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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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When things fall apart

The Unsuccessful Student has been utterly quiet these past three months. If you’re on my Facebook, everything would seem to be peachy, but truth be told, the last three months have taken a most unexpected turn. After a wonderful honeymoon phase with Melbourne, everything went wrong. An unexpected parting with …

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