About ZacCountry: Australia
Blog: Someone Keeps Moving My Chair - I am fairly new to the blogging world. I started my blog in November of last year prior to travelling to South America for 3 months. It was created partly to ease the anxiety of my parents and partly so I could look back nostalgically while I study/struggle through another Melbourne winter. Once I returned home to Melbourne, and the 'I went here and did this' stories dried up, I used the page as a place to air some of my thoughts. I'm normally the science/maths type so it has been a really enjoyable and interesting change to actually write about thoughts and experiences. My blog's name is taken from a song by They Might Be Giants. They are very quirky, and clearly don't take themselves very seriously, which is why I like them. The song itself is not one of my favourites, but I think it lends itself to a travelly kind of theme.
A hobby: Creating playlists of songs that do anything but flow (Lady Gaga to Disturbed to Biggie Smalls?). This is probably because routine in my life doesn't sit well with me, I like bad organisation and a little bit of chaos.
Zac's One StoryWhile I travel I am not particularly snap happy. Often I forget my camera altogether, along with money on many occasions. I've found that some of my best memories of travel are the ones where I have no photos. There are some theories that when you take too many photos, you only remember the photo and not the actual experience. I don't necessarily agree with this, but I do feel like a lot of people are travelling to gain pictures rather than experiences. I sort of think this might be the difference between tourists and travellers.
Having said that, there are beautiful things everywhere. For me, nine times out of ten, those beautiful things are people. These people here were my hiking companions along the Inca Trek to Machu Picchu. Each one of them had to carry around 25kg's of food and camping equipment so that we could walk the trail, and they all ran the track so they could have each campsite set up by the time we got to it. Each day they were the last to bed and the first up, and I never saw one of them without a smile or a friendly 'hola'.
I really love this picture mainly because of the fact that there is this beautiful backdrop of Andean mountains almost being disregarded by everyone just because engaging with the people you meet is the most fulfilling part of travel. We spent the night sitting around the campsite learning about those men and their families and their culture, all in a very broken version of Spanish. It ranks highly in the list of best experiences in my life.
Rarely would I sit down and actually think purely about me, and I have done that today it has been very interesting. So I'd like to thank Meg for asking me to be a part of this series, and part of the blogging community!
Hi Guys! I hope you've had a good week. Thank you Zac for writing such an awesome piece for us. It's really exciting to share Zac's blog with you guys because I met him through mutual friends at University last year. It's pretty cool to be surprised with a real live blogger you already knew without knowing it :)