The 3 year journey line: Becoming the successful student

“Nobody is going to sponsor you.. You think a company will pay to keep you..?” She said to me. There are people who will encourage you blindly (I’m not sure if they believe it, but it’s a polite thing to say). There are those who will encourage you truthfully. And …

Continue reading

Melbourne vs Vancouver

Melbourne is the current most “livable city in the world” while Vancouver is a former number one. They compare a bunch of crap that you probably don’t care about, but what you probably do care about is major lifestyle areas. This is the first of a series comparing various cities …

Continue reading

Dear me: A letter to past and future self

Dear Chester, Your birthday has recently passed, and a significant one some might say. A real milestone for many people! I think it’s a great time to reflect a bit on the past and look into the future a little. What are your fondest memories? What do you look forward to …

Continue reading

5 ways Melbourne is like Vancouver

People from Melbourne always have the impression that Australia is a lot like Canada. My response? “Well Canada is a very large Country so that’s not really true.” That being said, there are similarities between Vancouver and Melbourne. Since it’s a common perception, I’ll pick what I think are 5 …

Continue reading

Lessons from the farm

“You can learn everything you need to know about life at a farm.” Michael once said. How true do you think that statement is? In Australia, backpackers come to a farm for different reasons: either for the experience, the visa days, or for some money to travel. You can often …

Continue reading

The long goodbye

I’m not good at goodbyes. I often have things I want to say, but it rarely comes out the way I mean them. Nowadays, I try to keep goodbyes shorter to avoid being overly emotional. If you have traveled to some degree, you will be very familiar with the endless hellos and …

Continue reading

40 things only Fruitshackers understand

Fruitshack

30 minutes = McDonald’s cone Fucken fruit picking ladders You start a new farm job and you don’t mind it for the first bit, but by the end of the day, you want a different one. The first time you saw Mr. Oreo, you thought he was the biggest cat …

Continue reading

5 things I hate about Melbourne

This post could easily be renamed to “5 things I hate about Australia” but I wanted to contrast my post of “5 things I love about Melbourne”. Of course, while I love the city, no place is without its annoyances. History has shown me that people love a hating post …

Continue reading

The fruit picking life: A farm life Q&A

Everyone always gives me different reactions when I mention working on a farm for three months. Some people are shocked, others find it funny, while some are curious as to what the whole experience would be like. My most honest summary is that it has been better than my expectations. …

Continue reading