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Apr 25, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 17 – photo of the week – Breakfast with Cockatoos

We’re back Down Under this week talking breakfast.

Macca reminisces his brekkie with Lorikeets on the East Coast beach. While I talk breakfast with Cockatoos on our friends balcony in Sydney.

week 17 - breakfast with cockatoos

You’ve seen this cute fellas before when I was talking about our wildlife encounters during our trip down the East Coast. We met them on a lovely sunny morning enjoying our brekkie at our friend’s place on the North Shore in Sydney.

Like Macca’s Lorikeets, our Cockatoos turned up out of nowhere. We could hear them first, hiding in the trees, then the first and the bravest of them all landed on the bannister tilting his head to the side looking at us and investigating what we were eating.

Soon all his friends joined in and we offered them some sunflower seeds. Firstly sprinkled over the bannister, then out of a bowl, and finally out of our hand.

cockatoos in Sydney

And yeah, there is something special about interacting with nature in such a close way. We’ve had breakfasts with giant lizards by the beach, met lorikeets in the Tablelands, found a possum behind a coffee machine and had kangaroos procreating at 2am in the morning outside our little camper.

It was awesome and I truly think that travelling up or down the East Coast gives you some of the best chances of experiencing it on your travels.

 

Apr 18, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 16 – photo of the week – my home town!

European cities this week ladies and gentlemen.

I could have written about Prague, I could have written about Warsaw perhaps London or Amsterdam… It took me a few moments to make my mind up this week and go ahead with what I am sure my dad will be over the moon with!

Macca, writing about Budapest inspired me to actually search for a few pictures of my own city – Bydgoszcz in Poland.

week 16 - opera nova

I lived there for 22 years of my life and always thought that Bydgoszcz, a previously quite an industrial city and the co-capital (yes there’s 2!) of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region of Poland was in the shadow of Torun – the other co-capital.

Torun, even though smaller, always attracted more tourists with its distinctive Gothic architecture and lovely old town centre.

Bydgoszcz from my dad’s stories used to be beautiful with its lively river and canal life, cafes, locks and vibrant park life but then for some reason it all ceased to be taken over by the industrial revolution and made it ugly, grey and boring… at least in my eyes as a young kid and teenager.

wenecja

It’s only the last 10 years since I left that I’ve seen my city grow from strength to strength and emerge from the background of Torun and grow into a beautiful swan from what once (in my eyes) was the ugly duckling. Speak to my dad if you’re after more history or my friend Victoria as they’re both geeks in this area… Ask me for what’s changed, what’s new and different, where to have the best Polish food and where to go for a decent glass of wine. Oh yeah, and how much I fell in love with the city I was born in when C’s mum and dad visited for Christmas back in 2012 and made me see my home town through their eyes saying they liked it more than Krakow… Now that’s some statement! Those of you who’ve been to the southern, former capital will know what I mean as it’s beautiful!

In this  week’s picture you can see the Opera Nova building viewed from one of my favourite parts of Bydgoszcz – Wyspa Mlynska (Mill Island) – a very recently revitalised, green and leafy part of the city where there no doubt some of our wedding pics will be taken in just about 6 weeks… Excited much!

 

Marta x

Apr 11, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 15 – photo of the week – cycling around Van Vieng, Laos

Talking about cycling this week… Well I must say I am not a great cyclist myself but there’s something magical about a laid back, slow paced cycle around SE Asian towns and villages.

Macca’s talking about cycling around Sukhotai in Thailand.  I am taking you all slightly North-East of Sukhotai this week. The infamous Vang Vieng in Laos.

week 15 - cycling around Vang Vieng

If you’re a globe trotter yourself or planning to conquer the world with nothing but a backpack on your back you’ve probably heard of Vang Vieng. Whether you got drunk while tubing down the Nam Song river, while it was still in its full swing or missed the all the craziness once the dangerous swings and slides got banned after way too many lives were lost due to drunken shenanigans, tubing is what majority of us travellers know Vang Vieng for.

C and I were there in late November 2011 and limited our tubing experience to watching everyone come back around 5-6pm, totally intoxicated and ruined  from their day on the water.

What we did instead is immersed ourselves in the local area renting bikes and motorcycles and exploring using super awesome Hobo Map that we accidentally found and bought in Vientiane.

From local villages, caves, hills, streams and rivers to riding our (city!) bikes in rice fields on C’s 27th birthday those few days we spent in Vang Vieng were some of our most memorable and chilled our days.

cycling in laos

I loved visiting local villages, eating chicken fried rice at the back of someone’s house. Watching kids play with a plastic water bottle as this was the only toy they had and creating stuff our of sticks and twigs using their imagination as their best guide was just so inspiring…

Don’t get me wrong, we did spend a few hours in local cafes that play episodes of Friends, South Park and Family Guy on loop and had a good laugh but if you do find yourself in Vang Vieng, do yourself a favour and go explore! It’s just too beautiful, peaceful and friendly to be missed. I found it mesmerising.

lao countryside

And don’t forget the Hobo Map! They’re awesome and will take you places you’d never find on your own.

Till next week 🙂

 

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