I have been away from my home town of Sydney for 2 years. Plus the 5 months I was away from Sydney during 22nd April till 20th September as I was wasting time in the UK, broke packing in South east Asia, fighting with dumb employers in Melbourne.
"I haven't worked in Sydney since April 2016 and I haven't lived with my Mum since then".
It's quiet surprising that when I left Australia (for the 3rd time in under 16 months) I was 30 years old, I'd been on 49 nations and I had never earned any money in the UK.
You fast forward 2 years I am 32 going on 33, I have been on 72 nations, I have worked full time in London, I have residing in Stockholm, Sweden for a month and haven't gone back to Australia.
There have been times in the last 2 years where I have wanted to go back to Australia, mainly because I was sick of things.
- Sick of dealing with immigrant prick landlord stealing my rent money (and lying to me) in London
- Sick of Birmingham police taking so long to lock up the knob who bashed me after seeing Dream Theater
- Tired of having to travel from Birmingham to Stafford for work
- Angry at Xenophobic dumbshit in this country who are too retarded to go read the British Migration act of 1983
- Furious about having to work 12 days in a row or working 24 hours within 2 days
- getting bored about Sweden not giving me an Personal number
The reason I haven't gone back to Australia is that I am too busy completing my map of Europe, that if I went back to Australia for sometime, then I don't think I would be able to visit x amount of countries. Plus i fear political persecution if I ever go back to Australia for being an Anti Imperialist, anti Western Imperialism, Pro Syrian bastard.
But it would be super expensive to get over to South America or trying to get to Mexico while avoiding a US Transit!
Being away from Australia I've missed out on allot of things: Birthdays, funerals, Baptisms, CHURCH services, Anglican friends, Armenian friends, childhood friends, Body Count, seeing Dream Theater in OZ for the 4th time, having sex with MILF escorts, people get sick, people die and I'm on the other side of the world really not feeling that I am missing out or feeling homesick.
But in my UK life I've seen bands such as: Queensryche, Armored Saint, Death Angel, King Diamond, Metal Church, Kylie Minogue, Anthrax, The MIghty Wraith, Eradikator, JoanovArc, SisterShotgun, Dream Theater, IDestroy, Voivod, Lee Aaron, Neuronspoiler, Neverworld, Toxik, Dorja, Flowerpot, Narda Narda, Hands off Gretel, Saint Vitus, Tokyo Taboo, I am Aquatine, Anvil, Dark Angel, Lawmower Deth, Kim Wilde, Love Zombies, Raven, Hatchet, Burn out Wreck, Y&T and Diamond Head.
I was in the UK during the 5 terrorist attacks of 2017, the birth of Prince Louis, the death of my Grandma Joyce, The royal wedding. the Blizzard of Feburary 2018 and I voted in the June 2015 general election,
In the UK I've been to London, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Stonehaven, Aberdeen, John O'Groats, Lands ends, Penzance, St. Mawes, Cambridge, Bristol, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Stafford
I have had friends/family from Derby, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Perth and Guernsey visit me while no one related to me by blood in Middlesbrough has ever had to balls to travel south and see me
But the important thing was that in my UK life I gained everything that I wanted (NHS number, NI number, renting in London, living in London, working in London, paying taxes, getting free medical), I paid a pornstar for sex with British Tax Payers money and I got to leave Australia and visit: Hong Kong, Macau, China, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Malta, Norway, Vatican City, Belarus, Iceland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Greece, Slovakia, Ukraine and Moldova.
So now that I have been away from Australia for a long length of time, what it the fucking plan for the near and foreseeable future Overland Metalhead?
The plan is to keep working in London as long as I don't run out of hostel to stay at in London. I did rent for 2 months when I came back from Sweden in August 2018, but after my trip to Portugal at the end of November, I'll only go abroad every 3 month to NON EUROPEAN NATIONS.
There are talks in Sweden that I might get posted there over winter and if I do get the job offer I will take it. After my winter in Sweden I will move back down to Stockholm and live there. I really do want that Swedish residence.
If I am not getting posted to Sweden then the next big thing I want to get out of my system is a trip to South America and a trip to Central America, Overlanding from Cancun to Panama City and another overland trip from the French/Brazilian border to Guyana.
Cairo to Cape Town is a pipe dream, I don't know when I can do it or if when I will be able to afford to do it. I was hoping to be in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Cyprus for my 33rd birthday this month, but things fell through and I wasn't willing to pay allot of money just to travel through Jordan and on the red sea to visit Egypt.
My country tally will probably be 73 at the end of this year. I won't be able to go overseas again until the low airfares happen in January/February
I have said a shitload of times that I will retire from travelling after 100 nations so I can focus on my Swedish life. So 27 more countries to visit, but someday I just want to go over to Sweden to stick my foot in the door, live there for 5 years and get the passport i want!
I am not really going to turn my back on Australia. If I did ever give up on UK life to return to Australia, I don't think I'd move back to the UK at any given point. I think after sometime in Australia, I would go back to Sweden.
If you going to ask about changes, well I haven't paid for sex since June 2018 and i haven't been to a swingers club since November 2017. So the whole PAYING FOR SEX addiction has kind of slipped away from me since I went to Sweden. I promised myself in 2014 that if I ever moved to the UK I would do it less and if I ever moved to Sweden I would just abstain around for a girlfriend.
I have been able to get up on stage allot in London and talk about allot of things in life: I have spoken about Central Asia, Caucaus, Dream Theater, my friend Steve, Olivia Newton-John, Queensryche and the Tran Siberian Railway. I will never run out of things to talk about after 33 years of life.
So to all the scumbags, xenophobic, retards, doubters, jealous family members, questioners and wankers. To all those people who have kept moaning at me that I am always coming home to Australia after giving up on the UK life in Aug 2015, June 2015. ALL I CAN SAY IS GO FUCK YOURSELF!
To all the snobs who never gave me a chance to work for their business in Birmingham (and never had the brains to write me a rejection letter) You too can also get fucked, because I had a fun time spending your taxes on rent and sex with pornstars. I would have stayed put in Birmingham if you gave me chance, but spending 40 quid to have sex with a hot MILF pornstar in Birmingham with your taxes was the one thing I had been wanting to do since July 2015.
So anyway I will end this on a high note with a remind to you all that yes you can travel from the Atlantic ocean in Portugal to the Pacific Ocean in Vladivostok. You can travel from Lands end to John O'Groats in under 7 days, you can work in the United Kingdom if your Father/Mother was born here, you can meet someone famous if you hang outside a fire exit, you can sleep with a porn star without cameras filming you, you can see Dream Theater and Kylie in two continents and best of all you can sit on a train in Russia for 7 days!
Thanks for all your support in the 2 years I have been living in the UK. Your all legends