• or 2.7 times around the world!

    So long, and thanks for all the fish

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    Ice ice baby

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    Four seasons in one day

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    Where are the Andes?*

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    Cry me a river

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    Good things come to those that ask

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    Battle of the bean alchemists

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    That's what it's all about

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    Cameron's close shave

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    Kia ora my precious!

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    And we have a winner!

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    Adelaide: Koalas, Eccles Cakes and Plasticine Shapes

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    Falling down the rabbit hole

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    Lalaland (PG 13)

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    Sydney Laid Bare

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    Alien Invasion? No worries!

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    Revenge of the travel gods

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    The road to Mandalay

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    Around the world in 80 dates - 5 rules for dating in San Francisco

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    Visiting the new house

Good Morning Vietnam
In Vietnam

Good Morning Vietnam

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Nov 30, 2012
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After India I was feeling pretty proud of my Matrix-like road crossing skills. If I could traverse a Delhi street, narrowly missing tuk tuks, cars, lorries, buses and cows coming at me from all directions, I could do anything. The universe, sensing I was getting a bit big for my boots, decided to promote me ...

What’s mine is yours, maybe
In Laos

What’s mine is yours, maybe

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Nov 25, 2012
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There’s something fascinating to most people raised in a consumerist culture about another race being linguistically unable to differentiate between what is mine and what is yours. What on earth do siblings have to argue about? How do you tell the waiter which of the cocktails on his tray is yours? And, most importantly, how ...

Helping the people of Laos to COPE
In Laos

Helping the people of Laos to COPE

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Nov 25, 2012
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Thank you for taking a moment to learn more about an excellent initiative looking to improve the lives of many Laos people by helping them overcome physical disability.   COPE, the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise, provides access to medical care and on-going rehabilitation in a country where there is limited state funding. As its title ...

Back to the future

Back to the future

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Nov 18, 2012
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Sawat dee ka from 2555! Did I not mention I was planning a spot of time travel as part of my year around the world? I was in Thailand last February and it totally passed me by that they use a different calendar here (then again, the prospect of that self-administered bucket and hose in ...

Images of India

Images of India

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Nov 13, 2012
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In the almost certain likelihood  that I’m too busy travelling around Thailand and Indochina to actually write about it (these blog posts take way longer to write than I ever imagined at the start), I thought I’d share a few images from my time in India and what they mean to me. I still can’t ...

Kerala part 2: attack of the leeches
In India

Kerala part 2: attack of the leeches

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Nov 8, 2012
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My are those leeches persistent little critters. Drawn by the scent of the first human to pass by, thousands of skinny, hungry, grey tubes twist upwards from the muddy soil, hoping to grasp onto one of our feet. Like a blood-thirsty medusa’s mane performing a mexican wave. But rather than garlic, the substance that has ...

Kerala part 1: come back monkey mind, all is forgiven
In India

Kerala part 1: come back monkey mind, all is forgiven

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Nov 4, 2012
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Kerala is too relaxing. If God had a postal address I’d seriously consider writing them a letter of complaint, as it’s totally messing with my daily meditation. I nearly fell asleep a couple of times today, sat on my little pillow as the sun came up (behind the ominous monsoon clouds). Fortunately gravity, in combination ...

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In India

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

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Oct 30, 2012
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You know how some children know from a young age what they want to be when they grow up? And how the rest end up being accountants or IT professionals? Well I wanted to have a cattery – so I could play with cats all day. Despite having eight cats at one point (we had ...

Bollywood, bangles and ali baba pants
In India

Bollywood, bangles and ali baba pants

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Oct 23, 2012
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Maybe visiting the most beautiful building in the world so near the start of my time in India was poor planning? Perhaps I should have left it til last, and enjoyed a long, slow, spice-laden seduction, one that built gradually into a crescendo of anticipation as I stepped off the train in Agra. But then ...

A teardrop on the cheek of eternity
In India

A teardrop on the cheek of eternity

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Oct 16, 2012
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It seems pretty unusual for people to go home part way through a year out, as though the familiar will somehow tarnish the experience of the exotic and far-flung adventure they are on. My quest for twelve months of summer required a geographic loop – away from my new-found love, San Francisco, back across the ...

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