Holiday

When I Was In The Northern Territory…

This is more of a travel post than a food post (as I didn’t eat anything particularly exciting apart from camel and kangaroo while I was here). Visiting the incredible landscapes, learning about the rich ancient cultures and camping (sans tent) under the stars for the first time made this an amazing and truly unforgettable experience.

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Uluru

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Ormiston Gorge

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 Alice Springs at sunset

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Redbank Gorge

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Animals we encountered

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Anzac Hill

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 Bush tomatoes

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John Flynn’s Grave Historical Reserve

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 Stuart Town Gaol

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Wildflowers

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 Kings Canyon

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 Mount Conner

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Mutitjulu Waterhole

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Ochre Pits

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Kata Tjuta

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Royal Flying Doctor Service museum

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Simpsons Gap

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Standley Chasm

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Glen Helen Gorge

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Ellery Creek Big Hole

When I Was In Spain…

Although I was constantly on alert for pickpockets, I love-love-loved travelling through Spain! I loved the language, the history, the castles, the palaces, the churches, the monuments, the artwork and of course the food! It is a beautiful country that I must definitely return to.

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Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

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Plaza de España

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Jamón Ibérico

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Sagrada Família

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La Rambla

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 Paella

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Port de Barcelona

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Barcelona Olympic Stadium

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 Spanish Chorizo

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Casa Milà

(or more popularly known as La Pedrera)

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Patatas Bravas

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Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

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El Oso y El Madrono

(the Bear and the Strawberry Tree)

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Aqueduct of Segovia

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Segovia Cathedral

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The Market of San Miguel

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Churros

I sampled churros from various places and found that the churros in Spain are less sweet and more crispier and lighter than the churros in Australia. The chocolate dipping sauces in Spain were also different in that they were less rich (but still delicious).

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Flamenco Dancing

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Roman Bridge of Córdoba

Cathedral of Cordoba

Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba

This place has such a rich history! Over time it has been a temple, a mosque and a cathedral.

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Royal Palace of Madrid

(on a very FOGGY day)

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Tortilla Española

(Spanish Omelette)

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Toledo

Seville Cathedral

Toledo Cathedral

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Plaza Mayor in Madrid

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Montserrat

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Orange trees lining the picturesque streets of Seville

When I was in North Vietnam…

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Pho bò (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

A trip to Vietnam is incomplete without pho.

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Pho Gà (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

I had pho almost every morning and found the broth to be simple and light. Although less ingredients are used compared to South Vietnamese pho, I found North Vietnamese pho to be delicious!

Ha Long Bay

Hạ Long Bay

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Cá kho to (Vietnamese caramelised & braised catfish)

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Nem cá (deep fried fish spring rolls)

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Thien Cung Grotto

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 Buddha’s hand fruit

I saw these being offered at quite a few Buddhist temples and found their appearance to be completely bizarre. Although I didn’t get to sample any of this fruit, I discovered that aside from representing Buddha’s hands in prayer, they also represented good luck, happiness and longevity.

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Tran Quoc Pagoda

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 Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

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Sen Xanh Jelly Fish Salad

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 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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The Presidential Palace of Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House

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Chùa Mot Cot (One Pillar Pagoda)

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Văn Mieu (Temple of Literature)

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 The Huc bridge and Hoan Kiem lake

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Thang Long Water Puppet Show

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Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Pork Roll)