Aussie-ology

Here’s some gnarly phrases you can use to sound like a local: Goon – very cheap wine that is available in squishy foil bags. Warning: may contain fish or eggs. Grog – a term meaning alcohol. Pot / schooner – half pint-sized drink. Ripper / bonza – local sign of approval. Chook – a chicken,…

How I nearly died in Australia

Researching a place before you arrive can save your life. Although my story happened over five years ago, it still brings me huge embarrassment given how well reported this marine animal is, especially in Australia.* Allow me to set the scene: I am at Manly beach, just down the coast from Sydney Harbour. The white…