Category: Australia & NZ

Famous last words: “Okay, last run and then I’m off to get some dumplings and catch the bus.” I was talking to my riding pal Lilly, we were stood at the top of the terrain park at Welli Hilli Park, …

Broken Bones and Silver Linings Read More »

“Sir,” she said in a suddenly stern voice, “your bag’s tested positive for amphetamines.” My jaw hit the floor. My bag? Amphetamines? You what? I was standing in the customs area of Christchurch Airport, the entire contents of my bags …

Drugs Busted After the 2006 World Cup. Sort of… Read More »

“Stop chatting to your girlfriend and get back to work, you Pommie cunt!” The speaker was my supervisor, and we were in a Queensland tomato field pruning vines. My ‘girlfriend’ was my male coworker who, being a white Australian, couldn’t …

A Week of Fruit Picking and Verbal Abuse in Bundaberg Read More »

I looked along the deck at the picture of youthful beauty alongside me, all the long tanned legs and all the long blond hair fluttering in the breeze, and I looked out at all the beauty around us, all these …

Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands: 3 days of vomit and misery Read More »

Spend any significant length of time backpacking, and you’ll hear plenty of hostel horror stories. Eventually, you’ll directly experience or witness your very own! I’ve had a few, but one of my hostel horror stories stands out head and shoulders …

Hostel Horror Stories: the Melbourne Bag Pisser Read More »