The Kindness Of Strangers

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The main thing I’ve learnt from travelling is that people are really nice and the world is quite a safe place. Not exactly headline material, but an observation made through personal experience. Bouncing around Asia for the last six months, I’ve been continually impressed and surprised by the kindness of strangers who then became friends, either for a fleeting moment or a while longer, and always leaving me better than they found me. In June I spent a month in Indonesia without Tyrhone, so it was probably the time that I was … Keep reading…

Bye Bye Thailand, Hello..?

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After the road trip, we had a few days back at The Smith Residence, Chiang Mai, which had served as a comfy home for the previous two months. TWO MONTHS?! Had it really been that long? It seemed at once both a grand stretch of time and a mere blink. I’d experienced so much, not epic adventures perhaps, but little ones, the type that only come with spending time. I’d meditated with a monk, rode a bicycle up a mountain, hung onto my seat on crazy … Keep reading…

Learning A New ‘Love Language’

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The expiry of our Thai visas coincided with Tyrhone’s birthday on May 31st. Actually, it was his 31st on the 31st, so it was kind of special. Not that I needed a once in a life-time numeric eclipse to make a big deal of the day, I love birthdays. He, on the other hand, doesn’t see what the fuss is about. I read a book called ‘The 5 Love Languages‘ a couple of months ago, the premise of which being that we … Keep reading…

Realising A Dream At The Elephant Nature Park

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Do you remember before we left I wrote that I wanted to bathe an elephant? Well, after almost two and a half months in Thailand, I finally did it. To be honest, I had put off a visit to The Elephant Nature Park  because I was being frugal (a tight ass, if you will). A one day visit is 2,500 baht, or $80, which is a lot on our conservative budget. “A visit for two is worth two week’s rent!” I rationalized, trying … Keep reading…

Don’t Scratch! On Bug Bites and Bee Stings…

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It’s been a running joke since we started our journey in Cambodia almost four months ago. Tyrhone’s constant referral to the multitude of bitey critters hell-bent on making his life miserable, which soon became known as the ‘bug update’. Marty coined the term to highlight just how much Tyrhone spoke about, ranted over and lamented about bugs.   … Keep reading…

What Does It Cost To Go To Pai?

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So, how much did it cost us to go to Pai, the small town with a big reputation for it’s chilled hippy vibe, three hours from Chiang Mai? Well, that takes a bit of explaining… Motorbike rental: $20 for four days. Bargain!       The kindness of strangers giving you a lift to the repair shop after suffering a flat tyre: A smile.   New tyre inner tube: About 10 minutes of (im)patient waiting… And $5.   Second flat … Keep reading…

Moments Like These

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I’m writing this from a bamboo bungalow in a small town in rural Northern Thailand. I just commented on my friend Kim’s latest post and it inspired me to write about my day, because she is where I was almost four months ago, packing up the entire contents of her life (and discarding most of her possessions) to travel. I just had a moment where I realized how far I have come, not just geographically, but mentally, emotionally and dare … Keep reading…

A Chance Meeting, A New Friendship

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On my Mum’s last day in Chiang Mai, we awoke to rain and an overcast sky. We wandered around the old city in search of the only sensible rainy day activity - a visit to the spa. Mum’s recent pedicure was in need of a re-do before her flight to Europe that afternoon, and I was always up for… something. … Keep reading…

My Mum The World Traveller

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Today is Mother’s day in Australia. My Mum isn’t spending it with her two daughters, or even with her two grand daughters. She’s spending it touring the Champagne houses in Reims, France. How rude… My Mum is a prime example of “It’s never too late to travel”, and at 61, she is certainly making up for lost time. Mum raised us on her own and was kept very busy with two daughters. A cleaner, taxi driver, counsellor, tailor, coach, and chef weren’t … Keep reading…

Finding Bliss at Chiang Dao Nest

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Your Mum is coming to visit. You want to make it special for her, not in an over-the-top, jam-packed, tourist activity overload sort of way, just special. Memorable. Okay, that you is really me. But if you’re anything like me, you’re planning the trip in a ‘I-want-to-make-it-perfect-even-though-she-is-just-here-to-see-me-and-I-know-that-but-I-still-want-it-to-be-perfect’ kind of way. No? Alrighty then.. I’d heard about Chiang Dao, a small town 80km north of bustling Chiang Mai city, but other than its proximity and the fact that it cost 40 … Keep reading…