First L16 agent in Australia.
Everyone has their own reasons why they Ingress. Mine are twofold: the people and the travel. And since there is no badge for having fun with your teammates (I would definitely have black if there was), I knew I'd have to go for the "travel badges".
I've long been called a "tourist in my own backyard" by my friends, so I thought I'd live up to that moniker by chasing unique portal visits and captures without leaving Australia. One and a half years of playing later, having visited every major city here except Perth, I've finally claimed the titles of Platinum Explorer and Pioneer.
I'm no +Damien Mórka
, so to meet the other major L16 requirement, I had to resort to a black Guardian. However, I don't subscribe to the theory that a Guardian is a "lucky" badge (though it can be). It's a badge that can be gained through sheer physical effort, endurance, geographical knowledge, persistence, and, of course, travel. A good Guardian is one your opponents know about, but are helpless to do anything about. That's how I got mine, and I've been helping my teammates get theirs in a similar way ever since.
Huge kudos to my honourable opponent +Alistair Erskine
, who beat me to all L16 requirements except the black Guardian by a week. And huge thanks to everyone who supported me in all my crazy travel pursuits, and everyone whose fingers were too slow on the "deploy" button when I was around.