Hey there! I was born and raised in that somewhat large yet inconspicuous country, Australia- which is also where I studied painting and glass, poured beers and completed my Bachelor’s degree whilst squirreling away pennies to go a-traveling. I did not have a pet Kangaroo. Now I live in Portland, because it’s real nice and I like it very much. I recently backpacked around Southeast Asia and parts of India, it was an amazing experience and with a little thanks to the hostelling tradition, I met some unforgettable people along the way! Absolutely everyplace I had the chance to visit was awesome and now I feel as though life without travel would be like a Pooh Bear without any honey. I’m from Adelaide: the driest city in the driest state on the driest ~~inhabited~~ continent on earth, that’s a fact. Australia’s neighbor to the South, Antarctica, takes the cake for driest anything. So, what do I love most about Portland, Oregon? Well, it’s not dry. For which, the prize is lovely, unstoppable and ubiquitous greenery… Adelaide really hits its stride during the festival season from February to March (keeping in mind that this actually the tail end of summer and not winter…). This is when Adelaide’s creative, and talented inner-child comes out to play, invites all its friends and can be seen frolicking in The Garden of Unearthly Delights or around the Morton Bay figs at WOMAD. Go check it out, seriously!
What is one of your most memorable moments from a travel experience?
Arriving in Kolkata (India) and departing four days later with blue hair and in clothes that looked like they were worn by a pre-schooler who got into the paint box. Holi (the festival of colour…) has a lot to answer for.
What is your next travel destination and why?
Anything and everything on the West Coast. There is so much to explore, I’ll take state parks, big cities and back-road towns in equal measures! Also, to anyplace that I can go by train, I am terribly fond of Amtrak.
If there is one thing you recommend to see and do in Portland, what would that be?
SEE: people lining up for doughnuts at Voodoo’s. DO: join the queue and devour deep-fried perfection…
What are the best ways to embrace a rainy day in Portland?
When the rain is really coming down I retire respectfully to Powell’s and just let it do its thing. It’s a good excuse to grab an interesting looking book from the shelf and sit in the coffee shop with a mug of something hot, and more often than not, cake.
Do you have a Hostel Highlight (a memorable hostel moment in one of your travels)?
In Darjeeling, West Bengal: the day I discovered that my mattress was a plank of wood wrapped in a blanket… I guess I should have stayed at that Hostelling International place down the road!!
What do you like about working at our hostel?
Working at the hostel will never get old because there are so many fun people to meet with diverse histories and interesting tales.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?