Away With The Fairies Day 6

Kev St. John
Kev St. John 9 Min Read

Thursday 20th November. We have officially visited our very first ‘seven-eleven’ convenience store.

Now THAT was a new experience. Seriously, would it kill the Aussies to build a Waitrose? They only stocked one type of Champagne. What’s so convenient about that?

In a promising team-effort the three of us have cooked our first Aussie breakfast and, despite having to queue for over an hour and a half to use the kitchen, the resulting fry-up totally put everyone else’s own-brand porridge to shame. It was even worth the fist-fight Rachel got into over the microwave. Unfortunately, with all the benches taken, we had to sit on the bean-bags and eat off our laps like the worst kind of chav.

“It’s ten in the morn, daahlings,” Bev drawled in her ‘posh’ voice. “That’s Champers o’clock in my book.”

She expertly popped the cork from our bottle of fizz, and filled some plastic beakers Rachel had found at the back of a cupboard.

“Shall we toast our toast?” I suggested, raising my fried-bread in one hand and my drink with the other.

“To Australia!” I cheered.

“Bottoms up!” toasted Bev.

“Up ya bum and no babies!” cheered Rachel.

It’s occurred to me that this backpacking malarkey is the closest thing I’m ever going to get to living the student lifestyle, and I am determined to make the most of it. Yes, skipping the Uni experience and going straight to work may have had some financial rewards, but I’ve always felt like I’ve missed out on something. Some kind of Rite Of Passage. The lack of rules and responsibilities. The new experiences. Threesomes. This is my chance to sleep in, drink booze from mugs at breakfast-time, and generally do whatever the hell I like. I’m living the dream! Ok, so there’s no sign of a threesome, but I don’t have to do any studying either so I guess it all balances out.


To: “My Great British Contacts” Group

Life’s a beach!

20 November – 15:11

Hey Drongos! Chuck us a shrimp on the barbie, etc.

As I write, I am sitting on the golden beaches of St. Kilda, feet buried in sand and water lapping at my toes. Jealous? Don’t be. It’s abso-bloody freezing and we’re the only ones here. In fact, there seems to be quite a nasty storm whipping up. The girls had insisted we spent their first day (awake) on the beach and nothing was going to stop them, certainly not a little thing like a hurricane. I’m going to assume that they’re enjoying themselves, but with headphones wedged in and phones inches away from their faces it is hard to be sure. At the risk of sounding truly ancient, can you really appreciate your surroundings when you’re texting non-stop and listening to dubstep? But annoying, despite the near arctic conditions, they’re both showing signs of tanning up already. How is that even possible? I’m still so white I border on blue…

Love Kev x



The beach is only a few stops away on the train, so this afternoon we braved public transport and headed there despite grey and stormy skies. After a brief but decadent shop amongst the yachts and glamour of Port Phillip (I think I enjoyed myself more than my wallet did), we headed further around the coast to St Kilda, where we experienced a full-body exfoliation by sunbathing within a passing sandstorm. Or ‘sunbaking’, as Bev insists on calling it, as “there’s no bath involved”. I had agreed in order to build on the glimmer of self-confidence I got from yesterday’s attempt, but it of course meant psyching myself up and whipping off my t-shirt in front of the only two people who know me on this half of the planet. They politely said nothing as all my flesh was revealed, but I’m pretty sure I saw their eyes widen in horror. The shock at least helped Rachel dislodge a few things, as she came back from the toilets in a great mood proudly revealing she’d had her first Australian poo.

“It were like someone emptied out a bag of Revels!” she exclaimed happily.

Girls are so gross.

The whole topless thing was a lot more stressful today, partly due to having people with me and partly due to the blast of wind that forced me to chase my towel down the beach, man-tits a-bouncing. Proper cringe. It’s made me determined to do anything I can to tone up and lose a bit of weight whilst I’m over here. Well, anything apart from eating healthy and working out, obviously. That’s WAY too much effort. The unfortunate jiggling put me in a bit of a grump, so when Bev asked me why all the photos on her camera were looking “well dark” I didn’t give her my usual tactful response and instead opted for, “because you’re looking at them through your fucking sunglasses, you moron!”

Unfortunately, Bev sometimes requires a little patience and sometimes I don’t have any.


Wow. Jet lag totally exists. That was the quickest pub crawl ever. Technically, it was not even a crawl. I barely managed a single drink before the coma set in.

We’d headed into town with two fellow Friendly Backpackers, ‘Cocaine Man’ and ‘Lesbian’. I’m pretty sure those aren’t their real names, but we’ve not asked. Being a back-packer is kind of like being a kid again, in that you can chat to anyone about anything and things like names don’t really matter. I’d been totally up for it an hour ago, fifty minutes ago I was a bit drowsy, and forty minutes ago I was comatose on the floor having toppled off my bar-stool in my sleep. Thirty minutes ago I woke up, still connected to the chair via a string of drool, peeled an empty crisp packet from my cheek and retaken my seat at the bar. Twenty minutes ago, in some semi-conscious daze, I found myself demonstrating the perfect method for pleasuring a man – using a bottle of Budweiser as a substitute penis. It’s not the kind of thing I’d normally do, but seeing as the photos are all over Facebook I’m hoping ‘jet-lag’ will be a good enough excuse for those wondering why I’m deep-throating a beer on the internet.

Now I’m in bed, I am both wide-awake and stone-cold sober. Sod’s Law I guess. It’s left me proper gagging for a decent cuppa and a choccie hobnob, but neither appear to exist over here. Some air-con wouldn’t go amiss either cos I’ve an awful case of Clammybuttitis, but the room only streteches to a small barred window near the ceiling. Despite the chill of the beach this morning, tonight was far too hot for the sweater I’d worn to the pub, sweat-er being an appropriate word. No one likes a soggy pit-stain, especially me when it’s mine, and it can be mortifying if a burly Aussie catches you squatting under the hand-dryer in the loo with your top pulled over your head. I’d imagine.

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He may be Saintly in name but don't let that fool you. Kev St. John is a thirty-something Essex Boy, frustrated traveller and believes that life is too short not to cram full with awesome things.