Meet and Greet page: Introduce yourself here!

Welcome to my meet and greet page, inspired by some of the first bloggers I followed. I love that my followers are eager to put their blog posts out there and read posts shared by others, for this reason I have introduced this page and I will keep returning to it regularly. I feel my community is now large enough to provide a page for you to promote your blog and get to know other bloggers a little better.

So with this, feel free to introduce yourself here. Who are you and where are you from? I love the diversity here with such an international blogging audience. Feel free to link your blog for others to read.

New to this page? Welcome!

Already posted here in the past? Feel free to stop by and say hello anytime.

It is going to be hard if not impossible to keep up with comments on here whilst I publish posts around it, however I am constantly on the page looking at all the contributions and I will re-post this regularly to give a better opportunity for posts to be seen.

Hopefully you find a new cool blog to follow and someone feels the same way about yours!

Happy blogging ūüôā

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Featured Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

I need a beer.

Today has been hectic. I haven’t had the chance to blog at all and I was have really enjoyed riding this wave of motivation. But it wasn’t the motivation that got me, it was work.

I was woken up by a voicemail from my manager at 8.30am. I was expecting to be off so I set my alarm for a little later.

‘Hey give me a call back, I have a shift for you’.

I have been begging for shifts recently as hours are scarce, so despite hardly being able to open my eyes I called straight back.

I didn’t know that this shift would be in an hours time…

Thankfully the hostel I am staying at is in viewing distance of my hotel, so time wasn’t an issue. I honestly cross a crossroads and I am there, waiting for the green man probably takes as long as the walk itself. It is weird being so close to work that I can be given an hours warning of a shift I wasn’t aware of, and still be able to take a long shower. It has certainly been a pro amongst the cons of hostel life.

I had walked into the hotel during the check out period (up to 11am), but being such a huge hotel check in’s were occurring. Some VIP groups, some airline crew. Two guests checking in asked me what the emergency services and media were doing on a nearby street, I didn’t know. Hospitality can be like that, we can get so much information from people around us and at the same time be so busy that we have no idea what is happening around us.

I do more check in’s at this hotel before 11am than I did all day in other hotels. This one is huge. There is just a constant buzz around the place and always something going on. We had Chinese New Year celebrations happening in house, with a huge dinner taking up a whole ballroom. Dancing dragons and beating drums took over the reception area at 6pm, before making their way up the escalators and leading the huge group to their event. This occurred as airline crew were checking out for their next flight, I wish I could take pictures at work to show you how active the lobby was during this moment of organised madness.

As I am trying to keep my work and blog life separate, I do not want to disclose where I work or too much information about my job. I’m no MI5 though, honest.

We then had a another VIP arrive, however as the concierge team were so busy I left the desk and assisted with getting the tour group’s gear to the room. This is the kind of thing I love about hotel life, we get to mingle with people that are literally idols to their fans. It makes me grateful despite the hectic nature and having to stay back longer than I should have isn’t a big deal.

I was planning to leave by 6.30pm latest, however I ended up staying until 9pm. Not a bad days work considering I was going to be off today. But sadly my time in Brisbane is coming to an end and I need all the hours I can get to fund me until I find a job in Melbourne mid March. So despite being grateful for the hours I gained today, I wasn’t blogging. I have spent so much time on my blog that it feels weird when I have a few hours away from it. I still think of posts to write about, I just can’t start them. But a quick draft entry to come back to later on will do.

So sorry for being a lot less present today than I have been, I feel like I have been engaging a lot with you all and then suddenly went cold. But I need to remind myself that it was only for one day, and the reason was out of my control. But I hate when I can’t blog as it is something I have done for years and it is just weird not doing it. And for that reason a day feels more like a week. It is a hobby that I enjoy, and I don’t enjoy having it taken away.

But here I am having a beer, with a whole day off tomorrow. I hope…

I’ll speak to you all again soon.

 


 

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Sam

 

What a difference two years makes…

Another post I wanted to share was very fitting because it was two years ago tomorrow. I have had a habit recently of finding old posts that were posted on or almost on the same date but years prior, coincidental to say the least. This post has given me inspiration for a post tomorrow which is great and look forward to sharing.

It is fascinating looking back to milestones I achieved in blogging, and I actually remember typing this post up and how happy I was at my achievement. What I have noticed is that I was as happy gaining my 500th follower as I was when I typed my last milestone post thanking 6,000 readers that have decided to join me on my journey. Like I have said, it isn’t the number but the growth that I love to see, and that so many people, whether it is 50, 500 or 6,000, are happy to engage with me and follow my blog. It really is appreciated.

I still can’t believe I managed to get The Proclaimers in there though…

 


 

From February 7th, 2017…

Drinks are on me.

So August was already off to a great start and then I noticed that I hit 500 followers this morning. Thank you to each and every one of you that has shown support and continue to do so daily. You know who you are!

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If every one of you beautiful bloggers were to stand a mile apart, I would have a pretty long walk ahead of me to meet every one of you…. although oddly there is a high chance that you would then be much closer to me than you currently are, which is pretty cool to think.

And whilst I am on the topic of 500 miles, I have found this picture of Europe courtesy of moth dad on Twitter, showing where the The Proclaimers* would end up if they did indeed walk 500 miles, and then 500 more.

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Are you in the dangerzone?!


*For anyone born after 2000 (especially outside of the UK), The Proclaimers were a band with a hit song about walking a thousand miles for the one they loved, we just don’t know the planned route. If you enter a British pub that is playing karaoke and this isn’t played, there is probably a glitch in the matrix.

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Originally posted 08/02/2017

Re-posted 07/02/2019


 

Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

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Sam

Blog, eat, blog, eat… (a post from 2016!)

What I love finding in earlier posts is that I haven’t lost my love of blogging. From the title of this post from 2016 I can see that blog, eat, blog, eat was a ritual that I have kind of stuck with to this day. The only difference is back then I would have bouts of frequent blogging and times with little activity. One of the reasons was episodes of anxiety and depression that had me lose all motivation to blog. But since then I have morphed my blog into one with more optimism and bright colours. This has helped a lot.

This post was a quick one. It was from the Botanist, one of my favourite bars in Newcastle, England. This gin tasting session was in fact a reason why I found a new love for gin, as learning more about how it is made convinced me to give it another chance. I just learned not to drink it at parties.

In fact, as my book writing remains dormant as I build my blog, this very moment at the table in the Botanist is the opening lines to my book. Will it remain there? I am not sure but I guess we will see.


 

From January 21st, 2016…

It’s restaurant week here in Newcastle, so the pounds that leave my wallet are being added to my gross tonnage.


It’s a great idea for the difficult weeks after Christmas, but bloody hard to make a booking. Oh, there was a little gin tasting session thrown in too yesterday. I really don’t like gin (probably more psychological than anything after what I can only describe as the hangover of all hangovers, and waking up in my friends parents bed to be sick all over their sheets) but I didn’t have the heart to tell him and it was an interesting talk to say the least.

BBQ yesterday, Italian tonight?

That’s all I can type for now, I’m getting out of breath.

 


 

Just a quickie, how would everyone feel if I was to upload throwback posts into my blog every so often? I know I have asked this previously with positive results, however I may blog during the day and find an older article to talk about on an evening, as I like posting twice a day and it gives me a chance to repost some of the thousand+ posts that have hardly been viewed as I got used to blogging. It’s like a little time machine that helps me remember how this blog formed and I think you will enjoy some of the posts.

Let me know what you think!


 

Originally posted 21/1/2016

Re-posted 07/02/2019


 

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Sam

Drum and space

Skyline in Brisbane, QLD taken from Eat Street food market.

 


 

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Sam

Dreamtime artwork in the rainforest

Dreamtime refers to the religion/belief system of aboriginal people. I’m only now looking it up now so I won’t even attempt to describe what this consists of exactly. Maybe when I understand it a little better.

I tried to see who the artist was by googling ‘Wiradjuri’ however I’m not sure if this is the artist or referring to a specific tribe. It is dated 2003 after the word so thought it was the artist however looking it up seems to be an aboriginal tribe. 

And with that I clearly have a lot to learn regarding aboriginal culture…

 


 

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Sam

Behind the art #2

From the comments I received after my Melbourne street art post, it seems like the following photos were your favorites. I agree the artwork is amazing and I always enjoy looking up the artists.

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This one was was easy to find. Dvate enjoys drawing artwork of his name, as well as birds and other animals. Over at justanother.com.au it says the following about the artist:

‘Dvate is a Melbourne based artist and graphic designer whose position in the street art scene is well established and can be seen on walls, canvas and in magazines both locally and internationally.

Growing up in Melbourne, a stone‚Äôs throw from a railway station, he was instantly drawn to the colourful work along the suburban railway lines and in 1996 began experimenting at leaving his own mark on society.’

Insta: @dvate

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This is Adnate, an artist I looked up recently in my Blue Mountains blog post. You can learn a little about him there, he is a great artist with some incredibly realistic paintings. It was great to see his work again!

Insta: @adnate

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I think this is a personal favourite for me. The realism in the face is again incredible, and I am pleased the artists name is clear. Over at widewalls.ch, a little insight into this artist:

‘Known for his photo realism graffiti work,¬†Smug, or¬†Smug¬†One, aka Sam Bates, is an Australian contemporary street artist of great skill. Using nothing but spray cans, he was able to gain mastery over a difficult task of making highly technical pieces that are somehow edgy, cheeky, and incredibly playful. In order to recreate absolute realism, artists usually have a lot of time on their hands, tiny and precise brushes, and a quiet work space where no one will disturb them. Those are the three things that none of the graffiti writers have at their disposal, and yet, some of them, Smug being the perfect example, are able to create amazing large-scale wall pieces that look like they could be photographs. There is hardly a compliment of greater significance for any artist attempting to work in¬†photorealism.’

Insta: @smugone

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Another photo-realistic piece is of these two beautiful women, work of Rone and another artist that seems to enjoy painting faces. The faces vary, but it seems like some faces appear quite regularly in his/her work. It isn’t just created on city walls, but also on abandoned buildings and silo’s.

Insta: @r_o_n_e

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So a brief little intro into these amazing artists, with links to their Instagram for more of their work. Were these your favourites too? Thank you to those that commented on my earlier post and letting me know these were your favourites!

Location: Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.


 

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Melbourne street art

Melbourne is full of street art. In fact, the last time I encountered so much was in Sao Paolo. There was more than I could ever begin to write about, so here are the pictures I took of the art I found along the way.

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This is ACDC Lane, maybe the coolest sounding lane I’ve ever heard of, and certainly one of the coolest looking. This is where the majority of these images come from, but not all. I will link at the bottom of the post some information about this particular street.

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Click on any of the images to enlarge, and as always let me know what you think!

Do you have a favourite? If so let me know and I will try to look into the most popular ones and find out some information about the art and artist.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

Information about ACDC Lane can be viewed here via visitvictoria.com


 

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Sam

 

The strangest topping I have ever had on a pizza…

During our trip to the Blue Mountains, we were recommended Station Bar and Woodfired Pizza, named due to its location close Katoomba Station and well, pizza. It was a great recommendation as the menu was crammed full of fantastic sounding pizzas of all variations. I went for something I have never had before, let alone on a pizza. 

This is the ‘Bullaburra‘, a delicious pizza consisting of ‘Saltwater crocodile with wild lime ginger marinade, coconut b√©chamel, baby spinach, roast red capsicum & a wedge of lime.’. Tasty was an understatement, and certainly something I haven’t tried before. I am a strong believer in trying things I haven’t already and I am pleased I did. There are gluten free and vegetarian options here too (unsure about vegan options on the menu), so for anyone ever heading to the Blue Mountains your preferences will probably be met.¬† I think the most interesting thing I have had on pizza before this was probably vodka. Or maybe the fried egg I had on a breakfast pizza once, but crocodile is certainly the winner. And one less crocodile in the waters waiting to kill me to death in this crazy country.¬† What about you, what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever had on a pizza? Or do you like to play it safe with pizza and stick to what you know?¬† There are no wrong answers here, and pineapple fans you are welcome.


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Sam

Behind the Artwork #3

This piece of art is pretty straight forward to me. You know what you’re getting with it and it doesn’t need a deep message to relate. This was also found in Beverly Place, Katoomba and by searching the tag the artist left I found him pretty easily.

I also found the artists website this way and Pat Hunter, going under then name Ink Hunter, states why he creates art.

From his website it states:

‚Äúgiving life into dead spaces‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThe Walls in public spaces are often oppressive and do little to touch the consciousness of the pedestrians that walk next to them. Inkhunter creates branded Art Work. It is street art that works to enrich the spaces it uses as a canvass. Inkhunter creations breathe new life into these spaces to make the walls we used to ‚Äėun-see‚Äô, to become engaging & noticeable. We make the public landscapes richer and more rewarding.”

I do agree some of our streets can be incredibly dull and uninspiring, so I greatly appreciate the artists desire to change this, one piece at a time.

 

Artist: Pat Hunter a.k.a Ink Hunter

Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

Insta/Website: @inkhunterartist / https://inkhunter.com.au


 

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Sam