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Packed and ready to go...

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | Views [331]

OK, so I've packed up way too much stuff (they tempted me with a huge baggage allowance) and I'm pretty much ready to go. We're driving to Sydney tomorrow morning and staying the night there before I fly out on Saturday morning. Since so many people ... Read more >


MALAYSIA | Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | Views [600] | Comments [5]

Right then. I've forgotten whether I said anything about the elephants yet. If not - put simply, it was awesome :) We got to wash them and feed them and generally stand around gawking. Some people got elephant kisses (I chose to video them and not ... Read more >

Back in Thailand

THAILAND | Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | Views [420] | Comments [2]

Yay. The internet actually works here :) Sorry I haven't been writing much lately, but internet in Laos was really slow and annoying. Since I last posted... Vang Vieng was just as Stephen described - I think he'd love the place. Some people we talked ... Read more >


LAOS | Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | Views [410] | Comments [1]

I'm in Vientiane at the moment and we go to Vang Vieng tomorrow. Our bus trip from Vietnam yesterday was extremely long. We started at 7am (it was supposed to be 6:30am but we were a bit slow) and at about 5:30pm with half an hour to go the bus ran ... Read more >


AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | Views [426] | Comments [2]

I've put a few photos up on flickr. It takes way too long to upload them to put the whole lot up though. Here is the set. They are: Sun rise over Angkor Wat. Lunch at our guide's friend's house in Cambodia. The bamboo bridge. The backyard, bed ... Read more >

2 down, 3 to go

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | Views [446] | Comments [2]

Tonight is our second "final group dinner". The first time we only lost the leader, but this time we lose 3 members of the group. 1 other girl went home the day before yesterday because she ran out of money. We get 3 new people though, so that ... Read more >

I've been shopping like a girl...

VIETNAM | Friday, 21 Mar 2008 | Views [429] | Comments [5]

We just got to Hue after spending 3 nights in Hoi An. I've had 2 pairs of shoes made (black ankle high boots and green flat shoes), a plain black suit (which I'll probably never wear, but I look terribly grown up in it) and a light blue silk shirt that ... Read more >

More Vietnam

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | Views [391] | Comments [3]

So then we went on an overnight train to Hoi An, where I am now. We got to here about 6am but our rooms won't be ready until 11ish. So we've had a walking tour around the town and we're all in desperate need of a shower and a sleep. I couldn't sleep ... Read more >

I am still alive... I just got sick of shitty internet places

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | Views [436] | Comments [2]

It seems I haven't written anything since we left Phnom Penh. I'm now in Hoi An. We spent a few days in Ho Chi Minh City and it was nice to just stay in one place for a few days (3 nights). We didn't really do a huge amount while we were there, but ... Read more >


CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | Views [429] | Comments [7]

Today is basically our last day in Cambodia. We go to the genocide museum and the killing fields this afternoon and then drive to Ho Chi Minh City tomorrow morning. We just spent the morning at the "Russian" market in Phnom Penh and it was ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Cambodia so far

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | Views [489] | Comments [6]

I've now been to Angkor Wat and enjoyed very yummy Cambodian food. We also went to an orphanage, swam in an ancient man-made resevoir (although I didn't swim), saw the floating village at Tonle Sap and saw a silk farm. I got given a really nice cane ... Read more >

Tags: on the road

One more thing about today

THAILAND | Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 | Views [418] | Comments [2]

I was a little worried before that Intrepid had stuffed up my booking even more because I had lost faith in the whole system after the hotel issues and there was no notice on the board for my trip (but a number for other trips). There was also a Malaysia ... Read more >

Tags: Tour group stuff

Baipai cooking school

THAILAND | Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 | Views [1086] | Comments [3]

This morning I went to the Baipai cooking school and learnt four thai recipes. We did a topping for rice crackers with pork and prawn in a yummy sauce, pomelo salad, musaman curry and stir-fried chicken with basil. The class was really well done. There ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Siriraj hospital

THAILAND | Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 | Views [511]

So where did I go when I went out yesterday afternoon? I walked down to the river and got on a ferry to go across to Siriraj hospital. I'm rather glad that I did some research beforehand and knew to get the orange flag ferry because there is no signage ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

2nd time lucky

THAILAND | Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 | Views [425]

I tried to put this bit up yesterday too, but my internet time ran out. So anyway, I think I was up to checking in to the hotel. That should also be reasonably easy, yes? Well no, I booked through Intrepid and the hotel denied having a booking for ... Read more >

Tags: hotels

Proving Murphy's law

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | Views [734] | Comments [2]

Ok, not _quite_ everything has gone wrong that could have gone wrong, but I'm getting pretty close. I'm rather hoping that I'm just getting the problems out of the way at the start and things will improve from here. So here are my tasks so far: ... Read more >

Tags: Airports

Nearly time to go...

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | Views [483]

I've finally handed in my thesis and done my seminar, so now I'm free to go :) I've also packed my bag and nearly finished sorting out my list of things to do before I go. I still need to call the bank and decide whether to take a jumper, but other ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase


AUSTRALIA | Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | Views [419] | Comments [2]

I will be using this journal to let you all know what I'm up to while I'm away on my post-thesis trip. Hopefully I'll be able to update it reasonably regularly and won't bore you all to death. Please leave comments so I know people are reading this ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

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