Australia - The Blog
So my time in Australia is up, it's been two years of ups, downs, adventures, antics and escapades. Here is a blog that will hopefully sum up my whole two years in Australia. Hope you enjoy it!
Things I've learnt in Australia.
· Never ever fly with Tiger Airways
· It's not sunny all the time in Australia and in Melbourne and Tasmania it can get rather cold in Winter
· Not every Australian Surfs
· Not every Australian has a BBQ everyday
· It's quite a process to get a Banana on a supermarket shelf.
· Many, many Italian swearwords.
· Australia is huge and England is tiny. You could drive the length of England in one day. In Australia you'd be lucky if that gets you into a new state.
· How to count to ten in Swedish and say 's*** in my potty'
· How to say Fork Lift Truck in Korean - Chigacha
· It's possible to hitch hike the East Coast
· Goon is the worse drink in the world
· Double decker trains are a revelation
The Best Things about Travelling Australia
· Meeting loads of awesome new people from a range of places around the world and all walks of life
· Well paid jobs
· Seeing loads of awesome stuff like Ayr's Rock, Whitsundays, The Opera House and Fraser Island and having your mind blown
· Being able to hitch hike The East Coast
· Seeing many sporting events like The Melbourne Cup, Australian Open and Formula One
· Being able to ride a bull for $10
· Being able to get up close and personal with various wildlife
· The money is a kind of plastic which means it's pretty much indestructible and water proof. In Australia it doesn't matter if you leave a fiver in your pocket and goes through the wash, it will be ok.
· Public transport is much better. Especially if you know the sneaky tricks to get discounted fares, or even free fares.
The Worse Things about Travelling Australia
· Missing friends and family back home
· Leaving awesome people you have met and not knowing if you will ever see them again
· The cost of living
· Warm Goon
· It's a very long way from home
· Top bunks in dorms!
· Having to pay a deposit for pots/pans/cutlery in some hostels
· Trying to watch English football in the early hours of the morning.
· The fact you can't get a good spicy Indian curry anywhere. I had a Vindaloo once expected it to blow my mind, and to be frank the milk in the fridge was spicier.
Australia - A Question & Answer Session
Which is the best city you have visited? - Melbourne, it was close between Melbourne and Sydney. But for me Melbourne pips it, it's less busy; there are so many things to do there and so many sporting events. Plus the people I met there were brilliant.
Which is the worse city you have visited? - lose between Adelaide and Perth, but I will have to opt for Perth. For me it is too isolated and the weather was rubbish when I was there and there was little to keep me entertained and was expensive.
Best place visited? -This is unanswerable. There are far too many places to name. Alice Springs with Ayr's Rock was amazing, the Whitsundays too, Rockhampton for their Rodeo and free zoo, the Steve Irwin zoo. There are literally too many places to choose from.
Worse place visited? - Perth. Just for the same reasons I said about it being the worse city.
Best Job? - Bar man at the Noodle Markets. Worked with a quality bunch of people and had one of my best mates as my gaffer.
Worse Job? Street Fundraiser. I met some awesome people but the job semt to be brainwashing people a bit and being too pushy. The hours and being on your feet all day I didn't really appreciate also. However, I did learn heaps doing this job.
Favourite State? -Queensland - Awesome weather most of the time, most of the must places to go on the East Coast are in Queensland, and it was the first state I properly visited. This is also why I am a Queensland fan in the State of Origin. Come on the Maroons!
Least Favourite State? - South Australia - Who ever gave Adelaide the nickname Radalaide needs a severe talking too. And having a 90 mile road where there is absolutely nothing. Pick your game up SA.
Best Event Attended? - Again far too many name. How do you choose between Future Music in Melbourne, Tenacious D at the Opera House, Arctic Monkeys and The Lion King in Sydney last week and all the sporting events I've attended, too hard to choose. Sorry.
Worse Event Attended? - The AFL game between St Kilda and Essendon. My team Essendon lost and AFL is a bit confusing for me and didn't really get it and the atmosphere was lacking.
Best Beach? - Whitehaven beach at the Whitsundays, simply breath-taking
What reminded you of home / made you the most homesick? - It was this Christmas in Melbourne, I had just finished work and got home at just after 7am. I got back and opened my presents, the first time I had ever done this alone. I'd of course got some usual crap from my Mam and Dad, like an Irish tea towel, what person needs a tea towel when travelling I'm not sure. But I also got some really thoughtful gifts and photos of my nephew and niece which made me a tad emotional.
What's the most dangerous animal you have encountered? - I have been in a cage and surrounded by Great White Sharks, also the same with a Crocodile in Darwin. I have also seen a Croc in the wild from a far. But I'm gonna have to go just because I was up close and personal to it in the wild, A Brown tree snake. We got these a fair few times on the banana farm just chilling on the banana bunches.
Best Hostel stayed in? - Oooooo this would be a tossup between The Pickled Frog in Hobart, that had free Wi-Fi, $4 beers, friendly beers and $1 pool, or the Flashpackers in Hervey Bay. I think I will nudge towards Flashpackers again it had free Wi-Fi, free breakfast as super clean had a pool and we made some good friends there.
Worse Hostel Stayed In? - The YHA in Rockhampton. It was reasonably expensive and full of people over 50. It put me off YHA's for quite some time! Luckily my faith was restored in YHA's when I stayed in the immaculate one in Port Lincoln.
Best Item of clothing gained? - This would have to be the t-shirt the swedes made me with Bajsa Pa Min Potta on it, or the $6 flip flops I brought from Target which are still going strong today, granted they are on their last legs.
Best Drinking Game Learnt? - In terms of fun, Ryan Moran teaching me Horse Racing. Awesome game. In terms of getting wasted Caitlin's version of Ride the Bus. Two stories from Ride the bus one where it took me six decks of cars to complete, I was battered after this. The next was doing it in eight cards, which is a bit like a 147 in snooker, a 9 dart finish in darts. The best you can be, achieving the unachievable! That will be talked about for decades.
Have you received any culture shocks being in Australia? - I wouldn't say anything has overly shocked me in Australia. The s*** TV maybe, the swearing all of the time, there seems to be no watershed on radio or TV. Probably the biggest shock is them changing the words of things for example peppers being called capsicum.
Best Value for money in Australia? A 30 cent McDonalds Soft serve ice cream without doubt. If you are feeling flush get a flake for an extra 50 cent.
What's the most Australian thing you have done? - Well in Perth I tried playing the didgeridoo without much success and on the East Coast I had a go at surfing, the problem being the waves were flat. So I'd say the most Aussie thing I have done with success is have a BBQ and got a bit merry!
Best Aussie TV Show? - Let's face it Australian TV is awful! So many adverts and awful acting. But I did fall in love with The Block and anything with Hamish & Andy on!
Best Aussie Beer? - Firstly, let me dispel the myth that Aussies have a big drink culture and are big drinkers. When one of their most popular beers a XXXX is only 3.5% and they do ample amounts of mid strength beers they can lay off that claim and find some balls. Now onto the question, I've gone through phases with beers in Australia, in Queensland I was big on the VB, more recently I've been edging towards Carlton Draught but on a whole over the two years I think I would have to say Pure Blonde.
Most outrageous food ate? - For this one I'm going to say Emu. Which was on a Coates of Arms Pizza in Coober Peddy along with Kangaroo, which I have also tried along with Ostrich and Crocodile.
What food do you miss most from back home? - Besides Jaffa Cakes and Mini Chedders it would have to be my Mum and Dads roast dinners. Especially the Yorkshire Puddings, Mash Potato and Gravy.
Best place to eat? - I would have to say hands down that the best place I have ate and it is also great value for money is La Roche in St Kilda, Melbourne. They do an epic steak night on a Thursday and also do a massive and very tasty Mexican Parma.
Do you have any regrets about your time in Australia? - None, I'm a big believer in not having regrets. If I'd have done anything differently I wouldn't be the person I am now, with the amazing experiences behind me. Was there things I would have liked to have done? Yeah, I would have loved to have gone to Wolfe Creek or the Australian Comedy Festival. But I'm more than happy with what I've seen, done and achieved in Aus and who knows I could be back one day to tick them off the list!
AUSTRALIA BY NUMBERS!!
16052012 - Date arrived in Australia
8 - States / Territories visited
689 - Days travelled in Australia
2 - Tram fines received in Melbourne
2 -Tram fines not paid in Melbourne
8 - Jobs had in Australia - Banana Farmer, Night Manager (Syd), Fundraiser, Gardener, Walking Billboard Man, Night Manager (Melbs), Bar Man at Noodle Markets, Market Researcher
10 - Sporting Events attended - 3 x A-league Soccer games, Melbourne Cup, State of Origin, NRL Game, AFL Game, Ashes, 1 Day Cricket International, Australian Open and The Formula One
2074 - Amount of kms hitch hiked travelling the East Coast
9 - Planes Caught
3.25 - Amount of seconds lasted on a Bull rodeo
63 - Blogs written on Australia
323 - Tallest building visited. The Q1 on the Gold Coast
15052014 - Date left Australia
1 - Amazing time had!!!!
Australia - As Told By…….
"The 2nd rainforest rave in Innisfail...I Planned for everyone to get away together..we got There and we got Attacked by Marsh flys lol an spent most of the daylight hiding in tents or killing them...we all got together later n played flip the cup an raving in the rainforest...I remember u saying thanks to me for arranging it all and it meant a lot to me...bringing us all together to make fun memories ILL never forget so thank u adi" - Sarah Gagliardi, Northern Ireland
"So. Its not possible for me to pick one story but ill go back to where it all started.. Alice springs babyy!! Thee best tour ever!! Sleeping under the stars in our swags by the fire, you bullying me for moving the bloody salt for about two months!! Playing trumphe, most importantly... Gwen. Having her butt in my face was defo the highlight of that trip! Waking up to hear you and kristie discussing geordie shore. Then melbourne. Epic tanqueray bar memories... Fatty asthma, sk all the way, ciderman etc. Then my bbq and us getting the tram back to yours in sk with tori and big davey lomas. Tori playing drinking games with a bloody cup of tea!! Adiiiii the cleaning ladyyyyy. And then the neighbours tour with tommy ellis who didnt have a clue mate, going to see the penguins in sk and that crazy woman off her t*** who decided to go for a nighttime stroll off the pier... Theres heaps more but this is already an essay! My oz experience wouldnt have been nearly as amusing and memorable without you buddy. Cant wait to catch up for a bevvy or 10 soon as! Xxx" Eleanor Gould, Preston
"OK was my first week in Oz we met up and you decided to start some day time drinking after showing me around Sydneyfor the first time, you decided to introduce me to a truly special Australian drink goon. We started drinking about 5pmand to be honest by 5.15pm I was smashed especially after playing ride the bus. Played a bit of beer pong but with goon we both thought we were playing a great game but turned out we lost inside 5 minutes without getting a ball in their cups. After was completely smashed and you suggested we headed out to a bar and I needed a piss so decided to go on the main stairwell in the hostel. Whilst this was happening a guy who worked at the hostel was coming up the stairs and you started asking random questions about the hostel trying to make sure I didn't get caught and thrown out of the hostel. It was probably the worlds longest piss for Adi as he was rapidly running out of questions to ask and I finished just as he asked his last question luckily I didn't get caught but only to a massive thanks to you otherwise I would have been homeless " Peter Braybrooke, Southwell
"When I first arrived in Melbourne met this guy Adi through one of his mates who knew my sister. So Adi had a spare ticket for the Melbourne Cup so I though yeah mate we will make a day of it! Anyways when we went we were surrounds with beers and met so many different people I had the time of my life and to top it up with some quality banter from Adi! Ever since the laughs and jokes we had that day we got on brilliant and still remain friends to this day and always will!! Too class guy and I'm sad to see ya leaving mate but we will meet up again for sure, all the top banter I had with you and the pictures will follow. Take care and all the best mate it's been a pleasure to meet you!" David Lomas, Scotland.
"We were in Innisfail at the time we met. It was a time of fun, insane fun, still one of my best memories about Australia. I could tell stories about partying and drinking and ending the night absolutely smashed, it happened so many times, but there was more than that. Weekends go fast, right, but daily life in a working hostel can get pretty boring, especially in a s***ty town like Innisfail. If there's one thing you cannot stand while travelling, that is to get bored. Boring people get bored, not travellers. So we needed to keep ourselves active, focused on something, we needed challenges, adventures, anything worth getting up from bed or leaving the veranda. Experiment new dishes, explore around town, even find good deals at the supermarket, anything that can keep a person entertained was good, so that we wouldn't feel stuck in a boring routine, anything to make those 'farm days' more bearable. One thing that helps a lot is having internet connection. It might not sound like very exciting but reading or watching some crap online keeps you busy, time flows faster than you realize. And it's not something to give for granted when you live in hostels. Internet can be slow, or expensive, or both. In our case, at the lovely Crown Hotel, when the internet was on, it wasn't even too bad. It could have been alright, if it wasn't that, in time of poverty and hard work, we'd rather spend those 20 bucks for the weekly password to buy more booze for the weekend. So, one day, our mission became to 'steal' the Wi-Fi password from our neighbours at Harvey Norman, the electronics shop, so that we could use internet any time we wanted and, most importantly, for free. The plan was pretty simple to be honest, just find out the password from one of their laptops and, supposing they wouldn't change it very often, we would have been able to use their Wi-Fi from outside the building. The execution was brilliant, with Adi managing to get the password while I was talking to the salesman to keep him distracted. Since that day we went there, to that lane beside Harvey Norman's wall, about every day for a while, sitting on the floor with our laptops, for all the time we needed internet. If you happen to be around the little town of Innisfail, north Queensland, you'll still hear tales about two brothers from different mothers, one English, one Italian, two friends who could never be bored of life." Luca Gardella, Italy
"So the season began (officially) on 18/12/13. It was one full of highs and lows, twists and turns, squeaky bum times and edge of your seat nail biting moments. Padew would have been proud of the bounceback ability! It was a season that created a solid friendship/partnership that will continue in the future….
Adrian Hanus Murphy made a massive impact in my time in Melbourne. He asked me to write about an epic event we shared together, but there were too many to write in full. These are some of the brilliant times we have spent together…. Aus v Eng at the MCG, Australian tennis open(slagging Australian sport on BBC5 live), Brunswick festival (1st Cigarette), fighting Mexican bouncers, future music (the dance), F1, Taps Night, GOR, Melb Vict vs Syd, Essendon vs St Kilda, The zoo, come dine with me (lets play bambooooozlleddd), the zoo, winning the Barkly quizzes, (those paper aeroplanes), cooking me a pasta bake lol. Gonna miss Adi alot. Had some memorable occassions. Loss of head, Meetings (involvings beers teehee)Call after work and loads more! I am glad I met the self proclaimed godfather of Innisfail. Its been a blast! Thanks!! #epictimesallthetime #selfielover #tillnxtseason " Jack Parsliffe, Great Britain
"We've met on out tour in the outback. It was the start of my journey in Australia. I didnt know any people over there and didnt know what i could expect. But there was Adi. Talking all the time in the bus. Trying to keep me awake. And learning me that it is so easy to make contact with everybody. Thank you for that. And after my trip through Australie i met you And Ellie again in Melbourne on the noodle Market were you two were working. It was great to meet you And i wish you all the best in your live And on your next trip. Lots of love." Kristie Ruijs, Netherlands
In this section I would like to pay tribute to some of the people I have met and travelled with in Australia. There is a lot of people who have made my time here very special and I wouldn't have had the awesome time I've had if it wasn't for them. There is a lot so bear with me and if I miss anyone out I probably think you're a douche, not really I probably have just accidently forgotten you.
So let me start with where started in Cairns. I'd like to thank….
Cindy for looking after me at my first hostel, showing me the ropes helping me sort my back, phone and TFN number out.
Nino - The half Italian / half German man who first introduced me too Goon, and confirmed to me that I should support Essendon in the AFL.
Now thanks to all you crazy b******s who I spent four and a half months Banana farming with in Innisfail sharing good times, bad times, great laughs and plenty and plenty of goon. - In no particular order James Barber, Lauren Walls, Hana Ratcliffe, Christy Clayton, Big Luca, Ben Conway, Adam Evans, Ryan Moran, Clarke Calvert, Elaine, Darren, Steph, Dobby, Claire Foster, Sarah, Suzanne, Simon, Raymond, Daniel Woo, Fat Bob, Vicky, Gussy Poo Shoes, Olly Gascoyne, Long Haired Josh, Gay Josh, Pat and his missus, Jonny & Emma, Caitlin, Gregory Gibbons, Maik, Flo, Helena, Haruka, Miki, Gemma, Shona, Shane, Naked Luke, Alessandra. All legends.
Special mentions have to go to G.P. (Giampaolo) he was a crazy b****** who I had great banter with and sorted me out with a place to stay when I first got to Melbourne. It was also fun to beat him at the broom of 15, a game which he taught me.
And thanks to Luca Gardella, my brother from an Italian mother. You were a legend, my Uncle Jim drinking partner, you are always up for a laugh, a challenge, trying something new and testing yourself. You taught me almost every Italian swear word and more importantly how to say sorry after I said it. So thanks Luca you Stronzo!
Thanks to Uncle Jim who was the reason I was f***ed a lot of the time!
Thanks to Tom Basford - Who inspired many terms such as Basford Day, Basford Belly and perhaps the most popular The Basford Day. Also thanks for being a yes man. Being up for doing all the crazy challenges we made you do and travelling the East Coast with me on very little money and doing outrageous things like hitch hike and the bull rodeo, and thanks for making that video too!
Thanks to Gina, Max, Andrea and Lucy and to Dave for finally getting me a job after about three weeks. And thanks to Bus Driver Josh for being the craziest bus driver in the world!
Thanks to everyone who picked me and Tom up while we were hitch hiking the East Coast - Most notably ….. the 18 year old who picked me and tom up first, had a cracking smile, said she always wanted to pick hitch hiker s up but they all looked too weird until they met us. Thanks to Jacob who took us to Bowen to see The Big Mango and then to Airlie Beach and told us a good hostel to stay in. Thanks for the beers at your gig too. Thanks to Stefan, and thanks to f course the gay Indian vicar Daniel who housed us in Gladstone, gave us some work, fed and watered us and undoubtedly took a shine to Mr Basford.
Jeeves - Thanks for visiting Tom while he was travelling the coast, thanks for sharing the good times as we were traveling the coast and thanks for all the banter.
Alex & Anna (The Swedes) - Thanks for travelling part of the east coast with Tom, Jeeves and myself, being fun, having a good time, and teaching me various Swedish words which I have mostly forgotten. Sorry.
Thanks to Aquarius hostel in Byron Bay, for letting me win a week scuba diving course!
Now onto Sydney and firstly my first main job there at The Fundraising People trying to raise money for UNICEF, thanks too: -
Claire and Tim for giving me the chance to do the job
Chris for being an awesome team leader on my first day and making the job enjoyable. I don't think it's a coincidence my performance levels weren't as good when I wasn't on your team.
Forde, Roxy, Sam, Sami, Robbie, Pia and Katie thanks for being awesome to work with and sharing good laughs on the street and the travel trip.
And lastly thanks to Ben Robinson on being an absolute legend, an inspiration. Thanks for being a fantastic team-leader full of motivation and positive attitude and thanks for being a great friend. Everyone should watch his documentary 3mates7seas it is epic!
Thanks to the people I lived with at Wattle Street - Markus, Abie, Korean Kev, Milan, Henrik, all a pleasure to live with and massive thanks to Jano who supplied us with many slices of free pizza.
To my next job now as a Market Researcher at Millward Brown thanks to Dev, Derrie, Jono, Dean, Henry Tran all being class guys to work with and playing silly games like scategories to pass the time. Special praise, although this is likely to go to his head should go to Braydon, for his solid banter and being up for doing stuff in and around Sydney. Thanks for meeting me at the airport too.
Massive thanks must be said to Nina, Dean & Erin for letting me stay with them in Dee Why. I most likely out stayed my welcome as I stayed for around six weeks ish but I appreciate everything you did for me and letting me stay. And also having a great TV I could watch the cricket on.
Richie Lewis thanks for being a good egg, being up for doing stuff and always up for a pint. I will never forget the quiz night with Mary and Kath.
Deano - thank you for being an absolute lad.
Elly Barnes-Smith thank you for showing me around Manly and thanks to her Dad, Gary Smith, for putting me in contact with her.
Peter Braybrooke, thanks for sharing many good nights out and being up for most things even though you are a little tight ;)
Danny Butler thanks for many night out, coming to my birthday BBQ at Coogee, sorting Jack out and being a top lad.
Thanks to Mike & Tina. One of the only decent scousers I have ever met gave me loads of beers the first night I met him and kept me from going absolutely insane on my South Australian travels.
Thanks to Chris, for having drinks with me in Perth, the only friend I made there.
Daniel & Alice thank you for driving me from Perth to Darwin in six days, the equivalent to Moscow to Madrid. Although you were quite the odd German couple we still shared some quality memories, unfortunately one of them seeing Daniel's gigantic schlong!
Ash & Charis - Thanks for being awesome in Darwin and sharing many jugs of beers at the hostel bar
Thanks to all the people I did the Kakadu and Lichfield tour with and making it an unforgettable experience. Bernard & Helen, Sheryl, Christina and Dietmar, Helga, Ina, Simone and The Danes - Signe ad Christian.
Also thanks to all the people who I did the Ayr's rock trip with. Tour-guide Sean, for being excellent tour guide full of banter, and sharing my love of the big statues across Australia. Jon for your love of thorny devils, Sabrina, Derek and Gwen, I will not forget doing tequila ever with Gwen. The Swiss trio of Geroge, Sylvia and Andrea. Jo from Grimsby, Robin and Anna, Kristie, Rachel and Laura and Ellie who I also shared many good times with in Melbourne too.
Thanks to all the staff at the Melbourne Noodle Market I worked with: -
- Elly again for top banter and good times
- G&T Dee for being awesome on the G&T station and being a good laugh
- Cider Man, White Socks and Klaus for being awesome and having the beers and ciders ready for us
- Stronsky for being a weird cellar manager
- Maria, Julia, Bec and Dillan for being awesome work colleagues
- Brooke for being part of the A-Team, getting me awesome Xmas prezzies and mostly teaching me the microwave dance
- And Danny lad for being absolutely sound as f***. And another except to my all scousers are idiot's theory. Danny lad is a top lad.
Adam and Dave - Thank you for giving me the job as Night Auditor, or as I like to call myself Night Manager. And thanks for setting me up in the flat, otherwise known as the man cave. And thanks to all the people I met and helped me and covered for my mistakes and drunkenness a lot of the time like Charlie, Dave, Samit, Lexi, Nik, Helen, Sophie, Sophie, Kellyanne, Jessica, Angelica, Vrajesh, Daniel, Ben, Jeremy and Mike
David Lomas - Thanks for attending the Melbourne Cup with me and having an epic day. And all the top banter.
Samantha Ward thanks for showing me the Mornington Peninsula, Toy world, being a good laugh and having some quality nights out.
Thanks to all the people who made my summer in Melbourne so bloody awesome.
- Cliona and Grace for inviting me round for Xmas with them and Matt, for cooking for me at the Man Cave, sorting out the Phillip Island weekend away and being a great laugh
- Matt - Again for inviting me out for Xmas day, so I wasn't just sat in my pants. Coming to see Emile Heskey with me, seeing Jon Butler Trio and all the epic drunken states we got in. Also thanks for teaching me the very basics of guitar; I know I am a very poor student and thanks for fixing it for me twice too! Thanks for the effort on the Canada visas too, it's nice to see the training paid off. Also thanks for being Matt Shazam and helping us take glory in the first Barkly quiz we entered.
- Shona, Priya, Lauren - Thank you for all the drunken shenanigans and laughs
- Emma - The same again, thanks for all the drunken shenanigans and laughs, being there if I needed a chat, and for receipting the lion king with me all night on the white night night.
- Natalie Horak - To echo what I said in a previous blog she is an incredible lass. She is the most kind and likeable person I have ever met, she has the time for everyone and anyone and is always ready to make people feel welcome.
- Lynsey - Thanks for being a top girl. Having awesome banter and sharing many of great nights out. And you still owe me a fry up! J
- Jess - Thanks for taking part in the come dine with me, keeping jack in check and having some quality nights out, and of course having some top banter.
- Nick - Thanks for being a top lad, and having some quality nights out and competitive games of FIFA.
- Paul - thanks for making me laugh with your awful cooking attempts, cooking pasta in a frying pan. Priceless. Also thanks for picking Chilli in the chilli bake off I had with Nat.
- Gezza - Thanks for the banter and being absolutely terrible on FIFA so I could get some much needed wins now and again
- Danny - Thanks for tickling me with your invisible words and having reasonably epic times with me, most notably the great ocean road.
- Ryan - Thanks for the pep talk. You probably think you are FIFA champ but we both know I am, thanks for winning the Barkly quiz with me on a couple of occasions too
- Big Mike - Thanks for the banter, nakedness and good times. Top day at the museum where we got a couple of nice picks. And thanks for partying like a rock star and living like a king
- Jack - Thanks for being there when I needed someone to chat too, thanks for all the banter and all your s*** jokes, especially the AWOL joke, and thanks for all the epic nights out we had, and thanks for your come dine with me meal. If I could eat one meal again from all four I think it would be your main. And thanks for being a big Phil Jagielka look-a-like. Cheers Jags. And one last thing thanks for being an absolute ladgend!
The next few people I could literally write a blog on they have been awesome. Words will not do each of them justice.
Next up is big Tommy Ellis. What a legend from the moment I met you, going to the United v Chelsea game when you were jet lagged, hammered and didn't even know me. You are years beyond your age, you have more sense than most of my mates and they have years on you. You are a massive yes man, and that was awesome as we got to do cool stuff in Sydney and Melbourne. Thanks for introducing me to all your Banana friends, without them my Christmas would have been spent sat in my pants with some super noodles and my time in Melbourne would have been very lonely. And getting me Football Manager for Christmas, perfect for them Basford Days! But massive thanks for being there for me if I've needed you, giving me sound advice and choosing lime with me. Tom you are definitely destined for great things pal!
What would a thank you section be without a massive thanks to Jack Turner, I met him in Malia 2007 and been friends ever since, he even once helped me acquire a cat. Since he has been over here towards the end of my first year visa he has been nothing short of awesome. No matter where he has been he has always been there on the end of a phone for if I needed any advice, or needed a chat. He got me the job at the Noodle Markets, where I had a cracking time and he was a top boss. When we've been together, thanks for all the awesome nights out, quiz winning teams and drunken shenanigans. I have so many memories of us from many places that I will never forget. Jack Turner you are an absolute legend and thanks for everything mate!
And finally I'd like to thank my Mum & Dad because without them none of this would be possible. They are the best mum and dad ever, thank you for all of your support and helping make my dreams come true. I love you both very much!
So that's the review, hope you've enjoyed his epic blog.
Stay tuned for my adventures in South America.
Until then stay safe and take care