Author Archives : Carrie

Back in Hanoi Where it all Began


In May 2014 we set off on our first long-term adventure, 7 months travelling through South East Asia and on to New Zealand. We started that trip by flying straight into Hanoi and it was a hot, crazy, noisy, intense sensory overload, where our love affair with Vietnamese food began. Returning two and a half years later we were intrigued…

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Lazy Days in Luang Prabang


Luang Prabang is a small city in Northern Laos which sits on the Mekong river. It has a peaceful, small town feel and the pace of life is slow. We ended up spending a week there just soaking up the atmosphere. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, Luang Prabang is a fusion of traditional Lao houses and French colonial…

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Visiting COPE in Vientiane, Laos


We missed out Laos on our last trip, it was monsoon season and we decided to go to Myanmar instead, so we were happy to get the time to fit it in on this trip. There wasn’t a lot to do in the capital Vientiane, but an interesting place to visit is the COPE centre. About a twenty minute walk…

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Bright Lights and Shanghai Nights


Over 24 hours travelling and a 13 hour time jump saw us arrive in Shanghai for our first ever visit to China. Since it was fairly last-minute, we didn’t have time to sort out the correct visas, but found that we could get a 144 hour transit visa as long as we were flying on to another country and didn’t…

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Oaxaca – The Culinary Capital of Mexico


The journey from San Cristobal to Oaxaca is an 11 hour overnight bus. With all the teacher protests that had been going on and recent bus hijackings we were a little trepidatious about travelling at night. It was a fairly comfortable bus but the police got on every few hours to search passengers and check I.D. so there wasn’t much…

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San Cristobal de las Casas and Shamanic Rituals


San Cristobal de las Casas is a small colonial town up in the mountains of the Chiapas region of Mexico. It sits at an altitude of 2200 metres so can get quite chilly at night. The town is very pretty, with colourful buildings, typical Mexican style churches, small cobblestone streets, great food, lively bars and a fantastic market. It is…

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Valladolid and Chichen Itza


Valladolid is a pretty little colonial town in Mexico’s Yucatan region. It doesn’t see that many tourists but is a great base to visit Chichen Itza which is only 45 minutes away. The town is very quiet, with pretty squares, a cathedral and brightly coloured buildings.

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Cancun and a First Taste of Mexico


You may have noticed we haven’t posted as much about food on this trip. Sadly, apart from Ceviche, the cuisine in South America just didn’t live up to the standards of Asia and it was so unhealthy! At first it seems great but a few weeks of eating only fried food and carbs with absolutely no flavour in any dish…

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