Category Oceania

Sydney Wrap Up

The day after hiking the Blue Mountains it was back to Sydney for one last full day of civilization before heading to India.  Accordingly, it was back on the food grind because who knew what I would actually be able to eat in India.  I was told just cooked vegetables.  Ick.  I insisted upon Din […]

Stairmaster of the Blue Mountains

After consecutive days of eating like the fat American that I am, we were off to the Blue Mountains for some nature and much needed exercise.  Much, much needed exercise.  A few hour train ride later we arrived in Katoomba ready for a hike. Even though  I had recently completed the Tongariro Crossing in NZ, […]

Flashpacking in Sydney (and more Food Porn)

Due to the fact that when I told people I was leaving I got several monetary gifts from family and friends and awesome tips from customers I’d like to show that your money went to productive things so I’m dubbing some of you sponsors for excursions I may not have otherwise been able to afford. […]

St. Patrick’s Day in Sydney and Food Porn at the Fish Market

The next day it was rise and shine in time to see the morning dew – and by morning dew I mean dew of the Tullamore sort.  It was St. Patrick’s Day after all. It should also be noted that I have 3 favorite things in the world.  They are: drinking (of course), eating and […]

Kineza in Sydney

I went to Australia for a week.  I know what you’re thinking.  A week?  That’s bullshit – the country is huge and that doesn’t do it any justice.  No shit.  However, Australia is rather large and expensive, so if I really wanted to give the country its due diligence (hate that phrase), I would need […]

Eating My Way Through Auckland

For our last 2 nights in New Zealand we blissfully decided that our domicile of choice would be in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. They have something like a third of the population there resulting in acronym “JAFA” – Just Another Fucking Aucklander. Really happy to be in a city and around civilization […]

Wellington & the South Island: I Ate Grubs at the Wild Foods Festival

After several consecutive days of nature/outdoorsy shit, I was ready for a city. Fortunately, the next stop was Wellington to catch my first rugby game and hopefully do something that didn’t require me to wear sneakers. We had a only a few hours to explore the city, so we checked out Oriental Bay, so I […]

Taupo and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Due to the fact that when I told people I was leaving I got several monetary gifts from family and friends and awesome tips from customers I’d like to show that your money went to productive things so I’m dubbing some of you sponsors for excursions I may not have otherwise been able to afford. […]

The Maori Experience

Sometimes you have to do the shitty tourist things. Like paying $80 to see Maori’s reenact “an authentic Maori experience.” And seeing as I forewent Hobbittown for about the same price you can see where my priorities lay. Big Maori dudes > little tiny hobbits. Seriously though, the history of the Maori culture is pretty […]

The Bog of Eternal Stench Exists in Rotorua

After nearly getting killed on the yacht, (just kidding) we arrived safe and sound in Rotorua. Unfortunately New Zealand didn’t fare as well, and thanks to me, the North Island has one less road post along the Coromandel highway and one less bird on Route 5. Fortunately, once we got to Rotorua, in order to […]