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Sydney lights up

Sydney lights up

For my fellow piggies still living in Europe, occasionally I like to remind them that their home city of Sydney is pretty amazing. The usual approach taken is to moan about how incredibly warm the weather has been and how the grass is dying because it hasn’t rained in months, knowing full well that they are … Continue reading

Seeing your charity money at work

Seeing your charity money at work

When I was backpacking through Central America, I took some time to visit my sponsor child, Danny, in a regional area of Honduras. Danny is one of two children that I sponsor through a global NGO, and for many years, we’ve exchanged birthday and Christmas cards, and he has sent me cute drawings and photos … Continue reading

The cult of food and celebrity chefs

The cult of food and celebrity chefs

In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, once our necessities are satisfied we want more. This is certainly true when it comes to food. In the undeveloped world, people are often struggling with abject poverty and live day to day in a battle to feed themselves or their families. What food they do have access to rarely … Continue reading

G’day?  Being a non-white Australian abroad

G’day? Being a non-white Australian abroad

Thanks to Crocodile Dundee, Neighbours, AC/DC, Steve Irwin, and Home and Away, the world has the perception that Aussies are white, with broad accents and an upward inflection at the end of each sentence that makes everything we say sound like a question…? In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. From the latest … Continue reading

Being an atheist traveller

Being an atheist traveller

I don’t believe in God. This news probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the “rational” part of my blogging handle TheRationalOptimist. In the 2006 Australian census, 64 per cent of the population stated that they were Christian, which sounds like a hefty proportion, although how many of these are actively practicing is certainly less … Continue reading

Weird animals to eat – would you try dog?

Weird animals to eat – would you try dog?

We’re not overly adventurous with food in Australia. Some may argue that the plethora of Thai, Indian, Italian, Moroccan, Chinese or Lebanese restaurants in this country point to a curiosity about food, but really, our tastes in food are pretty pedestrian compared to what other people eat around the world. The Chinese have a saying … Continue reading