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The Case of the E Cigarettes v. Australia

As some of you know, I am currently in the sunny land of Australia. Home of beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and stunning scenery. Australia has been an amazing experience. It is very tempting to stay here forever. There are, however, some pretty big differences between here and my native homeland of the UK. Whilst some are very positive (free swimming anyone?) others are more disconcerting. The one that has really struck me is Australia’s approach to smokers, and particularly to e cigarettes. E cigarettes that contain nicotine are apparently illegal in Australia. I have a confession to make here folks. I was a smoker. A dirty nicotine fuelled smoker. I smoked cigarettes for quite a long time before I switched to e cigarettes. While I understand the controversy and negative feelings towards any form of smoking, I personally am a big believer in the mighty e cigarette. I don’t know what it’s like in America, but e cigarettes have taken England by storm. They are still relatively new. They became mainstream about four years ago, but …

Leaving Goggles

I’m leaving my job. That’s right folks; after over a year and a half of working full time in my kooky little call center, I am leaving to travel and follow my dreams of being paid to write. It’s exciting, it’s terrifying and there is a very real chance I will end up extremely poor and never be able to move out of my parents flat. It’s even more of a daunting prospect because this is the only thing I have done since graduating. I literally left university on the last day of June two years ago and started working here on the first day of July. I didn’t take a break or a summer off, this is literally all I know of the adult world. I always planned to leave; in fact I had no idea I would be here this long. The plan was to save enough money to go traveling before settling down into ‘adult’ life. Initially I naively thought that would take about six months. I kept postponing leaving partly because I didn’t have enough money to …

Brisbane | Internet Friends; a Beloved Band; Happiness in a Trip

Originally posted on a cup of koalatea blogging:
Brisbane. Oh how it stole my heart (it’s not an exaggeration, I feel as if my heart still lies in Brisbane on some days). I had been planning this trip to Brisbane since ages, it feels like ages. My main purpose of this trip wasn’t simply just a holiday but to meet some internet friends I made over the last few years. It’s ridiculous how much can stay the same after such a long period of time. Through my favourite band, I became friends with lovely people and I went to visit so-called lovely people this July. This trip was a graduation trip for myself where I travelled to another country on my own for the first time! It was definitely a new experience and left me anxious on some days. I watched way too many border security shows and freaked myself out to the point where it was disappointingly anticlimactic. I saw sniffer dogs though! Too cute. These lovely musicians are known as The Fergies and have had a…