Tortoise on the Move

December 7, 2015

Gallery: Thailand

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Photos from around Thailand, June 20 – July 13, 2015. For more on my trip, check out these posts about the islands (Andaman coast and Gulf coast), Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park, and our Thai cooking class

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December 1, 2015

Guest Post: Canberra’s Best Hikes

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Guest post by my friend (and au pair extraordinaire) Stacey Lamore. I met Stacey while living in Australia, and she is currently working in Christchurch, New Zealand. 


Camels Hump

Camels Hump

Canberra: The place I have called home for the past 12 months. Australia’s capital and largest inland city.. yup, thats right: inland. No beaches here. Not only that, but it even occasionally gets below zero degrees here. I know what you are thinking: “BUT ITS AUSTRALIA?!” ….and all I have to say is, “But it’s CANBERRA!” A lot of people don’t like Canberra – they say there’s nothing to do, there’s nothing to see, don’t waste your time. Many people asked, and continue to ask, “Why Canberra?”

Look on the bright side! When I say that, I mean literally. Without fail, Canberra skies light up EVERY night with incredible sunsets unlike any other place I’ve seen. Also, it’s not so deadly hot that all you want to do is.. well, nothing. You can actually go on a hike without dying from the heat, most of the time. Speaking of hikes… Living inland in a valley has its perks! SOO many different hikes to choose from – and I’d like to share a few with you!

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July 6, 2015

Thailand: Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Days 9-16 of a 3-week journey around Thailand, June 20-July 13, 2015

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July 6, 2015

Chiang Mai: Thai Cooking Class

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Thai market

Thai market

On our second day in Chiang Mai, we signed up for a Thai cooking class with Oui from Trichada The Cookery Home, recommended to us by a friend of Katie’s. Oui picked us up from our hostel at 8:30 and we went straight to the market. On our way there, we selected the dishes we’d be making for the day from a menu of Oui’s teaching recipes. We’d be making a starter, a soup, a curry, and stir fry, and a dessert.

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July 6, 2015

Chiang Mai: Elephant Nature Park

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When Kate and I decided to officially add Thailand to the second half of our adventure, I already knew I wanted to visit Elephant Nature Park. I’d read about it on Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site, the same blog where I found AuPair.com. In researching various tours, I also came across this article, a heartbreaking piece on elephant abuse by trekking companies, which led us to decide against any tours that involved trekking, or elephant riding. Elephant Nature Park offered us the opportunity to get up close and personal with elephants but acts as a sanctuary for the animals.

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July 2, 2015

Surfing in Byron Bay

Byron Bay Surf School

*from June 17, 2015

Me, like an awkward baby giraffe, but significantly less cute

Me, like an awkward baby giraffe, but significantly less cute

You guys didn’t think I’d spend a year in Australia and not try surfing, did you? OK, maybe those of you who know how scared of sharks I am might have thought that, but I did it anyway! Katie had heard from a friend that Byron Bay was a really cool town, and since I hadn’t been yet, it was the perfect place to end the “road trip” portion of our East Coast adventure before flying to Sydney. Facing another poor weather forecast, we took our chances and booked a morning class with Byron Bay Surf School. Against the odds, we lucked out and had a cloudy morning with no rain. Our instructor’s name was Simon. He was from Victoria and had THE BEST Australian accent I’ve heard this entire year. We wiggled into our wetsuits and hit the beach.

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July 2, 2015

Thailand: Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Railay Beach

Koh Samui

Days 5-8 of a 3-week journey around Thailand, June 20-July 13, 2015

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June 30, 2015

Thailand: Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi

Days 1-4 of a 3-week journey around Thailand, June 20-July 13, 2015

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