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Chiang Mai

Welcome to the jungle!

So at this point, most of you reading the blog probably realize that we have traveled home to the states and are safe and sound residing in NY. Although it seems a bit silly to still be blogging about our travels after having returned home, it is important to us to finish up by sharing our amazing adventures in Thailand, as our time there brought us so much joy and a much-needed rest at the end of our journey. Anyway, if you are still reading, thanks for sticking with it ☺!

Chiang Mai is a smaller, less touristy city than Bangkok, situated in the Northern region of Thailand. The landscape is comprised of small mountains, rivers, and jungles. Our accommodation in Chiang Mai was a beautiful riverside bed and breakfast.
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Our room was all dark wood with a private bathroom and a balcony. Some views from our room:
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The B & B had a little pool, which came in handy in the 95 degree heat. Also, we loved that you could order complimentary breakfast at any time of day and they brought it to you anywhere on the quaint property that you desired to eat on that particular day- in the garden, on your balcony, poolside. It felt quite luxurious and cost next to nothing. They also brought us up the river into town on this lovely boat!

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Our first adventure in Chiang Mai was a Thai cooking class. This is a popular tourist activity across Thailand. Our class was run by an extremely smart, creative, and aggressive Thai woman. She was aggressive in that she barked commands at us as we were cooking – “CHICKEN! NOW! NOW! CHICKEN! NOW!” -- so that all 12 woks being used produced absolutely delicious fare (and most of us had not cooked a whole lot of Thai food prior to the class).
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We were impressed! We used the freshest Thai ingredients (fresh herbs from the garden) to create authentic Thai curries, stir fries, and soups. It was a pretty cool cross-cultural experience because the teacher was translating into English from Thai, and everyone in the class (except for us) was translating her English into their own language – Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese, French, etc. Whoa!

We also took a tour of some gardens and picked up our ingredients at the local market. Check out the size of these green beans!
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This is a little shot I like to call “After and Before:”
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The Thai people are aware of the fact that American and European palettes in general are not quite as accustomed to very spicy foods. In restaurants, often waiters will ask if you want your curry spicy. If you say yes, they will ask you if you mean “Thai spicy” or regular spicy. Nikki loves her some spicy food so she made all of her dishes “Thai spicy.” Check out this pic of her sweating out the green chili in her Tom Yum soup…mmm, mmmm good!
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And check out Marin at the wok:
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Adventure #2 in Chiang Mai was one of the major highlights of the entire trip and probably Marin’s absolute favorite experience. We went to Patara Elephant farm and spent a day caring for elephants. Patara Farm is located about 30km north of Chiang Mai. There are several places to have a variety of experiences with elephants in Thailand. We were very careful in our selection process as many of the sites do not treat the elephants well and make them do silly things like kick soccer balls with their trunks. Although you may be thinking, “I bet that would be cool to see,” it is actually quite harmful to the elephants. They can easily fall over and break bones. They do not recover well from such injuries and sometimes they do not recover at all.

At Patara, the idea is that you come for the day and care for 1 elephant in the same way that an elephant farmer would. We were in a group of 12 people, and each of us was paired with our own elephant. Marin had a 24 yr. old femaie (she was enormous!!!) while Nikki had a 7 year old male (smaller but big tusks!). We got to feed, bathe, brush, and ride our elephant. You also learn commands to so they will do things like lie down, come, stop, turn left/right, and lift up their trunks so you can feed them. The real elephant people knew how to get them to “speak,” spray water out of their trunks and all sorts of other stuff. We rode bareback (basically sat on top of their giant heads) as this is better for the elephants. Here we are living it up in the jungle with our buddies:

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And did you know elephants love pedicures?

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These guys were the cutest! And because you spent the entire day with 1 animal you really loved it by the end of the day. It was truly special! We fell in love ☺ Oh and there were 3 babies- about 2 months old each- adorable!

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When we weren't cooking or bathing large mammals, we enjoyed the night market scene of Chiang Mai -- more massages, more fresh food, more cheap beer!

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After about 4 days in Chiang Mai, we packed up and headed down to the South of Thailand for some R & R on a remote island and the final leg of our journey.

Tune in 1 last time for our experiences sunning, snorkeling, and smiling on the beautiful island of Ko Phangnan! xoxo Nikki and Marin

PS -- Do you think this monk is real, or a wax statue? We stared at him for 30 mins. and still couldn't decide!!!

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Posted by Marbert18 05:19 Archived in Thailand Tagged elephants cooking chiang_mai Comments (4)

Bangkok!

Yowsa.

Oh, Bangkok…where to begin?

After nearly two months in English-speaking Australia and New Zealand, we headed for the final leg of our great trip to Thailand. Though it seemed close at the time of planning the trip – they are all on the other side of the world, after all – it took us about 11 hours to fly from Sydney to Bangkok. When we arrived, we were blown away. It was so very different from anything we’d done on the trip before – very exciting and very exhausting.

To orient you – or rather, disorient you – to Bangkok, here are a few facts:
--It is a city of 11.9 million people
--There is zero urban planning so streets wind all over the place, everything is just sort of plopped down wherever, there is no sense of neighborhoods that we could make out – given this, plus none of the signs or maps being in English or even a romance language that we could make a good guess at, we got very lost lots of times
--The air pollution is so bad it is difficult to breathe at times (this did not deter Nikki from her daily run – she may be the first person ever to go for a jog in Bangkok, we are looking into it).

Perhaps this picture of Bangkok's fine electrical work sums it up perfectly:

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You will notice that in all of these pictures, we are wearing the exact same clothes each day. That is because it was very, VERY hot (April is the hottest time of year in SE Asia) – so hot that it’s unbearable to wear shorts even. You need a breeze blowing through you at all times. In the heat, it was also very important to stay hydrated:

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In addition to the great street drinks, we had so much fun sampling all the different street foods. The street food we ate in Bangkok was the best eating we did in all of Thailand and maybe even on our whole trip. Unlike American street food, which is pre-cooked and then re-heated on the street, this stuff was all fresh to order. Around 11 AM, everyone takes to the streets with their carts and their fresh fruit and veggies and eggs and propane burners…and voila!
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Some of our favorites were…

Pad Thai:
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These fried coconut custard things:
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Also…fresh watermelon, mango smoothies (we drank at least 2 of these a day) and lots and lots of papaya salad.

And the kicker is, nothing sold on the street costs more than 20 Baht (the Thai unit of currency). 20 Baht is equal to approximately 75 cents. The Pad Thai, for example, created with the freshest noodles, bean sprouts, eggs, and chicken you can imagine costs 10 Baht (about 35 cents). It was amazing!!! We felt like millionaires and the cheap prices in Thailand are not just confined to the street food.

Our move to Thailand meant going from one of the more expensive places on earth (Australia) to one of the cheapest. We got to say goodbye to hostel living and enjoy what felt like luxury accommodations to us. We even raided the mini-bar without guilt or fear of bankruptcy. Yes, the beer was twice as expensive in the mini-bar than on the street -- making it a whopping $3 instead of $1.50! Here were our beautiful digs in Bangkok – it was a nice little oasis away from the craziness of the city. We made good use of that pool after all of our sweaty sightseeing!

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To get around the city, we took many tuk-tuk rides. These were Marin’s most favorite! A direct quote: “This is like real-life Mario Kart!!!” Although there are street signs, lights and traffic laws in Bangkok, nobody follows any of it. I have tried to capture the zig-zagging across multiple lanes of traffic all going different directions at top speeds, but nothing can show it as good as the real thing.

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We held on for dear life and our drivers enjoyed laughing at us and talking with us about their two favorite Americans – Tiger Woods (he is half Thai) and Monica Lewinski (yup).

Yet another Thai treat we enjoyed were the massages. In Bangkok, these went for $5 an hour and they were ammaaaazing – there are massage chairs lined up and down almost every street. We had LOTS of these throughout our whole time in Thailand. And just because they were cheap did not mean they were poorly executed. Those Thai women have amazing hands and gladiator-sized forearms and they know all the special reflexology points. Sitting in this massage chairs was heavenly!!! And no, these were NOT “happy ending” massages -- get your mind out of the gutter. ☺ But, the Thai women did love Nikki’s big foot! And they always took extra good care of it!

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Massage was not the only special treatment that our tooties got in Bangkok. We also stopped into a fish spa. Most of you probably have not been to a fish spa because they are illegal in the U.S. for health code reasons. However, nothing is illegal in Thailand. We stopped in at Marin’s request after a few lunchtime brewskies. The shop itself was an old, converted camera shop with 3 large, dirty fish tanks on the floor. We sat down and stuck our feet into 1 of the tanks so that hundreds of little fish could literally gnaw the dead skin off our toes for the next 15 minutes. Marin almost threw up…several times. Although the experience was probably the single most unsanitary thing we have ever done, it did leave our feet soft and supple. Nikki spent the next 3 days having mini-panic attacks that she had contracted some rare tropical disease from the fish (the jury is still out on this one- we’ll keep you posted).

Here are the fish eating our feet:
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Here is Nikki rather enjoying the sensation:
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Here is Marin wanting to die:
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In addition to sampling the local street culture at places like Ko San Road...here it is by day...
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...and by night...
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...we immersed ourselves in Thai history and religious tradition by visiting some of the most breathtakingly beautiful temples. You are not allowed to expose your shoulders in the temples, hence the rented shirts…Between the golden Buddhas and the millions of tiny glass mirrors, the detailed architecture was gorgeous. Take a look at the Grand Palace and our visit to the Reclining Buddha (he was our favorite – he is 45 meters long (120 ft.) – and we liked his toes the best):

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The inhabitants of Bangkok are a fascinating group of people. While most are extremely peaceful and friendly, subscribing to one of the most peaceful religions in the world, Buddhism, many are simultaneously aggressive marketers, sales people and schemers. It is a bit confusing and creates an atmosphere in which you must constantly have your wits about you (which is a difficult feat when you begin drinking beer at 11 AM). This tiring work, coupled with the intensity of everything in the city from the heat to the pollution to the sex tourism made us quite ready to leave after 3 days. Don’t misunderstand our feelings here -- Bangkok is an amazing place unlike any other in the world. However it is a bit like Vegas in that after 2 or 3 days it leaves you yearning for some peace and quiet. And this is exactly what we got when we flew to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

Up next: our adventures with elephants, cooking Thai curries, and our most delightful riverside accommodation.

Posted by Marbert18 06:17 Archived in Thailand Tagged bangkok Comments (0)

Sydney!

Shiny Happy People Laughing...Shiny Happy People Holding Hands

The day before it was time to write our Sydney blog entry, I came across this description of the great city from Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country (a must-read for anyone heading to Australia, or if you’ve recently returned!):

“An air of cheerful industriousness infuses the scene. These are people who get to live in a safe and fair-minded society, in a climate that makes you strong and handsome, in one of the world's great cities –and they get to come to work on a boat from a children’s storybook, across a sublime plane of water, and each morning glance up from their Heralds or Telegraphs to see that famous Opera House and inspiring bridge and the laughing face of Luna Park. No wonder they look so damned happy.”

After I read this quote, I wondered if there was any point to writing this entry at all? Bryson has already said it so perfectly.
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But alas, we had a fabu time in Sydney and Manly (where our great friend and Hostess with the Mostest lives). We didn’t do much of the regularly touristy stuff – no museums, no tours of the Opera House – but it was a relief. Instead we got to live and breathe like locals and soak up all the damned happiness that Sydney had to offer. There was plenty of it.

The cool thing about staying in Manly with Sarah was that we got to take a break from hostel/hotel living. Including the obvious pleasures, like not having to worry if we could catch an infection in the shower and being treated to two pillows each in bed, we also got treated to many home-cooked meals, got merry with many of Sarah and Wayne’s lovely mates, indulged in lovely and huge brunches, and by the end of the two weekends, had a laundromat, coffee shop, and running route to call our own. We felt like true locals, and even had the happy dispositions to prove it! Here's Manly beach, one block from Sarah's apartment, where we took our daily run and swim:
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Manly is just north of Sydney, so you take a ferry in and out of the city. It’s also right on the beach. There are also tons of outdoor pubs (our favorite was the Manly Wharf Hotel aka “Wharfy” which Lonely Planet describes as “a place that will make you want to move to Australia”), restaurants, and coastal walks. Does it get any better than this?:
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Another highlight of our Sydney stay was visiting Coogee Beach, Nikki’s stomping grounds from her “study” abroad days 10 years ago. We actually visited twice, once via city bus and once via the great Coastal Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. Nik got to reminisce on the old days over some beers at the Coogee Bay Hotel, a Sweet Chili Chicken sandwich, and a stop by her old apartment. It was also a beautiful walk, with everyone out and about enjoying the day:
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Just as we thought the royal treatment couldn’t get any more royal, Sarah and Wayne treated us to a few lovely joyrides up the Northern Coast in Lucy, Sarah’s VW Beetle Convertible. I was tempted to wear a headscarf like Princess Grace, but opted for my Red Sox cap instead. Yep, life is good:
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Also, we saw this gigantic Gowana Lizard:
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We had planned to attend a rugby match (call it “Footie” if you want to be really cool) but it was pouring that night. Change of plans – see the game on a big screen TV (indoors) at a club that served beer at a discount and held a Meat Raffle. Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like: a raffle of meat. Let it be known that Nikki purchased 5 tickets…for a total of 50 possible winning numbers..but sadly did not win any sirloin! Choice A: Go to Footie in pouring rain to get “real experience. Choice B: watch game close up on big TV, drink cheap beer, play Pokies (Australian slots) and Keno, possibly win free meat. Is there really any choice here at all?

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Nik and I packed as much in to our last day in Sydney as humanly possible. We took the boat over from Manly, and toured the Botanical Gardens, which seemed to go on and on forever along the harbor. There were many beautiful trees, flowers and tropical birds, but the real highlight was the bats (they also went on and on forever):

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We were glad we didn't get locked in with these creatures

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We made our way up Macquarie St. to Hyde Park, where we had a coffee and enjoyed an intense game of Big Chess:

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Then up Oxford St., through the neighborhoods of Darlinghurst and Paddington – very stylish, very gay, lots of cool shops and pubs:

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After a few drinks, we were happy to have this reminder at each crosswalk:
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Though we’ve gotten used to driving on the left, we still don’t know which way to look when stepping of the sidewalk. I have taken to looking each way 7 or 8 times and then just making a mad dash for it and hoping for the best. This is not entirely different from how I cross the street at home, but still…

We made a stop at Sushi Train:
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You will notice the sushi comes around on a conveyor belt. I thought this was just about the most amazing thing since sliced bread. You just pick off whatever you want, and when you’re finished, they count how many plates you’ve stacked up (this part is rather embarrassing) and then charge you accordingly. Amazing!

We ended our amazing time in Sydney with a beautiful twilight drink in front of the Opera House. Our New Yorker selves simply could not get over the fact that although it was 6 PM, and everyone was out of work (we couldn’t believe that either) and it was a gorgeous night, the bar was pleasantly full but not at all crowded. You could actually enjoy it.

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We ferried home to Manly to enjoy a delicious last feast with our awesome hosts. Check out the size of Wayne’s pie (average-sized for Australia)!

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Thank you, Sarah and Wayne! We'll be back!

Up next: Adventures in Bangkok. 'nuf said. xoxo Nikki and Marin

Posted by Marbert18 21:15 Archived in Australia Tagged beaches sydney ferry bats rugby manly Comments (4)

The Outback

Uluru and a whole lot more…

After 5 weeks in the car, we were happy to turn in our keys and fly to Sydney for a stay with one of Marin’s besties, Sarah. More to come on our amazing times in Manly with Sarah and her lovely life in our next entry.

Right smack in the middle of our 2 week Sydney stint, we flew to Alice Springs in central Australia. We spent 2 nights and 3 days on a camping tour through the highlights of the Red Center, namely Uluru/Ayer’s Rock, Kata Tjuta/The Olgas, and Kings Canyon. I have given the Aboriginal name and the White Australian name for both. There has been quite a bit of unrest as to whom this land actually belongs. I will spare you our views on the politics of it all here but if anyone wants to have a conversation about it in person at a later date, Nikki would be more than willing to share her very strong views on this topic. And Marin would be happy to give the moderate, “well I can see it from both ways” perspective. ☺

The Red Center earned its name because it is a desert comprised of red sand as a result of the large red rock formations scattered throughout. Until recently, the Northern Territory experienced very little rain and remained an arid environment. However, over the past 5 years there has been a tremendous amount of rainfall (bring on the ice age!). This has led to lush green vegetation sprinkled throughout the red rock and sand with a clear blue sky behind it all. The result is one of the most beautiful scenes that we’ve ever experienced…truly unparalleled! Marin was so inspired by this natural beauty that she snapped a good 500 photos – lots of photos of rocks here. This was a good spot to play with the infinite number of settings on her camera, so some still need to be photoshopped.

Cool salt lake:

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Our tour involved us and 12 other backpackers being shuttled around the Outback in an old school bus by one of the cutest Aussie tour guides you can imagine, Ryan. He had the dimples, the accent, and the kind-hearted, gentle nature.

Needless to say we were in love with him from the get go. Here is our Ryan photoshoot:

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We enjoyed not having to do the driving ourselves as we covered roughly 1500K in 3 days. We sat in the back of the van and slept, ate ice cream, read, enjoyed the beautiful desert scenery (even a few wild camels ran by), and watched Sex and City DVDs on our laptop- thanks for the loaners Sarah :-)!

Our eclectic traveling crew was pretty comical, including a few Brits, another lesbian couple (they were Aussies and so we loved them), an older couple (they were older than us and so we loved them, too), a German, a gal from Holland (we lovingly called her Dutchie), two Canadians and an Asian couple. Pretty much the United Nations. All in all, a good mix and everyone got along! Nobody bothered to learn each other’s names so we just referred to each other by country name. We were “Team America.” Here’s the group and some pictures of the camping scene – note Nikki holding court per usual:

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We all got cozy quite quickly as we slept outside in neat contraptions called swags. Yes, there were many jokes made about enjoying a Swag Shag…haha! A swag is basically a suped-up sleeping bag. There were not any hot rims attached, but there was quite a bit of padding, a waterproof outer shell, and a pillow. Nikki was thrilled to find the pillow- camping is a million times better with a pillow! No tents were involved, which was awesome because it allowed us to see the millions of stars stretched across the long sky. We had fun trying to make sense of the constellations in the Southern Hemisphere.

Nighttime camping pic by the fire:

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Although this may sound torturous to some, we awoke each morning at 4:30 am, so as to experience the sunrise over one of the many beautiful rocks that we visited. We also wanted to avoid this:

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We also caught the sun set each evening around some more gorgeous rocks. It was def worth missing some sleep to see these amazing views! Take a look at some pics of sunrises and sunsets throughout the trip:
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We hiked each day for a few hours. The first day’s hike was around the base of Uluru, the quintessential Australian postcard photo. It is the largest monolith in the world and it is amazing in person! Although we did spend quite a bit of time swatting the famous Australian flies out of our eyes, noses, and mouths. Check out the flies on this guy's back -- an average amount:
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The Aboriginal people ask that you not climb the rock as it is considered to be sacred, so we opted for the base walk – it is 9 kilometers around the entire rock!
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Some people ignored the whole sacred bit. They will now be cursed:

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The second day’s hike was through Kata Tjuta. We went on a walk there called the Valley of the Winds Walk. The name is appropriate in that the various red rock formations create lovely wind tunnels. Quite a few people on our tour thought this spot was the most beautiful of them all. To Marin’s delight, we also spotted a few Kangaroos along the way.
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The final day’s walk was around the rim of King’s Canyon. Nikki fell in love with this spot when we watched the sunrise over the canyon. It was spectacular! Ryan, our cute guide, pointed out various plants and trees used for homeopathic remedies by the Aboriginal people along the way. Marin continued to fumble with her camera and lag meters and meters behind the group.

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On the way back to Alice Springs we stopped at a Camel Farm to ride some camels. We chose not to ride them because we weren’t happy with the small pens in which they were living. However, it was neat to see them up close and Marin snapped some great pics-see:
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Other highlights of the trip were collecting firewood in the 110-degree, fly swarming heat (this was more of a lowlight), and making Nikki pose as the company’s logo:
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Exhausted and amazed by our time in the Outback, we headed back to the city for some more QT with Sarah and Sydney.

Up next: Sydney and all its splendor, Manly, and Coogee, Nikki’s study abroad paradise from 10 years ago.

Also, in real time, we are in Thailand right now and it is awesome! The goal is to get a few entries out in the next couple of days as we lie by the sea and sip rum punch, so that you all can see how amazing Thailand has been too! Xoxo Nikki and Marin

Posted by Marbert18 22:03 Archived in Australia Tagged desert uluru hiking outback olgas camel kangaroo kings_canyon ayer's_rock emu_run Comments (1)

Surf’s up, Dude!

Soaking up the rays on the Sunshine Coast

After camping on amazing Fraser Island for 3 days, we were ready for some creature comforts – you know, fancy stuff like hot showers and a bed. We got to Noosa after a 2 hr. drive South along the coast. It is rather difficult to arrive to a new destination in the dark (especially when the internal light in your Astra does not work- perhaps this was damage we had done as a result of driving through the flood waters in North Queensland). Marin, ever the industrious McGyver, has taken to handling this challenge by squatting outside the car and holding the miniscule Lonely Planet map in the headlights. But, she never quite got the hag of doing this in the pouring rain.

After literally driving around in circles (there are 114 roundabouts in Noosa!!) through the various neighborhoods - Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach, Noosaville- consulting the map in the headlights several times, asking 3 different people for directions and having 2 arguments, we finally landed at our Flashpacker accommodation.

For those of you who are not familiar with the ins and outs of the youth hostel circuit, Flashpacker accommodation is one step up from backpacker accommodation. It usually means you pay about $10 more, and for this tax, you’re guaranteed luxuries like clean sheets. If you are lucky, you might have a pool or a TV in your room. Our Noosa Digs did not disappoint: king sized bed, perfect private shower, flat screen tv, private little terrace off the room, pool, bbq). Perfect for a post-camping crash.

After a good night’s rest, we spent a wonderful day frolicking on the gorgeous beaches of Noosa. We went to the Main Beach, which was filled with surfers and sunbathers. Nikki sunbathed away (shocking!) while Marin rode the waves on a boogie board she loaned from the hostel. By Australian standards, Noosa is very posh – the place to “see and be seen” according to our guide book. We were amazed that even by these standards, we enjoyed a gorgeous day on a pristine beach – no payment to enter, park or do anything else. Free luxury. Gotta love Australia.
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After Main Beach we found a great beach bar and enjoyed some oysters and beers. It was nice to just sit and chill for a bit and catch our breath after all of the driving we had done.

We wandered over to Noosa Heads, one of the many Australian National Parks and took a lovely sunset stroll through the Eucalypt-covered coastline. On our walk we spotted some more surfers- they are everywhere in Noosa- and a Koala! The wildlife spotting made Marin really happy! We found a gorgeous spot to sit and take it all in. Take a look:

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After one more sleep, and some delicious steaks BBQ’d in the pouring rain, we hit the road and headed toward Byron Bay. We broke up the 4-hour drive with a stop at Steve Irwin’s famous Australia Zoo.
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For those of you who are not loyal Steve Irwin fans, you may not be aware that the Crocodile Hunter tragically died in an accident involving a Sting Ray a few years back. Sadly, he left behind his wife and children. The Australia Zoo has become his legacy. The Zoo itself is quite commercial (picture Disney with lots of crocs) and some of the animals were definitely depressed (Nikki has some strong feelings of dislike toward caged animals) but we did learn some amazing things about Koalas and crocodiles. Did you know that a Koala is not actually a bear? And it has two thumbs. It turns out that the Koalas are endangered and protected in the zoo- this was a bit reassuring to us. And we even got to touch a Koala – it is so super soft. his is when Nikki decided that the Koala is her favorite of the Marsupials. Marin, however, is still loyal to the Kangas!
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We also went to a live Croc show where this crazy dude below put his life at risk for us, much to our enjoyment. Crocs use their tails to jump 6 feet in the air!
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And there were also these cool gigantic prehistoric tortoises:
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We arrived in Byron (in the dark of course, crossing back and forth through town, over railroad tracks and in search of a road on our map that did not exist in real life) to a lovely Bed & Breakfast. We were greeted at the door by Marty, our warm and wonderful host -- a theatrical Kiwi who’s travelled and lived all over the world. Some details about Marty to help you picture him: makes sweeping hand gestures when talking about the weather, walks around town and in the house with a bird on his shoulder, raises tree frogs on the porch, drinks soy milk, wears yoga pants and was so excited to tell us that our soap was some kind of organic almond mixture, not those “dreadful little bars”. This is all very normal for Byron – it’s the bourgeois hippie capital of OZ, not unlike Park Slope, except on the ocean. Nikki was psyched to return there after her visit 10 years ago to a 4-day jazz festival, when she came to “listen to music.”

Though we did not recreate Woodstock, we did have a wonderful time in Byron. Great bars, restaurants and live music to keep us jolly at night. Beautiful beaches for walks and swims, farmer’s markets, and dolphin and surfer sightings during the day. We went on one two mile run that turned into an 8 mile walk after we got lost, but we got a great tour of the Byron Cape – the easternmost point on the coast – as a result.
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What a great place to end our road trip! xoxo Marin & Nik

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