2018 was a tricky year for me in many ways. After a few years living out of my backpack I knew I was ready for a new chapter. Here’s an insight into my transition from living as an outdoor gypsy to working a Monday-Friday job. It started with me giving up my spot on a … Continue reading A year of transition – 2018
Normal life. It's all a matter of perception. Something I've learned in the past few years is that whatever you do becomes your normal. Enjoy a photo essay of my normal.We cook meals, hang out in the lounge room and eat meals together. We enjoy leisurely breakfast hangouts We do our housework and chores. Often … Continue reading Normal life
An 8 minute report aired on Radio New Zealand in January. Both myself and my mother Janine feature in it and have been working for NOLS this year (in New Zealand and Alaska!) If you want a little insight into NOLS New Zealand then have a listen. We feature in the last 3 minutes and the … Continue reading “Students survive in school of hard knocks”
I adjust my straps, sling my big red backpack over my shoulder and make my way to the check-in desk. I slip my passport onto the counter, drop my bag onto the scales, and smile at the check-in lady. I daydream my way through security and finally I'm buckled in, watching the land blur as we speed down the runway. I close my eyes and begin to reflect. This is the 39th flight I have been on during the past year. Flights have become a time for me to zone out, to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going. I start doing some maths in my head. During the past 5 years I haven’t spent more than 5 months in one place. And during the past 20 months, I haven’t spent more than 5 days in one place, apart from one 10-day stint in San Francisco.
I was in Nepal during the big earthquake in 2015. The week before the earthquake hit, I was hiking in the Annapurna area with a bunch of teenagers from New Zealand. Here's an edit: