Mandalay: the city of pagodas and friendly locals

Mandalay was the perfect entry point and introduction to Myanmar. It’s much quieter and more laid back than Yangon, despite it being the second biggest city in the country, and the people are extremely welcoming and eager to practice their English with you (as I would soon find it).

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How Bangkok proved me wrong

I’ll just be honest, I wasn’t super keen to go to Bangkok. I usually prefer to steer clear of the tourist-oriented places and the perception I had of Bangkok as a cringey, tourist mecca was practically my worst nightmare. However, to get to Myanmar from Melbourne it was far cheaper for me to fly to … Continue reading How Bangkok proved me wrong

Why you SHOULD visit Kolkata

Not many tourists go to Kolkata. I only met one other foreigner who had been there and there was only one hostel in the whole city but I knew I wanted to go. When you do a Google search there are even articles that come up titled ‘reasons why you should never go to Kolkata’ but it turned out to have my favourite chaotic streets of any of India’s mega cities that I’d been to.

My Gateway to India

Flying into Mumbai, it looked like any other city with tall sky scrapers all along the coast. I could see a thick blanket of smog hovering over the buildings, but I had expected that. I jumped into a pre-paid taxi and took off for the 25km to my hostel in the Fort area of the … Continue reading My Gateway to India

Rio de Janeiro: the marvellous city

To only spend three days in Rio de Janeiro is tough. It’s a giant city, with many different neighbourhoods spread out over the hills and between the beaches on the Brazilian coast. Three days is simply not enough but I gave it my best shot at ticking off at least the ‘must-see’ sights without rushing … Continue reading Rio de Janeiro: the marvellous city

Our Lady of Peace aka La Paz

Bogota, Quito, Lima, La Paz; these big South American cities are usually seen from the taxi to and from the airport. Most travellers spend little time in them generally because of high crime rates, chaotic traffic and dirty streets, and I too only spent a couple of days in each until I landed in Nuestra … Continue reading Our Lady of Peace aka La Paz

History, hiking and a festival in Cuenca

I moved further south on the Pan-American highway and stopped at Ecuador's third largest city called Cuenca. It easily kept me busy for days. My first full day there I took a 9am bus to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador, Ingapirca. It was a two hour bus journey through the mountains and small villages … Continue reading History, hiking and a festival in Cuenca

Why I waited four days in Paris before I visited the Eiffel Tower

Sophisticated, arrogant, beautiful, dirty, romantic... There are a lot of words people use to describe one of the most famous cities in the world and it really is a complex mix of all of them. To be honest it has never been a must see for me. I never really saw the beauty in the … Continue reading Why I waited four days in Paris before I visited the Eiffel Tower

IAmsterdam: red lights, smokey air and long canals

Beautiful yet rough around the edges. Not as grand as Berlin nor as sophisticated as Paris, but Amsterdam has been one of my favourite European cities. It's unique, interesting and full of character. Whether you come for the art, the history or the pot, the city doesn't disappoint. However, the notorious Red Light District was, to … Continue reading IAmsterdam: red lights, smokey air and long canals