One Memorable(ish) Night in Wellington, New Zealand

“He dozed off, into a dreamless oblivion, for what seemed like seconds but was in fact hours, and awoke hungover, the inner surface of his skull pulsing like a single, giant nerve being chewed by some ruminant animal.” ― Alex Shakar, Luminarium Mt. Victoria It was a warm, dark, late Summer night in Wellington, New Zealand. The … Continue reading One Memorable(ish) Night in Wellington, New Zealand

What I Learned Living in France for Two Months

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”  ― Charles de Gaulle France Back in 2013, I was just finishing up my 2-year backpacking stint through Australasia and I was preparing to head back to Canada with my girlfriend at the time. It didn't end up being a great relationship, or even … Continue reading What I Learned Living in France for Two Months

Shall I Stay, or Shall I go – To Lands Unknown?

A Collaborative Poem Written By Bhagyashree (InkandThoughts) and Mathew (Blog of the Wolf Boy) Out of a large, water-soaked windowpane, I heard the horizons calling, Calling me to a life full of quests. With winds and hues of joys, Where my heart won’t rip in pain, And my soul will dance in spree. Overjoyed, I … Continue reading Shall I Stay, or Shall I go – To Lands Unknown?

I Spent Three Weeks In Thailand, And Here’s What I Learned

Arriving In Bangkok My trip didn't start well in Thailand, in fact, I don't suspect it could start off much worse then it did. If it had turned out any worse, I probably would have been making some sort of ransom call back home to Canada while tied to a chair in a dingy wet basement. … Continue reading I Spent Three Weeks In Thailand, And Here’s What I Learned

What I’d Learned Backpacking In Australia For Nearly 2 Years

Australia, the land of red sands and poisonous animals. "How did you ever end up there?", You may be wondering. And the answer is, well, it wasn't a trip that I had planned! My original travel plan was to stay in New Zealand and work for a year then come home, but after 5 months … Continue reading What I’d Learned Backpacking In Australia For Nearly 2 Years

My Experience Backpacking Across New Zealand And What I’ve Learned

It was 2011 and I was fresh out of college, working in a shitty retail chain which rhymes with Mall Tart. I also didn't have much clue as to what to do for the rest of my life because I had studied Police Foundations for 2 years and then decided that it wasn't for me. So, I just saved as much money as I could in 7 months. Then I took off overseas on a Working Holiday Visa to live and play in New Zealand. It was the most daring moment of my young adult life because I had never done anything so adventurous before. There was a mix of both excitement and fear in me.

Hiking the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand

Back when I was exploring New Zealand in 2011, the most adventurous thing that I had ever done was hike the Queen Charlotte Track with an Irish man, whom I had just met a few weeks prior. We went out to a track that runs 71km from the end of a highway, out towards the ocean through rolling hills surrounded by a sound (or seawater). It was probably the highlight of my backpacking experience, over those 2 years I spent abroad because I was feeling adventurous, but I knew not what the fuck I was doing and that will become apparent in the story to come!