Interview with a globetrotter #7
Welcome as usual globetrotters, thanks for celebrating our recent first anniversary (I of course celebrated with a nice port), and congratulations for nearly having made it half way through the year. While it may have left some of us under-prepared, this can be considered your chance to get ahead for the next half. Well he may be a little shy but this week’s international man if mystery sure knows a thing or two about travel. Say peekaboo as we welcome Eric.
Home Area: Sydney Australia
GTG: What is the best hostel you have stayed at anywhere?
E: Best hostel: hard to think of at the moment, the one in Osaka (J Hoppers, little rainbow lane, Fukushima) was pretty nice – I actually ran into a guy I went to primary school in Sydney with there. Also with hostels: I’ve tried some air bnb and they work out pretty well.
GTG: What is a food you have tried that you wouldn’t eat again?
E: Mmm, I’ve had some pretty strange stuff but nothing that outright disgusted me. Some things I would avoid are salted liquorice, oolong tea, and fermented shark.
GTG: Do you have a favourite airline?
E: Anything that doesn’t require me to fight for my seat.
GTG: Any creepy animal stories?
E: I was swimming in Patras (Greece), felt a sharp spike in my toe. Thought nothing of it. Few days later it swelled up, and didn’t really want to go to a hospital because you know, Greece… Some girls we met (seriously heart of steel) just sat me down, got some steriliser, and lanced the swelling, and washed the wound out. I still have that toe, so everything went all right.
GTG: What’s the best service you have had while travelling?
E: I’ve had pretty good and positive experiences – but the best service is one where they have English communicators that are willing to help – it’s easier for everyone this way.
GTG: Most adventurous thing you’ve done travelling?
E: I dunno, just buy a eurail ticket with a friend and have 0 planning except for knowing that we needed camping equipment for some music festivals. Worked out well, because you have no plans and a pass to go anywhere you feel like.
GTG: How often is clothes washing necessary?
E: Depends on your level of hygiene. I have a pretty high level, so I’m washing everywhere when I can, even if it’s in the wash basin with some soap.
GTG: Is there anywhere you’ve felt unsafe? If so where?
E: I took a night train in Serbia, saw some people smuggling white powder. Mystery train stop in the middle of the night, and buckets of stuff taken from under our seats…
Also I was travelling with a mate and he had a b’day in Istanbul, we were out in the town, met some 2 other young turkish dudes, they offered to buy drinks, took us to a “belly dance” club – very suspicious. We tried to leave after 10 minutes after having a beer and a naguile (shisha), was gonna cost us 300 euros