Oktoberfest & Bucket Lists

Sunday, 20, July, 2014 0 , , Permalink 1

I've never quite grasped why Oktoberfest actually occurs in September. Anyway, in 2010 I met some friends from London in Munich - dirndl and all - to experience the famous Bavarian festivities. It's always been a bucket-list item for me - same as Fiesta de San Fermin ("running of the bulls"), La Tomatina, Christmas in New York and Carnivale - so I couldn't resist the opportunity to enjoy a stein and pretzel and tick this one off the list. My travel journal was (unsurprisingly) light on during my 4 days at Oktoberfest - any spare time (i.e. not at the beer halls) was spent exploring Munich and sampling the local delicacies (pork knuckle = amazing). It wasn't until I was leaving ...

Life is a classroom

Wednesday, 21, May, 2014 1 , , , Permalink 1

It was 19 July 2010 and I had just arrived at Cambridge University in the UK. No, I wasn't there to study a Masters in Law or Philosophy or anything else remotely as impressive. I was there to teach English to [rich] European kids for the summer. Besides briefly contemplating primary school teaching as a career before law, I had never taught in a classroom. The idea came to me when I was researching alternative toursĀ and activities for solo travellers. It seemed like a good way to meet people, get free accommodation and earn some money while I travelled (and, FYI, I was right - highly recommend it). So I completed a 6 week TESOL course in Perth before I left ...