Restaurant Tales


As I enter my last week working as a server at Snack Bar for the next few months, let us commemorate the nice, and ‘not-so-intelligent’, things that have been said to me over the past four months.

Here are my top ten Restaurant Tales

Restaurant Tales #7

Customer 1: You have an accent. Are you from England?

Me: Nope

Customer 2: London?

Me: Ahhh, no

Customer 3: Great Britain?


Restaurant Tales #2

[Middle-aged couple visiting from Louisana]

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People always ask me, ‘how do you afford to travel all the time? Are you a drug dealer? Are you a trust fund baby?’

Much the same as diet is just as important as exercise in losing weight (and let’s not forget the role genetics have to play), so too is saving smart AND travelling smart. A lot of people are good at saving before their trip, but tend to spend more than they had planned to while they’re on their trip.

I have been living in Austin for the past three or so months, working my butt off during SXSW and really pushing my Australian accent to get some good tips, and now I’m off on my three-month CaliEuroSummer Adventure to Dallas, Southern California and Europe. Here is my itinerary and some tips for how you can make your travel dollar go further.

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What it’s like to win the green card lottery


Most common reaction: ‘Is that even real?! I didn’t know we even had that!’

Scene: May 1, 2014. 9:00am PST. Pacific Tradewinds Hostel, San Francisco, California, USA.

I am manning the reception at a hostel where I have been working for three weeks and remember to check the Diversity Visa Lottery website to see if I may have been one of the lucky 50,000 out of 13 million people that had applied for a green card, which is a 10-year permanent residency visa to the US. And I did. In my fifth year of applying.

You have a 0.4% chance of winning; that is, you’re more likely to get pregnant using a condom than to win this thing.

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