Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

A shark tried to eat my leg!

So I was diving in the Great Barrier Reef and a huge white-tip reef shark tried to take a chunk out of my leg, but I punched him in the nose like in the films and swam like hell away! Why yes, that IS a 500-pounnd fish behind me I wish. Just lik…

Where does that great divide hide?

this is not zambia, but this is me with my friends of various ages in Australia, from 18 to 30s I just spent 17 days learning about what it's like to live in Zambia with a friend. He's 30. His sister we spent all the time with is 23. His brother…

Just how lovesick and hungry are YOU?

I love shrimp. Especially fresh-caught prawns straight off the trawler. Do I love them so much I could sit in a fast-foot restaurant booth for a week and eat them? I don't know. This girl was so lovelost that she stayed an entire week in a KFC i…

Poisonous spiders... finally, everywhere!

{<1>} "I am going to leave western Australia without ever seeing a big red back spider!" I holler to Henley, who is sipping tea on the veranda. Come out here, he says. Above us are SIX red backs – SIX poisonous big red back spider…