Finally got around to booking my flight to India 🇮🇳! A place I’ve been very excited to see and experience but to be honest also a little nervous about. I’ll be starting off the trip in the ancient holy city of Varanasi which will surely be one of the highlights of my time in India. Can’t wait!
Writing my #Hatta story this week & remembering this odd heritage village which will no doubt be refurbished any second now, and not undeservedly. The blessing of #solotravel , though, is you can poke around as long as you like, wherever you like, digesting peculiar crumbs of interest, without the burden of someone else’s boredom. Which, if you’re an empath - 🔮 which I’ve recently been assured I am 🔮- is quite a heavy load.
Each trip I came back from, my cameras always loaded with thousands of pictures, but when I thought about the trip this time, this was a special moment I will always remember: while I was waiting for the rural minibus to arrive (driver grandpa sign languaged me a certain time he would arrive for the return trip, so I arrived before the time he told me, and then this was what happened), locals who just finished their work invited me over for their break time beer, and even stopped the minibus from the road when it finally arrived.
The ridiculously awesome privilege of eating amazing food. This is my second favourite thing about being away from rural or regional Australia ... (first is the sea and salt) the access to amazing, organic, fresh produce. Golly I do wish we could get tucker this back in the sticks!!
Thanks for nourishing my tired ol’ bones @native_cafe @ulladullatravel ✌🏽😀
Exploring the Ancient Town of Hoi An: Hoi An is like a living museum, off the central Coast of Vietnam. Due to its well preserved architecture, it became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The city is cut through with beautiful canals and bridges, and the architecture is a absolutely stunning, reflecting many different cultures and designs. Hoi An is such a beautiful place. ✨
my first night in Hoi An was when the loneliness began to seep in. I was wandering the old city by myself and really had no destination. There were tons of tourists there. I got so overwhelmed with all of the people, I had to get away. I walked to the edge of the city, and found these cute little lotus lanterns, and i went to go sit down. I saw this man taking photos of his wife doing a yoga pose in front of the lanterns, I also hear them
speaking in Spanish, so I offer to take a photo of them together, and we get to talking. We talked about traveling and politics and all sorts of topics, it felt as if we had been speaking for hours. They told me they were heading to see a cultural show soon, and that I should check it out. Without much thinking, I bought a ticket and was sitting in a theater waiting for a performance to start.
The show was absolutely AMAZING, acrobatics and storytelling, all executed so beautifully. I had no idea this even existed. Shout out the Mexican couple who motivated me to attend a show on a whim and for making my lonely day a lot less lonely ❤️
Next stop: Hoi An 🇻🇳 I decided to make Hoi An, my little break from the traveling bug, and I booked a night at this homestay, outside the city, right by the beach. I ended up loving it so much, i stayed 2 days longer than “planned.” One of the coolest parts of traveling alone with no set itinerary is you can stay as long or move as fast as you like at any moment in time.
Views like these with a neglible amount of other people? Love that for me! But in all seriousness, the Namxay Viewpoint was worth the few challenges it took to get up to it. Scenes like these only add to the variety of contrasting aesthetics that Vang Vieng tends to exude.
I don’t know what’s better, coming home to this beautiful little paradise I am lucky enough to call home or coming home to the start of MANGO SEASON!☀️😄 Couldn’t be happier, really stoked to be back home on the Goldie! 🤙🏻🇦🇺