Hi, my name's Stuart and I'm the author of Destination Munich. This is the page where I tell you a little bit about myself...
By far the question I’m asked the most is “how does an Australian end up in Germany?”
I’ll give you the short version of what's turning out to be a very long story! Let me drop a few hits: some inspiring old fellas, a massive wave, terracotta bricks and a certain girl.
That's me as a journalist at the first
newspaper I worked at in Colac,
Here I am, apparently meeting the Chinese equivalent of the Spice Girls at a
trade fair in Urumqi, China.
The lesson I learned from them was that you didn’t have to lead a conventional life of office, home, sleep, repeat. They had made their lives into an adventure. I was determined to do the same.
So that’s when I made the biggest decision I'd ever make: one more year at a suburban newspaper, and then I’d be off around the world.
Saying goodbye - Above left: That's my old car and the house I had in Melbourne (the blue one). Above right: My housemate and I packing everything up and moving out. Below left: Visiting an old friend in Sydney before flying overseas.
Below right: Making
new friends on Tioman Island, Malaysia.
Working alongside Thai villagers in Nam Khem, about eight months after the tsunami.
Arrival in Germany: this was taken on my first visit to Lake Forggen, you can kind of make out Neuschwanstein Castle in the background!
Me and one of the many friends I've made since
coming to Europe at a Bavarian beer festival,
and yes, those are my own lederhosen!
Destination Munich and Bavaria is the best, most up-to-date and entertaining travel guide to the region - guaranteed.
It gives you full-colour maps, practical information and top tips on how to get the most out of your visit.
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