Blogger meet-ups are an awesome place to meet people (funny that). Before my first travel massive I was absolutely bricking it. Would anyone talk to me, and if so what would I say? My fears vanished within the first hour and now I look forward to it each month … and not just because you usually get a few free drinks.
Blogger meet ups have allowed me to enter the blogger community for real, in addition to online. At the last travel massive in St James Park I met and had a beer with Brendan who had pretty much just landed in London but was straight on the case with an interview. Here’s what Brendan had to say …
Hi, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?
1. Name: Brendan Wan
2. Age: 24 (I can no longer call myself earlier twenties *sigh*)
3. Twitter Handle: @worldwanders
4. URL: www.wandersoftheworld.net
5. Home Town: Melbourne, Australia
6. Current Location: London
7. … Business or pleasure? Both I guess…I don’t really understand the question….I mean we need pleasure *nudge nudge wink wink*…but we also need business…
8. Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment. Best bits, worst bits etc.
As of this interview, I have been in London for about 5 weeks now. The first week was dedicated to finding a place to live. The second week was dedicated to finding a job. The third week was dedicated to finding another better paying job. I was surprised at how stressful it was finding a place to live and at how easy it was for me to find a job. It took me an entire week to roam across London for my place, but it took me two days to find my minimum wage retail job. I haven’t had the chance (or funds as a matter of fact) to explore the rest of Her Majesties’ fine lands but I am slowly discovering the little bits and pieces that make London, London. Greenwich is by far the best part of London for me – I can’t believe that within the confines of London, a cute little leafy place like Greenwich can still retain that country village feel.
LETS TALK TRAVEL
9. First travel experience?
My first travel memory was to Bundung, Indonesia visiting my relatives on my dad’s side. I was probably around six years old at the time and I remember clearly being excited by how everything was different to Melbourne and how strange it was. The weather was swelteringly humid, everyone ate rice with their fingers, simple western delights such as fries and burgers were considered fine dining, and the cartoons shown during the afternoon were all dubbed in Indonesian – which made it all the more better as I had no idea what was going on!
10. Future travel plans?
I’m off to my favourite city in the world for four days, Paris! After that, I’m determined to visit Liverpool and join the Beatles Tour. I’m a massive Beatlephile, so for me, visiting the hometown of the Fab-Four is akin to the pilgrimage to Mecca.
11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
I would go to one of the Scandinavian countries to view the Northern Lights. The very first time I saw photos of the night sky colours, I couldn’t believe that our world could be so beautiful.
12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Hands down it’s Los Angeles. I’m sorry but LA is the biggest s***hole I’ve ever had the misfortune to visit, I mean the city is so spread out, there’s not much of the Hollywood glamour you always see in the films and the general vibe of the place wasn’t that great. I did everything on my first day of arrival and was just mainly waiting for my train to San Francisco – my favourite place in the USA.
13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without?
* Lonely Planet guidebook
* Clean underwear
14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?
Actually I just received it a few days ago; it’s a wonderfully beautiful quote:
When you’re stressed, you eat Ice cream, Chocolate and Sweets. You know why? Because “Stressed” spelled backwards is “Desserts”
15. The worst piece?
Probably anything on dating and getting girls. I remember one was something like
‘become an arsehole coz girls like that over nice guys.’
Again, any advice on girls by anyone…
16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this interview?
It’s been definitely overused in some form or another but the truth remains the same: Don’t be Afraid! Whether it be because you lack the funds or the uncertainty of the future, we all should not let our fears define who we are and what we can be. Let our ambition and desires define who we are and what we can achieve! As you get old, I have realised you have more and more worries on your mind. Shut those evil voices.
17. Favourite ice cream flavour?
Can’t go wrong with Chocolate, although the mint choc-tops you get at the cinemas does come a close second.
18. Apple or Android?
Android. I would like to consider myself an anti-bandwagon hopper.
19. Blogger or WordPress?
WordPress. I just think it looks more professional and has more theme options that Blogger.
20. Hostel or hotel?
Hostels. Simply because I’m too poor to afford a hotel!
21. Guilty pleasure?
Watching horrible 80’s action movies, especially the Arnie ones (Check out Predator and Commando and you’ll know what I mean), and the rom-com movie, Love Actually. Beneath this beer-belly exterior lies a flustering little girlie man!
22. Your chosen super-power?
The ability to fly…in that way I would save so much money on flights!
23. Airplane seat – isle, centre or window?
Definitely isle seats. Yes you have to get up when the people next to you want to go to the loo but you’re free to roam around without anyone’s permission. But the best seat would be the window seat next to the exit doors. Leg room plus easy access!
24. What song/album are you listening to right now?
Currently, I’m listening to the soothing sounds of a printer and photocopier going nuts! But the one song that is stuck in my head is Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles.
25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …
Wanders of the World aims to explore the world of travel and pop-culture through the humorous observations of Brendan Wan. It is a blog that can be summed up with just four simple words: Travel, Culture, Imagination, Life. Wanders of the World came into existence when I was nagged by various friends into creating a blog that would showcase my writing talent to a wider audience. The blog name ‘Wanders of the World’ came about after a free-for-all improvisational session with my occasional writing partner and friend, Dominic, and is actually a three-layer pun, possibility making it the greatest blog title in the world – although Google doesn’t seem to agree. Check out the website and follow me on twitter or facebook.
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