A fun memory

For some reason, while walking through 5 feet of snow this morning a thought came through my mind… a distant memory now…  did it really happen? …

The memory: After seeing the sand dunes at  Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, Kendall and I were driving back through the dirt “roads” towards civilization in our super lemon of a rental car and all of the sudden the trunk opens. We stop, go out, and notice that the latch was broken. We MacGyver the trunk shut with a combination of duct tape and some rope that we took from our sleeping bags bag…We did this so nonchalantly that it seemed like another day at the office. Well for us, at that time, I guess it was.

For some reason I had and I still have the biggest smile on my face throughout this snowy morning here in Winnipeg.

I love our memories. I miss travelling. I can’t wait to get going again. Life moves on.

Back to spreadsheets.

 

 

 

 

 

AHHHHH WE’RE BACK

Feels great to be home!

We’re back on Canadian soil! WOW WOW WOW!!!!. It feels insane really. It’s such a crazy feeling to be back in such familiar territory but to have it feel so unfamiliar. It’s a hard thing to explain, and it’s something I wouldn’t have really known to expect, but it’s been weird. It’s been great of course, but still weird.  It’s been almost two days now since we landed in Toronto and we’ve been fighting off jet lag and reverse culture shock, but we’ve also been having an amazing time catching up with our travel guru’s, friends and former co-workers  from New Zealand Sheryl and Chris.  They picked us up from the airport and we’ve been staying with them for our first few days back “home”.

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We ♥ Hong Kong

Light show from Kowloon

It’s a true testament to the greatness of a city when you enjoy the heck out of it despite awful weather. Such was the case with us and Hong Kong. Although we were only there for one super rainy day we really fell in love with the city. I was completely surprised by this since I had come to find I mostly dislike large Asian cities.  Apparently Hong Kong is my exception.

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Last stop in South East Asia – Chiang Mai, Thailand

At the amazing Elephant Nature Park

After our long journey from Luang Prabang we were really happy to be back in Thailand. We had a lot to look forward to in Chiang Mai! My Mom and her wonderful friend Vicky were going to be meeting us for a whirlwind week long trip to the city followed by our flight back to Canada via Hong Kong.

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Top 5 Animal Experiences

Top 5 Animal

I LOVE animals! By far and away one of my favourite parts of traveling is getting to see and meet some of our planets most incredible creatures in their native environments.  We’ve had the opportunity to get up close and personal with several wonderful animals and these memories will forever be some of my best.  Although animal tourism is a huge draw for me and so many others it’s important to remember that the most important thing is the animal and not your personal enjoyment as a tourist. If participating in this type of tourism you should always make sure to do your research first. Seek out the most responsible, natural and nonintrusive way to meet our planets animals. Never support exploitation even if it means a cheaper price tag and closer contact with the animal.

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Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai by Slow Boat

Slow Boat Day 1

As mentioned in the previous post there really isn’t a fast or comfortable way to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai on a small budget.  After much contemplation we decided to take our chances with the 2 day public slow boat upriver along the Mekong.  With extensive research (online, other travelers, travel agents etc) we concluded that the following awaited us:

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Monks at the waterfall

From Vang Vieng we took yet another extremely twisty, bumpy and generally uncomfortable bus ride to the main tourist town in Laos – Luang Prabang.  Although it is just over 200km’s away from Vang Vieng it took us more than 7 hours to get there. That should give you a pretty good idea of the state of the roads in Laos. The scenery on this journey was stunning, however. It almost made up for the 7 hours of nausea.

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Top 5 Foods

Top 5 Foods!

Continuing with our top 5 lists we come to my favourite category, top 5 foods! This was probably one of the hardest lists to compile as we have tried hundreds of varied local foods throughout our travels. The list could have easily been a top 10 or 20, but then it would just ruin the consistency of our lists. As anybody who knows us personally can imagine, this list has obviously been written entirely from my perspective. If Kendall had done her own list it would have definitely consisted only of 5 variations of bread and cheese.

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Journey into Laos

Vang Vieng Views

I didn’t think we were going to make it to Laos this time around.  If I’m being completely honest my vote for our last two weeks was to head to another Thai island for a few more beautiful beach days before making our way up through the north of the country to Chiang Mai.  But, Luke really wanted to come to Laos so I gave in.  We had heard nothing but good things about the country so I convinced myself that it would be a good thing for us to go. Maybe we would experience something different from everything else we had seen so far in South East Asia.  Well, so far I can’t say that I’m in love with this place.

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Wet and Wild Songkran

Wet crowd

After a pretty scary flight from Hanoi we arrived in Bangkok for a short two day stay. The weather was not cooperating while we were in the air and there were severe thunderstorms and heavy winds above Bangkok. We’re pretty sure the pilot had to abort one landing attempt as the weather was too violent and the plane was forced to fly past the airport and into the gulf of Thailand before doubling back for another attempt. The second time around the weather cleared and we touched down without incident.

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