Not all those who wander are lost....


Not all those who wander are lost....

"What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds... When you're traveling, you are what you are, right there and then... People don't have your past to hold against you... There are no yesterdays on the road.."

NEXT TRIP: currently travelling through India for 7 weeks, dream trip for my 40th birthday!

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it. - Cesare Pavese

"Trust me, it's paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it" - The Beach (2000)

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi March 12th 2014

We woke up bright and early the day after my birthday and decided it wasn’t worth moving rooms again - we had originally told Shiva we were moving to Jill and Richards when they left as it was slightly nice and had an aircon, but decided we were happy settled where we were… We told Shiva on the way out. By this stage I was back to my usual Reety happy self. and Shiva promptly told me that I was really nice NOW and good looking when I was happy and smiling lol (I really had been a surly bitch). We headed down to Open Hand Cafe for breakfast only to find it was shut on Sundays so decided to find OM Cafe which was close by… we found the sign leading down an alley way ... read more
Varanasi Life
Blessed in the temple
Its a cows life

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi March 4th 2014

We made the long windy descent to the airport early in the morning... By the time we hit the bottom my ears were really hurting. I'd had a cold for a few days and my ears were definitively feeling the altitude difference. It got me slightly worried about our flights, especially since we had two flights to do that day to get to Varanasi. We stopped halfway for a toilet break and there was a large evil looking monkey sitting near the car. I decided to hold on until the airport. While taylor was in the toilet I got out to try snap a photo of the monkey but he quickly saw that as an invitation to come closer so I jumped back into the car. He then proceeded to jump onto the car next to ... read more
My birthday dinner
The Ghats
Images from the Ghats

Asia » India » West Bengal » Darjeeling February 28th 2014

Molested In A Jeep! We arrived sleepy and clueless in New Jaiglupuri. We hadn't booked a driver to pick us up but we had heard that it was easy to find a share jeep to Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a windy uphill 3.5 hr drive away. The first guy to approach us offered 200rp per person. A complete bargain compared to the 2500rp wanted by the hotel for the same trip with a private driver. We accepted and he led us to the back of the car park to a waiting jeep. We threw our bags on and decided to go to the toilet. The jeep doesn't leave until its full and the guy promised us we would wait only "10 minutes". Taylor was a little nervous about leaving our bags there but I reassured her they'd ... read more
All rugged up and ready to explore

Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata February 26th 2014

Food Glorious Food Our last day in Kolkata was a full day of sightseeing and eating. I woke at 6.30am and was wide awake. I must still be in Australia time which is about 5 hours ahead. At about 7.20am the man outside our door started playing his music. I heard Taylor stir and started giggling. 5 seconds later, she was awake and not amused, which made me laugh even harder! Lol We decide to try Raj's Spanish cafe for breakfast but on the way there, we got distracted by a small mobile phone shop and decided to try get sim cards for our phones. It took ages to do and he had to photocopy our passports several times as well as us having to provide a passport photo. It cost about 1300rp all up including ... read more
Milk drink?
Sharpening knives
Let sleeping dogs lie..

Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata February 25th 2014

Welcome to the City of Joy I was up bright and early on my first official day in Kolkata.. City of joy.. I went to jump in the shower and was rudely awakened by the face I had no hot water... I almost gave up on hot water until I had a last minute lightbulb moment that it was India and therefore I should expect the unexpected... I turned the hot water tap off and a minute later low and behold, the hot water ran... Of course hot means cold and cold means hot! I then went to find Taylor who was staying in a nearby room. She had shared a room with an extremely interesting character from Israel. A 25yo hippie called Leron. Lovely girl but completely crazy! The three of us headed off to ... read more
City life
Reading the Sunday newspaper

Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata February 21st 2014

Well it's here... My long awaited trip of a lifetime off to the land of the unexpected, the one country said to test even the most experienced traveller... India! It's a country I've wanted to travel to for a long time yet the timing has never been right... I knew to go, I needed more an a fleeting moment there, so 12 months ago I took a pay cut at work to purchase extra leave and booked 7 weeks in India... As most of you know, I'd planned to do it with a friend which fell through so after a brief panic of "I can't do this", I picked myself up and got on with the plans.. I've met some other travellers online and have plans to meet up so I won't be solo too long! ... read more
The Hovel.... I mean Hostel
Hostel entrance, slightly seedy, slightly retro
Cloudy start to the trip

Asia » Cambodia » South January 29th 2014

We were up bright and early to head to Phnom Penh on the local bus. We got picked up by the bus company in a mini bus and then spend then next half hour going around and around in circles as they tried to find another hotel... Eventually they couldnt find it so they took us to the bus station.. it left us wondering about the poor people that had been waiting for the bus to pick them up! lol We jumped on the bus (it was a new service between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and for $9 you not only got a bus trip, but free wifi on the bus and water and a snack! Bargain). About 10 minutes into the journey the bus broke down on the side of the road and we ... read more
Keeping the dust and pollution out!
Never miss a Monk shot
Cambodian Country Life

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 21st 2014

We had an early start to Battambang as we were doing a day trip down there... Armed with 25kg of kids clothes for Cambodian Children's Trust, I was excited to be able to see Kai (the boy I sponsor) even if it was just for a couple of hours! The trip from Siem Reap to Battambang was a leisurely 2-3 hour taxi ride (and it was anything but leisurely!). You are literally taking your life into your own hands on Cambodian roads. We had a driver that had come from Battambang to take us down for the day and it was a hair-raising trip. There is no concept of road rules that exist in Asia! Always makes for a fun time! The airconditioner was cranking and we were freezing, so tried to get the driver to ... read more
Amazing artwork on the outside of Jaan Bai
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap November 24th 2013

We arrived in Siem Reap and our transfer was waiting for us... Arriving at our hotel we were gobsmacked... the hotel was BEAUTIFUL and such a bargain at $55 a night! We had booked last minute at the Tara Angkor Hotel and were so glad to have found the hotel. Our stay there was just amazing.... Even though it was early morning, they had our room ready within 10 minutes of arriving and once we had settled in the hotel room, we had a look around the hotel, before deciding to head into town for some food... We jumped in a tuk tuk and headed towards Pub Street... When we were almost there, I saw a funky little cafe on the side of the road overlooking the river so we stopped and headed back to check ... read more
Menus at Sister Srey Cafe
People Watching at Viva
View from Sister Srey Cafe

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang September 6th 2013

My journey started leaving Mount Gambier on Friday. After advertising for someone to transport 26kg of kids clothing to Melbourne for me, I was lucky to snag a lift as well with my friend Kira and her partner Tommy. Halfway there, we pulled into a bottle shop and got some 'roadies' to pass the time. Lynn met me in Melbourne and after a mad dash for some last minute shopping, we arrived at Lynns close to 10pm. On the Saturday morning, I was due to meet with a new trainer to do a session and see if we were 'compatible'. My plan to maybe hit the figure competitor stage next year has hit a snag lately with my weight gain and inability to shift the fat. Lynn's daughter Kylee and her man were kind enough to ... read more
And off we go....
Love Air Asia
Volcano Beauty

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