Guy Goes Full Psycho and Threatens to Blow up Hostel

You definitely encounter some characters and odd people at hostels. The one I work at is no exception. I got a job as a bartender at a hostel bar in Darwin a few week ago and it has been both fun and interesting meeting people from all over the world. The vast majority of them are […]

How I Ended up at a Remote Australia Cabin with Another Alaskan

The best part about traveling is you never know exactly what kind of adventures you will find. If you know me, you know those adventures can often times be high impact – and frightening for those reading or listening. The following story is no exception. This is the story of how an Alaskan guy I […]

The Time I Met a Sex Worker at a Coffee Shop

One thing I enjoy is a nice cup of coffee. Luckily there is a cafe close to where I am living in Newtown. For those of you who don’t know, Newtown is a vibrant enclave of Sydney with lots of colorful characters. I have been going to this cafe for coffee and breakfast for the […]

The Time I had Surgery, in Russia…

I have had employer provided health insurance since 2010. In the period from April 2010 to November 2016 I worked for three different Alaska companies, two small IT firms and a large telecom (the second IT firm I was working for was acquired by a telecom company). All three provided good insurance but had a […]

Australia Update: My Life as an Immigrant

I’ve been in Australia for nearly three months now. The way things have gone are very different than the way I imagined how they would go. When I first got here my plan was to hang out in Sydney for a week, then go and visit some friends up north near Newcastle and Coffs Harbor, […]

Australian Healthcare: An American Perspective

I arrived in Australia two months ago in mid-December. I showed up soon after I was laid off from my previous job in Alaska last November. There is a law in the United States referred to as COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985). This mandates that employers continue to offer health insurance to employees […]

Thinking About Leaving the US? Are You Under 31? Come on Down Under!

Are you looking for an adventure, fed up with the political situation in the United States, or a combination of both? Are you under 31? If so, I would recommend moving down under. Australia, and New Zealand, has a visa that allows people from certain countries under the age of 31 to come work for […]