I have been holidaying solidly/drinking my own weight in beer for 5 weeks which has been so amazing but resulted in a savage cold!
Im in Perth now at my parents house so hopefully lazing around the pool for a week will help my recovery.
After Xmas 5 of us hired a 4WD and drove up the west coast of Australia for 9 days. We fed dolphins from our hands, swam in lagoons and spent new years even in Coral bay! It was pretty nice!
2 days after arriving back in Perth we flew to Vietnam with my boyfriends, Jim's family!!
Vietnam was really beautiful but Im really sad to admit that I was disappointed with the food. After being to Thailand and Cambodia and eating the most amazing curries and salads, vietnamese food was WAY bland.
I eat Pho in Melbourne twice a week when I'm home and I LOOOVE it. It was basically impossible to find "ang chay" (vegan) Pho in vietnam and the rest of what I ate was pretty tasteless.
The one thing that was amazing was the sweets!! We ate fried banana and coconut buns and moon cakes. OH moon cakes are just amazing. These super sweet cake logs made from nuts and pumpkin. They cost 3000 dong for a packet which is about $0.20 We bought about 10 packs to bring home.
My boyfriends Mum and I did a cooking course in Nha Trang which was really great. I got to Flambé some mango with banana rum!
They were amazing with the 'vegan' thing. I didn't even have to mention that I couldn't have fish sauce in the dipping sauce. They just bought me soy instead. Instead of prawns in my rice paper rolls I had a whole plate of fried tofu.
Here is a picture of a ridiculous rooster/pinapple/lantern!
My first ride in a cyclo on the way to the market.
This lady was very unhappy I took a photo of her. She stood up and yelled at me just as a went to walk away.
We went for a 14km trek in Sa Pa. It was incredibly beautiful but super muddy and very slippery in a pair of nikes. At the beginning of the walk about 8 of the women from the Village began following us down the hill. At first I thought they were selling something but they didn't offer anything. They walked with us for about 4 hours, holding our hand when we needed it and saving us from sliding on our butts! It was a beautiful day.
This is my boyfriends brother Alex!
The Hmong women dye their clothes with Indigo leaves which dyes their hands.
Aren't the rice paddys beautiful?
This beautiful little guy ran out of his house and waves to us as we trekked past!
Next on my list of places to visit is Nepal. Any one got any good info about Nepal?