Tortoise on the Move

July 6, 2015

Chiang Mai: Thai Cooking Class

Master Chefs
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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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


April 20, 2015

A Weekend in Noosa

Sunshine Beach
Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

Over the weekend, I took a short but sweet holiday to Noosa, just forty minutes north of my home in Bli Bli. I’ve been to Noosa a few times before but only for the day, so this time I booked a hostel to stay a while longer. For anyone living or traveling along the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is a definitely worth exploring. Here’s what I got up to this weekend…


September 19, 2014

The Weekend Series: Batemans Bay

Bridge over the Clyde River

Clyde River Bridge

If Gold Coast was the love child of Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, then Batemans Bay is Naples (Florida, that is). A sleepy town on the south coast of New South Wales, Batemans is a popular destination both for Canberrans escaping the city and retirees seeking warm weather in a quiet environment. According to my host dad, Canberra all but clears out on summer weekends as residents head for the coast, so two of my au pair friends and I decided to check it out last week.


August 30, 2014

The Gold Coast: Florida or Australia?

Currumbin Beach
Curious Roo

Curious Roo

Quick Hits

Where I went: Gold Coast, Australia (Surfer’s Paradise, Southport, Broadbeach, Currumbin)

How I went: bus from Canberra to Sydney, plane from Sydney to Gold Coast

When I went: August 23-26, 2014

Why I went: Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and a quick escape from chilly Canberra

Where I stayed: Budd’s in Surfer’s, just blocks from the beach ($27AUD/night – 4 bed female dorm with free wifi and breakfast)

Where I ate: Peter’s Fish Market, Southport

Where I cuddled a koala: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


July 10, 2014

21 Thoughts on 21 Days in Australia


Summing up my first three weeks in Australia.


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