There is something about the Mekong River that lulls you into a pleasant somnambulance. It meanders its way through six Asian nations...and we had the pleasure of enjoying beers along its banks in three of these - Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. View of the Nam Ou River, a major tributary of the Mekong, from Nong … Continue reading The mighty Mekong.
I know, I know...Asia is a big place. Depending on your definition it comprises up to 49 countries and 60% of the world's population. However for the purposes of this blog post 'Asia' refers to China, Japan, Korea and all of South-East Asia. Despite the huge cultural, historical, religious and ethnic differences that exist between … Continue reading What is it with Asia and….???
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I just got back from a visit to the local medical clinic here on Ko Samui, after spending the last few days gazing worriedly at a line snaking its way across my belly, much like a tiny little mole was burrowing his way to my belly button. Turns out it's not a mole; it's a parasite!!! … Continue reading Because the best travel stories are horror travel stories…
Damn, time really does fly when you're having fun. This last year has gone even faster than the first one we spent away from home...maybe because we spent four months of it in Holland where some semblance of a routine (not to mention a hectic social calendar) made time whiz by faster than usual. In the … Continue reading Two Years of Wandering
Joe Hockey's recent announcement that Australia's pension age will likely be raised to 70 served as a reminder that taking 2+ years off work was probably the best decision we've ever made. In fact, we're so happy with our mini-retirement that we're thinking we'll take one every decade.We both managed to spend at least two … Continue reading The One-Fifth Philosophy
It makes me quite proud to be able to look back over the last two years and view our accomplishments through the prism of fifty rum bottles. The lucky number fifty is yet another of Myanmar's finest- this time their Mandalay Export Quality. Another 43%-er that we brought over the border for the very purpose of … Continue reading The Rum Diaries ‘L’ Golden Jubilee Edition (that’s 50 folks)
Day One: the view from our balcony Day Two: Sunset from the balcony Day Three: sundowners Day Four: Rum Run Day Five: another day, another sunset Day Six: last night someone got drunk and lost their outboard engine overboard. This morning we watched from the hammock as they spent an hour snorkelling and looking … Continue reading Ko Chang Noi: a week in pictures
Thailand is without a doubt one of the best places in the world to tantalize your tastebuds. Street food is cheap and wonderful, markets are an endless source of joy and regional variety is awesome. Like the Chinese, Thai people seem to eat out for almost every meal so there is always a street stall … Continue reading Amazing stuff we’ve eaten in Thailand
Wow. Fifty-five (sorry, forty-five...still haven't gotten my roman numerals down) bottles of rum. Even without counting all the repeats that's not a bad attempt over the last 20 months. I really didn't expect to be adding any more to this rather impressive list until we hit a duty free shop somewhere on our flight back to … Continue reading The Rum Diaries Part XLV