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View from a Room/ Welcome to Hanoi

View from a Room/ Welcome to Hanoi

In the corner of the room, close to the window was an armchair. It was black, adorned with metal end-caps on the armrests, and a large pillow decorated with gold embroidery which was slightly too large to be useful. I…

Mirissa – Southern Sri Lankan Stopover

Mirissa – Southern Sri Lankan Stopover

“Can’t we just take a tuk-tuk?” I asked. “But the bus is cheaper.” It was the same discussion every time we travelled. I wanted comfort speed and a just a little legroom. Linh, on the other hand – at 5’1”…

Thailand – Floating Markets

Thailand – Floating Markets

I’ve heard of Thailand’s floating markets many times, and my mind had conjured images of a sprawling flotilla of water-borne stalls, loosely connected to create a labyrinth of alleyways where long tail boats jostle for space, rocking to the ebb…

Lantau Island – Escaping inside Hong Kong

Lantau Island – Escaping inside Hong Kong

When we arrived in Hong Kong, my expectations were certainly upheld. We stayed in the Mirador Mansion in Kowloon and wandered the shopping district before a stroll along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in the evening. I had expected this extended…

Barber Shop Photos #5 – Kuang Si Waterfall

Barber Shop Photos #5 – Kuang Si Waterfall

  This shot was taken at Kuang Si waterfalls which is not far from Luang Prabang in northern Laos. We were there at the end of the wet season, so the gentle trickle into blue pools which typifies the vista…

Whip it real good!

Whip it real good!

In 2013 I found myself in a small mountain village about an hour out of the Flores fishing village and divers’ Launchpad of Labuan Bajo. I was there with a school group looking for opportunities for cultural experience and community…

No delays please – we’re Australian

No delays please – we’re Australian

This blog might seem angry and mean spirited… And it is. But I did not change the intent once I cooled down because somewhere amidst the vitriol there might be a good lesson for someone. One thing that every traveller…

The Night Bus to Vientiane

The Night Bus to Vientiane

It was after 11pm as the bus hurtled through the night. We departed almost thirty minutes behind schedule – not bad as far as Laos buses were concerned. The afternoon swelter had slowly diminished and it was only now, at…

On ya bike! – Karst Riding

On ya bike! – Karst Riding

(The family that races together…) Coming from a family where motorcycles are a part of daily conversation and weekly life, I’ve always been surprisingly cautious about throwing a leg over, particularly when overseas. While most of my family spend many…

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