When I got my first gig as a freelance writer, it was very exciting. I made $150 and it felt amazing. In Chiang Mai US$150 becomes 3,878 Baht; which pays your rent & keeps you fed for a fortnight..!
Traveling with a ‘yes and’ philosophy leads me to strange places. There are no guarantees when you improvise…
“There are the same traps in Delhi as there are in every city in the world. In the west you’re used to having many things veiled. The difference here is that you can see clearly…”
Aside from being a really convenient way to find free and friendly places to sleep, the Couch Surfing app is also a great way to meet people for a chat, an excursion, a meal, a beverage…
Marlene stares at me, wide eyed.
“You hitchhiked from Scotland?”
“Most of the way, yeah. All across Europe.”
“Aren’t you exhausted?”
“I could use a beer…”
Indian fruit is so much better than Australian fruit. Grow better fruit Australia!
I moved quickly, but only just quickly enough. I squatted in the humid toilet stall panting and thanking my good fortune to be in the railway station where public amenities are close by. I’d been lucky, but my confidence was shaken. India had been lulling me into a false sense of security. The game was on…
“Here’s the thing. Hitchhiking is… a complete shit show. Nothing ever goes to plan. Actually, scratch that, there is no plan. You set out, you keep moving and if you’re lucky you get somewhere, but hardly ever where you intended to be…”
“You want to see the Parthenon? I know the right way to do it; at the best cafe in the city!”
Maria is a very emphatic person. Greek-Australian. That’s emphasis x2…