10 Jul Tuesday Traveller: Justin Morris – Stamp Collector
Another Aussie for you this week in the form of Justin Morris. Justin is living the expat life in London. He has some great ink and if you ask him nicely he might show you!
Tell us where you’re from and what would you recommend we do there?
I’m from Melbourne, the home of sport and culture in Australia. We have the best cafes, restaurants and bars all along the picturesque Yarra River and beaches of Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne is where you’ll find the best coffee, and you’ll find the top examples of our lust for it in the suburbs of Richmond, Brunswick and Port Melbourne. Whilst you’re in Melbourne you have to see an Aussie Rules Football match, it’s nothing like football in Europe.
Where is the strangest place you’ve ever slept?
I’ve slept in a few airports during my time. Once in Singapore during a layover between flights from Thailand to London and the other more recently in a small airport in Germany after a music festival (thanks Ryanair).
What’s the most memorable Hostel you’ve stayed in?
Probably the Rossio Hostel in Lisbon. It felt more like a really well decorated mate’s flat than a hostel, with retro furniture, exposed beams, decked out kitchens and nice bathrooms. I played Wii Tennis with randoms on the big projector in the lounge room whilst knocking back €1 beers before going out on a pub crawl with the staff until 5am.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
That’d be a 3 day trek with mules through the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. We trekked over the mountains and through the scrub each day with our guide and stayed in guesthouses in Berber villages each night.
What type of traveller really bugs you?
The really impatient ones. The people that queue at the gate long before boarding is called to get the best seats on a flight or have unbuckled their seatbelt and are getting their bags out of the overhead compartment before the plane has even stopped at the gate.
What camera do you take travelling with you and why?
I carry a Panasonic Lumix TZ-10 with me everywhere I travel. It’s a small point-and-shoot that fits in my back pocket but it takes amazing photos. It’s got a wide angle lens, shoots HD video and has 12x optical zoom. I love being able to capture the beauty of places with it.
Have you had any brushes with border patrol/police/security/government officials?
I arrived at Amsterdam Schiphol airport late on a Saturday night once to stay in a hotel within the airport, except it was past security and I had no boarding pass yet. The only soul in the entire Departures concourse was the one immigration officer working at passport control.
Given that it was straight after a music festival, I was blind drunk and not making much sense. I tried to explain that I had no boarding pass but needed to go through to stay in my hotel, all whilst waving my passport and iPhone around and pointing at the reservation in TripIt. The immigration officer finally understood and let me through, but it ended in me having to re-enter the Netherlands the next day, check into my flight and re-exit the Netherlands again. As a result, I have a page in my passport that looks like I went to NL 3 times in 2 days.
Justin is the man behind 48 Hour Adventure and don’t forget to follow him on twitter.