Going Vegan, doesn’t mean meat free.

Going Vegan, doesn’t mean meat free.

Vegan BBQ

I’m not a vegan.

Hang ups about people choosing to eat a plant based diet, a pescatarian, vegetarian or paleo caveman diet can be left at the door. You do you.

One thing I do believe in wholeheartedly is in trying new things and never, ever knocking something till you’ve given it a go. Especially if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t feel satiated until they’ve had meat with a meal. This one’s for you.

Last weekend, I found myself at not one, but two vegan Melbourne Food and Wine Festival events.

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The Melbourne Chilli Eating Challenge – A spectacle of insanity.

The Melbourne Chilli Eating Challenge – A spectacle of insanity.

Melbourne Chilli Eating Championships at the B.East

What is it about watching people inflict pain upon themselves that we sometimes find so fascinating, nay… entertaining?

I believe that a healthy percentage of people who follow my silly antics do so because they enjoy seeing someone else try something they wouldn’t dare. Perhaps a mixture of schadenfreude and a morbid curiosity?

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Nibble on Norwegian Reindeer.

Nibble on Norwegian Reindeer.

Reindeer meat in Norway

A majestic animal, known as Reindeer in Europe and Caribou in the USA. Large males can weigh more than 300 kilograms with antlers spanning well over 1 meter. They are prized for their fur, milk and used for transportation.

Reindeer are also quite delicious.

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6 ways to not be a d*ck in hostels …

6 ways to not be a d*ck in hostels …

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Sex on bunks, nudity, and poop in unusual places …

I’ve been on the road for 8 weeks now, which means a lot of time in hostels. It’s quite different to the first time I did a big trip (at 21) though. Sites like booking.com and hostelworld didn’t exist. You rocked up, sometimes guided by your trusty lonely planet, and crossed everything they had a bed, that wasn’t dirty and packed with too many beds or idiots.

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Hide and Seek Championships – Yes it’s a real thing.

Hide and Seek Championships – Yes it’s a real thing.

Nascondino World Hide and Seek Championships

Where the heck do I start with this story?

I’m sitting in a cafe in Milano, Italy wondering how on earth I’m going to process the fact that I just competed with the first Australian team ever, in the World Hide and Seek ChampionshipsThe Nascondinos”, set near the ghost town of Consonno, Northern Italy.

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