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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap June 6th 2010

We left Saigon super early in the morning.. we’re getting pretty good at making our own slap-dash breakfast in the hostel so we can make an early exit. Lugged all our luggage up to the bus station and made new mates the moment we walked in the door. A couple of very hungover English boys who had decided to head to Cambodia after meeting some girls the night before who were going there too.. of course the girls didn’t eventuate so here they were, heading off anyways and running around madly trying to sort out the passport photo that would be required at the border.. funny as. We arrived at the border within an hour or so and were all moved out to complete the border process. We had read in Australia that we needed two ... read more
mmmm.. cheese
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Asia » Vietnam May 24th 2010

VIETNAMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoa what a trip, From Guatemala to Mexico, Mexico To Santiago, Santiago to Vina del Mar, back to Santiago, Santiago to Auckland, Auckland to Sydney. Pull an all nighter with our besties in Sydney then fly out to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi.......... In 5 days. I tell ya the guy who went round the world in 80 days had it easy. We are meeting my Mum and Dad in Hanoi to travel with them for the next 2 weeks. We were 5 hours earlier so we thought we’d go for a cruise through the city. Hanoi makes the cities of Sth America seem like peaceful country towns. Scooters, scooters and more scooters, they travel like a hive mind, it’s incredible. It took us quite some time to learn the method of crossing the ... read more
Flying.. again
Halong Bay
Halong Bay


Ok so I pinched these photos off our American friend Donny... thanks Donny! No more photos of ours since the camera got stolen... So the mini-van we caught from Semuc Champey was packed to the gills and very cramped. So we arrived feeling a bit cranky, which was further compounded when it started to pour on our arrival in beautiful Antigua. We had a hostel booked which we thought we could walk to (according to our map).. but it was pouring and a wily cab driver saw us stranded under cover waiting for it to stop. We haggled on a price and got dropped off at our hostel. We treated ourselves to a private room and headed off to explore once the rain stopped. Antigua is gorgeous! The central city itself is very small, you can ... read more
Volcan Pacaya
Getting drunk with Donny @ Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan


Not many photos here again due to the camera theft… the few photos (only the Semuc Champey ones… the Tikal ones were pinched off the internet) we have here were kindly donated by a friend we made in Semuc Champey… thanks Sally! Ok so the bus from the Belize-Guatemala border into the city of Flores was.. um.. hair raising to say the least. We waited 3 hours at the bus station (a single room with one fan and no airflow and a lady at the desk who spoke not a word of english). A bus finally turned up at the alotted time and locals started loading up. We still had no luck with communicating so we waved our ticket about and got a nod that we assumed meant that this was indeed the right bus. We ... read more
Semuc champey
Semuc champey
Hummingbird eggs


The tally so far... hostels/hotels: 22 we´ve changed beds 32 times bed bugs: once (read down) long haul bus trips: 16 Not many photos for this episode due to some punk stealing our camera.... Finally we reach Belize... ahhhh the Caribbean. Caught a shitty minibus from Chetumal, on the Mexican border. Nice and cramped with no air-con.. lovely. I got the usual greeting of a mosquito bite as I was waiting in the queue at the border, definitely getting over being a blood donor for the little vampires. We discovered that we could actually read the signs at the border and were greeted in english by the officials...hurrah a break from Espanol! We boarded our minibus for another 3 joyous hours sitting in our own sweat. Our first glimpse of Belize was of myriad decrepit houses. ... read more
snorkelling under the jetty
snorkelling under the jetty
snorkelling under the jetty

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque May 1st 2010

We arrived in Palenque delirious from exhaustion. It was our longest bus haul so far and it took much from us; 31 hours of precious time, 300 hard fought Australian dollars and 1 iPod we left on one of the buses. We tried to get the iPod back but the bus company would have none of it, “No habla ingles”, damn. A very frustrating 48 hours. Somehow we found that we were behind the 8 ball a little when it came to time left in Central America, thus the catalyst that brought us to Palenque in such a manner, grumpy, hot, sweaty, smelly, and quite a bit lighter in the wallet. We found our accommodation and decided to take the day off for rest. We actually saw a family of howler monkeys kipped out on the ... read more
Palenque
Palenque
Palenque

North America » Mexico » San Luis Potosí » Xilitla » Las Pozas April 28th 2010

Again we rise at the crack of dawn, on our way to our next new adventure. Funny how the adventuring spirit wanes at the hour appropriately named 'stupid o‘clock'. We called a taxi and then found out that all the streets were closed for some reason, so of course the driver charged a kings ransom knowing that we could not get another cab (I exaggerate a little, the price was still less then 10 bucks). On the bus and on our way to Xilitla and the famous house and gardens of the surreallist millionaire Edward james, ¨Las Pozas¨ (¨The Pools¨ in English). We were curious why the bus took 10 hours when the distance appeared so short on the map. We soon had our answer, the road was the windiest road I have ever been on. ... read more
Las Posas
Las Posas
Las Posas


hey team just to let you know.. the photos end after our first day in mexico city as the camera got stolen 4 weeks later and we lost all our precious photos from central america since we were so behind on our blog entries :( but never fear! we now have a new camera and are picking up where we left off and the photos will continue when we arrive in vietnam.... The tally so far... hostels/hotels: 20 we´ve changed beds 30 times plane rides: 9 with a total of 21,813 kilometres travelled by air long haul bus trips: 11 Aaron has stubbed his toe... I dunno, lost count now days in bed sick... 2 by Aaron So we escaped the stifling heat and mosquitoes of the Amazon and arrived in Mexico city with an appetite ... read more
Mexico City
ice, anybody?
Anthropology Museum, Mexico City

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos April 17th 2010

Goodbye Andes, We have had a marvelous time but now we must experience the wonders at your feet. Hello Amazon! We were greeted in Iquitos with smothering humidity and a little Peruvian man from Cumaceba Lodge. We piled into a van and raced from the airport to our hotel. The short trip was strangely reminiscent of my Mario cart days on the old Nintendo 64, the way we dodged in and out of tuk-tuks I had no doubt that theirs was the most dangerous job in the whole city. Coley turned to me and commented “We´re definitely not in the Andes anymore” The tropics, it appears is universal... the heat, the tuk-tuks and crazy traffic, it was like being back in Thailand. We were picked up from our hotel the next day at 7 am and ... read more
peiche
Cool old building in Iquitos
a ramshackle floating house

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 11th 2010

So we got off to a good start with our guide picking us up 40 minutes late. We barely slept the night before in an uncomfortable room and it didn´t help that our pickup was at 6am. We were broke as usual, so had picked up a supermarket breakfast of yoghurt, cheese and crackers the day before. Our first stop was at Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley. The rest of our group had brekkie in town, while we sat on the sidewalk with the locals and munched on crackers! We bought a walking stick each as we heard they are very much needed on the trail. They only cost 4 sols each which was a mere $1.50. After brekkie we piled back into the van and drove to kilometre 82, the official start of the Inca ... read more
getting ready at the drop off point
ok I think I am ready
Inca Trail day 1




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