Rats, Roaches and Roadkill
April, 2009

14 Photos


Getting a Brazilian
July, 2009

20 Photos


A Dose of Reality
July, 2009

15 Photos


Lab Rats
April, 2009

13 Photos

Czech Republic

Here Comes the Bride
June, 2009

20 Photos


The Dull Life
June, 2009

7 Photos


5 Ways to Carry a Goat
May, 2009

16 Photos


Back to School
May, 2009

12 Photos


Raving Mad
June, 2009

10 Photos


Cycling Killed the Radio Star
June, 2009

12 Photos


Another Bloody Temple
April, 2009

15 Photos

New York

Stars and Stripes
July, 2009

13 Photos


Girls, Girls, Girls
June, 2009

11 Photos


The Real Thailand
April, 2009

14 Photos


And the Emmy Goes To...
July, 2009

10 Photos

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole May 9, 2010 at 4:01 am

Album title- Girls Girls Girls yet I see no pics of such Polish beauties. Disappointed!

Peter May 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thank you, Ben!

When I call Maggie beautiful, it is because I am her totally biased Dad. When you say the same it is an objective statement of fact, mate :)

Ann maree May 31, 2010 at 1:57 am

Just finished your book, i loved it!!!!! Great to see the photos too.
happy travels :)

Ray Richards June 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Just finished the book which made me envious- apart from the rats& cockroaches. Much more interesting than Lonely Planet but then not so much info

Barbara June 23, 2010 at 4:16 am

G*Day Ben,
one of the best place to hang up – the *English Garden* in Munich :-)
I’m glad, you like the Bavarian beer.
Happy journey – Cheers – Barbara

matt June 23, 2010 at 5:02 am

gday ben just finished your book awesome job only took two days couldnt put it down happy travels

duncan July 16, 2010 at 2:53 am

just finished your book and jumped on the website to look at the photos. Really enjoyed your book and take on all the different people you stayed with. How did you enjoy laos? i will be there soon as currently travelling through asia. You recommend anything??

Cheers duncan

Bob Cheney October 20, 2010 at 5:13 am

Have just read you piece on the best cities and have to agree with some of them, But you have to admit that the women in China are very attractive and the nightlife in the KTV’S IS PRETTY GOOD

Micaela November 15, 2010 at 1:22 am

Like a few others who’ve posted here, I just finished your book (about 1/2hr ago) and jumped on to have a look at some photos. I’m off on my OE next year which is why your book appealed so much, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed, it was hard to put down! Look forward to the next one!

bengroundwater November 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Thanks Micaela, glad you enjoyed it!

Yonsha December 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Hi Ben
Just finished your book and really enjoyed it. Had a look at your pics, but disappointed not to see one of your liver!
I’ll be searching the library for your next book.
Ka kite from a Dutch lass in New Zealand.

daniel December 15, 2010 at 12:16 am

ummmmmm, I saw your fantasti pics thru the SMH homepage. However, I am not sure how you could say the town was “deeply” religious. I have lived in Japan for 12 years, and I am yet to meet a deeply religious person, let alone an entire town. Buddhism in Japan is largely symbolic, with almost all Japanese receiving no formal education in buddhism or Shintoism….sure, they clap their hands, bow deeply, and chant at temples… but this is for form.

I think you are confused with the Japanese’ deep respect for their own culture, history, and ancestors with religiosity.

Nisha December 31, 2010 at 7:11 pm

this is what websites are FOR! i think your book is all the better without the photos as we get to know the cerebral you. Nice to see the pics online.

bengroundwater January 10, 2011 at 2:00 am

Hmm, tell that to all the monks in Koya-san…

bengroundwater January 10, 2011 at 2:00 am

Thanks Yonsha! Was going to include a pic of my liver, but unfortunately it’s had to be replaced…

Danielle Ross February 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Being a non traveller I had never read your blog, , but I had heard of your book and saw it in the library so I picked it up. I read it yesterday and checked out the photos today. I am grateful for the photos, they rounded out the story nicely. I must say that I am ever so jealous of your life! I may follow your blog from now on, so I can remain jealous.

Nicole February 8, 2011 at 4:40 am

Reading your book by candlelight entertained me through Cyclone Yasi! I was sleeping on the bathroom floor in Townsville… You’ve added a few destinations to my list. The pics of Poland stunned me, what a beautiful place.

bengroundwater February 9, 2011 at 4:12 am

Thanks Nicole, glad you liked it. Hope you made it through the cyclone okay!

megan February 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Just finished your book, I loved it!
It was hard for my head to comprehend that it was your real story, not fiction! If I had the brains to look for your blog at the start, I could have seen the pictures as I was reading! Nevermind, i’ll look a them now!
Awesome work mate!

Mark Choong April 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm


I am planning for a trip OS and chanced upon your bucket list. Thought I’d give you some suggestions which made my life more colourful after traveling for 20 years.

Firstly , I think your idea of the Arctic is great and please add in Northern Lights, dog sleigh and driving the snow mobile as part of the equation. BTW, I have not done any of those and it’s definitely in my bucket list.

Others which I have not done but would love to do include-

The Trans Siberian
Ride with a warrior in Mongolia
Party at THE carnival- both Rio and Venice
Get some wisdom visiting the kingdom of Bhutan and then off to Dharamsala to see the Lalai Lama
Live for a while in Tuscany ( planning my trip to Italy and Croatia this July :-))

Things which I have done and believe should be in any self respecting traveller’s bucket list:
DRUMROLL PLEASE- number ONE- See the Gorillas in Bwindi , Uganda
- next , Rafting down the Zambezi ( and the Nile while you are still in Africa)
- Do a safari in Tanzania/ Kenya or some less touristy national parks
- Get lost on the souks of Marakesh/ Fez
- “Discover” Cape Town and surrounding areas preferably in a convertible in summer
- See the greatest waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls, Angel Falls, Iguazy Falls- all musts and one does not make the other less impressive
- Wrestling with alligators and anacondas, fishing for pirahnas with your bare hands and swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon
-Exploring Southern Bolivia and experience the otherworldly landscape- (One of my favourites)
-The Inca trail
- Trek the Himalayas
- Stay with natives in Borneo – preferably in a long house (THE LAST FRONTIER!)
- Live your wildest dreams in Bangkok and book in for a confession to repent later!
- Fully immerse in the experience that makes Yoyogi Park in Tokyo ( preferably in the second week of cherry blossoms when it perpetually rains petals- and preferably in an Ultraman suit!- I skipped the costume part)- While you are there attend the Penis Festival- should I say more?
- Go to a genuine Turkish hammam in Istanbul
- see a Sufi performance in olden Cairo over the Ramaddan period and then have a sisha in Khan-al-Khalili- of course a visit to the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings is a must
- This one is definitely for you- Study Spanish in Antigua Guatemala, staying with a local family and do salsa classes or climb volcanoes in your spare time!
Yes, dive the Red Sea and remeber to go to the “Fish Bowl” site and live the hippy life in Dahab…….

OMG, I miss travelling………..

Russell Osborne July 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Ben, picked up your book in a charity shop in Avalon, northern beaches, Sydney, you’ll be pleased to know that I paid $1.50 for it. Been traveling round the world with my wife and Sydney was our last stop, the book kept me entertained and also reminded me of some of the places we’d been to previously on the trip. Munich, Thailand and China. Just finished it whilst in the departure lounge of Taipai airport, made a note of your website to look at the pics and left the book for someone else to enjoy.
All the best
Ware, Hertfordshire, England, Great Britain, Europe, The World, The Universe

Angela July 30, 2011 at 4:43 am

Hi Ben,
I just finnished your book, 5 ways to carry a goat. Fantastic! It was a good laugh, and kept me reading till 2am last night. Must look for the other books now, that was my first one of yours. Keep em coming please,

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