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Mum and Dad in Texas

It was a pleasure to host my parents for the last two weeks and show them what Texas has to offer. The visit could be classed as somewhat of a whirlwind tour with only one real “rest” day, but they seemed to hold up without too much fussin’ ;) Things we did: San Antonio + accidental Viva Fiesta Gruene (and hill country) + Whiskey Myers at Gruene dance hall Brazos Bend State Park (previously) where the gators like this one are Buc-ee’s (of course) Cavender’s for boots and belts The Galleria Goode Co BBQ ALL the food places: El Real, Vinoteca Poscol, Brick n Spoon, Brasil, Blacksmith, + many more Nasa Space Center, Level 9 Tour Galveston Poetic Systems‘ Burger Club Ep7 @ Hubcap Grill EPIC BBQ at our place, featuring ALL the meats, all the salads, all the drinks, and all the friends Stuff I’ve probably fogotten Photos coming soon… My folks have embarked on the next leg of their World Tour, Gdańsk, Poland for two weeks, followed by two weeks in Braunschweig, Germany, before travelling home to Melbourne, Australia.


Well, we finally made it. Waiting at Saigon domestic airport, 333 beer in-belly, for our flight to Hue. Updates may be sparse for the next week[1. I think I’ve scheduled a post tomorrow… no, wait. It was the previous post. About Gmail. ], but I know you can wait it out. I’ll allow you to stray if need be — 50km rule and all that — but I’ll expect your attention again starting next week. Speak ‘ron Barto Day 1, Getting to Hué Paperwork Car, plane, wait, plane, car The Shining Tea which tastes of the milk after you’ve eaten all the Froot Loops Cyclo x2 Rice crepes, spring rolls, pizza, 333 Followed by cyclo x2 Thwarted shakedown attempt Refuse to go down for international power adapter Sleep Day 2, Hué Tennis Swim Poached egg, toast, bacon, fruit, yoghurt, coco pops!

Five reasons to travel

Since I’ve met Kelly, I’ve been travelling. Before I met Kelly, I had no interest in seeing the world. Well, it’s not that I had no interest; I’d always wanted to see Japan and Iceland, but there never seemed any urgency. Friends would go off on their obligatory world travel trip before (or during, or after) Uni, but not me. In hindsight it’s funny because one of the few things that’s stuck in my mind from my TAFE days was a lecturer telling me “there is no money better spent than on travel.”


A couple of weeks ago Kelly and I took a week-long trip to Laos. Why Laos? Well, we’d never been before, and it seemed to be a place which avoided the touristy aspect of travelling in Asia. Also, Kelly’s cousin-in-law is from Laos, and her cooking is feckin’ awesome! I won’t bore you (and me) with an exhaustive description; instead, I’ll try a brief summary in point form. You can skip to the photo gallery now, but the photos will make more sense if you read the text first.

Notes from the road river

It appears that WiFi is common this side of the Mekong, so this is a short post to say wassup?!, and tell mum we’re alive and well in Louang Phabang, Laos. We arrived yesterday after a two day boat cruise down the Mekong river from Thailand. Thoughts? How can I relieve the sunburn. We spend four nights in this small but well prepared village. Imagine the best bits of Bali, without the footy yobbos (and the beach). Coming up: 60km ride to Kouang Si waterfalls and back, some Lao Ballet, an all-day cooking class, and a 8 hour bus trip to Vientiane.