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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Parnell December 7th 2009

Well, at long last, we have arrived in our new home-away-from-home for the next year! We're currently in Auckland, getting our permits and paperwork underway, before heading down to the south island tomorrow night. Our final day in Sydney was spent being aggravated at our accommodation and sulking over the ridiculous price tags on everything. We wanted so much to explore some of the city, but it was prohibitively expensive. Lovely city, we just unfortunately hit at the wrong time! Hopefully our dollar will strengthen over the next year and we can see some of the country on the way home. On the brighter side, most of you will be thrilled to hear that Jeremy FINALLY got a haircut (from an old Italian barber) he now looks like a 15-year old again. (What can I say? ... read more
Jeremy's New 'Do
Half My Hair Gone!!
Hungry Has His Own Restaurant!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 4th 2009

Malaysian Satay Skewers: $17 Singapore Dollars Two Singapore Slings: $48 Singapore Dollars Malaysian Satay Skewers and Two Singapore Slings in the Ambiance of the 1920’s Raffles Hotel Long Bar, where the Singapore Sling was invented: Priceless! Our final day in Singapore was spent dodging rain and hiding indoors. We headed for Orchard Road, a famous shopping district, and found ourselves at a showing of the new movie 2012 (one of the worst movies of the year, for sure)…but hey, it killed a couple hours on a rainy afternoon (stupid monsoons!). The day was saved by the aforementioned drinks and appetizers at Raffles Hotel, a gorgeous icon in the center of town where relics like Hemingway and Chaplin once sat and kicked back the delicious cocktail consisting of gin, cherry brandy, cointreau, pineapple juice, grenadine, and bitters. ... read more
Sydney City Center
Circular Quay
Chilly Night at the Harbor

Asia » Singapore » Little India November 30th 2009

Can anyone name the movie I stole that quote from? ("Clearly you've never been to Singapore.") If you think you know, post your guess! I love movie trivia, don't you?? And on that note, no, up until today, we had never been to Singapore either! But here we sit, in a groovy lounge at the "Inn Crowd" Backpackers, smack in the center of Little India, Singapore. The instant we stepped off the plane, we loved it (and not just because we were out of Phnom Penh)! Actually, I guess I should back up just a tad. Yesterday we endured a nearly seven-hour bus ride from Siem Reap back to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh (which we'd passed through last week on our way in from Vietnam). When we arrived at the "bus station" (a joke, really), there ... read more
Singapore Airport
Jeremy with the "Stuffel" Bag
The Mosque on our Street

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap November 28th 2009

Well, this has got to be a first. Jeremy is out on a lovely sunny afternoon, our last in Siem Reap, shopping and getting a massage. I am sitting in our nice cold hotel room, exhausted, worn-out, and fighting (possibly) another head-cold. And before you ask, "That jerk! Why isn't he there taking care of you?" let me assure you that I sent him out willingly after barely staying awake through lunch. I'm not the best of company today, I guess, and I wish I had more energy for our final day here. But alas, I think road-weariness is finally creeping up on me... But enough of that. You didn't open this blog to listen to me mope and complain. We had a fantastic two days prior to this one (hence the reason I'm so worn ... read more
Banteay Srey
Hiking in Phnom Kulen

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap November 25th 2009

Well, you know me. It was only a matter of time before I did something dumb. We awoke yesterday raring to go on our second day of touring Angkor. It was another perfect sunny day, despite weather forecasts to the contrary. Kong met us downstairs at 9am and off we went in our little tuk-tuk, passing (finally!) a caravan of elephants on the road. Our first stop was Preah Khan, a 12th century Buddhist monastery that once housed over 1,000 monks. It was quite run-down and overgrown, as most of the temples we visited that day were, but that was what was so beautiful about it. We wandered around outside the temple and found some beautifully overgrown trees shooting right up out of the wall. I couldn't get a very good shot from the ground, so ... read more
Elephant Caravan
Trees at Preah Khan

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap November 23rd 2009

Step aside, Great Wall. Get out of here, Yangshuo. Move down the list, Ha Long Bay. You've been demoted, Summer Palace. We have a sight that beats them all, a sight that is really too fantastic to put into words. It trumps all else we've seen in Asia, and honestly, it trumps most ancient sights I've seen anywhere else in the world. The fantastic thing is, this sight was buried in the jungle for the better part of a MILLENIUM, completely unknown to the outside world until a little French man "stumbled" upon it back in the 1800's. Wars and civil strife in the country made it inaccessible to tourists, even when restoration work had been going on for a century. But now...for the last fifteen years or so, any and all are welcome to Cambodia ... read more
Our Tuk-Tuk!
Pagoda Across From Our Hotel
Tuk-Tuk Ride

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Tien Giang » My Tho November 21st 2009

For our final day in Vietnam, we chose to join a day tour of the Mekong River Delta - namely, a small town called "My Tho," and two islands, Phoenix and Unicorn Islands. Our trip commenced with a two-hour bus ride south of Saigon, along the way stopping at what has to be the world's loveliest "rest stop," complete with botanical gardens and tiki huts! Jeremy got what he thought was a grape Fanta, but it turned out to be licorice! Ugh!! I could smell it on the other side of the country! But I lucked out and finally found candied ginger - not only delicious but great for the motion sickness I'm so prone to! We arrived at the river and boarded a small narrow boat to Phoenix Island, which looked like a cross between ... read more
Palm Bridge - Ha!
Lovely Unknown Flowers
Mekong River

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City November 20th 2009

Before I launch into Saigon, I want to update everyone on our itinerary, as we just booked the rest of our flights last night, since we are (sadly) nearing the end of our Asian campaign. On Sunday we will be catching a bus over the border of Cambodia and going directly to Siem Reap, the town bordering the famous Angkor Wat temples. We will spend almost a week there touring the temples before catching a flight down to Singapore for two nights. After that we're hopping a flight to Sydney, Australia, for 3 days, before our final flight to Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday December 5th. We would love to see more of Australia, but right now our dollar to theirs is extremely weak, and it's an expensive country to begin with, so we're hoping that ... read more
Our Lovely Hotel Room
Inside the Hustle of Ben Thanh Market
Dried Fruit and Candy

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 19th 2009

Well, at long last our streak of beautiful weather came to end, as all good things must. Tuesday and Wednesday it did nothing but pour down a thick, cold, blustery rain that chilled to the bone - and the temperature dropped at least 40 degrees, if not more. Ill-prepared for that drastic of a temperature swing, we spent Tuesday doing the thing most normal people do while on vacation - we relaxed for a change! I slept 'til 11am and spent several hours working on the blog, while Jeremy was still sound asleep at 2pm, if you can imagine. At last my hunger outweighed my desire to stay warm and dry, so I dragged hubby's lazy butt out of bed and off we marched to a nearby cafe' for a comfort-food lunch of burgers (not half-bad, ... read more
Bomb Crater (The Ocean is Just Behind)
Poor Jeremy Got Soaked For This Shot
Inside Vinh Moc Museum

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 16th 2009

If I told you we found ourselves last night at a Havana-style party overflowing with mojitos, Cuban music, and Vietnamese dancing meringue in the street, would you think that the heat has finally melted my brain? Fear not, my brain is intact (barely), yet we found ourselves in just such a setting, watching in amazement as traffic stopped in both directions on a major street and hundreds of people (locals and tourists alike) gathered to watch the spectacle. I found myself (dead sober, by the way) pulled up on-stage (curse my blond hair!) by two Vietnamese guys clad in Caribbean get-up and palm-frond hats. A moment later I was dancing with a geriatric Aussie (who had jumped on-stage of his own free will), first something akin to the waltz, then to such classics as "YMCA," while ... read more
Front-Row Seats
My Geriatric Dancing Partner
You Go Grandpa!

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