Archive for February, 2013

Laos, p1

Written by on February 22, 2013 in Asia, General with 3 Comments
Laos, p1

The border crossing between Vietnam and Laos was quick and painless, and the final 70 kms to Muang Khua went by quickly as the countryside was beautiful, and we were blessed by a brand-spanking new paved road, which shaved about 4 hours off of our ride that day. Nine of the eleven on the bus […]

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Vietnam, p2

Written by on February 21, 2013 in Asia, General with 5 Comments
Vietnam, p2

Jet-lagged after a long flight from Sydney and a quick overnight in a hotel near the Bangkok airport, I finally arrived in Hanoi, 15 days after leaving Vietnam. My guest house was in the old quarter, which was about an hour from the airport, although it felt like longer. I checked in, dropped my bags […]

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Sydney & Hunter Valley

Written by on February 21, 2013 in Australia & Oceania, General
Sydney & Hunter Valley

I met up with Ton and Elaine at the Town Hall station and we hopped on a bus to their place in Balmain, a super-cute neighborhood just over the Anzac Bridge. We caught up over a bottle of sparkling Shiraz and they took me to “Our Place”, their favorite restaurant, where we had a great […]

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The Australian Open

Written by on February 18, 2013 in Australia & Oceania, General with 0 Comments
The Australian Open

I know Australia is way out of the way from Southeast Asia, but I had to include a visit to the Australian Open to continue on the road towards my personal Grand Slam. And, I was able to include the to/from flights in my round the world ticket, so it didn’t add any extra cost, […]

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Cambodia, p2

Written by on February 15, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
Cambodia, p2

We arrived at the bus station in the scruffy center of Sihanoukville just after dawn and caught a tuk tuk about 4kms out of town to the beautiful Otres Beach, thanks to a tip from the cool Spanish chicas I’d met in Johannesburg. Muchas gracias Laura y Ginny!  Our driver dropped us at the wrong […]

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Cambodia, p1: Angkor

Written by on February 13, 2013 in Asia, General with 2 Comments
Cambodia, p1: Angkor

Siam Reap, Cambodia is the gateway city to over 1,000 temples in the Angkor region, including the most famous, Angkor Wat, which is said to be the world’s largest religious monument.  This region is where the Khmer Empire ruled from about the 9th to 15th centuries.  A few years ago, researchers concluded that Angkor was […]

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