Kari and Chris


Kari and Chris

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 2nd 2012

ps. Kari wrote this one! Chris - being very romantic whisked me away for a weekend to celebrate the completion of a 6,000 word literature review and the completion of a research proposal! So thus finishes the assignment part of my Masters! Only a placement to go which starts in July! We stayed on this little island right next to Phnom Penh where as you guessed it they make silk! It was very relaxing swimming in the pool. We made friends with a Khmer family who invited us to share lunch with them & helped them learn how to swim. I got to spin silk and appreciated how hard it is to do, we were invited to share lunch with the owners of the silk shop however we had only just had a late breakfast so ... read more
Our bungalow
Great View
How eggplant is transported

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot May 12th 2012

Day 1 We kicked off the Kings Birthday with a trip away to the coast to the beautiful Kep & Kampot! It was in this region i discovered my favorite flower called peacock flower in english you will see many photos of it attached to this post :) After a 4 hour bus trip we arrived in Kep where we had lunch at a resturant over the water & then we headed to Kampot for our accomodation. Our accomodation was Utopia and Utopia it was indeed, literally on top of the water in quiet surrounds it was so peaceful & beautiful we loved it! We spent the afternoon watching the sunset whilst on tires floating in the water oh the hard life indeed! Day 2 The next day we took a taxi out to Kampong Trach ... read more
Kari enjoying the wharf after lunch
Seafood markets
kari is very tired

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh May 5th 2012

Does it sound ridiculous to say we knew it was coming, we knew it was going to be wet, but we just didn't understand. When it rains heavily in Australia we both use cars, buses and trains. here the modes of transport we can choose from are motorbikes or tuk tuks. The tuk tuks keep you mostly dry as they are well prepared for the rain. unlike us - as of yet we do not have two rain coats. Something we plan to rectify tomorrow and the one we have - we don't take everywhere which has resulted in Chris getting very soaked 2 days ago whilst riding his bicycle, it was so wet the water was mid thigh. So the rain came down heavily around 4pm 3 days in a row, defiantely suprised by this ... read more
Tonle Sap

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville April 19th 2012

Since we last updated you things have been going really well. Our language skills are improving - but not fast enough for our liking :) Happy Birthday to the Airies Lyn Rand, Fiona, Rob Clarke, Nathan Bartlett, Nigel Moore, Maxine Osgood, and Happy 25th Birthday to Lolly! Every week Kari goes to the market & she sits on a plastic chair and gets her hair dry shampood with a 20 minute head massage with a neck massage and followed by washing the hair out for another 10 minutes in the sink. This leaves her hair clean for 4 days compared to when she wahes it herself it is dirty that afternoon. We watched a movie at the cinema called Lost loves which we hope raises the profile of the Genocide in Cambodia, for those of you ... read more
Ream national park
Ream national park

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh March 30th 2012

From Kari: Since we have been here in Cambodia we have heard about the many attrocities comitted by the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot. You will hear about these as we come accross good links to share with you or stories that we feel caputure the situation but for now I want to share with you a story of courage and strength that was in todays local paper. It is good for the Cambodian people to hear stories of the good that occured during their darkest periods. url=http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012033055332/National-news/the-khmer-rouge-village-chief-who-saved-his-people-from-death.htmlThe Khmer Rouge village chief who saved his people from death In the village of Kuok Snuol, not far from Siem Reap airport, small groups of elders arrive to greet former Khmer Rouge village chief Van Chhuon, 64. Some still call him may, or boss. img=h... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh March 25th 2012

Hello, We have been in Cambodia since the 10th of Feb and it has been a whirlwind of activity. We decided to take the cheap option from Thailand to Cambodia and caught three buses! It was a long trip and when we finally arrived in Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia) we were exhausted but excited.It was Kari's first time to an asian country and eating street food was a nerve racking idea but she braved it after watching Chris dive into it. Kari is still somewha cautious about food but she tries all sorts of the new things like Chris, however she has experienced less tummy troubles than Chris. Some of our favorite foods are: pork, egg & rice for breakfast; amok (a type of curry) fish or chicken; a crazy banana, rice & coconut ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler February 17th 2012

Ooops forgot to publish earlier :) So we were very lucky to spend time with family at Whistler, the Smith family that is. Massive thank you to Danni and Mitch for having us stay with them whilst we were there and making our trip wonderful. Despite being in Whistler for one of the coldest dates of the season with the weather being minus 21 plus wind chill we managed to hit the slopes. We got in three days on the snow which was a great way to end our snow season in Canada and being with Mitch and Danni made it even better. Kari hit the beginners terraine parks and each day her jumps got higher & higher and she also went along blocks and became a tree run enthusiast. Whilst Chris hit the largest terrain ... read more
Whistler-Blackcomb trail map
Chris the angel
Tree run

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops January 28th 2012

This post will mainly be about photographs, We had a very special Christmas at Derek's parent's house, with his parents Rick and Janet, and with Derek's friend (and now ours) Tom & of course Derek & the dog Jofus. Christmas eve the boys went snowboarding & skiing whilst Kari stayed indoors with Rick & Janet learning to play crib as she had the flu pretty bad and wanted to be better for Christmas day. Unfortunately on this day Tom had a fall and tore some ligaments off his shoulder & Derek 'landed' a large jump which caused some heel damage, so after a quick visit to the hospital followed by the pub they returned home. Christmas day was an amazing feast of Turkey with a mince meat & breadcrumb stuffing :) ... read more
Finished product :)

Our next stop on our tour of Vancouver island was a few days in Victoria. Johnny was kind enough to let us stay with him in his sweet appartment which we used as a base to explore the city. We headed straight for downtown on our first day and visited the museum which has lots of First Nation's art but it was sad to see that many culturally significant totem poles had been "bought" by the museum to be displayed to the public rather than left where they were found to be continued to be used by the community. We then headed to a place called Fishermen's wharf which included a community of floating houses and the best fish and chips in town. The resident seals also paid us a visit and posed for the camera. ... read more
House boat!
The same house boat from the side view

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Ucluelet December 18th 2011

Well to start off with we forgot to mention last time our amazing experience of the final of the Canadian Football league- the Grey Cup. We went into town to see the game which was being played at the nearby Vancouver stadium and it was the Vancouver Lions vs the Winnipeg Bombers. It was a big match for Vancouver because they hadnt won the cup at their home field in 20 years! The whole city went nuts for their team after the Lions won and it was really fun to be apart of the crowd. A few days later we went on an epic walk with Derek through the mountain bike tracks on the North Shore of Vancouver - they are the pictures you see of the wooden features which are ramps & jumps and more ... read more
North Van
Kari and Derek
Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

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