Cows, Dogs, Monkeys and Freefalls

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Kathmandu. After only five days, I can confidently say that Cambodia has fallen to second place on the list. Nepal is, from what I’ve seen thus far anyway, the most beautiful country, with the most amazing people, that I’ve ever been to. Arriving at the airport, it was quickly clear that Nepal time is pretty much that it gets done when it gets done. The visa process took a while, and the ride to the guesthouse took longer.. in the …

Seoul: Jet Lag, and the Art of Suction Cup Chewing

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Round two: Seoul. Sleep deprived, and awake at 2:30am, once again we’re off to the airport to check out how things roll on the other side of the planet. Flying into Seattle first with the intention of spending at least a part of our 6 1/2 hour layover outside of the airport and checking out a bit of the city, we finally decide against it. The chaos caused on the east coast due to hurricane Irene has caused thousands of …

Favourite Place

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It’s a question I’m often asked: “So of the places you’ve been, what’s your favorite?”. Typically my answer is Nepal, for several reasons, but that’s another story. I’ve recently thought deeper into it, that’s not exactly the correct answer. To be honest my absolute favorite place is the departures lounge of the airport. The television show ‘Departures’ is what really clued me in to this little epiphany. Why would a show about travelling have a title based around the part of …

Recipe: Wiener Schnitzel

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Vienna is easily one of our favourite cities in Europe. I was first introduced to the Austrian capital through Richard Linklater’s cinematic gem “Before Sunrise”. A film that not only captured my imagination, but also piqued my interest in travel — long before I’d ever considered it myself. Over two decades later, Kylee and I finally had the chance to visit. And while the city as a whole overdelivered more than I could have imagined, what truly stole our hearts …

Christmas in the Barossa Valley

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Fourteen thousand kilometres from home, in the spectacular Barossa Valley in South Australia,we celebrate a very unique Christmas in wine country. Wine Country Fresh off the Nullarbor, we waste no time making our way into our highly anticipated next destination. The Barossa Valley is one of Australias best wine regions, home to some of the best Shiraz in the country. We fell in love with this little area immediately upon arrival. What stands out above all else, is that there …

Crossing the Nullarbor

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The previous evening was spent in an abandoned salmon fishing camp on the coast. Celebrating my birthday, we drank cheap beer in the car while singing along to CCR’s greatest hits. Not just out of love mind you, it was one of the only two CD’s we owned and radio reception was non-existent. Pantyhose and Eggs Stopping for petrol and supplies in Noresman the next morning, a man asks us our plans. “Heading into the Nullarbor today!”, we proudly tell …

Perth: Our Entry into Australia

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Looking at the bill, we were stunned. $25 for only a handful of groceries! While it was something we had anticipated, it still took some time to get used to. The often laughably cheap prices we’d become so used to over the past nearly half-year in Southeast Asia were no more. The time had come for our journey to continue, to the second round of this epic adventure. Flipping through yet another new currency, we laughed as Men At Work’s …

Singapore

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Our final week on the Southeast Asian peninsula brought us full circle – sort of. The half-year adventure in one of the most beautiful regions on earth began in the ultra-modern world of Tokyo and ended in the almost as modern world of Singapore. The only real downside to our arrival in Singapore was the sudden increase in costs, as we had officially returned to the ‘West’. Staying at the Inncrowd hostel in Little India, we had very little in …

The Cameron Highlands of Malaysia

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The majority of backpackers in Southeast Asia tend to focus on Thailand. Those with a little more freedom often venture through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. When time is available, occasionally they’ll spend a bit of time visiting Malaysia, but typically tend to stick to either the beaches or a quick stop over in Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, one of the most beautiful spots in the entire country of mainland Malaysia is often overlooked: the Cameron Highlands. With a much cooler climate …

The Temples of Angkor

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Angkor Wat. Arguably some of the most well known ancient ruins in the world, and without question a must-visit spot for anyone travelling through Southeast Asia. While day trips or short overnight tours from Thailand are available and often used by time-limited travellers, the best option is to stay for at least a few days to allow time to take in all of the temples in the area. Following our six-hour bus ride up from Phnom Penh we check into …