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Elephants at large

Elephants at large Leaving Surin Town, with 17 intrepid travelers crammed into the back of an open truck, we headed out towards our home for the week, Tha Tum village, together with an assortment of luggage, hopes and expectations. Our groupies for this trip were: Sue & Dave (that’s us)…

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The heArt of Penang

A few months ago, sitting in a brilliant little Asian-fusion café in Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, I found myself wondering about the origins of the interesting graffiti type artwork around the walls. I think we’ve all seen these pictures wherever the mere suggestion of Asian food is served. Something…

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Heaven is a Malaysia hawker

An important aspect of traveling to a foreign country is figuring out the food and how we’ll eat, and while it’s also one of the most exciting aspects, it can turn out to be quite stressful. That first introduction to an Asian hawker center can feel a bit overwhelming. My…

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Transit day: Singapore to Melaka.

Over the years we’ve learned from many transit days, and in particular border crossings, that anything can happen. On the day we transited by bus from Singapore into Malaysia we really needed to have our wits about us. It was one of those times where our radars had to be…

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One way ticket to . . . . .

When we had to cut short our South America trip in early 2017 we thought that as soon as Dave’s brain aneurysm was fixed we would head straight back over and pick up where we left off, in Brazil. There was also the matter of an Elephant Sanctuary trip to…

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Back from the Outback

Dave’s been saying to me for years: you have to experience driving in the Outback to really get it. If I thought the drive on the way into the Red Center from Queensland was epic, then what was to come was even more so. Following our incredible Kings Canyon visit…

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Kings Canyon in our own back yard

As we approached the check-in counter at Kings Canyon Resort I was comforted by the globally recognised symbols, assuring us that WIFI was available. It was after we’d been through the formalities with the receptionist that we learned not only was there no internet, there was also no mobile service….

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Kata Tjuta is sacred to the Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. The sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta are believed to be around 500 million years old. Can you believe that? It is something that filled our minds and our hearts as we stopped…

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A mighty rock

Have you ever had that feeling of being completely overwhelmed when you find yourself in the presence of greatness, of something extraordinary? Something that you’ve always known about and then to finally be there? Arriving at the Great Wall of China was an epic moment and I’ll never forget seeing…

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  Lots of Beanies:  We turned up in Alice Springs during the annual Beanie Festival and if you are considering a visit to the Alice, then I’d highly recommend getting there around the end of June / early July because you’ll get to see up close some amazing quirky craft created…

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