12 Dec 2012

Some Things I Have Learned Recently


Things are never, ever as you expect them to be.  So it's best to go into any kind of new experience with no expectations.  If you have expectations you will probably get disappointed.

9 Dec 2012

Wandong Weekend

This weekend I returned to Mick's family home to see Kayleigh and co.  Unfortunately Mick was away with work, but on the bright side that meant that Kay and I could spend a girly weekend together.  I packed up my camera, netbook and an all important bottle of wine and hopped on the train at Southern Cross station.

With Christmas now around the corner and my festive feelings somewhat lacking we decided to bake some mince pies.  It worked a treat, after mince pie number six I was starting to feel warm and fuzzy (and sick).


8 Dec 2012

Prahran Market, Melbourne

My housemate Russ is from Manchester, UK.  He has lived here for over four years though, so considers himself almost local.  The benefits of living with a local are that you discover hidden gems far quicker than you would on your own, if at all.  Today I was invited to go with Russ and his son to Prahran Market.  Something I had never heard of, but they told me there would be free sausage samples, so I agreed to go.

It's a market, but a good one.  I'm glad I was introduced to it and even more glad that I got to see a new part of Melbourne's suburbs.  Chapel Street goes on a lot more than I had initially realised!


6 Dec 2012

The Ducklands

So this may or may not actually be about an area of a certain city (may or may not be Melbourne), the name of which sounds very similar to The Ducklands.  I'll leave you to try and figure it out.

The Docklands, Melbourne.  Which I suppose sounds kind of similar to The Ducklands
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4 Dec 2012

Melbourne For Runners

I haven't been running for over a month.  I stopped about two weeks before my flight out here because I was too busy and haven't been able to start getting back into the habit until now.

At the bottom of my road is the start of a road called Birdwood Avenue, running alongside which is a dirt path.  Aka, the Tan Track.  It's a purpose built running track that follows the outer perimeter of the Botanical Gardens.  A few days ago, I put my running shoes on and switched on my ipod, and off I went.  The route I ran was approximately 2.5 miles.  I won't tell you my time because it's embarrassing.  What I'll do instead is show you some pictures I went back later and took.

It's brilliantly planned.  There are markers to tell you how far you've gone, there a two clocks at opposite ends so that you can time yourself and there are automatic lights for late evening and early morning runners!


29 Nov 2012

Living The Blog

After planning this trip for so long, it's quite a strange feeling to, y'know, actually be here!  I've zipping about and doing everything I can to settle into the Melbourne way of life.  So far so good.


28 Nov 2012

Suzuki Night Market (Queen Victoria), Melbourne

I am now a South Yarra resident.  It's a gorgeous suburb nestled between Albert Park and the Botanical Gardens.  A few tram stops from St Kilda and a few foot steps from Melbourne CBD.  Locals have told me it's the Kensington of Melbourne, from what I saw on my stroll to the supermarket today I would have to agree with them.  I felt like I was in a scene of Notting Hill Down Under (someone should make this film).  I feel very lucky to be here.

Today, after a lovely chicken curry cooked by myself, Kayleigh and I went to the night market at the top of Elizabeth Street.  We were very good and didn't spend a single penny, but we enjoyed wandering around taking snaps nonetheless.  The market was filled with people, food, trinkets, clothes and promise.

I apologise for the appalling quality of some of the pictures, I had two glasses of wine with my dinner.


27 Nov 2012

The Initial Panic Period

Having just started my third trip abroad, it is clear to me now that the general insecurity and vulnerability some people feel in the first few days never gets any easier.  You might know the feeling - your mojo has unexpectedly gone AWOL and you just don't feel like yourself.  All you can think about is how far away from home you are.  I recently wrote this guest post for Manu at My 1st Impressions.  After that experience I expected to feel fine second time around, but I didn't.  Arriving in Kuala Lumpur a year later I felt the same uneasy feeling of not really knowing what to do or why I was there.


26 Nov 2012

A Blogger Lunch

The power of the internet and social media never ceases to amaze and excite me.  Twitter in particular is a network which I find incredible.  Before I joined it I had no idea how huge the online world was, particularly for travel blogging and other types of blogging.  There is a massive and refreshingly welcoming online community, and it amazes me how you can be connected with people you would never connect with if it weren't for these networks.

23 Nov 2012

Melbourne In Pictures #1

Pictures!  This barely scratches the surface, but now that I have my bearings I am going to take my camera out with me more often.  Note the Christmas decorations in the first picture, it feels wrong in such warm weather!  It's like living in a spot the difference picture, or as Ollie said, coming home and all the doors opening the wrong way.  Same same, but different.  I think it throws you off more when things are very similar to home but not quite the same, as opposed to somewhere like South East Asia where everything is different.  You look once and think oh it's the same, then you look twice and think no it isn't.


22 Nov 2012

Melbourne: Week One

So I've been here a week and have neglected this blog in a way that I never thought I would.  I'm very sorry, but I have been busy.


16 Nov 2012

RTW Packing List: My Ultimate Tips

A blog post from down under!  I am very busy at the moment getting myself settled and set up, so in the mean time to tide you over, feast your beady blog eyes on this.

Rather than going through everything I pack etc, I have just picked out a few tips and items that I have grown to love and rely on whilst backpacking.  They're in no particular order and are guaranteed to make your life on the road much easier.

6 Nov 2012

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern - Book

It's been a very long time since I've written about a book.  I bought this so that I had something to read on the plane over to Australia.  Naturally, I started reading as soon as it arrived at the end of October and had finished it within a few days.

2 Nov 2012

See You On The Other Side

This is almost it, just about a week to go until I fly over to lands afar.  The next time I blog I will be in Melbourne, preferably loving life rather than sobbing in a rut of homesickness and insecurity, oh how we laugh.  When I first arrive it will be difficult for me to write regular, decent blog posts as I'll be extremely jet lagged, busy, dazed and most likely confused.  So if you want more instant access to my adventures and outings you can follow me on:

Twitter - @Frances_M_B
Instagram - frances_m_b
Pinterest - francesmb

(I'm very imaginative in my username choice)

I will be updating these networks daily, so make sure you follow all and get your friends to as well!  You can also subscribe to my blog if you wish to receive email updates.

In the meantime I'll hope that I can get plenty of sleep on the plane over, just like this fellow:


26 Oct 2012

Blogs: Where To Start

A dear friend of mine was asking me about blogs the other day.  I showed her a few of my favourites on her Ipad, yet she couldn't seem to quite grasp the concept of it.  It then occurred to me that when I first discovered the blogosphere my perspective of it was totally different to what it is now.  Now I just understand blogs, I just get them.  Little things like how to navigate them, blog etiquette etc.  There's quite a lot to learn.

24 Oct 2012

Travel & Contraception: Nexplanon Review

Before we go any further, boys, you probably really don't want to read this.  If you do don't say I didn't warn you.  Girls, you definitely do want to read this.  Contraception is of course something to think about carefully.  I have chosen the nexplanon implant, and I wanted to write a little about it because there's a lot of mixed reviews both online and offline.  Even doctors and nurses often seem to say different things about it.

20 Oct 2012

Coffee Table Books Part Two: Blogs, Grandmas and Fashion

Well over a year ago I wrote this post about a coffee table book I had acquired.  After all this time I still have no coffee table but do have three new books!  They are all very cool and make perfect coffee table reading material so I thought I would share them with you.


19 Oct 2012

Happy Friday #12

This song is on one of the CDs I acquired on Saturday, I've never heard the original only the drum and bass remix.  Much prefer this one.


18 Oct 2012

Choice

I know you're not supposed to look back, but something I occasionally do is think back to past times in my life and imagine what I would have thought if I knew where I would be and what I would be doing now.  When I do this I realise I wouldn't change anything, it leaves me feeling grateful and hopeful.

A few years ago I viewed travelling as a fantasy.  It was something to bring up in conversation, 'Oh I'd love to go travelling one day', but it was never something I considered turning into a reality.  I just never thought about it, I almost subconsciously accepted that it was impossible.  At one point in my life, and I can't say when exactly because I'm not sure, I decided to stop waiting for things to happen and to stop complaining when they didn't.  

15 Oct 2012

Outfit Post: The Backpacker Edition

Packing for a long term trip.  It's stressful.  Particularly if like me you have the uncontrollable need to pack for every possible occasion humanly imaginable.  To set the scene on how difficult it can be for some girls to pack, watch this video first:


14 Oct 2012

Jumbo Records

Like most most members of the general public, I love music.  However, I rarely buy it.  I feel uninspired by most of the chain music shops out there and choose not to download music for free.  So while my music taste is vast, my collection is quite small.

This weekend I went to Leeds with a couple of friends for a catch up.  We visited a little shop in St Johns shopping centre called Jumbo Records.  A wide range of choice and endlessly helpful staff mean that you are most likely to leave with an album you have never heard of before but will absolutely love.

The staff will ask about your music taste, and a few minutes later will appear with a pile of CDs they think you will like.  You are then invited to listen to the CDs and can take as long as you want.

This place is everything the music buying experience should be.  Their passion for music always rubs off on me and I never leave empty handed.  


12 Oct 2012

Travel Plans

Amidst all of the planning and preparing, the farewells and nerves, behind all of the general chaos that precedes a long term trip, my inner travel bug is twitching her travel nose frantically.  She has woken up and she can sense an adventure just around the corner.  When I initially arrived back from Asia last year she was alive and full of energy, but slowly as I began to settle back into 'normal' life she grew sleepy, drowsy and tired.  Eventually she went into hibernation.

Not anymore.

My initial objective when I get to Melbourne is to get a job and find a place to live.  Whilst hostels really are great, renting a room will be much better long term.  Once that mission is accomplished I will turn my attentions to the following list:

1.  New Year's Eve in Sydney.  Ideally I probably need to book this now, but I don't know what my plans will be.  We'll see, it'd be pretty awesome to say I saw in 2013 at Sydney Habour, but then again I'm quite happy to just say I saw in the New Year in Australia.

2.  Great Ocean Road.  I have friends who will be residing in Geelong so hopefully I will get to explore this famous route.

3.  Wine.  I am going to a wine valley.

4.  Tasmania.  I am going to Tasmania.

5.  Perth.  Yes it's quite far away, but it's a city I really want to visit.  I have a friend who lives nearby (well, six hours away) with her boyfriend so will make use of the contacts!

Happy Friday #11

It's that time again!  I hope you all have something exciting planned for the weekend.


I haven't listened to this band in a while, love their music.

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10 Oct 2012

Sophia Wallace

I recently discovered artist Sophia Wallace when someone shared photos of her Cliteracy 100 Natural Laws exhibition on Facebook.  I won't be able to visit the exhibition with it being overseas but I certainly think it's inspiring, interesting and well worth sharing - hence this blog post.


Hair, Skin And Beauty

Toiletries and cosmetics.  A shopping department narnia that I find myself lost in so regularly.  I genuinely believe that if I was forced to choose between toiletries and clothes I would wave goodbye to clothes (it would be a difficult farewell nonetheless).

Over the past year I've been trying out a number of different products in an attempt to discover something that suits me down to the ground.  I hate having an over complicated routine, it stresses me out and I also think that where my skin is concerned the less I put it through the better.  I like to keep things simple.

8 Oct 2012

Festive Blighty

Whilst I can't wait to be soaked in sunshine every day, I will definitely always be a blighty bird.  My favourite seasons in the UK are autumn and winter, my favourite time of year is Christmas.  With that time of year just around the corner I keep having to remind myself that I won't be here for it.  I love walking through piles of burnt orange leaves wearing a big, long coat and a pair of boots stuffed with leg warmers, and I also love going for a run through a snow covered field wearing my running gloves and a fleecy hoody.

5 Oct 2012

Happy Friday #10

This girl's new song is just wonderful isn't it?  Happy Friday!


1 Oct 2012

Peak District

A recent trip to the other side of Sheffield reminded me how beautiful the UK really is.  I will definitely miss sights like these in Australia.


28 Sep 2012

Happy Friday #9

Anyone else love this song?  Have a great weekend!

25 Sep 2012

Dr Seuss

I love Dr Seuss and thought I would share with you my favourite quote of his on this fine day:

'If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too.'



23 Sep 2012

Who Will Plan My Gap Year?

Philip Russell will plan your gap year.  I've always held a lot of admiration for people who set up and run their own businesses, even more so when their work is also their passion.  One of my own passions is travel, so when a friend directed me to Plan My Gap Year I was enthralled by their story.

Philip in Uganda

21 Sep 2012

Happy Friday #8

Today is a particularly happy Friday as my friend and previous travel buddy Dave and I are off to explore the Peak District with friends.  You've probably all heard this song on the radio recently, personally I love it.  Happy Friday!

20 Sep 2012

Lessons Learned

My leaving date is drawing closer, it's not long now until I'll be leaving on a jet plane.  I've never travelled alone before, and when I've met people who have I've wondered quietly to myself what it might be like.  Now I'm going to find out!

Luckily for me, I have travelled for extended periods twice before so I do have a decent idea of what I'm getting myself into.  I've gained experience and knowledge and this will help me on my third adventure.  Here are some of the most important lessons I've learned whilst backpacking:


14 Sep 2012

Happy Friday #7

This song reminds me of being on the beach on the Perhentian islands in Malaysia, with a cup of monkey juice (vanilla rum with a picture of an orangutan on the bottle) in one hand and my flip flops in the other.  It brings back very happy memories.

11 Sep 2012

The Best Of Times... And The Worst

Mr Chris Stevens at Backpacker Banter recently wrote this post about his top ten worst travel experiences.  Whilst the best experiences are what make travelling worth while, the worst ones are what make great stories and what really interest your friends and family back home (although remember never to tell your parents the most hair raising ones until you're safely back on the soil of your homeland, they worry enough already).

Luckily I've never had the misfortune of taking a surf board to the face, although if I decide to pick the sport up in Geelong that may all change.  If previous experiences snowboarding are anything to go by, I'm not going to pick it up with any natural talent or flair ...

So anyhoo I decided I would charge right in and compile my own list of my top five worst travel experiences (I've picked five because I don't have ten... yet).  I think it's a great idea and I hope that other travel bloggers out there follow suit!

7 Sep 2012

Happy Friday #6

Another great day, enjoy this amazing cover.

5 Sep 2012

My Love Affair With Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur.  KL.  Malaysia, truly Asia.  I have stayed in this city three times so far.  Unusually I have never seen the caves just outside of the city that everyone visits.

There's something about this city that I just love.  On all three visits I have stayed on Jalan Sultan, it's my favourite street.  Twice I've stayed at The Original Backpackers Travellers Inn and once at the Monkee-Inn which is a few doors down (only because there were no beds available at the Travellers Inn).  All three visits have been fun and memorable, so in an ode to KL I am going to write about how my love for this city began and blossomed ...

4 Sep 2012

The Big Day

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to be a part of Emily and Joe's beautiful wedding day.  The weekend was filled with friends, laughter and love and could not have been more perfect.  I'm so happy for the newlyweds!

31 Aug 2012

Happy Friday #5

Currently obsessed with this song.  You know when you literally can't stop listening to something?  I love it, it makes me want to groove and throw slow shapes.  Not a clever idea in public ...

24 Aug 2012

Happy Friday #4

A golden oldie for you today.  I cannot describe how much I love the music the Mamas and Papas have made, there's something about it that makes me want to sing along at the top of my lungs.

21 Aug 2012

In The Pipeline




I apologise for the lack of blogging, I'm currently realising the power of having a twitter account and a facebook page in terms of blog promotion.  As the above pinterest find tells you, really good stuff is on its way!  Stay tuned!

17 Aug 2012

Happy Friday #3

More excellent music, have a fabulous weekend!


11 Aug 2012

Liebster Blog Award


Leibster blog award?  Me?  Well I can officially say I now feel like I am truly part of the blogger community - thank you to Claire for nominating me!  I decided to pick out a nice picture of my face especially for this post, it's me in Malaysia back in July 2011 living the dream - as you can see I have an umbrella in my hair. I'm off the chain.

10 Aug 2012

Happy Friday #2

Another wonderful Friday with more music.  I suggest saving this one until later if you are heading out tonight, it's a foot shuffler!


3 Aug 2012

Happy Friday #1

Put this sound in your ears and enjoy this beautiful day!


This is a new feature I've decided to do, I'll share tracks that I absolutely love every Friday.  Have a great weekend!

30 Jul 2012

I Heart Sport

Having posted so much recently about events that occurred whilst travelling last summer, I am very much out of the habit of present-day-blogging.  My life at the moment is mainly taken up with preparations for AUSTRALIA, and then neurotically worrying about said preparations for days on end.  Yes, it's all very exciting and frightening.  I am lucky enough to have a close friend already residing in Melbourne, and he has kindly offered me his spare room for the first few days after my arrival.  This will allow me to get over my inevitable jet lag and get a few practical things sorted such a phone contract and bank account etc.

27 Jul 2012

In The Sky

This post subject is a little strange because I am not a skydiver.  I have a close friend named Rachel who pursues this activity with gusto, having done over eighty skydives during her time on earth so far.  I want to share it because I find it a completely fascinating and astounding sport, and learning about it via Rachel as she progresses has been so interesting.

24 Jul 2012

The best memories in the whole'a 'straya

The latter of the title translates as 'the whole of Australia', here are some images taken by me in 2010 from a six week race against time (there is a LOT to do in this country) from Cairns to Melbourne.  Two years on I'll be returning to Melbourne in November, I cannot wait to lay down roots in this wonderful city.


Kratie, Cambodia to Vientianne, Laos

In the morning after a filling breakfast of a banana, some bread with peanut butter and fruit juice, Kayleigh and I armed ourselves with a big iced coffee each and waited for our pick up.  When it arrived we thanked and said farewell to the friendly guy from the hotel who had booked our tickets for us and followed the driver to his coach.  Nope, not a coach.  Not even a van.  Just a big car.  You know those seven seaters for big families?  Yes one of those.  The front seats and the first row of three were already taken up by people who I can only assume were the driver's relatives.  We handed him our bags and in a display of surprising agility he climbed onto the roof of the car and tied our backpacks down.  We squeezed into the back row of three seats with two Irish girls who were also travelling (four people sharing three seats, practically first class luxury), and quietly basked in relief that we weren't being picked up further down the route in the now overloaded car!  It felt a bit like we were on a weird family holiday with a family we'd never met before.

23 Jul 2012

Cambodia: Land Of Smiles (Part Four)

Our day spent visiting the silk villages was one I will never forget.  With every single home we passed in our tuk tuk, the children would come running out to the road with bright smiles, waving madly and shouting 'Hello!'.  There was absolutely no begging or street selling here too, it was so different to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh - and that's saying something because despite the begging I completely and utterly adored these two cities.

19 Jul 2012

Cambodia: Land Of Smiles (Part Three)

Mr tuk tuk driver took us to the silk villages ... here are some of my pictures:


18 Jul 2012

A Simple Act Of Kindness

I'm sitting right at the back of a fifteen-seater van in which there are definitely more than fifteen people.  We're all squashed together like sardines sweating profusely and panting from the heat.  We're being driven through Laos.  It's very similar to Cambodia actually, but there are more hills here.  The inevitable bladder ache has set in.  I try my best to ignore it because there is no way of knowing when we will stop for a toilet break, could be in five minutes, could be not at all!

16 Jul 2012

Making Friends

On July 12 2011, Kayleigh and I arrived in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.  We were very hungover having pulled a(nother) all nighter in Kuala Lumpur the night before, and had spent the majority of the journey listening to a woman sat behind us throw up into a bag due to travel sickness.  Kay gave her some tissues.  The hostel we wanted to stay at was full so instead we had called a place called Father's Guesthouse and arranged to stay there.  The reserved pick up guy was waiting for us and drove us up a steep and windy hill just on the outskirts of Tanah Rata.  We arrived a beautiful, big house and instantly knew we were going to like it here.  The reception staff, aside from speaking almost perfect English, were incredibly friendly, warm and welcoming.  They showed us to our room which was a huge dorm with around fifteen or more beds.  The temperatures here are quite cool because it's so high up, so we had bed sheets and nice thick blankets.  There weren't many other people in the dorm, two beds to our left and one to our right were filled and at the other end of the room one bed in the far left corner and two towards the right.  No one was home so we decided to head out for dinner.

13 Jul 2012

Cambodia: Land Of Smiles (Part Two)

Our next stop in this amazing country was the capital: Phnom Penh.  We weren't certain how long we would stay here for but just decided to play it by ear and see how we felt on arrival.  After we left Siem Reap Kayleigh and I were happily seated on a very uncomfortable coach trying desperately to sleep but with no luck.  The journey seemed to take forever.  I can remember being flung from left to right as the coach sped over pot hole after bump after pot hole and thinking to myself 'Why do I like backpacking?  Why?!'.  I was so tired and just needed some shut eye!

Changes

I recently applied for and was granted a working visa for Australia, which is valid for 12 months once I enter the country.  I'll be flying out in November to Melbourne where I'll look for a job and a place to live, then backpack for a month or two (or three) in New Zealand.  If I like it I might consider working for a bit in New Zealand as well, but I'll play that part by ear.  There is also a chance I may be spending Christmas in Fiji with friends which would be just lovely!  But until then there is a lot of planning and saving to be done, it will be hard but it will be worth it.

30 Jun 2012

Cambodia: Land Of Smiles (Part One)

The people I met and passed by in Cambodia had one thing in common: they smiled.  Everywhere people are smiling and laughing, the happiness is infectious!  I remember walking along the Mekong river one evening in Kampong Cham, the air was warm and the streets were bustling with people, and every single local we passed gave us a brilliant, wide smile.  You can't help but grin back giddily!

27 Jun 2012

Bangkok to Siem Reap

I think that train travel in South East Asia is great for one reason only: it provides a smooth ride.  Buses and cars out there don't have the best suspension and the roads are scattered with pot holes, so the best way to travel is by train, especially if you want to catch up on some sleep.  After our disastrous attempt at catching a train up to Kota Bahru in Malaysia, we were now more determined than ever to have our train journey!  Dave had gone on to Vietnam and we had left the beautiful Perhentian islands.  We planned to catch a train from the border straight up to Bangkok.  I was a bit apprehensive about heading back to Bangkok, because the first time I went backpacking in 2010 this is where we began and the culture shock was huge.  We arrived on the day of the Thai Queen's birthday so the city was even busier than normal and all I can vaguely recall from that first evening is walking down Ko San Road in a daze with people from all angles shouting 'Tuk tuk!' at me.  Nevertheless I decided to give the city a second chance, maybe we just got off on the wrong foot.

We treated ourselves to a hotel in Kota Bahru and ate dinner at a local night market.  In the morning our omen appeared in the form of poor old Mick being a tad unwell.  It's always funny to begin with when someone gets the travel bug (pardon the pun), but amusement soon turns into pity!  We still got to the bus station on time and found the correct stop.  Naturally, the bus for our stop parked up at the opposite end of the station.  A local Muslim lady who saw us looking a bit confused very thoughtfully asked us where we were going to and pointed out our bus, we thanked her and did the 'I'm going to miss my bus' jog over to the coach.

The journey was hot but short and we arrived at border control about an hour later.  We were really excited and smug - we were finally going to be getting a train and could tease Dave for missing out when we next saw him.  Went through the border and basked in the excitement of being in a new place and entering the next stage of our adventure.  The tourist information office was close by and we bounded in to happily ask where the train station was, our answer from the lady at the desk was this:

'No train today, bomb!'

Kay and I laughed, and so did the lady behind the desk!  Mick didn't, can't really blame him.  We learned that our best option was to get a bus to Bangkok, it was an overnight journey and would take about fifteen hours but it was a good price.  We all agreed and headed outside to get a taxi.  The only taxi service available was moto-taxis.  I avoided hiring a moped the first time I was in Thailand because I thought it was very dangerous, but this guy clearly rode these things every day so I thought sod it, let's go.  It was good fun actually, I can see how riding a moped could actually be safer than driving a car because you have so much more control and ability to weave around obstacles.


25 Jun 2012

Landslides and how to overcome them, literally.

During my globe-trotting escapades last summer with my partner in crime Kayleigh, we encountered a wide variety of challenges.  I've already covered our monstrous journey from Taman Negara to the Perhentians, but there's plenty more to tell!  After a few days in paradise and a difficult journey up to Bangkok (I'll tell you about that another time ...) we planned to travel through Cambodia and Laos, finishing in Luang Prabang where we would meet back up with Mick.  Dave was by this point travelling in Vietnam and we had hoped to all meet up in Thailand but realised we would be cutting our visa time allowance too fine just before we flew home, so it was going to be the three of us in Laos instead.

14 Jun 2012

Selamat Datang

One of the best (or worst, you decide) things about backpacking is the fact that you are completely and utterly dependent on circumstances way out of your control.  You have to accept this and go with the flow because, well, what else are you going to do?

11 Jun 2012

Food glorious food

I've been meaning to write about food since last September ... yeah, I've been procrastinating just a tad.  I feel that one of the best ways to learn about a country and a culture is to eat their food.  It gives you an insight like no other into the traditions a society is built on.  The ingredients they use, the way they prepare their meals, and the way they eat reflects their whole ethos.