What I am interested in outside of work

There has to be more to our lives than just work. While technology allows us to work from many different places at all sorts of times, it is important to get away from it all. Speaking to a friend, he made a very valid point that while some people think that there is no point to hobbies, in reality our hobbies help to define who we really are. I would like to share just a few of the things that I really enjoy doing.

  • Sport
  • After moving abroad, my participation in sport has had to change a bit. While in Berlin I got into swimming in a big way. I was really enjoying the many indoor pools around the city, especially the Olympic sized pool in the south west of the city. I have also enjoyed the bit of cycling in the past. Now I am taking a bit more of a casual approach to my sport. However, swimming is still an activity that I really enjoy. Especially swimming at Coogee Beach when I am on my trips back to Australia

  • Home Brewing
  • This is something that I have been doing for about 7 years. It started after a friend on my soccer team sent an email around stating that he no longer had a need for his home brewing kit. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of making a good beer and the freedom that is permitted by making it yourself. While I am not the best brewer in the world, I have been able to make a few really nice brews (verified by friends and family). In time I will share a few of these on this webpage.

  • Craft Beer
  • This really is an extension of the home brewing hobby. In every city that I visit, I am tracking down craft beer bars. This is becoming much easier as time goes on, especially in the USA. It is still a very fun activity to do while at home or abroad.

  • Coffee
  • I never expected to enjoy coffee. In Australia there are ample places to get a good cup of coffee. This is not the case in all parts of the world. Upon moving to Berlin, I had to start seeking out good coffee. This was an exciting adventure as it took me to many different parts of the city. Similar to the craft beer hobby, at every place I visit I am seeking out good coffee. It works well with the beer thing, good coffee for the morning and the finish off the day with good beer in the afternoon.

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