostels that excelled and disappointed in each category – without mentioning the too obvious (i.e. reasonable price, friendly staff, a bed and a roof).
Did you think that adults were weird and big and did stuff that didn’t make sense as a kid? No? Just me? Okay. Here are some questions a younger me had about adult-ing.
It’s…kind of strange talking about what it’s like growing up as someone who looks Asian in a country like Australia. We often tout our nation as a multicultural haven, and whenever I mention any form of racism to foreigners they’re shocked that such things happen in Australia, yet many Aussies I met on my travels apologised for our country being so racist.
The even stranger thing, though, was that I thought it was…normal.
Modern relationships are…weird. Where there was a very normal way of “doing” relationships before (at least there was such a perception), now it seems that people are far more open about unconventional types of relationships. Continue reading “Modern Relationships”
We as millennials are often given the ideal of finding your passion in life, and then putting all your effort into pursuing that, even through hardship, struggles, a desire to quit – if you’re passionate enough about it and you put in the effort then you can achieve your dreams. But what if your dreams change? What if the passion fades?
I used to be incredibly poor at accepting anything friends offered me – even something small like a drink when you get to someone’s place. I always felt like I was troubling people and I guess to some extent I didn’t want to feel like I owed them something. But I think I’ve gotten better at this. Continue reading “Learning to Accept When People Offer”
I met up with a couchsurfing host in Rotterdam. We chatted about travels, culture and our life experiences, but what really struck me was our conversation about meeting new people. Continue reading “Self Reflections”
I arrive at Edinburgh airport and start chatting with the guy at the car rental desk. He’s probably in his mid 20’s, friendly and smiley. I tell him I’m going to drive around the highlands and then I’m headed to Europe next.
“I was just in Amsterdam two weeks ago. Amazing city. I was with my girlfriend though so I didn’t get to do and see everything,” he hints. Continue reading “First Exposure”