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Three Nights in Koh Tao

Koh Tao is one of my favourite places in the world! It’s such a chill island and my memories of my previous trip did not overshadow my current adventures ๐Ÿ™‚ It was also my wonderful memories of this island that made the very long day of travelling all worth it!

We were up at 3 am in order to catch our flight at 7:25 am. We hand a minor setback due to our hostel not booking our transportation correctly (or at all I suspect), but we were able to catch a cab and made our flight. Its only about an hour from Bangkok to Koh Samui, so we had 4ish hours until our ferry to Koh Tao at 12:30pm. We ate some lunch (I guess it was breakfast time but I had already been up for like 6 hours) at the pier and I read to kill the time. After we boarded the ferry we had about an hour until we reached Koh Tao where we then had to catch a taxi (AKA: the bed of a truck) to our hostel.

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Once we checked in, we headed out in search of food ๐Ÿ™‚ I was going off of memory but I was pretty sure there were some really good spots along the beach, so we headed that way on our quest. Our final destination ended up being the Lotus Bar (a main hangout/party spot for tourists). After we ate we wandered a bit more and then headed back to our hostel to shower and sleep.

Our second day involved us sleeping in…it was lovely! When we finally got our butts out of bed, we headed to the shops in search of breakfast and towels. I ended up with a mango shake (my absolute favourite) and an awesome towel for super cheap! That’s the BEST part of Thailand…everything is super cheap ๐Ÿ˜€ Then we hit the beach for the afternoon. I really missed the bathtub temp water, white sand, and the awesome taxi boats.

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After an afternoon of lounging in the sun, we grabbed some lunch (I had fried noodles with broccoli and shrimp) and headed back to the room to watch a movie and veg out a bit. Once it was dark and cooler outside, we headed out for dinner (I know, it sounds like we eat alot but I promise we eat at normal intervals in a day lol). We decided on some delicious Indian food because butter chicken and garlic naan has become a staple during our travels. After dinner we walked the streets and ended up back at the Lotus Bar for the fire show. One of my favourite things in this world are fire dancers…it’s mesmerizing and I love it.

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This left us showering at 12:30am and led to us sleeping in the next morning.

When we finally woke up, we started our morning with another mango shake and headed back to the beach for more lounging in the beautiful sun.

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We also ended up having more butter chicken for lunch lol It was just so damn delicious! After we felt we had baked for long enough, we headed to the market to grab some snacks for our long journey to Krabi the next morning. We couldn’t find what we wanted but we ended up with some crackers, peanut butter, oreos, and chips. Then we headed back to our room for our chill time lol Laying in the sun sure is exhausting ๐Ÿ˜‰

Later in the evening we headed out to soak up one of the beautiful sunsets that Koh Tao has to offer ๐Ÿ™‚

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Magical right?

We decided that we weren’t very hungry, so we just finished the night off with a banana nutella pancake and a mango shake before heading back to our room to pack, shower, and sleep ๐Ÿ˜€

**In case you are counting…that’s five banana nutella pancakes!

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Three Nights in Bangkok

I’M FINALLY BACK IN THAILAND!!! ๐Ÿ˜

For those of you that don’t know me (or don’t know me well) Thailand is my favourite country. I fell in love with the people, landscape, culture, history, food, and views about two years ago. My friend had just graduated university (I had one semester left), so I asked her if she wanted to go to thailand with me for a month after exams were finished. She is an intelligent human, so obviously she said yes. Although there were ups and downs (her boyfriend and his friends joined us two weeks in…), I will never forget the way Thailand made me feel. I simultaneously felt lost and like I was finally myself (I’m not sure if that makes sense, but I don’t really know how to explain it). I just knew that this country would forever have my heart.

Okay…back to the present! Now that you know how much I love Thailand you know that I NEEDED to come back for another adventure. How could I not, right? Plus, I could potentially instill the love I have into my new travel buddy…challenge accepted. The challenge within the challenge is that I only have two weeks to do it! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

We started our Bangkok adventure around 2pm, so we were starving! This meant pad thai…because Thailand.

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Amazing pad thai

It was absolutely fantastic! Seriously, this photo is making me salivate (TMI?). Later that night we hit up Khao San Road…because Bangkok.

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We were about a 15 min walk from the mayhem and it worked out perfectly! We wandered through the stalls and people watched as we went. I also got a bag of pineapple and a banana nutella pancake ๐Ÿ˜ƒ This is a big deal…I often whine about the quality of pineapple in Canada lol and nutella is absolutely delicious!

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I went to sleep very very happy ๐Ÿ˜€ lol

The next day we decided to visit the infamous floating market. What I had forgotten was how far out of Bangkok said market was…and how much it cost. The first go around, I was on a tour that set everything up for us so I didn’t really realize how much anything was…I just got in the van and went where they told me. This time around, I was in charge and we made an error. We haggled with a guy who said he would do a taxi for the day for 1200 BAHT…that’s about 40 CAD. That seemed pretty reasonable for a ride to and from the market, so we accepted and went on our way. The market is about an hour out of the city and then, to our surprise, it’s an additional 3000-6000 BAHT for 2 people to take a boat to the actual market! NOT WORTH IT! I’ve seen the market and there is no way I would ever pay that much to visit it. Unfortunately, this meant that we paid for a very long taxi ride to and from the city for no reason. It was annoying at the time, but it’s actually quite entertaining now. It also meant that we were in the city for dinner…so i had some very delicious red coconut curry.ย 

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We headed back to Khao San Road later that night and did some souvenir shopping. I got this fantastic Deathly Hallows shirt ๐Ÿ˜€ I also ate spring rolls and another banana nutella pancake ๐Ÿ˜€

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Our last day started out poorly. Ash was sick again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ This meant that I was on my own for our Ayutthaya day tour. Ayutthaya is the ancient city and consists of several different Wat (temples) and palaces. This was our basic itinerary for the day…

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We got a very early start and drove for about an hour. I absolutely love learning about the historical and cultural background of cities/ruins, so I found the whole tour very interesting. Plus, the Wats are beautiful! I’ve added a photo of each of the Wats/palaces we visited…aren’t they stunning?

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Phukao Thong

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This Wat in particular was amazing! The whole complex is in ruin and this one Buddha head was placed in a bodhi tree…this is one of the most photographed trees in the area. It’s this photo that made me want to go on this tour ๐Ÿ™‚ Absolutely amazing!

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This Wat has a billion (not literally) stairs that are very tall…I climbed all of them. Apparently you can skip a level at the front of the Wat if you arrive via elephant back. Sadly, I left my elephant at home, so had to climb the extra level. Damn, hey?

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The down side to going on tours alone is that you have to take selfies to prove you actually climbed the ginormous stairs ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

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Our last Wat of the day was that of the Three Kings…amazing!

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I loved everything about this tour…except the blazing heat and the humidity. I could have done without those…I could also have done without the pants and scarf (you have to dress modestly when visiting Wats in Thailand). I also could have done without the hour long drive back in to the city lol and the walk back to my hostel ๐Ÿ˜›

Other than Ash being sick I think my second adventure in Bangkok was just as awesome as the first. I got to see new things and go back and do the things that I loved the first time! All in all round 2 was a success ๐Ÿ˜€

Eight Days in Hanoi

If you’ve read my last post then you know that we got food poisoning in Hoi An. That’s the night before we had to get on a plane to fly to Hanoi ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Neither of us slept and both of us wanted to curl up in a ball and cry and/or die. If you’ve read earlier posts, you also know that I had a really bad cold on top of the food poisoning. So, to sum everything up…we are in Vietnam and hating our lives.

We eventually make it to our hostel and immediately crawl into our beds. We then spent the next three days laying in bed watching movies and eating crackers. There was the occasional outing (we had to get the crackers and water), but we mainly stayed in bed. Lucky for us, our room had a TV with a few decent movie channels ๐Ÿ™‚ Although we wasted time in Vietnam laying around, I think we needed the recovery days more than we needed to see Hanoi.

On our fourth day we decided that we were feeling moderately better (Ashley had a cold now too) and we switched hostels. We decided to explore the city a bit and went for a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake. These are a couple photos of Ngoc Son Temple that are located on the lake in the heart of the city. 

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After our big outing the day before, we decided that we would wander some of the shops and upgrade to two meals a day (no more crackers). We ended up eating at our hostel, which was an excellent choice. The food was cheap and delicious! We followed up the wandering with a visit to the night market that runs every Friday,  Saturday,  and Sunday. 

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I still think Thailand has Vietnam beat on the night market front…but this was pretty decent in comparison.

Our next day involved a fuck up. I wanted to go to the Ethnology Museum and thought that a cart (vietnam equivalent of a tuk tuk?) would get us there at a reasonable price. Boy was I WRONG. Not only did we pay $30 USD…we got lost. Needless to say, we saw alot of the city with a poor guy pedaling us in all the wrong directions. Eventually we gave up and asked him to take us back to the lake (Hoan Kiem…we knew it was close-ish). So, ya…the day that we actually set out to do something we get lost and paid an arm and a leg for it ๐Ÿ˜›

I knew when I went to Vietnam that I needed to see Halong Bay up close…so that’s what we did. We decided on a day tour (TIP: an overnight trip is probably better…we didn’t get to swim in the bay) and got up super early to make the 2 hour drive to the bay.

**(NOTE: the ride is bumpy…the guy next to us vomited all over the window. I think he was hungover but it was wildly unpleasant)**

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It’s worth the drive! As you can see, the weather wasn’t great but honestly it didn’t even matter. Sure, I would love to see it when it’s nice and sunny out but I think the haze adds a bit of a mysterious edge to the photos.

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Our tour included a stop at a local fishing village and…

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a treck though a cave. Isn’t this lighting phenomenal?! I’ve been in a few caves around the world and this one definitely wins on the sunlight feature…for sure!

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After the cave we got back on our boat and saw more of the bay until it was time to make the long journey back home. 

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It seems our luck in Vietnam wasn’t getting any better. We got colds, food poisoning, a guy vomiting next to us on the bus, and now a flat tire. Sometimes you just have to laugh ๐Ÿ˜› Which is exactly what I did as I watched several men instruct the driver on how to change a tire. He knew perfectly well what he was doing but that didn’t stop his entourage from giving pointers and watching to make sure the job was done right (I hadn’t realized it took 5-7 men to change a flat tire :P). Eventually the tire was changed and we loaded ourselves back in to the bus (thank goodness for all the men ๐Ÿ˜‰) and continued on our way.

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At this point we were about an hour off schedule, but the driver made up for it by driving like the devil himself was behind us…we arrived 20 mins ahead of schedule lol

We were starving by the time we got back to the hostel so we decided to order some tacos before we headed up for the night. Not the best idea to order tacos on Mexican night in a party hostel. We got two free beers and then they had a round of free tequila shots for everyone in the bar at 8 pm.  We were in the bar and a very drunk boy decided we needed shots ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He wouldn’t leave us alone until we did them…so down the hatch they went. At that point I couldn’t justify wasting the free beer, so I drank that too. I then showered with a slight buzz. 

And that my friends, concludes my awesome and slightly terrible time in Vietnam ๐Ÿ˜› Now that I’ve been here, my advice is to do your research. There are a ton of amazing places to see (Sapa, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue) and there are places that only need one or two days (Hanoi for sure). Vietnam definitely makes my list of places I need to go back to โค

Three Days in Hoi An

Many of our first days in a new place involve us wandering around town to explore, and Hoi An did not deviate from the norm. We wandered and ate dinner before heading back to our home stay.

In case some of you don’t know…a home stay is where the family lives in the house (hostel) that you are staying in as well. They open up their homes to guests (the amount is different in each home stay) and have their own area of the house, but the majority of the space is available for communal use.

I woke up on the second day and I felt like i was going to be sick forever. I know I sound like I’m whining (because that’s exactly what I’m doing), but traveling while sick is the worst. I didnt really feel like doing anything but we eventually decided to stay close to home and take a cooking class with Nga (the lady whose house we were at). The class started with a trip to the market to pick up our ingredients  (everything was fresh). This was quite the experience…I’ve never bought meat at a market before. I’m fine with butchering and all that jazz, but the combination of meet and fish smell was none too pleasant.

For the class, we got to pick five dishes (I’m only showing you four because the fifth was basically an omelette and I hate omelettes) that we would learn how to prepare. She even gave us recipes that had been altered slightly so that we could find the ingredients at home (spaghetti noodles if we couldn’t find rice noodles etc.).

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Ashley mixing our salad

We chose to make Shrimp spring rolls,

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mango salad with shrimp,

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pho, and

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cao lao.

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They were all so easy to make and they were all delicious! I mean really…if your mouth isn’t watering from these photos then you are a crazy person with defective taste buds. We went to bed this night a little fatter than the day before ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our third day involved a bike ride.We had used the bikes to go to the market the morning before and it seemed like a much quicker way to explore the town…so we went for a bike ride through Old Town.

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We wandered the shops, had some lunch along the way, and basically spent the afternoon riding around. We went to the Japanese Covered Bridge and I took several photos of lanterns…because I love lanterns.

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Seriously, in the daytime or…

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at night…lanterns are the best.

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Hoi An had treated us well and I really loved the town. That is, I loved the town until I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like my insides were being ripped out of me…we got food poisoning. I’d never experienced this before but I guess you can’t really consider yourself a backpacker until you’ve eaten something that makes you want to die lol

**Now that it’s been a couple of weeks I have decided to forgive Hoi An and I have resumed loving it**

Two Days in Ho Chi Minh City

I got a cold!!!!! Having a head cold in +40 degree weather is absolutely terrible. Not only do you suffer from normal symptoms, but they are made worse by the unrelenting heat and humidity. NOT FUN!

In spite of my cold, we headed out to explore the city. We got here in the early afternoon so decided that our first stop should be the Ben Than Market. On our way we were stopped by a group of students who asked if we would help them with their assignment. They had to talk to a certain amount of foreigners in English so that they could get some practice with their conversational skills. We obliged and then continued to the market. Once there, we wandered for a couple hours browsing the stalls of this indoor market place. It was HUGE. There were stalls for everything! Clothes, shoes, souvenirs, glass ware, silverware, jewelry, electronics, makeup, and basically everything else you could possibly think of (not literally, but it felt that way). I ended up bargaining my way into owning a very pretty scarf ๐Ÿ™‚ Eventually we got hungry and sleepy as we had had a very long night/morning of travelling. We ate some delicious fried noodles and then headed back to our beds for the night.

Our second day was much more eventful. I still felt like crap, but the show must go on. For starters, we had a very funny breakfast. The menu said bread and peanut butter as one of the options for our free breakfast. I really love peanut butter so it was the obvious choice…but for some reason I was really floored when this showed up on my plate.

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It was just a giant bun and a shot glass of peanut butter (I got the fruit myself, so that wasn’t interesting lol). Just thinking about someone scooping peanut butter into shot glasses makes me smile. It’s possible that I found this very fascinating because I was sick lol I’m sure it’s not as entertaining to a normal mind haha ๐Ÿ˜›

After we ate our funny meals we headed to the Cu Chi Tunnels for our tour. I forget the majority of the history (mostly because this was about two weeks ago, and partly because it was alot of information to absorb), but I know that the Americans were bombing the Vietnamese soldiers so they lived in these Tunnels. I know, it’s a terrible description of the Cu Chi Tunnels, and I’ve done this historic event a great injustice. I’m sorry!

We ended up going with two guys that were staying in our hostel. It was quite entertaining because our tour guide kept making comments about the two guys being with the two of us girls. He obviously didn’t know that they were gay, but it was absolutely hilarious. The guys found the humour in the comments and were a ton of fun to sit with. There were four other people on the tour with us, so our group was a very manageable size compared to some of the other tours that run (our 10 compared to 20-30). About an hour out of the city we are told that we have to stop and wait for two more people that want to join us (In case anyone was wondering about my math before…these two make ten ๐Ÿ˜‰). After about 15 minutes of us waiting at a gas station, the couple shows up. They got in the bus and they immediately looked familiar. We asked them where they were from and it turns out they are from the same city as we are and the lady works with Ashley’s aunt. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?! With the addition of the extra couple, we had an excellent group of six people to spend the day with. We chatted and cracked jokes for the majority of the day.

The tunnels themselves are actually replicas of the originals, as they had to make them bigger so that ‘western sized’ people could fit in them. Essentially, our tour guide called us all fat white people several times as an explanation to the size difference of the tunnels and their historical accuracy. I found this extremely funny each and every time he brought it up. I didn’t take tons of photos because I was busy having a good time, but here are some of the highlights…

This is an example of one of the tunnels. I was able to actually walk a length of tunnel (a large version haha) and I was able to stand at a 90 degree angle (I’m 5’2…so i cold walk with my legs straight and bent at the waist). I can’t imagine the tunnels being smaller…I would be so claustrophobic!

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one of the tunnels

This is an example of on of the air vents to the tunnels. Apparently they made them to look like ant/termite hills so that they were easily hidden from the opposing army.

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an air vent

They also had a ton of booby traps that were scattered throughout the jungle to injure/maime their opponents (they used guerilla warfare).

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booby trap

The site also had an abandoned American tank…pretty kool.

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American tank

They also had examples of all of the types of bombs that were used on Cu Chi and the Vietnamese army.

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the bombs that were dropped on Cu Chi

After wandering the site and going in the tunnels, we headed back to Ho Chi Minh City.

I was starving, but we still had a long drive back to the city. That’s when Dave and Gary pulled these out of their bag…

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As if they could tell how jealous I was of their snack, they offered me some! ๐Ÿ™‚ They are SO good! I’ve never had such a delicious snack that was so good for you. Seriously, if anyone reading this is from the UK…please send me a lifetime supply! Please and thank you!

Eventually we made it back to our hostel and headed to find some dinner. When you’re sick, you just want normal food…so we found NYDC. I had a mango milkshake

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and chicken potato skins ๐Ÿ™‚

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At this point, I couldn’t really breathe and my taste buds were a tad wonky but, what I could taste was delicious. After dinner it was time for some much needed sleep. We headed to our hostel and packed our bags as our next adventure was starting in the morning.

A Day out on the Reef

We decided to end our Australian adventure in Cairns so we could go out to the Great Barrier Reef. Sadly, we could only manage two days but we filled those days with fun.

Our first day we explored the city and saw Batman vs. Superman (I still love Christian Bale as Batman but Ben Affleck did a pretty great job) ๐Ÿ™‚

Our second day was reef day!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ We opted for a whole day on the reef which included two different locations and lunch (lunch is very important). Ashley doesn’t do too well with water so we chose to snorkel instead of scuba dive and I’m so glad we did (the divers didn’t see nearly as much as we did and they had to hold hands for their first dive…not fun).

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We got to wear really attractive stinger suits to prevent the many deadly animals in Australia from killing us while we are trying to have fun in the water ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Our first spot was great ๐Ÿ™‚ Not too wavy and there were tons of beautifully colored fish. I spent most of the time with one of the tour guides who pointed out a bunch of things that I might not have noticed on my own. I swam into a jelly fish (the non stinging kind) and saw Nemo ๐Ÿ™‚ I also got to see his pink cousins that lived on the other side of the coral, as well as a very giant clam. Very kool! I told him I wanted to see a sea turtle so he took me off to another part of the dive area.ย  We saw a black tipped reef shark and a pregnant white tipped reef shark instead ๐Ÿ™‚ He said they aren’t dangerous but being in the ocean next to a shark is terrifying even if they don’t eat humans.

We headed to our second spot after lunch and jumped right in. Within 5 mins we saw a fish that was bigger than me…unnerving and awesome. My guide friend said that he saw turtles the day before and would bring me to where they were. He delivered…I SAW A SEA TURTLE!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I was so excited (still am!). I also swam with a mob of parrot fish and plenty of other fish ๐Ÿ˜›

Basically, the whole day was fantastic and well worth the money, sore muscles, and sun burn ๐Ÿ˜€

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It was also a fantastic way to say goodbye to Australia ๐Ÿ™‚

A Week in Bali

Bali was another one of our deals on round trip airfare ๐Ÿ™‚ We paid $512 each! WHAT?! We couldn’t pass up the deal, so we headed to Bali (which is in Indonesia, in case some of you don’t know). Bali is beautiful and cheap…my two favourite characteristics in a travel destination! ๐Ÿ˜› $5 meals (satay chicken…mmmmmmm) andย  $2 beers (Bintang for the win) are my cup of tea.

We spent our week wandering the streets in Kuta where every day is like a market. I was definitely reminiscing about Thailand’s night markets while I was here ๐Ÿ™‚ We also walked along Kuta beach (sweated our balls off) and watched kids learn to surf. Our days here were super chill as we were not used to the heat and humidity. We would be out for a couple hours wandering around and it felt like we had run a marathon. It was gross and also fantastic. Due to this, we had some very lazy days lol one of them involved binge watching netflix in our room with our wonderful AC ๐Ÿ˜€

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At least we had a pretty view?

We did venture off to Ubud for a day so we could go to Monkey Forest…it was crazy! There were literally monkeys everywhere..

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There were also monkey statues everywhere…

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PLUS, THE MONKEYS WILL STEAL YOUR SHIT!!!

You’re told before you go in that you should remove your sun glasses and not have anything on your head. You should also refrain from bringing food and water bottles in to the forest. They tell you this because the monkeys will jump on you and grab your stuff and bite you if you try to keep it from them! :O It’s hilarious to watch! Seriously, it might mean I’m a bad person…but I laughed every time ๐Ÿ˜›

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There were also a ton of babies around ๐Ÿ™‚ This is probably what lulled people in to a false sense of security and made them think they could have a drink or a snack ๐Ÿ˜‰

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AND…there’s also a temple ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s closed, except for prayer but it was very kool and ancient looking.

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Other than our adventure to Ubud we mainly just explored Kuta for the week. We got to do some shopping and watch some very nice sunsets from our window ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then there was the airport debacle…we got a late checkout (12pm) and headed to the airport. Looking back, we should have stayed and hung out at the hotel for the day or got them to store our bags for us.

We didn’t fly out until 10:30pm. We had to sit in the open air domestic terminal until 7:30pm ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was so hot and disgusting! We ordered lunch at a cafe and then proceeded to sit there for the entire afternoon. We drank 3 bottles of water each and also ordered a brownie for a snack ๐Ÿ™‚ It helped our mood a bit but we quickly slumped back in to our sweat induced funk (hahaha pun intended?).

The clock finally reaches 7:30pm and we rush to security so we can finally sit in the AC beyond the glass doors that have been taunting us all day. We then proceed to sit for another 3 hours until our flight back to Sydney lol but we were a much better temperature ๐Ÿ˜›

Fiji Week

This adventure all started when we realized how cheap it was to fly from Sydney to Nadi. Seriously, a return trip was $502! Such a steal! So we snatched it up and flew to Fiji for a week.

We decided it would be our vacation from our adventure ๐Ÿ˜› Backpacking is very strenuous (actually though, it can be) and we needed some solid beach days…and that’s exactly what we did. Due to the beaching I don’t really have anything to report other than these few odds and ends about our stay in Nadi.

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There is delicious chicken teriyaki at Grace Road Kitchen down the street (there are a few locations) from Smuggler’s Cove (where we stayed for the week). It’s so cheap compared to the prices at Smuggler’s and so much more delicious! PLUS they grow all of their own food at Grace Road Farm…pretty legit if you ask me.

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**As a side note…I learned that I like eggplant because of this delicious meal ๐Ÿ™‚

We discovered this deliciousness while we were wandering around Nadi Town for the day. We needed some snacks for our lounging and casually wandered around until we found a grocery store ๐Ÿ™‚ Along the way we went to a legit market where the locals shop/sell produce. We also wandered through a handicraft market full of ‘traditional’ crafts…that are not so traditional if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜›

Fiji has incredible sunsets. We would eat dinner out on the patio each night so we could watch them while we waited for our meals.

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We also had quite the experience while doing laundry. They charge $14 at Smuggler’s!!! WHAT THE FUCK!!! That’s completely absurd, so we used our own soap and only paid for the washing machine. Due to our cheapness, this happened…

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I eventually got creative and made a clothesline out of dental floss so Ashley could could use her bed ๐Ÿ˜› I knew bringing three packs was a good idea lol

Then there were more sunsets…

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They also had some dancers come in one night that did traditional Fijian dances, as well as fire dancing! Fire dancing is one of my favourite things to watch. It’s so mesmerizing and really fricking kool!

And that was the week…we lounged in the sun and watched it set ๐Ÿ™‚

Four days in Sydney

Day 1:
Our Sydney adventure started with a change of plans. Instead of our friends dropping us off at our hostel, they decided to drop us at the train station (we had been visiting their family about an hour and a half out of Sydney in Gosford). This was a surprise to us as they had volunteered to drive us into the city, but I guess minds can be changed. We figured out what train we needed and went on our (not so) merry way (seriously…if you say you are going to do something, just do it). When we finally arrived at our hostel, we immediately went on a quest for food. Our final destination ended up being the Sugar Mill where we had some excellent nachos and watched the UFC fights with our fellow bar patrons ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 2:
Our next adventure was the Bondi to Bronte coastal trail. This involved us taking a bus to Bondi beach as we were about 30 mins from this iconic spot. The whole walk took a few hours and we sweated our balls off the entire time. We also learned that Australians are crazy…because only a crazy person would jog in this type of weather!

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Bondi beach

After our walk we immediately went in the ocean for a swim. This was fantastic and our balls returned to a normal temperature ๐Ÿ˜‰ We decided to skip laying on the beachย because it was bloody hot and we didn’t bring towels. So instead, we opted to lay on the grass above the boardwalk/entrance to the beach to dry off.

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We then bused it back to our hostel and chilled for the rest of the evening ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 3:
Bridge Climb day!!! We opted to go for the short walk because we are poor/cheap backpackers lol This turned out to be an excellent decision because it took us an hour to walk from our hostel to the bridge. Our shorter walk didn’t involve the ladder system that the longer walk to the top does, but it was still awesome!

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We climbed the lower curve and the long climb does the upper curve. The major difference is that our photos have the bridge in them and the long climb has a clear view of the surrounding area and the flags on top of the bridge. I loved our climb and I would recommend it for anyone who is tight on funds but wants to do the climb.

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After we were done at the bridge we walked down to the harbour and had some lunch before we continued our adventure. We got to see the bridge we just climbed (above photo…obviously) and the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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Then we walked the hour back to our hostel…this day was basically a very long workout in the blazing heat.

Day 4:
I have a love/hate relationship with zoos. I love them because I love animals and the educational aspect. I hate them because I love animals and it makes me sad to see them in cages.

SO, we decided to spend the day at Taronga Zoo when I was in the love phase. It’s HUGE and there are tons of different animals. We wandered around, watched the elephants get a bath, and learned about the different kinds of seals. This may not seem like alot but we walked the whole zoo and I read the majority of the information boards about the animals. I’ve since forgotten the majority of the information, but at the time I was thoroughly impressed with my knowledge ๐Ÿ˜›

Of all of the animals we saw, I only took two photos…

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There really isn’t anything better than an elephant and a giraffe. Perhaps Africa should be my next adventure?

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