Where The Goat Tongue Soup At?

Goat tongue soup, you say? Why yes, I partook of this delicacy in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. I got off the plane from Auckland and went into a convenience store and didn’t recognize a single product and couldn’t read any of the labels. I’ll be totally honest about how I felt: relieved. I was…

Kia Ora from the Kiwis

Ah, New Zealand. It’s a gorgeous place to go for extreme sports that’s also alive with culture and history. The landscape was so mind-blowing I kept wondering if it was fake. I much preferred nature to populated areas, because kiwis can be “closed off” as one of my NZ-dwelling friends said. I had to laugh, though,…

Don’t Cry For Me, Australia

Now that I’ve left my beloved Australia after two and a half months, I feel like a little reflection is in order. This is also just a way for me to throw up extra pictures I couldn’t put anywhere else. At first glance, I couldn’t help but be awed by the flowers, y’all. I’ve never seen…

D*mnit, Myki!

Going back to Melbourne, which is my second favorite city in the world behind my beloved Berlin, I was propelled back into the world of the Myki Card. What is this hellish device, you ask? Well. It’s the system that has brought Melbournians and many a hapless tourist to their knees. Holy mother, it’s expensive. I spent…

Forever a Junk Food Junkie

Like the US, there aren’t many food items that are traditionally Australian; nearly everything is made up from the mix of immigrants who’ve made a home here. Guess who else has immigrated? American fast food corporations! Shocker. Macca’s is the Aussie nickname for-you guessed it-McDonald’s! Australians like to shorten every word they possibly can (mossies=mosquitoes, cuppa…

Cafe Countdown Pt. Two

After being all Snooty McSnootFace in my last post you’re probably wondering, what do I look for in a cafe and their coffee? I like it smooth and rich, flavorful but not too bold, not bitter, and absolutely no burn taste. I like my coffee in a ceramic mug with a handle, not in a…

Cafe Countdown Pt. One

Melbourne, the city that beat Starbucks into submission! Yes! Coffee culture is especially strong here, thanks to the Italian influence and the numerous tiny, small-business cafes. No country for large chains here. Let’s not forget the influence of the beautifully grungy hipsters! Nearly all of the little cafes refuse to have a proper website, or…

Oz: Come for the Hiking, Stay for the Hiking

Australia’s landscape is unbeatable. It’s so amazing that it gets exaggerated for us Americans and we think all there are here are giant spiders and drop bears, which I can assure you there are not. Drop Bears only live on the outskirts of the city. 😉 If you want to work up a sweat and…

I Saw Serena. SERENA

SERENA. Guys, this was never something I never thought I could do. My Aussie friend explained to me that Australian Open tickets were priced to be accessible to regular people and I couldn’t believe it. The US doesn’t play that with big sports matches; if you’re not filthy rich or willing to sell your firstborn, you ain’t…

Be a Man-ly Beach Walk

In Sydney, beach bumming is a way of life. Probably because they have so many! Manly and the surrounding beaches didn’t disappoint. Another walk put on by the hostel, but instead of an hours long hike, it was a ten-minute walk through a packed pedestrian shopping area, then the beach. Part of the fun came simply…

Is it Better or Am I just Used to it?

When it comes to public transportation in Sydney, I’m happy to say that the Opal system  is better than Melbourne’s Myki system. Or maybe I’m just used to their nonsense now? Yeah, that’s what it is, I’m used to it. Anywho, you need one of these if you’re gonna hop on: It’s important to know that…

Coogee to Bondi Walk/Epic Fantasy Movie Journey

I don’t know if this should be called a walk, per se. I say epic journey because sometimes I felt like I was one of the fellows in the Fellowship of the Ring (Samwise, I would be Samwise). First of all, there were more stairs than the law allows. Then there were times we climbed up and…