Getting closer!

Well Cambodia is getting closer!

Vaccinations have been done.  We needed the second of the Hep A jabs to give us now lifelong cover, oh and the ability to eat Nanna’s Berries apparently.  Just a little side bonus.  The jabs were a little different to what we’d expected though.  Went along for Hep A shot, doctor asks where we’re going so we say Cambodia.  She then says we probably should have typhoid jab as well and gives us script for this.  Then she asks how long since last tetanus booster, neither Helen or or can remember so, yes you guessed it we get that as well. Long story short we went in for one jab and ended up with three.  Arms were a little sore the next day…..

Visa’s for Cambodia are now sorted, their eVisa app on iPad is a breeze to use.  Take your own photo, fill in the details and bingo all sorted.  A very quick money making exercise for them with little to no work on their side.

US dollars have been secured, can’t but Cambodian currency outside the country and apparently US dollar is main internal currency anyway.  Have to say the presidents are the most boring looking currency I’ve seen for a long time…

44 days and counting…..  Should we start packing now??

Farewell Christchurch

Well it’s once again time to say farewell to our second home, well Helen’s first home actually. The past ten days or so have been great, always good to catch up with family and friends.

Didn’t do as much sightseeing as in previous trips but did have a great day out in Waipara Valley looking at the vineyards and sampling the produce with Ava, Maria & Paul. Some great wines in the region, getting a new love for Pinot noir, I feel some shopping coming on when we get home…

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Christmas with the family was great, the nieces and nephews just keep growing and growing. Hoping some day soon they’ll come and see us in Perth, just not all at once though. With the kids around it actually felt like Christmas for a change..

Caught up with friends we haven’t seen for ages as well for a night. Excellent just to sit and talk over some sensational beers and local wines. Thanks Tony & Gill for having us. Always a drink in the fridge for you when you next get to Perth.

Thanks Christchurch, see you again soon..

The travel bug bites hard!

Well I suppose I’d better update what’s happened in last few weeks! As they say when you get the travel bug there is no vaccination that can stop it.

Cambodia is now locked in, all booked and paid for. We’re actually doing an organised tour for a change, the blurb from TravelIndoChina website says:
Experience the real Cambodia in just seven days. Beyond the highlights of Phnom Penh lies countryside filled with rice-paddies en route to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. By torchlight, creep through the little-used eastern gate in a jungle immersed in darkness to come upon dawn’s first rays shining down upon the amazing Angkor Wat. Visit the ancient temples of Sambour Prei Kuk and float on a remote section of Tonle Sap Lake.
We’ve added a few days on to the end of the tour to enable us to see more of Siem Reap at our own pace, seems there’s quite a bit to see and do that the tour won’t take in..map_of_cambodia

So that’s April 2015 taken care of.

But wait there’s more, I’ve got Long Service Leave due at the end of this year. We’ve decided to hang on to it until 2016 when I turn 50……. As we love planning holidays almost as much as taking them we’ve been looking at options for this for a while. Well now it’s all sorted, July 2016 and it’s South America here we come! We’ve just booked a 27 day trip through glorious South America. Again I borrow from the tour company website:
Packed full of highlights, this journey showcases the diversity of wonders across the Andes and Amazon. At Cusco, in the Peruvian Andes, be immersed in the ancient culture of the Incas, visit the Sacred Valley and revel in the magnificent citadel ruins of Machu Picchu. At Lake Titicaca, we visit the floating Uros Islands before continuing to the lofty heights of La Paz. The Chilean capital of Santiago is home to some of Chile’s most famous wineries and the lively neighbourhoods and late nights of Buenos Aires. At the border with Brazil, we experience the magnificent might of Iguazu Falls, before finally arriving in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro.
This one is going to be huge!!!!

south_america_pol98So will this be all we get up to in next 18 months or will we feel the need for a quick getaway between Cambodia and South America, only time will tell….

The journey’s continue!

And so dear reader with the hustle and bustle of Singapore still ringing in our ears our thoughts turn to our next journey….. Well after Christchurch for Christmas that is…

Where to this time I hear you ask……

Well the answer to that is back to Asia, this time though to the majesty that is Angkor Wat. Yes, we are heading to Cambodia. This time we’re doing a guided tour, starting in Phnom Pen and finishing in Siem Reap. This will be something different for us, we’ve never done a tour before. We are having a few days at the end on our own to explore Siem Reap before returning home. Once we lock down the details we’ll keep you informed…

Thank you Singapore

Thank you Singapore for a great getaway, was short but sweet.

The MRT system is still so easy to use to get around, it’s cheap and well laid out. We bought the 3 day Singapore Tourist Pass, gives unlimited travel for 3 days. Only problem is you can’t get them everywhere and the outlets that do sell them don’t open until 10am, so you can ‘waste’ the first part of the day. But hey, there are so many other things to do and so much food to eat it’s not really an issue.

The Ibis was again a great place to stay, well located and with all you need for a short stay. Rooms are small but have all you need, prices are good and staff are friendly.

We walked all over just basking in the sights and smells that make this such a vibrant city and great place to visit. Tekka Centre was again a good place to get great cheap food, you just need to be adventurous. Orchard Road was a little disappointing, lots of good shops but not as glitzy as we’d expected.

We did so much but still have so many things to do, almost need to book to go back now……. Well, maybe not straight away, so many other places to see, so many things to do.

Well our thoughts now turn to Christmas and our trip to Christchurch to see family..

Bit after that we need to plan out next trip, we’ll maybe start planning before then….. So where is a great place to visit in July? Anyone got any thoughts? Somewhere warm…

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