TRAVEL

TAKE THE LEAP

Yesterday was the last day at my agency, before I run off to new exciting pastures in a new job. I’m both excited and sad-but isn’t that how all the big adventures start? It’s strange how sudden an old chapter closes and a new one starts. I can’t wait to take this leap of faith and start a new job!  All this change has me thinking back to past adventures…

…like the time we took off for a month to explore the Far East.

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Not really sure why no one wanted to sit next to me here. To that guy turning his head away- what did I do man!
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I loved Cambodia, it blew me away. Siem Reap reminded me a little of old Brunei- a little sleepy and beautiful. Full of families on motorbikes, red dirt roads, and monks in orange robes.  And frog legs, on the menu, everywhere. Angkor Wat was heaving with tourists and it was hard work trying to catch a good shot of the famed temple without being photobombed- eventually we took off and strolled around the temples where the crowds thinned out and we’d often find that it was just the two of us, surrounded by the leafy jungle and giant tree roots. Those giant tree roots were gorgeous! My highlight of the trip- sitting at the top of a temple, high up on a hill, watching the sunset..and you can’t make this up, an elephant began hooting it’s trunk (not a wild one, sadly)  From Siem Reap we took this tiny plane to Bangkok to make our way to Koh Phi Phi. It turned out to be not that scary at all and we actually got a bird’s eye view of Angkor Thom.

After the strenuous hikes around Siem Reap, we took a few relaxing days in Koh Phi Phi. We were spending our Christmas on the island! Our Christmas dinner was pretty much spent munching fruit on the beach, watching the waves. I would seek out this lady’s fruit stall every day to get my fill of rambutans and longan fruit. We hiked the long walk up to the top of Koh Phi Phi to get this view of the whole island. It was worth the sweat and mosquito bites to get to! Once up there, there was a shop and a cafe run by an eccentric man with a fat cat called Bob. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t even his name…Bob Marley was playing at the time. Hmmm…
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The next part of our adventure left the jungles and islands behind- we were ready to get back into the city!

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Hello Hong Kong!

We spent most of our time in Hong Kong…eating. There was just too much delicious food! We had amazing sushi, dim sum, hot pots and  umm turtle jelly. I had the best bowl of noodles late one night in Soho, from a noodle cart. We left the city a couple of times- once to visit the giant Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau island followed by a nice and simple vegetarian lunch at the Po Lin monastery. We took a day trip to Tap Mun island as well, where Robin’s ancestor’s once lived- followed by a huge hot pot that everyone stuck into- dozens of chopsticks dipping into the steaming pot of seafood and broth!

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Whilst that trip was definitely a Big Adventure, I know it’s not going to be our biggest or only adventure in our lives. You just never know what is coming around the corner! I like to look back at our time there- it’s a good reminder to take a risk every once in while. I can’t wait to share my next adventure- it might not be an epic trip away, but every leap of faith is an adventure!

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