This is the part where I should mention that I’m allergic to most ocean creatures. I’m good with fish, but shellfish, squid and most crustaceans make my throat constrict and my stomach bloat like I’m carrying triplets. So, at a seafood restaurant, I’ll always order the fish. But a lifetime of avoiding all other seafood […]Read more "Life Lesson #45 – Something Fishy"
Today I learned never to eat local cuisine on the street. At least, not unless you’re sitting down. This is especially true if you’re somewhere really cool, like Belgium, where they have a really awesome national food, like waffles. If you do have to eat something really delicious on the side of a beautiful cobbled […]Read more "Life Lesson #44 – The Waffle"
You can call me Usain. This is me. For real. When you fly Ryanair on a non-EU passport, you have to get a visa-check stamp when you arrive at the airport, before going through security. Every other airline does it just before you board. This means that if you’re silly enough to forget to get […]Read more "Life Lesson #43 – Mad Dash"
If you’ve had the misfortune of running into me this week, I’ll forgive you for thinking I got into an accident with a lawnmower. I’ve been sort of growing my hair ever since I left New Zealand. Well, the top anyway. It got to the point where my fringe reached the bottom of my nose. […]Read more "Life Lesson #42 – Close Shave"
Today I learned what not to wear to court. It all started in June last year, when a rude official knocks on my door saying we haven’t paid our TV licence (who knew there was such a thing!?). I explain that our landlords are responsible for it, to no avail. We automatically fail the test, […]Read more "Life Lesson #41 – The Court Jester"
I just bought a new life on eBay. When we found out our bid for the new flat we wanted in King’s Cross was successful, I went OCD fast. There were lists. Within hours, I had saved hundreds of bargain priced fridges, rugs, vacuum cleaners, microwaves and couches to my watchlist. Each time I won an […]Read more "Life Lesson #40 – The £5 Couch"
Today I learned never to fly overnight and expect to go to work the next day. It seemed like a flawless plan, except for the part where I had to set my alarm for 2:45am. Ironically, with the four hour time difference, this was actually 10:45pm London time. Yep. I was up and moving before […]Read more "Life Lesson #39 – Taking the Long Way Home"
Ice sculptures. That’s how I ended up in this park in the middle of nowhere in Moscow. Ice sculptures. My best friend came here ten years ago and raved. There were photos. Good photos. I was jealous. Now I’m here to see them for myself, and there’s nothing. Or at least, it doesn’t look like […]Read more "Life Lesson #38 – Ice, Ice Baby"
On our last night in London before Christmas, we had our friends Rose and Rowley over for a massive turkey roast. As always, there was loads of food left over. But I had a plan. I’d been warned in advance that Austrians celebrate on Christmas Eve even more than Christmas Day itself. “Everything will […]Read more "Life Lesson #37 – Globetrotting Roast"
Today I learned that you can’t lie to a Swiss train guard. That they are humourless is no urban myth. I’m ashamed to admit that it was a calculated decision… because everything is so expensive in Switzerland that we brought all our own food from home, and could only afford to sleep in a prison cell. The […]Read more "Life Lesson #36 – The Swiss Grift"