The Canadian East Coast

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Views of Cape Breton within the national park

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here.  My travels over these past year or so have been short and sweet travels mainly to warm destinations with lots of beaches.  However, I did have a road trip this year to a destination that over recent years I have been neglecting very much.  My own wonderful country.  Jumped in the car with my folks and headed east from Toronto to the Maritime Provinces.  This eastern part of the country which admittedly has not been high on my list was a shockingly wonderful surprise.  It left me questioning my folks as to why we spent so much time in the US on family holidays and not more time exploring this beautiful area which is a short car drive and is absolutely stunning.  The photos don’t even do it justice.

After one and a half days on the road, we reached our first destination…

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Laos, the Land of Waterfalls

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My final stop on my travels ended up being Laos.  I really wanted to return to Laos because I hadn’t spent much time here before.  This trip was concentrated on visiting the south of Laos.  I had heard great things about the south, especially about 4000 Islands and I couldn’t wait to get there.  But first, we started in Pakse and headed to Vat Phou in Champasak.

View of the temple from the hill View of the temple from the hill

This little boy was busy working with his mom selling cold refreshments on this very hot day. This little boy was busy working with his mom selling cold refreshments on this very hot day.

Our next stop was to the Bolaven Plateau which would offer some cooler temperatures.  I started to realize on this trip that Laos is the country of waterfalls.  While on this two day road trip, we saw plenty of waterfalls.

Behind is Tad Phasuam.  This gesture that my Russian friend is doing is one that we saw all over SEA when people were handing us things Behind is Tad Phasuam. This gesture that my Russian friend is doing is one that we saw all over…

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Vietnam: Discovering the Caves and Tunnels

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Although we were specializing in doing nothing, we picked up the pace in Vietnam.  It was a whirlwind adventure as we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City via the Mekong Delta.  We were going to spend a couple of days here and figure out how to get north quickly to check out the Phong Nha Caves.  HCMC was definitely a lot more bustling than where we had been previously.

The tourist ghetto in district 1 The tourist ghetto in district 1

My favourite breakfast spot.  Banh sandwiches for breakfast. Yum yum My favourite breakfast spot. Banh sandwiches for breakfast. Yum yum

The last time I was here, I missed out on the Cu Chi Tunnels and decided to not miss them this time round.  Booked a tour which included a stop to workshop where people affected by agent orange are trained to make art out of eggshells.

The work is stunning and time consuming.  I bought a tea set which I'm still waiting for it to arrive in the mail. The work is stunning and time consuming. I bought a tea set which I’m still waiting for it to…

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Cambodia: Pure Relaxation

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I found myself back in Cambodia 2 years later.  This country had not been on the original itinerary as by this time I was supposed to be finishing my travels.  But instead of heading home, I met up with my Russian friend who I’d met in the Philippines.  She was located in Cambodia and I found her and started travelling areas of the south that I hadn’t been to before.

We met up in Kampot a quiet riverside town where we started to perfect the art of doing nothing.  This technique we would perfect in weeks to come.

Sunset over Kampot.  This is one the big things to do in Kampot, see the sunset by boat. Sunset over Kampot. This is one the big things to do in Kampot, see the sunset by boat.

Our amazing bungalow with walls and roof that didn't meet.  Surprising we never met any strange critters there. Our amazing bungalow with walls and roof that didn’t meet. Surprisingly we never met any strange critters there.  The art of doing nothing was born here.

After lazing about in Kampot, we headed 30…

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The Beauty of Auckland

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New Zealand took on a different feel.  I had travelled through here a couple of years ago and the purpose of this visit was not to see places of the country that I had missed the first time around but to visit friends of mine that I had met in London and had moved home.  The pace slowed down as I made one place my home for 3 weeks and I was no longer planning every move but was allowing myself to be a guest and be shown the great city of Auckland.

Auckland is a city that is bordered by coasts on its east and west sides.  You can’t help but relish in the beauty of the beaches.

Beautiful blue ocean with white sand and clear blue skies Beautiful blue ocean with white sand and clear blue skies

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Made us so ecstatic, we just wanted to jump with joy

I was able to explore Devonport which is just a…

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Indonesia: A Little Bit of Everything

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In Indonesia, I was going to spend two weeks with my friend, but I first had to spend a little over a week in Bali waiting for him.  I had heard so many things about Bali which I didn’t realize was more of a holiday getaway vacation spot than a backpackers haven.  I quickly left the beaches and went inland to the cultural centre of the island, Ubud.

Ubud was filled with hindu temples, in fact, they were right in people’s front yards.

and beautiful doorways

As the cultural centre, there were many opportunities to see cultural dance

Ubud is also known for its Monkey Sanctuary.

I was in Ubud for the Full Moon.  The Balinese have full moon parties too.

And then my friend arrived

At Sanur beach, excited to be escaping the cold winter At Sanur beach, excited to be escaping the cold winter

Then we headed back inland for more culture

We learned all about luwak coffee…

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Kuala Lumpur: Where Old Meets New

After the Philippines, I headed for a 2 day stopover in Kuala Lumpur

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I had a two night stopover in Kuala Lumpur and had time to visit the city.  I was excited to be here because I couldn’t wait to eat.  Like Singapore, it has a mixture of different cultures and I was looking forward to eating many of my favourite dishes.  As I walked the streets in search of desired dishes, I started to notice how modern certain areas of the city were contrasted with the older parts of the city.  The difference was striking.

Masjid Jamek Masjid Jamek

Kuala Lumpur Tower Kuala Lumpur Tower

A view from the Kuala Lumpur Tower A view from the Kuala Lumpur Tower

Streets of Little India

Street food- I learned the essentials of bahasa in KL (nasi goreng, mee goreng, ayam etc)

Petaling Street, China Town Petaling Street, China Town

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I was recommended to drink teh tarik (pulled tea) while here.  It’s called this because as it is being made it looks like the tea is being pulled like a string.

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