Introducing one of our newest PLATF9RM
members, Jesse Sharp - travel counsellor, proud motorbike owner and born and bred Brightonian.
So, Jesse, you grew up around these parts and have been travelling the world for quite a few years. So what has brought you back to Brighton?
The main reason is my family & friends, I have 4 siblings and 6 nieces and nephews, so that was a big part of it. Also Brighton is bloody awesome, and in my opinion (I may be biased) the best place in England to live.
When I was 18 I lived in Australia for a year, then spent three years in London but was still travelling a lot during that time. I then spent some time in Asia and Valencia but Brighton feels perfect for now – there’s enough to do that you don’t get bored but you still can get everywhere easily.
What was the first trip you ever made?
The first solo trip I did was driving the whole way around Australia in an old 1970’s camper van... it died many times along the way.
Is there a particular low-point of any trip that stands out to you where you thought ‘Ok I am really in the sh*t here’?
Too many! The scariest one was when I went to Israel during the war in 2006 and went to a diving town called Eilat, near the border of Egypt. It was pitch black and we were waiting for our taxi back to the main town. A car pulled over which had just come from Egypt and four men jumped out and told us to get in their car, they didn’t speak any English and were shouting at us in Arabic. We had no idea what was going on but after about 30 seconds, an Israeli army patrol vehicle showed up and we shouted for help. They came over and arrested them. It was absolutely mental. Don’t let that put you off visiting Israel though, it’s one of the best places I’ve been to! Just avoid the border areas if you do go.
If you had to recommend one country outside of Europe to PLATF9RM's members which one would it be?
That’s always a difficult question because everyone is different and wants different things from their holiday. A country which is perfect for someone might be someone else’s idea of hell. That being said, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Argentina are personal favourites.
Uganda because it’s unbelievably different and I wasn’t expecting the scenery to be that green and beautiful. Sri lanka because the people are so friendly and once again the scenery is amazing. I really enjoyed the Argentinian music and way of life, I found the people very passionate and they liked to party. We were in the far far north in villages and towns and kept stopping off at different bars.
What sealed the deal for you becoming a member at PLATF9RM?
The vibe and atmosphere here felt very welcoming and warm and the staff are all lovely.
If you could go by any name what would it be and why?
Jesse Attenborough so I can try and blag that I’m related to big Dave.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I can make a water droplet sound with my mouth.
Where is your spot of choice to work at PLATF9RM?
I like the sofas on floor 6, its nice and sociable and closest to the beer on Fridays.
With £100,000 to splash what is the first thing you would do?
Well, on the side of my job I also help run a charity building libraries in developing countries, so a big chunk of that money would go towards that. But also, maybe a Triumph motorbike would end up in my driveway as well and then maybe me and that triumph would somehow find ourselves doing route 66 in America. I’d probably also take my family away on an amazing adventure to the Antarctic.
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