There’s a reason my home town of Melbourne, Australia is considered one of the World’s Most Livable Cities – it’s a freaking cool place. Melbourne oozes with culture and activity, it’s a place where the mainstream is overshadowed by the edgier, artier, funkier side of life and for those of us lucky enough to walk its colourful streets, Melbourne is a place that never fails to entertain or amaze… particularly if you know where to look.
Not only does Melbourne boast some of the best cafes, restaurants, shops and art galleries in Australia (let’s even go as far as to say among the best in the world… I might be a tad biased though), it’s also home to a multitude of very cool laneways that are packed with some of the finest treats of the city. Continue reading
The island of Bali, Indonesia has been a favourite among travellers for many decades and anyone who has ever been here – or even just seen a few photos – can see why. ‘Paradise‘ is a word that often comes up when talking about Bali… well that and ‘Drunk Australians‘ if I’m going to be completely honest. Neither description is without merit but thankfully the latter is quite easily avoided.
With my week-long holiday drawing to a close, I will admit that rather than traipsing around the island on this, my fourth visit to Bali, I have spent an inordinate amount of time doing, well, not a whole lot. I pepper my days of soaking up rays by the pool with the odd massage, a manicure, a second helping of lunch or bout of shopping. Yep, it’s been Rancho-Relaxo all the way… Bali’s pretty good for that. Continue reading
You might recall that a few weeks ago I published a post called 5 Things I Miss About South Korea. I couldn’t fit everything I wanted to include into that list, not by a long shot, in fact I think I’d need a Friday Five-Hundred in order to cover everything I miss about Korea. Well, I’m feeling nostalgic for the Land of the Morning Clam today and have decided that it’s time for the next installment of that list with 5 More Things I Miss About South Korea. Continue reading
If last week’s Friday Fives didn’t make you lose you lunch, this one surely will. Yes, we’re here to address some of Asia’s worst with ‘5 Toilets You Don’t Want to Find in Asia’
Perhaps only marginally less famous than the old E=mc2, is the equation of;
Asia + Toilets = Scary
This is a proven fact that anyone who has traveled to the continent can attest to. Toilets there are the stuff nightmares are made of. Worst part is, they’re pretty much unavoidable.
It’s not even the squat-toilet element that’s the issue here – in fact, the squat is a blessing in disguise as it greatly reduces the potential of skin-to-porcelain contact, which as we will see, can only be a good thing. What makes these bathrooms so downright traumatising is, well, see for yourself… Continue reading
Trying local dishes is inherent to travel. There’s really no escaping it… and nor should you want to! Some of the most amazing meals of my life have been consumed while traveling – Indian curries, Japanese sushi, Cambodian Amok, Chinese duck – the list is long. These are the meals that have left their mark on me for their deliciousness… they’re the stuff my hunger-fueled daydreams are made of, they’re what keep me trying new foods everywhere I go.
But then there are those dishes that are memorable for other reasons; for the significant challenge they posed to my stomach and gag-reflex, for making me want to cry at the prospect of eating them, for their downright grossness. Some look much worse than they tasted, others tasted worse than they look, but they all took a lot of mental-conditioning to put into my mouth and they’re all reasonably common dishes in their local sphere. It is to these foods that this week’s Friday Fives is dedicated.
Posted in Friday Fives, Tales from the road, TRY SOMETHING NEW
Tagged ASIA, CAMBODIA, FOOD, FRIDAY FIVES, GROSS, JAPAN, LAOS, SOUTH KOREA, TRY SOMETHING NEW, WEIRD
Beijing is undoubtedly one of the great cities of the world – it’s big, it’s old and it’s bursting with cool. There is so much to see and do in Beijing it doesn’t really matter how long you spend there, you’re likely to leave feeling like you only just scratched the surface (I mean, even old mate Peking Man thought Beijing was a pretty happening spot about half million years ago… Imagine what the city has come up with since then!)
This week’s Friday Fives are my pick of things to do in Beijing – not necessarily all the big name sights (although, you should probably check them out too), but the 5 things I enjoyed most during my time in the city. Continue reading