Observing awkwardness in foreign lands.....
After years of saving, I'm finally on my 8 month world adventure.
From Delhi to Dortmund!
Beginning in Delhi, India I plan to make it through Asia and Europe to celebrate Christmas with Sarah in Dortmund, Germany!
So what's my general plan? India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Mongolia, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany. And fingers crossed for Japan, the Ukraine, Iceland, Czech Republic and Morocco!
WHERE AM I NOW? HOME!!!
So I realize I have not update since Russia due to my extensive laziness. After Russia I went to the following (in order): Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Morocco, Germany, Vietnam - HOME! I arrived back home on Dec 23 without a soul but my brother who knew I was heading home, so it was fab to surprise my friends and family. But I'm glad I'm home, and to be honest, though I had the best time in my life I think I'm done with travel, and would not be sad if I never left Australia again!
October 14th 2009
I only have 1 single regret regarding my entire trip so far, and that is choosing to leave Russia the day my tour ended. My visa expired on the 13th, and I had booked a flight to Helsinki on the 10th, because I was (and I hate to admit this) afraid to be in Russia by myself. The moment we arrived in Russia I knew I had made a mistake, and as soon as we arrived in St Petersburg I realized just how big that mistake was! I never once felt threatened or worried about the safety of myself or my belongings, and I curse Hollywood for always portraying the bad guys as Russians, and curse myself even more for falling for it! Dumbass. Honestly, I felt safer in Russia than I do in Sydney. So ... read more
October 5th 2009
Let’s start by learning how to say hello in Russian! “Does your arse fit ya.” Say it out loud (you know you want to!) Now say it a bit quicker and mumble it slightly in the manner of having downed a few too many potent Russian vodka shots: Diz yr arz fitya = Здравствуйте = hello! FUN FACT! There was once a beautiful old church in the centre of Moscow built on brick and marble. Enter Stalin and his quest to rule with a communist iron fist and he destroys the church to build the ‘largest building the world has ever seen.’ Unfortunately for Comrade Stalin, architects declare that due to the river being so close, a building of such monumental scale could not be built, so instead the world’s most expensive swimming pool was constructed. ... read more
September 30th 2009
Thank goodness for Russia and the amount of Russian themed songs on my ipod! Scooter, Boney M, Dschinghis Khan, The Beatles and the Anastacia soundtrack were all played excessively during our Siberian jaunt! I arrived in Listvyanka more hungover than I have ever been in my whole life. I caught a glimpse of myself in a window reflection, and scared that I would terrify small children and puppies as much as I terrified myself, I wrapped my scarf around my head burqa style so noone could see what I looked like. We stayed at Nikolays place in Listvyanka, and I didn’t see much more than the stairs leading to my room and the mattress as I passed out until 3 in the afternoon. When I finally awoke, showered and felt slightly less mingy, I walked down ... read more
September 23rd 2009
Our trip to Ulaan-Baatar from Beijing was long to say the least. 30 hours of countless card games, reading, scattegories, root shoot or marry’s and endless staring out the window at the unchangeable Gobi desert scenery all while under the influence of one of the many bottles of alcohol we smuggled onto the train. I loved Ulaan-Baatar instantly, despite being told by countless travellers and even Lonely Planet that it is one of the dirtiest, unsafe and grottiest places on earth. Sure it is all those things but I loved it nevertheless and thought it was fabulous! I think especially coming from China, the first thing I noticed was that no one stared, only about 20% of the population spat, the driving was slightly (only just) better than in China and we said goodbye to pot ... read more
September 21st 2009
I love Beijing! This would be my second time in the capital and I spent over a week hanging out, eating dumplings, getting spat on by locals, watching fake dvds and losing my patience over the lack of common sense and basic human decency regarding either lining up for KFC or getting onto a train (the C word was used A LOT, mostly combined with the F word). These are my Top 5 Beijing things to do! Because I love lists. 1. The Watercube at night. The Watercube was my favourite site in all of Beijing. The colour of the lights at nighttime is the most incredible blue you have ever seen, and I have to say it impressed me far more than the Summer Palace did (which may be culturally blasphemous, but I don’t care!) ... read more
September 8th 2009
It’s been four months to the date since I left on my one-way flight to India. I’ve since developed a love of beer and eggs, have a strange desire to ride a horse, can now dance the “Low” dance (are you proud Ang?) and wish I never took a clean Western toilet for granted. I’ve had so many awesome and memorable experiences so far on my journey that I thought I’d gather all sorts of fun travel information in a little list, because clearly I have far too much time on my hands! Favourite Moments: *Having a picnic at the foothills of Mt Zhora, China while listening to Billie Holiday. We had monks join us for a chat, we ate delicious roasted, chilly coated peanuts and had the most spectacular view overlooking the golden monastery and ... read more
September 4th 2009
We raised our newly purchased Tibetan Prayer Flags and declared the lands around the Sichuan-Tibetan Highway as the new province of Yakistan. The lands of a thousand Yaks. Lands of nomads, monks and strange Tibetan customs. A place that would become our most memorable journey through China. Imagine giving a 6 year old a pack of crayolas and asking him to draw and colour in rolling green hills, blue skies and white fluffy clouds. Throw in a few monasteries, rustic crumbling old homes and 100 yaks, and you have Litang. I travelled to Litang with 5 awesome fellow travellers; Hadas and Navid from Israel, Mike from LA, Maria from Spain and Shelley from Holland. We took a public bus to Xiangcheng from Shangri-La, a trip that took us through the worst roads I have ever had ... read more
August 19th 2009
When I arrive home after 8 months of travelling, and if I never see the inside of a bus ever again I will die a happy person. Another day, another 8 hour long bus journey in a beat up old vehicle filled with people who have never heard of that nifty invention we like to call deodorant, and at least 6 of them who light up cigarettes every 15 minutes INSIDE the bus where there are no windows to let fresh, breathable air in. All I can do is roll my eyes, mutter useless curses under my breath and bang my head against the bolted down windows. I don’t mean to completely whinge about the journey, the scenery was actually spectacular, we passed about 30 little villages all painted white except for massive murals on one ... read more
August 15th 2009
It took me 12 long days and a question crept into my mind (as well as it being asked by travellers on the road) nearly every one of those days: why the hell didn't I just fly to Shangri-La? It was hard work, I got frustrated, pissed off, freaked out, exhausted, ripped off, robbed of my shoes, robbed of my sanity all in the hope of becoming some form of off-the-beaten-track traveller (says me with my 3 bags, hair straighteners and Mac Laptop!) And was it worth it? HECK YES IT WAS! Despite the drama it was an awesome experience, I met some amazing people, saw some incredible sights, took some random and super dodgy forms of transport and ate some bizarre local snacks. I've been invited into locals homes to drink warm butter tea, danced ... read more
July 27th 2009
Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and possibly the most beautiful and most photogenic city in the world, with it’s sparkling gold and emerald wats at every corner, orange clad monks walking the streets and the most awesome night market I’ve ever been too. I loved it here and cannot wait to come back and explore more of it. We had left Vang Vieng in the morning and took a minivan to Luang Prabang. Along the way we stopped off at a restaurant with amazing valley and mountain views, where we took multiple jumping photos! It was so much fun, and such a leg workout considering how many times we had to make the jump to get a good photo! We drove passed so many villages settled alongside the road, and one particular image ... read more