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.
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…
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.
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