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11 Things I’ve Learnt Since Moving To Canada

Most people learn things when they move to a different country, so here’s a list of (admittedly, unexpected) things I’ve learnt since moving to Canada: 1. Music. Even when exposed to many different types of international music, 90s trash still fuels my soul. 2. Terminology. Do not refer to a regular plant that lives in a pot as a ‘pot plant’ in places where weed is legal. 3. Being vegan doesn’t make you a douche. Who knew? I can walk around Vancouver and ask for vegan options, and no one sighs, rolls their eyes, or becomes unrelentingly concerned about my protein intake like they 100-percent would in Australia. It’s a brave new world out there, folks, and I’m living it. 4. Nowhere feels as cold as regional NSW. Nowhere. And I’ve now experienced life below -25. 5. I’m still allergic to cats. What a surprise. I thought (somehow) I wasn’t as…

Vancouver The Global Shuffle

We got off the plane in the dark, caught the SkyTrain to the city, and walked up three staircases to the American Backpackers Hostel, just as someone was being kicked out because management found his needle stash under the bed. Hello, Vancouver.

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It’s both comforting and surprising to know that tourists generally don’t die in the Iceland fjords. They're beautiful, and look like the opening of an 80s horror film.

It’s both comforting and surprising to know that tourists generally don’t die in Iceland. Beautiful as it is, most of it looks like the opening of an 80s horror film. You get out of the car, look around at the magnitude, splendour and isolation of the place, and think ‘well, this is how I’m going to die’. It’s like the opening of The Shining.

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We’ve been catching trains in India, Nepal, and Cambodia for three-months now and, all I really want to do is stand in the shower with my mouth open.

I think our lowest point was on the way to Kolkata from Darjeeling. We booked beds on the train in one of the nicer classes (AC3) for the 13-hour overnight journey (find out how to book trains here). We were number eight and nine on the waiting list, which isn’t as bad a plan as it sounds.

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I have never encountered as many scams as I did in Cambodia (aka Scambodia).  To be fair, I don’t mind paying more at markets and things like that – what’s a…

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