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high on the hills

22 October, 2015

Hong Kong is continuing to be full of surprises. Trust me on this; this “stop over” city is a stop in itself.  I don’t know if there are many places in the world where you can catch cable cars up over incredible mountains and hiking tracks to a giant Buddha and serene temples, 1 hour later find yourself in the most luxurious shopping centres (including a book store called Page One which truly blew my mind) before heading out to…

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hong kong

21 October, 2015

I must admit something. Hong Kong has never been particularly high on my must-visit list. And this is a must-visit list which practically has everywhere that does not have some sort of political or social unrest on it.  Other than being a nice place to transfer flights, it had not even really crossed my mind to actually venture out into the city. Besides being a business hub, how is it different from visiting any other big city?  I was wrong. Completely…

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miss saigon

21 October, 2015

What did I do in my whirlwind time in Ho Chi Minh City?  I ate. Shopped at a shopping centre. Bartered at the markets. Avoided being hit by motorbikes and cars (which is actually somewhat of a feat). Had drinks at the Majestic Hotel (where if walls could talk, this place would tell quite the story). Visited the same-same, but completely different Notre Dame Cathedral (coincidentally on the 1 year anniversary of my visiting and climbing the real Notre Dame…

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the big smoke

19 October, 2015

After saying our sad goodbyes to family and the friends we had made in Hoi An (and passing 8 wedding set ups during the morning), we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City excited about our next taste of Vietnam.  On a side note, weddings are a huge thing in Vietnam. Everybody comes. The food is abundant and the joy is real. Each guest just gives money in an envelope that goes towards the cost of the wedding (hence why they can…

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lessons learned in hoi an

17 October, 2015

Before arriving in Hoi An, I was certainly under no illusion that I wasn’t going to learn something from the Vietnamese. For me, learning is such a huge part of the joy of travelling. Yet, how much I have learned has still caught me by surprise. I have seen some strange things since I have been here. People riding water buffalo by the side of the road, kitchens and building sites where you can assume the O in OH&S has been replaced…

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the fairest of them all

16 October, 2015

Being pale has never really worked in my favour. The harsh Australian sun burns my skin with a vengeance within 30 minutes during the middle of the day. As a result during Summer I either lather on sunscreen before even thinking of leaving the house for an extended period of time or spend the next week doing my best Elmo impersonation.  After being so covered up during Winter, I am always particularly reflective when my legs and arms reappear from beneath…

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entrepreneurs of hoi an

15 October, 2015

Entrepreneurs could learn a thing or two from the Vietnamese.  Everywhere you go there people are running their own businesses. Or helping out with their family business. If the shop that you are at doesn’t do what you want, then their sister or mother or niece or brother will surely be able to cover that need. Feeling hungry at a tailor? Their sister will be sure to cook “best Cao Lau in Hoi An”. Need your laundry done? Why don’t you…

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wearable art

14 October, 2015

The majority of what I buy when I am travelling are presents for people. Even though I feel as though my luggage has expanded by double, like always, what I have actually bought for myself only takes up so little room. I feel as though getting the experience of travelling is a gift in itself.  However, wherever I am in the world, the one thing that I like to buy myself is artwork. There is something incredible special and personal…

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