Twipper of the Week: Peter from Peter Moore.
Current city: London
Total countries visited: 102
What makes you interesting: The stories I have to tell and my diverse taste in music.
What brands do you love: I can’t say if there are any brands that I love unconditionally. I’m rather partial to my Apple stuff without being a disciple. My little Sony RX100 camera is always with me (It’s tiny, takes great photos and has freed me from having to lug around a big DLSR). I must also admit that I will buy any record released by the Analog Africa label the moment it comes out.
What’s your Travanality: I would say I am a bit of each, but seasoned with a healthy dose of not taking myself – or travel – too seriously.
It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by? I rely on a few badly-pronounced stock phrases, sign language and the patience of locals. I have found that in most places people really do want to help you.
What are your travel pet peeves: That travel has become more about getting the photos for Facebook, etc than the experience itself.
Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: That’s a tricky one. All my travels have been full of unique and funny experiences. Hanging out with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan was pretty surreal – especially when the leader insisted on posing for the type of photo that would see me locked up in Guantanamo Bay these days. Riding around Italy on my little old Vespa certainly opened up a whole new world to me there. Every day in Africa threw up some bizarre and amusing experience, whether it was getting asked to read a Land Rover manual to kids in the back blocks of Tanzania or watching my mate trying to escape from an African mama who had him pinned on the dance floor saying ‘I don’t want to f**k you, I just want to welcome you to Kenya!’, that’s the real joy of travel. Put yourself out there and who knows what will happen.
What have you learned about yourself during your travels: The biggest lesson I’ve learned is more about the world in general rather than myself, and that is the default setting for humans is ‘Good.’ Despite all the horror stories you see on the news, it has been my experience that the majority of people want to help you rather than hurt you.
Where and when were you the most culture shocked: The biggest culture shock, and the one that had the most influence on my travels, was on the first trip I ever did. I’d gone to Vanuatu with my dad to help out on a Mission project. He was a plumber and a Seventh Day Adventist and he was building a shower block for a school there. After it was finished, we were taken to the island of Malekula to meet the Big Nambas tribe. There are two tribes on Malekula – the Big Nambas and the Small Nambas. The men in both tribes get around naked except for a red cloth wrapped around their man parts, while the distinction being that the Big Nambas use a lot more red cloth. It blew my mind that something like this was only a couple of hours flight from my hometown of Sydney and made me realize there was a big, crazy world out there and I wanted to see as much of it as I could.
Next travel destination: I’m a father now so I’m trying to introduce my daughter to the joys of adventurous travel. At the moment she has a preferences for places with pools and buffet breakfasts, despite (or maybe because of) the adventures I’ve taken her on in Iceland and Morocco and to Arctic Sweden to see the Northern Lights. If it was up to me, we’d be wandering along the coast of West Africa somewhere. We’ll probably end up in Spain, Italy or France. Maybe Georgia, if I’m lucky!