Robyn Donaldson

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Robyn Donaldson

ahhhh Travel.....the reason I work !!!

I started blogging in 2011 when I took 5 months off work - 3 months were spent in Cambodia volunteering, following by a whirlwind trip around Europe. In 2013, I again travelled back to my beloved Cambodia, but sadly it was a short trip.

Stay tuned, more trips and tales to come....in the meantime, happy reading xx




Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh September 10th 2013

Right now it’s raining SO hard that I can hardly think.....I’m pretty sure we’ve got a tiled roof, but it sounds like hailstones on a tin roof...... Glad I’m inside and not out, as I’m sure by now the streets will be flooded and I’d be paddling around in almost knee-deep water in places..... The litter on the streets is the main contributor to the flooding.....it’s the way it is ... what a shame. Ahhhh....this is my last night in my beloved Cambodia. I’ll state the obvious and say that the time has gone way too fast, and I will miss my friends and students for sure, however I’m looking forward to my own bed as I’m not a fan of long stays in hotel. It was ideal last time, living in an apartment. School wise, ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh September 8th 2013

It’s been an interesting few days since my last blog...and my love affair with this country grows and grows. The mango trees I bought on Wednesday were planted on Thursday morning. I arrived at school to find the nursery guy and 3 workers breaking up the cement to install the trees – all with picks & shovels.... no mechanical digging equipment in sight. The trees are a welcome addition to the school courtyard, and whilst they are still quite small (they looked bigger in the nursery), they will grow quickly now that the wet season has started. Kahna (teacher) said to me on Friday that when I come back in a year or two, they will feed me mangoes from our trees (not “if” you come back, but “when”)... I look forward to it. I have ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South September 4th 2013

Do you ever have so many good things to share with everyone that you don’t know where to start? Well that’s my current “dilemma”.... Yesterday was great.......I loved being back at school and spent the afternoon teaching one of the new 5 year old’s, her ABCs (and D)......teaching her to write the letters, say them and recognise them in words etc......slow process, but I really enjoy it. I love seeing the happiness in their eyes when they get praised for doing good work....They can be so shy to start with, but who wouldn’t be when a foreigner who can recognise Khmer but hardly speak it, comes in and starts trying to teach you how to do things...in English and sign-language. The Khmer kids have a tendency to write from the bottom of the letter, upwards, whereas ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh September 2nd 2013

They say you can’t go back.........but, who are “they” and what would they know anyway? I’m back.....and it feels like home!! I don’t feel out of place...the noise and traffic don’t bother me like they do at home....How is that ?? The moment I left the airport (on a tuktuk - I wanted to be part of the madness & not protected from it by the confines of a taxi) I was once again immersed in the hustle and bustle that is Cambodia. It was awesome. Apart from Australia, there are two countries that I’ve been to that I feel really grounded in, and they are Turkey and Cambodia. I cannot explain it fully, apart from saying that I feel like I belong in these countries, that every cell of my body resonates with the surroundings ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Changi September 1st 2013

Just shy of two years ago I packed my bags and headed out on the most wonderful adventure......and right now I’m heading back to the country and people that stole my heart !! A very short trip this time though...but no less anticipated. I always knew that my 2011 trip would be a life-changing experience and I can say without reservation that it certainly was. I experienced so much during that trip and learnt a lot about myself, as well as feeling a great sense of achievement with the knowledge that I had in fact made a positive impact on the lives a quite a few people....not everyone gets that opportunity in their lifetime. Now my life is segregated into “pre-Cambodia”; “when I was in Cambodia” and “since I got back from Cambodia”....there’s not a day ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 16th 2012

After four or so months, I'm heading home......two weeks early. Why? A few reasons.... I'm tired and need to simply "stop"....so will have 3 weeks at home before I go back to work, and sleep in ...and chill out.....am looking forward to my own bed, bathroom, a proper loungeroom, different clothes choices etc....and giving my lovely cat, lots of hugs... My shoulder and foot are also still causing me problems following the accident in Cambodia, and I want to check them out with my doctor and see what's actually wrong with them......I've been spoilt on the two tours that I've been doing, in that I had porters lugging my suitcase in and out of hotels, but in reality my shoulder won't cope with lugging it around myself (yep, it's that sore still)... Lastly, I've blown my ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 15th 2012

“Have a beautiful night” ..he said.......but that’s a story for later inside the blog...... Well, we survived the crossing of the English channel, it was rough and some people were sick, but we reached the other side and it turns out that we were the last ferry out before the port closed....not sure what we would have done if we were stuck in the UK. And so begins the “European Whirl”......a race around Europe, head-spinningly fast ....lots of cities, mountains, wheat fields, vineyards, restaurants, churches, cobbled streets, Smart cars and all manner of interesting things to see and wonder at.......countries full of history that show that Aussie history is basically still in nappies... Our first night was in......um, I seriously have to dig into my memory to let you know (I’m writing this on day 8...and ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne January 11th 2012

(3rdJanuary 2012) (current server won't let me upload photos - will do so in Paris if poss) So here I am, sitting on a vehicular ferry, waiting to cross from the White Cliffs of Dover to Calais.........to quote the captain of the ship “it’s a foul day outside”, and it’s pretty amazing that we’re even considering leaving the port. The winds were predicted to be around 80kmh and at the moment, the rain is going sideways.....when we entered the port, the weather was rated at “level 11” which is one point off having to close the port due to dangerous weather conditions..... Nice, eh? When we were sitting on solid land, our bus was swaying from side to side – it felt like we were on a suspension bridge with the usual practical joker swinging it ... read more
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Europe » Italy January 8th 2012

So, here I am in Rome........life has been busy, really busy........the life of a tourist is not an easy one, but for the sake of supporting the failing European community, I am here and doing my "bit"............ Ahhh, but it means that I have very little time to write and keep you posted........shame and sorry I promise to write soon...and bring you up to date, but in reality, my tales are one of eating,drinking, sightseeing..........great, but not that exciting and you could probably entertain yourself better by reading a Lonely Planet..... Back soon...........desperately need sleep........hugs, xxxxx... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna December 29th 2011

Farewell my beloved Cambodia.........hello Europe....(first up, I ran out of time to label the attached 76 photos - sorry) Disappointingly, my re-introduction to Europe wasn’t favourable........I had to transit in Charles de Gaulle airport and it was a nightmare. My plane was due to arrive at 6.05am, and my departing plane to Prague was due to take off at 7.15am. I was assured that an hour and 10mins was adequate time to transfer........it’s not. Thankfully my plane arrived early, because had it arrived on time there is no way I would have made my connecting flight. CdG is not a user-friendly airport, and the airport staff pretty much portray all the rude qualities that the French are rumoured to possess. It took 40 mins of fast walking from the arrival terminal, until I reached the one ... read more
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