There are few more fascinating places on this planet than Hashima Island, which lies alone and abandoned about 15km off the coast of Nagasaki. The tiny cluster of rocks was settled in 1887 as coal mining colony, with more than 5000 people crushed into an area the size of a few football fields. Battling typhoons … Continue reading You sunk my Battleship!
Wanting to get a sense for Krakow's long and tragic history during my time here, today I wandered into the centre of town and joined a free group walking tour. I was looking forward to learning about the ancient buildings, beautiful churches, and Jewish ghettos populated during the Second World War, and was pleasantly surprised … Continue reading The worst way to spend three hours in Krakow
If there's a more miserable place on Earth than Tallinn's Patarei prison, I'm yet to find it. With a long history of bloodshed, cruelty, torture and pain, this former fortress and jail is a wet, smelly, harsh reminder of Estonia's bleak history - and it absolutely should not be missed. Built in 1840 as a … Continue reading My time in an Estonian prison
When I was a young bloke growing up on the Central Coast of New South Wales, I was spoilt for choice when it came to awesome places to explore. Me and my mates spent every weekend checking out caves and climbing trees, following creeks and scrambling up mountains. At some point women and booze got … Continue reading Dam!
As a kid, I spent a lot of happy days at Frogys, the roller-skating rink in the main street of Gosford, NSW. Every second kid had their birthday party there, and I loved rolling around to the high-octane beats of the Grease Megamix. It was closed in the late 90s to make way for a … Continue reading I explored an abandoned rollerskating rink – and you won’t believe what I found!
When I was a kid, I spent many memorable days (and a few boring ones) at Old Sydney Town. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Old Sydney Town was a theme park that accurately recreated the early settlement of Sydney, with historically-correct buildings, dudes dressed as convicts and more angry cannons than a Sasha … Continue reading I didn’t break into Old Sydney Town, but a very handsome friend of mine did