That’s Caz in the picture above, riding the mechanical bull at City Limits Saloon Bar in Raleigh, North Carolina.
She loves to do shit like that!
But unless you’ve grown up with her, travelled with her, or been out on the town with us, you wouldn’t know that. In fact, there’s probably a lot of things you don’t know about us.
We’ve been blogging for 12 months now, yep, y Travel Blog is officially one year old this April. And if there’s one thing we wanted to incorporate into our blog from the get go, it was to be fully transparent.
Here is our original logo picture for our site, and still one of our favorite photos, from Zion National Park in Utah…
From day one we’ve focused on building a brand and finding our voice in the community.
We’re very conscious of being genuine, and we like to think that when people meet us offline, what they get is what they see online, just more beer 🙂
People really do follow people, and we want people to follow us who not only get inspired by our stories and words, but people who can connect with us on a personal level.
When we wrote our 6 month old post we talked about how we got started, some personal challenges, and some big thank yous to those in the blogging community.
It’s been a fun and interesting ride.
Some have even questioned our blog’s credibility saying y Travel Blog has no depth and we aren’t really experienced travelers!
This post, however, is much more lighthearted with some wild and wacky facts about us. Just like in the real world, there are people you naturally click with and are attracted to.
People are increasingly drawn towards blogs and social media channels for their travel advice and inspiration.
They want the first person account. They want to see pictures, videos, and read stories of others who have been there done that.
They want the good and the bad. You can also tell them about the experiences not to put on your bucket list.
Ok, there’s no turning back now. I promised some light heartedness and personal facts. Here we go:
1. We both grew up in a town called Woy Woy.
It’s a one hour train ride north of Sydney, and exactly half way between Sydney and Newcastle. It’s so good they named it twice.
2. I’m 37 and Caz is 35.
I’m a Virgo and she’s a Libran. And soon with the arrival of our second daughter, it will be three Virgos vs one Libran. I like those odds, considering it will be three females vs mwah.
3. I still have baby teeth.
Yep, front and center on the bottom row. It’s just as well I have a big bottom lip to hide them. They’re very loyal, even sticking around with me through 15 years of contact sport and not wearing a mouth guard (I hate things in my mouth and gag easily).
4. Caz is a primary school teacher by profession.
She has taught in Sydney, London, Dublin, Bangkok, and Raleigh, North Carolina. One of her most memorable classes was teaching the minority children in Ireland. Just think of the movie Snatch with Brad Pitt.
5. I played Rugby League professionally.
From 1990-96 for the North Sydney Bears. And in 1991 for the Australian schoolboys. It taught me about self-discipline, team work, and how to prepare mentally and physically. I’m fourteen years post retirement now and still walking around feeling the effects.
6. We’ve both done shitty jobs in the past.
My first was at 15 working for KFC. I told them to shove it after 2 months when they rostered me on for New Years eve. There was a big beach party on and I had my priorities in order, even back then :-0
7. The first time I met Caz I thought she was a dumb blonde who stunk of fish.
She was working one of her first jobs at the local fish and chip takeaway across from the local pub. Turns out, she’s pretty intelligent, and I hope both our little girls get her brains and not mine!
8. We both think each other has a massive nose.
And constantly argue over who has the biggest. You be the judge…
9. I’ve had five operations.
Shoulder reconstruction. Knee reconstruction. Hernia. Patella tendon clean out. Broken thumb put back into place. All from playing sport.
10. Caz broke her arm on Christmas day when she was eight.
Her sister kicked her up the butt and she fell off the front porch.
11. Our first dance was to Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin” from Jerry McGuire fame.
It was at the local pub, the Golden Nugget Saloon Bar. Classy place as you could imagine, and she had me at hello…
12. Our first date was to the local pizza place followed by DVD’s.
Apparently I picked her up in my filthy dirty car filled with left over take away food wrappers and old clothes? Doesn’t seem like the Virgo in me, I hate mess. I’ve cleaned up my act since then.
13. Caz believes in clairvoyants.
She was told how we would meet, amongst other things *sigh*.
14. We bought a house together after just a couple of months.
Is that normal? We don’t do normal.
15. We did not have sex on our wedding night.
We had a party to attend. We were leaving on our 5 year open ended honeymoon around the world just two days after our wedding. Instead of finishing up the reception at 11pm, we hired out the local rugby hall to party the night away with our friends.
I still remember quite vividly the both of us walking into McDonald’s for breakfast at 7am the next morning on our way home, still in wedding dress and suit, covered in red wine of course.
16. We fight. And fairly often.
Marriage is tough, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Particularly when you’ve been living out of each other’s pockets the past 9 years traveling the world together.
But it’s made us incredibly strong as a couple and we are best mates.
17 . Caz touched Lenny Kravitz
yep, those world famous dread locks and his legs at a concert in Sydney.
18. Our daughter ‘Kalyra’ is named after a winery.
No, we’re not alcoholics. They go to meetings. Kalyra Winery is located near Santa Barbara in California and we came across it on our travels.
It’s run by two Aussie guys and the word ‘Kalyra’ is an Australian aboriginal word meaning…”a wild and pleasant place”.
We immediately loved the meaning of the word, it’s unique, we love the sound, and it relates to our travel memories! Kalyra really lives up to her name, too…
19. Craig’s pet peeves
cafes that don’t have any power outlets anywhere. Caz munching on food in my ear (is there a more annoying noise in the world?). Oh, and pubic hair on the soap.
20. Caz’s pet peeves
People who are rude and arrogant. People who travel and want everything like it is back home. And when dinner goes horribly wrong.
21. We both love music.
But can’t sing for shit.
Favorite concerts so far have been U2 at Wembley in London, Rolling Stones and Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Robbie Williams at Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ben Harper at the Greek Theartre in LA, Michael Jackson in Sydney, Bon Jovi in Dublin, Jack Johnson in Raleigh.
22. I’m very competitive
Especially when it comes to sport. You will often find me screaming at the TV. Caz thinks I have anger management issues. I call it PASSION!
23. We’ve lived in:
Woy Woy-NSW, Mooloolaba-Queensland, Broome-Western Australia, Bangkok, London, Dublin, and Raleigh-North Carolina.
24. We have a great big family base.
Everyone loves each other, and no one has gone completely mental.
25. Two days ago we were meant to have a baby.
But, this time it wasn’t meant to be.
25. We like to drink.
Beer and wine mostly. But I’m staring at a commemorative bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 on my shelf, purchased from the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Think we’ll crack it after the birth of our second daughter in August.
26. In-case you haven’t noticed yet.
We really enjoy a fun, drunken, weekend. I had two bachelor parties. And Caz can hold her own with the best of them.
27. I’ve been the only white person to visit a town.
On a remote part of Nias Island, Indonesia
28. We tutored a Buddhist monk in Bangkok.
It only lasted two lessons. Don’t think he felt it appropriate having so much contact with a woman.
29. We think we heard a Vietnamese guy get killed one night.
It was during our climb to the top of Mt Fansipan in Northern Vietnam near Sapa.
On our second night, our guides decided to get incredibly drunk on rice wine, started singing Ho Chi Ming war songs, got into an all in brawl, and then we heard and saw this loud thump.
One of them hit another with a large log, and was carried off into the dark of the night never to be seen again.
30. Today we have been together for eleven years.
There’s never been a dull moment. We’ll drink to that.
31. We love being parents.
And don’t take anything for granted. Appreciate what you have, and if you’re still trying, NEVER stop believing!
Thanks for reading all the way through. We know that we don’t appeal to everyone, and that’s OK.
The one thing we do know in life is that you can’t be all things to all people, and there’s no point in trying. Take it or leave it. To learn more about us and our travels visit here.
We’re very thankful for all our readers, and appreciate your support.
Remember, life is to be lived, and it’s all about creating great memories.
Make your life a story to tell and be like Nike…JUST DO IT.