Tasmania, and disconnecting to reconnect

Koren and Alana at Mount William National Park, Tasmania

My bedroom window looks out over a sprawling concrete jungle, the chaotic collection of high-rises and pavement that makes up the bustling Spanish city of Alicante that I currently call home.

I love this boisterous, vivacious, disorganised city. But it’s easy to feel disconnected among it’s tangle of people and metal and asphalt. Disconnected from nature, especially. It’s a lament most city-dwellers probably share.

On the opposite side of the world, and entirely at the opposite end of the spectrum, lies the small southern Australian island of Tasmania.

Wild and isolated, battered by Roaring Forties winds and soaked by metres of rainfall each year, large swathes of Tasmania have become a sanctuary for protected old-growth forests, remote beaches and wide inland lakes.

When Alana quit her job in Brisbane this year, packed her life into Walter the Campervan and took up the life of a gypsy, she allowed me to tag along for a few weeks.

We headed directly south to Tasmania. Continue Reading →

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Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap

Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap

If you’re a coffee lover of the fancy kind – y’know, the kind that requires ground coffee made up in a plunger or machine, also known as the most freakin’ excellent kind – you’ll be well acquainted with the pain in the ass that is the leftover ground coffee.

Not only does it have a sneaky way of making a gritty mess everywhere, unless you’re a master composter it pretty much always ends up in the bin. Which doesn’t feel great for us folk trying to live a lower impact life.

I love coffee and I also love making my own all-natural homemade soap. So I put the two together and came up with a rather rad way to recycle used coffee while creating a marvellous invigorating and exfoliating shower scrub. Continue Reading →

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Easy three-ingredient spicy chickpeas

Easy three-ingredient spicy chickpeas

We’ve hit the road, Jack. In a campervan named Walter.

Seeing as we’re cooking out of a cramped little kitchen in the back of the van, simple and cheap recipes are where it’s at. Of course simple and cheap doesn’t have to mean tasteless. Quite the opposite actually. And this recipe is proof of that!

With three simple ingredients, we managed to turn a plain ol’ tin of chickpeas into delicious spicy, spicy goodness. Yum.

Did we mention, yum?

But first, a little update on our adventure so far…

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A van named Walter, a bike named Rosie, and a girl named Alana

Walter the Campervan

“Let go of the outcome. Fall in love with the mystery of life.”

These were the words I scribbled down at a recent event hosted by Susana Frioni.

Letting go doesn’t come naturally to my inner control freak. She wants to know exactly what’s around the next corner. This is probably why, for most of my life, I made well-planned, “safe” decisions.

Of course, these kinds of decisions don’t necessarily make a happy life.

Have you ever had that feeling that your life isn’t quite right? You can’t quite put your finger on it but something just smells a little… off?

That was my life in a nutshell.

The job, the university degree, the relationships, even myself personally. They were all… wrong somehow.

On the surface it all looked fine. But underneath there was a stinky, stinky smell. Continue Reading →

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The best ever homemade Indian spiced chai

Homemade vegan Indian spiced chai

Okay, so we all know this is the best ever spiced chai.

But I live in Spain and posting even small and light things like tea from Australia is akin to throwing $50 notes down the toilet like you just don’t care. Except that I do care.

So I went on a months-long hunt to create something that tasted even remotely similar and came up with this spectacular homemade seven-spice chai. Continue Reading →

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