WWOOF and HelpX: Seeing the World One Farm at a Time

The light filters through the branches of the plum tree, each leaf outlined in a brilliant yellow from the just risen sun. We are reaching up, stretching to pluck the abundant purple plums above us. In about an hour, we’ll all join together for our first meal of the day; muesli, homemade yogurt, and fresh…

Australian Slang

Here is some funny Australian slang I’ve picked up. Most of these are thanks to John Sargent, my long lost cousin from Hobart, Tasmania. Can you think of any more? Lazy yet cute abbreviations for everyday things (they do this in New Zealand too) brekkie: breakfast smoko: breaktime (not everyone smokes though!) Maccas: McDonalds bikkie:…

My First Solo Road Trip

After traveling for 18 months in New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Australia, I was feeling pretty homesick, so I went back to visit to my favorite town in the world, Santa Barbara, California. Reuniting with my family and friends after missing two Christmases and two birthdays has made me appreciate how lucky I am to…