I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while but I just haven’t had time. Darn you traveling, darn you!

There’s no two ways about it: Long distance relationships are hard. It takes a lot of dedication, time, effort, money to make it work and then even when you have all those factors, it still doesn’t guarantee success. Putting anywhere from 200 km to 20,000 km between you and your boy/girl can really strain a relationship – and is it no wonder? Not being able to talk to face-to-face, to touch, to kiss – all vital things in a relationship can really drain a relationship down to its barest of forms.

I left for Australia with a boyfriend and a bag of hopes slung over my shoulder. I knew it would be tough. I had been in a LDR before – though 300km was nothing to the 15,000km I would soon be facing. But I had faith that given the right person, the right timing, it might make it. It didn’t and that’s ok. C’est la vie! As with all life experiences, I feel I’ve learned a lot from it. And so I’m glad it happened, even if the outcome was not what I would have wanted.

Had I taken the cowardly route – avoided trying to make it work while I was away – I know I would have been plagued with “what if’s” for a long time. I like to take chances and give something a shot. If I fail, I can console myself that I at least tried.

So my advice to any youngin’ trying to find love in this luckless world is this: Give it a shot. Have fun with it. Be inventive. Be realistic about expectations but try. Try hard. Try often. Communicate!! Have faith. Don’t give up easily. But give up when it’s not worth it any longer.

And the most important advice I can say is: Don’t give up travel dreams for ANYONE – go out and explore but check in and let them know you miss them terribly. You will regret it if you sit around, pining for your loved one in a distant land, lamenting the fact that you left them. No! Resist the urge. Get out there – see what you want to see. Heck, see what you don’t want to see! Talk to other travelers, share, learn, grow from them and their experiences. Do as much as you can with your time and budget. You will NEVER regret doing that. Trust.

And if it doesn’t work out… Dude(tte)! Look around you. You’re in a foreign country and you’re freakin’ single! Make the most of it!!



Today we went to Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho, I think?). We hired a guide at the Grand Palace and he was very nice. Kept calling us “lady” hee. Grand Palace was really gorgeous. The new header is compliments of the Grand Palace! The Reclining Buddha was HUGE, oh my lord I did not expect it to be so big at all.

We ate lunch somewhere on the street – it was good and tonight we went to a restaurant where no one spoke English. We managed to order Singha pretty easily, dinner was little trickier but it was good the menus had some English translations on them so we avoided the frog (!) and cat (!!). Ya, not my taste. Red curry is fine, t’anks.

I also love buying fresh fruit for so cheap here! 10 baht for half a pineapple! (That’s like, $0.35 CAD.) Or 20 baht for tons of strawberries. Mmm!

Tomorrow we go to the weekend market. 10,000 stalls of people selling wares, food, etc. I have no idea what to expect except that hopefully I will come back totally exhausted and with lots of clothes.

Leaving for Thailand

Well, today’s the big day. I think this is a day Kelly has been waiting for for sometime: We fly to Thailand tonight!

I have no idea WHAT to expect but I’m sure I’ll love it. Everyone I’ve talked to who has been has only said positive things about it so I’m looking forward, though am nervous. I think this is my first foray into a country that isn’t “European”. So it should prove to be a really interesting experience for me.

I’ll let you know how it goes!


This is what I did yesterday:


Over this:

Whitsunday Islands

This is how I felt about it:


I got to steer for a bit!


I was happy to be on the ground!



Sunscreen’ed to Death

Dear Parents:

It is here I lay to you Exhibit A: Proof that Emma has been using sunscreen, not only regularly but all the freakin’ time.


I think this picture speaks for itself. No need to continuously ask me if I’ve been using sunscreen because I am sure you can tell from this, that I most definitely have been. I appreciate the concern, nevertheless, and kindly request you turn your concerns towards my friend, the elusive Kelly, who has taken a moral stance against sunscreen and all sun-care related products. Use your parental powers on her; she definitely needs them because she is going to return with LOTS AND LOTS OF CANCER.


Your ever-reliable, responsible and intelligent daughter,


So Kelly and I survived Byron Bay. It was a nice little town – took me a little while to warm up to it (way too many people, way too many partiers) but in the end I was sad to leave. The beach was beautiful! There’s a sunken ship right off the shore-line that Kelly and I swam out to a couple days ago. It’s so great she has a water-proof camera. We amused ourselves taking pictures in the water.

Yesterday we headed to Nimbim, a hippy town 75km west of Byron for the day. It’s crazy, lots of old hippies around smoking their happy herbs, drinking coffee. It felt a little bit like a time warp. But was definitely fun.

Today we took a VERY long bus ride (7.45am – 6.30pm + 1 hour time zone change) to get to Hervey Bay. We depart at 6.30am tomorrow morning for our 3 day self-drive 4WD tour of Fraser Island. We’re going to be put in groups of up to 11 people and they give us a car and send us off to explore. Should be REALLY interesting. I’m very much looking forward to it.

Here’s where I sign off. Glacier, rest of NZ plus some Australia pics will have to come sometime later. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day. I know I will. xoxo

Leaving New Zealand

We leave tomorrow morning on a 7am flight. I am SO sad! I don’t want to leave! </whine>

New Zealand was awesome. I met some really great people and had some really good times. I spent waaaay too much money so Australia and Thailand may be a bit “budget”. Mom and Dad, ummm, I love you? Send money? I love you? Haha, I kid? Maybe? Actually, I just found some money, so maybe it’s not as bad as it could be, I suppose.

Either way, it’s ok. New Zealand was going to be my “adventure” travel time. And it was! I went swimming with the dolphins, horseback riding, glacier hiking, Lord of the Rings tour, went to Milford Sound and did a white water rafting trip (today) – all which were amazing.

I’ll start posting some pictures. There are so many this may take a while. I’ve already taken over 400 pictures and haven’t uploaded even half of them to Facebook. Yikes!

I’ll post some glacier pictures next. They truly deserve their own entry.

Night folks! I am off to sleep in the airport overnight. 🙂 Should be AWESOME. </saracasm>