Posted in anthropology, Humans Being, Travel

Humans Being – Danny

Danny – 11/9/16

Danny is a bubbly, funny guy I met travelling in Laos. He’s from Washington, U.S.A 

  • Describe yourself in 7 words for someone who doesn’t know you at all 

Goofy, empathetic, curious, fun, open, honest, loving

  • What is the most interesting travel experience you have had? 

I have had a couple interesting things happen. 

I went to the north of Portugal a few years ago to my friends dad’s home town to participate in their “festa” and was able to help carry a statue of St. Anthony through the town.

When i was in Lima Peru a kid stuck cocaine in my mouth.

  • What inspires you?

 Knowing that the world can be a better place is what inspires me.

  • What do you believe in?

 I believe in good people. 

I’m going to speak about the USA because it’s all I’ve ever known. For me, I am of the belief that the world is getting better, we are starting to see differences in each other and appreciate them instead of them being divisive (just look at gay marriage being legal, more awareness about sexuality and being Trans, protected rights for those groups) we still have a long ways to go (especially in race relations) but all in all these problems are being called out and beginning to be addressed. Yes it’s a long road ahead but it’s one that is being fought for. I want to be apart of that fight and I’m a firm believer that we are starting to right the wrongs that have come before us.

When you get to witness humanity, I don’t think there is anything greater. My facebook feed has been filled with 9/11 posts for obvious reasons but one quote from John Stewart hits home for me “The reason I don’t worry about society is, nineteen people knocked down two buildings and killed thousands. Hundreds of people ran into those buildings to save them. I’ll take those odds every fucking day”. 

Humanity is alive and well and that’s why I believe in good people.

  • What is something that makes you unique?

I don’t think the fact that I wear glasses is very unique so let’s go with my dance moves. I don’t think my dance moves need any further explanation haha. 

Posted in Humans Being, Travel

Humans Being – Shell

Michelle / Shell – 13/7/16 

Something you do or say everyday:

  • I say ‘absolutely’ everyday, I don’t know why 
  • I brush my teeth at least 6 times a day, sometimes more, sometimes less but mostly more than 6 times  


I hate my teeth being yucky and slimy, so I have to 

What do you need in your life? 

My girls (daughters)
What inspires you? 

People who try really hard, people who are motivated to get the most out of life 

I like getting up early in the morning, when no one else is around. It’s my own time 

If I get up early and go for a run I feel really good, and on top of things

If I’m on my own I feel like I can get on top of my work, keep motivated and get lots done 

Where have you travelled and what did you love most about being there? 

I lived in Texas for 6 months working as a nurse, an hour away from the boarder of Mexico. The hospital was in the middle of the desert, there wasn’t much around. I loved getting to know the culture there, yeah it is in America, but it had its own culture. 

I was the only Australian a lot of them had met so everyone would be fascinated by my accent and always ask me to speak, which I thought was weird at the time. 

On my days off I could go over to Mexico and see the houses and lives of the Mexican girls I worked with, mud floors and houses made out of scraps their grandfather had built. It was really interesting so see 

A lot of the people I worked with in the hospital were from Mexico. 

Mexico at the time had a pretty bad health system, if people needed to be treated they would have to go to the pharmacy (which was like a massive stock shed) and buy their own medical equipment so attend to themselves. Not like here where you just go to the hospital where all the equipment is there at the ready. 

At the time in American hospitals all the equipment was disposable so things that we didn’t use out of the kits, instead of throwing them out, we would give them to the Mexican doctors who would take it back to their family and communities to use. This wasn’t allowed but we all did it. 

Posted in anthropology, Food for thought, india

Sea Water, Sweat and Tears

This is a quote from Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts that sat so well with me and I think is really interesting 

Page 373
Sitting on a boulder along the coastline that boarded the slum in Bombay, India. Area known as Colaba Back Bay. Lin, Australian man who lived in the slum sitting with Johnny, a Indian man who also lived in the slum. 

‘It is very beautiful, isn’t it?’ Johnny Cigar asked, sitting beside me and staring out at the dark, impatient restlessness of the waves. 

‘Yeah’ I answered passing him the cigarette. 

‘Our life, it probably began inside of the ocean,’ Johnny said quietly. ‘About four thousand million years before now. Probably near hot places, like volcanoes, under the sea.’ 

I turned to look at him. 

‘And for almost all of that long time, all the living things were water things, living inside the sea. Then, a few hundred million years ago, maybe a little more – just a little while, really, in the big history of the Earth – the living things began to be living on the land, as well.’ 

I was frowning and smiling at the same time, surprised and bewildered. I held my breath, afraid that any sound might interrupt his musing. 

‘But in a way you can say that after leaving the sea, after all those millions of years of living inside the sea, we took the ocean with us. When a women makes a baby, she gives it water, inside her body, to grow in. That water inside her body is almost exactly the same as the water of the sea. It’s salty, by just the same amount. She makes a little ocean, in her body. And not only this. Our blood and our sweating, they are both salty, almost exactly like the water from the sea is salty. We carry oceans inside of us, in our blood and our sweat. And we are crying the oceans, in our tears.’ 

… Despite my intimate knowledge of the slum dwellers, and the debt I owed them – they’d taken me in, and given me all the support and friendship their hearts could hold – I still fell into the bigot’s trap. Johnny shocked me with his knowledge because, somewhere in my deepest appraisal of the slum-dwellers, there was a precipice that they had no right to such knowledge. In my secret heart I’d judged them as ignorant, even though I knew better, simply because they were poor. 

Surprising I took different things out of this idea that is presented, not only the obvious one about how sea water is so natural to us, linking in with Ecofeminism and nature, but the ethnocentric thoughts of the writer. He admits it towards the end, but it is interesting to force us to reflect on our own ideas of people who may be seen as ‘poor’ ‘less desirable’ or anybody who is discriminated against. 

In a mind that is discriminating, it is not felt to be unfair, as ethnocentric thoughts cause one to make reason for the discrimination. For the thoughts that people in slums wouldn’t know anything that you didn’t know. Some how because slum dwellers don’t have money, there is a social construction that they also don’t have anything nice that we possess, including intelligence and insight. 

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Largest Buddhist Temple in Southern Hemisphere – Photostory 

— Nan Tien Temple —

This physical space gives people a peaceful time to reflect -> be quite and listen 

Doesn’t matter what you believe, this temple is a chance for people to come together and remember what really matters: each other and yourself. 

Reflect and think about what you want/feel 

Get away from the busy hustle and bustle of western culture – consumerism shopping and the fast life 

I feel like Nature is grounding and brings peace to people who emmerse themselves within it 🌳

There was a feeling of everyone being welcome

Everyone is free within that space 

Free thought

Free to express spirituality 

🌻 Sunflowers always speak to me but this painting really was incredible, especially what the artist wrote about it: 

Raise your face to the sun and you don’t see the shadows. It’s what sunflowers do. 

Posted in anthropology, Humans Being

Humans Being – Jasmine

Jasmine – 5/7/16 
Today Jasmine and I had a chance to sit down and chat at a coffee shop in Gosford 

We chatted about plans for this blog and I asked her advice, sharing my ideas of wanting a regular blog post about different people

We discussed possible questions I could ask these people and I thought i would test out my first go on her ☺️ 
I asked ‘what do you find yourself spending most of your time doing?’ 

Through discussing and sharing with each other she came to the conclusion that she plans her life bit by bit.

‘Planning life, what next and what to organize’ 

Then recognized that this causes not being present, not being aware, making it harder to have inner peace. Not until you stop, clear your head and either meditate or relax that you can find a inner peace and happiness. 
We also discussed the question ‘ what do you believe in?’ And ‘what is your one truth? Your ontological security?’ 

I believe in humanity, and the evolution that is what brought us here

The social constructions and meanings behind things, studied through sociology and anthropology.

The evolution of meanings and humans is something I know is true. 

Jasmine described her ontological security as – ‘nothing is certain’ 

Certainty in the uncertainty

This idea describes the ‘risk society’ we are in now, pinned by Foucault, a French philosopher.  
Jasmine describes herself as an introvert, someone who thinks things through and analyses reasoning behind everything 
‘What is something that makes you different?’ 

Tomato sauce on a wide range of food, mainly hot food though

I’m not unique, it’s merely my combination of circumstances, time and experiences that makes me truly unique 

What is something unexpected about you? 

3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate 

Karate instructor – 11 years of karate 

Teacher and leader! 

Posted in anthropology, Humans Being

Humans Being – Posts about people 

‘Humans Being’ is the name of a theme of blog posts I’m working on, which will become a regular post 

Each post will have random things just about people with a picture of them

I’m doing this because I have an interest in all people and believe it is essential for us not to look at a picture of someone and assume things about them, not until you hear a bit about them 

This ties into anthropology studies of different people within different cultures 

I’m sure the posts will develop as I do more over time 

Everyone has a story, everyone is different, everyone is interesting in their own way, I want to record these things. Simple and complicated things about people. 

Every post will be different, some brief, some detailed.  

Feel free to comment with suggestions or feedback 

Posted in india, Travel

New Delhi – A street snapshot

The Capital of India – New Delhi 

Our first experiences of the colourful, crazy and culturally rich country 

Arriving in Delhi Airport 

Completely unexplainable at first, the only way to communicate what I was experiencing was to take videos and photos


Video: Yes you can see and hear, but you can’t smell the spices, dust, fuel and incense, nor feel the stares of inquisitiveness or feel the sense of alienation 

This was our first day, so I soon got over that 

Wild electrical wires

Street stores (and stares.. He walked in the picture frame so does that even count as me taking a photo of someone…?)

Old and new duality – car and buildings

Lovely man who did henna, didn’t speak much English, I didn’t speak much Hindi, so we communicated through smiles and gestures 
We also visited Old Dehli – 

While walking the streets, sacred working cow 

Dust on trees – something I’ve never seen before 

This video shows just everyday life, the more you look, the more you see, in just 30 seconds of video so many little stories are happening 

All photos and videos are my own all taken Feburary 2016