Hello… and Farewell for Now

I’m not a statistic! My blog isn’t joining the long list of blogs that dwindle down within their first year. This is not my final post, but rather, a little explanation of what’s been happening lately, and what I’ve got planned over the next little while.

After having spent 3 amazing years in Sydney, my fiance and I are leaving the place we’ve come to call home, as well as the friends that have become our extended family here. I can’t even begin to fully express how this ex-pat experience has shaped us – both as individuals and as a couple. Let’s just say that we’re really come to appreciate how few “things” we need in order to live well, and that as long as we have good friends, good food, and yes, good (AU/NZ) wine, then life is pretty amazing. 240 days of sunshine on average per year hasn’t hurt either!

We’ll be moving to Toronto when we get back but before we land there at the end of April, we’ve setting-off on a 3-month backpacking adventure through New Zealand and Asia. Other than social commitments, that’s the primary reason why I haven’t been able to maintain this blog over the past couple months. Any spare time that we’ve at home has been spent researching, planning and booking a very ambitious travel schedule which goes something like this:

15 days in New Zealand – Driving around both islands and hitting-up all our favorite wine regions

12 days in Bali – Relaxing by the beach in Seminyak and watching those amazing sunsets, as well as cycling around Ubud’s spectacular rice padies & surrounds

1 day in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – Making the most of this stop-over by checking out all the hawker food stalls and epic shopping destinations

2 days in Singapore – Exploring the diversity of cultures, sights and food – and breathtaking rooftop bars

18 days in The Philippines – Snorkeling along the limestone coves of El Nido (hopefully with turtles!), then meeting-up with some great friends for a week on the beautiful island of Boracay

11 days in Vietnam – Starting at the bottom in Saigon, and working our way up to Hanoi, ending with a 3-day junk boat cruise of Ha Long Bay

4 days in Cambodia – Trecking around the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat and just a handful of the 400 other temples in the area

29 days in Thailand – Exploring the cultural hub of Chiang Mai, relaxing on the beaches of Phuket and Ko Phi Phi, doing a 7-day detox no-food fast (lord help me!) on Ko Samui, visiting beautiful Ko Phagnang and finally, sightseeing and shopping in bustling Bangkok

As you can see, it’s a pretty full-on trip that took a lot of planning!

Our packs!

Now, the tough part. It pains me to say this but it’s very likely that I won’t  be updating this blog on a regular basis during my travels. I don’t want to promise an epic blogging adventure, only to fail miserably within the first couple weeks. I also don’t want to feel guilty or stressed out while enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world and explore new cultures. If we were staying in one place for more than a week at a time, then I might have commited to a travel blog, however our itinerary has us moving around quite a bit (sometimes staying at 3 different places within one city). Also, since I normally spend so much time online for my job, I’m looking forward to having a little tech-break and spending a lot less time behind a computer. Having said that, I’ll be tweeting from my iPhone, so please follow me on Twitter if you’d like to see what I’m up to!

Of course, I’ll be taking a ton of photos and notes during our travels, so I’ll have a lot to share with you when I’m back. I was initially a bit worried about being vegan in some of these places, but thanks to Happy Cow and other great online resources, I think I’ll be just fine. In fact, I’m planning on taking vegetarian cooking classes in Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand and I’ll be sure to document those experiences and share them with you too.

Finally, I want to say sorry to all my friends and existing readers who have been so supportive of this blog over the past year. I’m really sorry that it took me so long to get this post up and I’m sorry if I worried you with my absence (thanks for all your kind emails and tweets)! I even stopped replying to reader comments and emails (because they just reminded me that I was neglecting my blog), however I loved receiving each and every one of them and I promise to get back to everyone before I head out on Monday. Please continue to comment and keep in touch and I promise to not fall too far behind in getting back to you!

So with that, I’m officially signing-off for a few months. I wish you all the best for 2012, including great happiness and health to you and your families.

“See you” in May!

(Veg)Angela xx

 

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