You know, in Australian culture it’s actually taboo to work beyond 6pm. They see it as being inefficient. In Asia, the later you work the better, because you’re seen as dedicated and hardworking. Hard work isn’t always the best work, however. Your best work comes when you’re effective and inspired, and that means being as productive as you can in a short amount of time.
Since my first trip to Europe in college, 10 years ago, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug! I also love researching and planning travel and talking to other people about their travel experiences. I launched my site last year with that in mind - a network where we can all provide planning help and travel inspiration to each other.
Portugal is often compared (in my head) to Spain, with so many similarities in its food, Moorish influence in its architecture, and its history. When I visited Lisbon it was such an eye opener to this beautiful place that never really existed for me (again, in my head), and I fell in love with Lisbon's rustic beauty and unique character.
Rachelle Gordon is The Mormon Adventurista, dedicated to exploring the world and her own backyard while working full-time. Born and raised in Southern California, Rachelle now calls Utah home, but fully embraces the saying “You can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take the California out of the girl!”
I've known some people with very elaborate spreadsheets tracking everything they spend on, and I'm really not that person. I realised that I needed to hack my lifestyle with simple enough changes I could actually implement if I wanted to travel the way I wanted to and not scrimp on food or shopping while I was in Paris or say no to a more luxurious hotel in Bangkok.
Kandy was a Kingdom founded in the 15th century, where the Sinhalese Kings in Ceylon fought the Portuguese Empire, and when it wasn't looking so good, called out to the Dutch for help. And then the Dutch took over for a bit, so nobody really won that one. Thereafter the Kandyan Wars (not to belittle history but could they not have named this the Kandy Wars?) were fought between the Kingdom of Kandy (such a win of a name) and the British in 1796. So the Brits won, and there ended 2,357 years of Sinhalese independence.
Barbacoa is in Jalan Petitenget, which isn't too far from Seminyak where we usually stay, about a 10 - 15 minute cab ride. The food here is Latin American inspired, with tacos, BBQ suckling pig and a fascination with roast and grill. The loft style dining area is spacious, beautifully tiled and complemented with dark wood beams. If you choose an outdoor table you get a view of their private rice terrace to enjoy sunset cocktails with.
One time Shawn and I travelled 9 months out of 12. That year we visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia over the weekend, took my parents to South Korea, relaxed in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap, cruised Halong Bay in Hanoi, hit the beach in Bali, hiked Burma, and ended the year with a road trip through my favourite place in the world: South Africa.
A starting point here: I gym about 2-4 times a week doing a light 20 minute jog on the treadmill, and if whatever food I've been thinking about for that 20 minutes hasn't made me too hungry, I'll fit in about 15 mins of weights. I feel OK about my less than strenuous workout, it keeps my double chin from showing.
"Things we don't need", we mumbled to ourselves as we scoured every inch of the store, fingers brushing every vase, woven basket, brass pineapple, ornate headdress or wooden statue. But Shawn and I love dressing up our home with items we've bought from around the world. We're nothing if not determined, and we've dragged everything from South African carvings to cat trees from Bangkok back home without additional shipping.