The difference between a life livable and a life enjoyable

I love rainy days, I just prefer to live in a climate that makes me value rainy days more often. That is the thing with us British folk. We get too much of what some of the world is in desperate need of. Every time I switch on the news it is another nation burning from wildfires- recently Canada and the USA and even more recently Spain and Portugal.

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Wildfires in Portugal. EPA/BBC News

As I sit in this tiny cafe and type up today’s post in Northern Sydney, I can’t help but listen in to the conversation between the lovely Asian owner and a local that stopped by for a quick coffee. ‘I am so happy I don’t have to water the flowers today’ she said in broken English. Here, rain is valued a little more. Downpours are nowhere near as frequent as they are back in blighty, so there is more optimism as the pair gaze out of the cafe entrance. People still walk around in shorts and flip flops, embracing the warm droplets splashing against them on route to pick up their pre orders. Oddly, I am the one wearing the most clothing, I assumed Aussies around me would feel the cool much more than me. Then again I don’t think some people here have jeans to put on.

Our world is incredible. It is capable of producing so many variable climates and terrains; hot and cold, wet and dry, land and sea, incredible peaks and deep oceans, bright days and the darkest nights. The diversity is pretty damn remarkable. What it doesn’t have is a perfect system, these variables aren’t spread evenly to make life struggle free. I imagine earth like a car built with the most incredible engine but with wheels facing opposite directions, the most aerodynamic shell but placed back to front. Would I give this car a ten out of ten if the features were there but not implemented correctly? Of course not. The world is this car. The features are great but the design is far from perfect.

It is certainly enough to help us scrape by, thankfully humans have intervened with technology to make this more bearable. We can all praise the conditions in which we live, but what would these conditions be like without our intervention? Can you imagine no air con, no heating, no cars to escape wildfires and no roof to shelter from the storms? As much as we should all be grateful for the Goldilocks zone we inhabit, let us not forget the incredible human achievements that make life not just livable, but enjoyable. The fact that we can spend a huge chunk of our lives not worrying about our environment killing us is a luxury many people didn’t have and still don’t. To have life is a gift. To have actual leisure time to enjoy it is much more precious.

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Açaí you there!

I was instantly reminded of my amazing month in Brazil as I walked by this stand. I haven’t had Açaí since then (August 2016), in fact I don’t think I have seen anywhere to buy it until now.

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I guess a city with a population of over four million is bound to offer a great variety of food and drink, cuisines inspired by the countless nationalities that have settled here. This isn’t always the case in the smaller cities, Newcastle for example, the city I lived in before moving here. It just cannot compete in terms of diversity.

Have you tried it? With Summer around the corner there is no doubt I will tuck into this little tub of heaven again, and I look forward to doing so.

Obrigado in advance!

BBQ sauce on a brekkie roll?!

One thing I have noticed down under is that BBQ sauce is used as a substitute for brown sauce. I found out this morning tucking into my bacon and egg roll as I wait to get my phone checked out. 

I like it, however it does seem a little strange to me, like it’s unnatural. You know when you secretly tried dipping a couple of fries into chocolate sauce to see how it tasted? Yeah like that. And don’t deny it, I know you tried.. 

I’ve never had BBQ sauce before 11am, but here I am, living life on the edge.

‘I ate the roll and I liked it, I hope brown sauce don’t mind it…’

I’m waiting for my turn in the Apple Store, they will give me a text in hopefully 30 or so minutes time. Due to water damage, my phone has started to really slow down its charging speed, I had it charging for 7 hours overnight and it reached just over 40% from 10% it was at when I went to sleep. 

It’s time for a new phone, I just need to know how long this one will hold on for. And being in a country (especially now with it coming into summer) that is so populated around the coast, is it time for a waterproof one?

Travel diaries: Tackling wildfires 

Helicopters control bush fires at Manly Dam, Sydney. 

I don’t often post videos to my blog as it takes precious battery/time however I felt this one deserved an upload.

(Warning, weird accent ahead)



What an amazing sight this was. It wasn’t a wild fire but back burning, controlled fires to help prevent the chance of a wildfire. I didn’t actually know this was a thing coming from England, the U.K. doesn’t generally have this issue in the summer months. The problem is finding a spot dry enough to start a fire…


The helicopters flew directly overhead. One seemed to hover around the flames, I’m guessing to monitor it and feed back updates. The other was picking water up but I didn’t actually see it drop water onto the affected area. Was it simply a practice session? I guess so.


What amazes me is that they can create fires this big that don’t actually spread. It was a calm day, no winds which helped a lot. Has anyone else seen this before? I’d love to know. 

Safe travelling!

Travel diaries: Darling Harbour

I hadn’t heard of Darling Harbour until I was taken there. What great views of the skyline!

I went with family for lunch and a look around the museum, which involved boarding two Royal Navy ships, one submarine and a replica of the HMS Endeavour. The Endeavour was particularly fascinating when walking (sometimes crawling) around, it gave a real insight as to the living conditions of the day.



 The staff were very informative and friendly, one lady told me her husband was from Newcastle after recognising my accent. 

What a great day to be at sea.

Views I will miss, pt 4

This is my local, just around the corner from my house. Admittedly I don’t stop by this place as much as I should but it is great to know it is there for me when a pint is needed.


This was taken last night, it was shortly after my last day at work and as much as I am excited to move on, it was pretty emotional. They were kind to me. A brand new wallet with a bunch of notes stuffed in to help me stay on my feet when I get there. Also, this card.


And on the back!


It’s weird that everything I’m doing here may be the last for a long time, at least it means everything I do from now on is probably going to be a first.