Ren & Andrew


Ren & Andrew

This blog documents the feeding of our travel addiction - one country at a time.

Travel is an essential part of our life, and we'll continue to travel until our addiction wanes (which probably won't be in this lifetime)! The more we travel, the more we see; and the more we see, the more we understand that we know so little - which is a brilliant thing.

We love the little corner of south eastern Australia we call home, but we are at our happiest when throwing ourselves into a new adventure and experiencing new cultures. Rather than doing round-the-world trips, our preferred style of travel is to spend a block of time in one country or region and get a real feel for that area and its people. We also love love love eating and drinking! We think that getting to know the food and its associated cultural nuances is a brilliant way to understand a our posts are bound to contain many epicurean details.

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Hope you enjoy our travel stories as much as we enjoy writing and sharing them with you! 😊
Ren and Andrew

And if travel is like is mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. ~ Pico Iyer

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 17th 2020

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now… ~ Thai Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling north from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Having spent the morning exploring Bangkok’s khlongs (canals) in a long wooden boat and ambling through the serene but crowded Wat Pho temple complex, we returned to Siam Champs-Elyseesi Unique Hotel to prepare for our overnight train to Chiang Mai. We settled on thick wooden chairs in a comfy hotel alcove and worked on our travel notes, only venturing into the searing afternoon heat to pick up some snacks from a nearby 7-Eleven store. It was a great place to reflect on our time in Bangkok, and to prepare for our northward journey. In the late afternoon (around 4pm) we jumped into a minibus ... read more
hua lamphong train station
overnight train dinner
overnight train bunks

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 15th 2020

Wait until the tree has fallen before you jump over it… ~ Thai Proverb HE SAID... Today we were continuing to explore the bustling city of Bangkok. Having explored a few old haunts on our first day in Bangkok, we’d succumbed to jet lag and crashed early, which often occurs when travel exhaustion and unrelenting heat collide. It’s such a heady mix. But here I was, wide awake at 3:30am the following morning, my body clock struggling to adjust to Indochina Time. I decided to start work on a quotation request we’d received hours before leaving Australia. It was a major project, and one we couldn’t ignore. Unfortunately, the submission deadline was 29 January – the day before our return flight home. I had to prepare it as we travelled through Thailand and Laos, and my ... read more
wat traimit
wat traimit

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 14th 2020

There are no short cuts to any place worth going… ~ Thai Proverb HE SAID... We touched down at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) at 5:30am, and we were seriously excited. We were about to embark on our Thailand and Laos adventure. It took us a while to navigate the large crowds at the customs counters, but it wasn’t too arduous. When we finally found the first floor exit (after some well-meaning but inaccurate advice sent us in the wrong direction), we caught a public bus to Banglamphu in the heart of Bangkok. It was a great (and cheap) way to travel into the chaotic city, and our stress levels dropped considerably when the friendly ticket attendant promised to let us know when our stop was coming up. We clambered off the bus, donned our packs and tried ... read more
wat ratchanatdaram
loha prasat (iron castle)
harry and loha prasat

Asia » Thailand January 13th 2020

HE SAID... We weren’t meant to be travelling to Thailand and Laos, but a series of events fortuitously conspired to send us to the northern climes of these two Southeast Asian countries. In November 2017 we booked a trip to Colombia. We were scheduled to travel in April 2018, and we were excited. However, a client asked us to undertake a major project in the first half of 2018, so we had to cancel Colombia. We were lucky enough to travel to Eastern Europe later in the year, and our adventures in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria were fantastic, so we didn’t regret the change of plan. In September 2019 we booked a trip to Colombia. We were scheduled to travel in March 2020, and we were excited. However, a client asked us to undertake a major ... read more
morning of departure day
morning of departure day
jasper and oliver

Asia » Thailand January 12th 2020

There is no other happiness but peace ~ Thai Proverb One piece of wood will not make a fire ~ Lao Proverb Sawadee and Sabaidee people! This wasn’t the plan for 2020. But the fickle finger of fate prodded us yet again, and here we are, a day away from a trip back to Thailand, and our first visit to Laos! The second half of 2019 had been an all-round shocker. To say it was less than awesome would be an understatement. And to top it all, it looked like we had to cancel our planned March 2020 to visit South America for work reasons. We were quite miserable about this prospect, but the travel gods smiled on us and presented us with a three week gap in January… and so this trip was born! We ... read more
travel viewing
travel reading
khao man gai (thai style chicken rice)

Africa » Morocco May 3rd 2019

Let us sit bent, but talk straight ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Morocco – what an incredible country. We spent a month travelling either side of the Atlas Mountains in the north western tip of Africa, and we loved every minute of it. Sometimes when a country touches you unexpectedly and gets under your skin, it is hard to encapsulate the reason (or reasons) why. I’m still not exactly sure. I didn’t know what to expect when we first touched down in Casablanca, and I didn’t want to leave when we left Marrakesh airport on our return journey home. My only option, therefore, is to share the highlights of our Moroccan travels. Maybe through these I can start to understand why I loved this place so much. The People More than anything else, I loved the ... read more
casablanca - mauresque architecture
rabat - mohammad V mausoleum
moulay idriss - benny and his human

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech April 30th 2019

Little by little, the camel goes into the couscous ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we are travelling from Marrakesh (Morocco) to Hobart (Australia). We left Riad Helen (our haven in Marrakesh for the past three days) and made our way through the quiet narrow lanes of the medina until we emerged outside Dar El Bacha Palace. We negotiated a taxi fare to the airport that included an umbrella that a fellow traveller had gifted to us in Marrakesh when he left the country (and we’d been carrying ever since). It had garnered some interest from a previous taxi driver, so I thought I’d use it as a bargaining chip… and it worked. The temperature had ramped up quite a bit over our last few days in Marrakesh, and it had peaked at 34 degrees right ... read more
marrakesh airport
marrakesh airport
marrakesh airport

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech April 26th 2019

By bread and salt we are united ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling northeast from Taghazout to Marrakesh. After a late morning surf, I met Ren on the beach and headed back to our comfy room at the Sol House surf resort, which sits about a stone’s throw south of Taghazout (a small fishing village on Morocco’s Atlantic coast). We needed to organise our packs for the final leg of our month-long Moroccan adventure – we were returning to Marrakesh. We walked to reception, loaded our packs into the minibus and headed off. We drove a short distance along the coastline to Agadir, then turned inland and travelled northeast to Marrakesh. Despite having driven through Agadir a few times over the past few weeks, I was still surprised by the endless rows of ... read more
riad helen
marrakesh medina
marrakesh medina

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Taghazout April 24th 2019

The sun cannot be covered by a net ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling northwest from Tafraoute to Taghazout. We’d fallen for the charm of Tafraoute (a remote mountain village high in the Anti-Atlas), but it was time to leave. However, we needed to breakfast first, so we made our way to the formal dining area of our hotel (Chez Amaliya) and enjoyed tea, orange juice, yoghurt, msemen (flaky Moroccan flatbread), khobz (traditional round bread), boiled eggs and honey. We had a long day of travel ahead. We were descending from the Anti-Atlas on route to the Atlantic coast, so we loaded our packs into the minibus and left Tafraoute at 9am. As we started winding our way through the mountain roads, I was drawn to the Anti-Atlas peaks towering above us. They ... read more
anti-atlas mountains
anti-atlas mountains
anti-atlas mountains

Africa » Morocco » Souss » Tafraoute April 23rd 2019

A stone from the hand of a friend is an apple ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling northeast from Sidi Ifni to Tafraoute. We woke early, prepared our packs and headed down to Hotel Safa’s bleak dining area for breakfast, where we were served mint tea, orange juice, boiled eggs, baguettes, croissants and honey. It was a fairly basic affair, but enough to energise us for a travel day. We left Sidi Ifni (a remote coastal outpost in southern Morocco) around 9am and drove northwards up the Atlantic coast. We were heading into the Anti-Atlas mountains, but we were stopping first at Tiznit to pick up some supplies for a picnic lunch. After a quick cafe nous nous (a local cafe latte) in a local café, we picked up some laughing cow cheese, ... read more
ameln valley
ameln valley
chez amaliya and lion's face rock

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