I enjoyed my cooking class in Vietnam so much that I decided to try a class in Thailand. After all, I love Thai food in the US and it would be great to make some of the dishes that I enjoy in the comfort of no bra. So I booked a half day class through Viator to go to Mama Noi Thai Cookery School. I could have booked a full day class, the only difference was that in the full day class I would have made 6 dishes instead of 4 in the half day class. No matter which class you choose, at the end of the course…Read more
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I took a tour while visiting Chiang Mai that included the White Temple, Blue Temple and Black Museum. The tour is a full day with most of the time spent driving there and back as Chiang Rai, where the temples are located, is about 3.5 hours away. My very good friend insisted that I take the trip out to the White Temple as it is her favorite temple in the area. I was so…Read more
I have a suggestion for you if you travel to Vietnam: eat ALL of the food. Honestly, unless you are full on allergic, eat it. You're probably thinking "But I don't like (insert food preference here)". I promise that whatever that thing is you should give it a try in Vietnam. I'm not the pickiest eater, but I don't like most meat. In the US I don't eat pork as a rule (I don't like the taste or texture). But in Vietnam, almost all of the dishes contain pork in some form or fashion. You know what I learned…Read more
Sydney was my first stop in Australia mostly because it was the cheapest city to fly into from New Zealand. I didn't really have many expectations for Sydney and as it turns out, that worked in my favor. I'm not going to talk about the Harbor Bridge or the Opera House because we have all seen them. Yes they are lovely and worth seeing, but let's talk about some less famous sights shall we?
1. Featherdale Wildlife Park- It's about and hour drive from Sydney and is a must do if you want to see some of…Read more
Even though I haven't even seen the Hobbit movies (I saw the Lord of the Rings trilogy way back when) Hobbiton was a must see for me in New Zealand. I went as part of a tour that also took me to Rotorua and the Waitomo caves. I talk about those places in a different post. here are some things to know before visiting Hobbiton:
1. It is about a 2 hour drive from Auckland. If you are brave enough to drive on the other side of the road, you could rent a car and go there yourself. Although to be honest there is…Read more
Those of you who have been reading the blog know that I enjoy being lazy. And by the time I left my whirlwind tour of Auckland/Hobbiton/Rotorua I was exhausted. Also, unlike the other cities I have visited, Christchurch did not have a free walking tour to give me the lay of the land. So I was left to fend for myself. All of these events could have led to a miserable stay in Christchurch. Instead, what happened was an unexpected stay in a very beautiful old house-turned-B&B called Eliza's Manor Boutique…Read more
I have SO MANY things to say about Buenos Aires. So many, in fact, that I have a podcast episode all about it! If you want to hear more, check out the This Bitch Travels podcast on iTunes, Spotify or pretty much anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts. Don't forget to rate/review/subscribe!
In the interest of time (and your reading pleasure) I will tell you my top 3 favorite things I did in Buenos Aires.
1. Visited a Tango Club. One of my bucket list items in Argentina was to take a tango lesson. You…Read more
So the title is a lie. I was actually in Iguazu for 2 days. The first day I spent recovering from my nightmare of a plane ride that sent me to Buenos Aires after not being able to land in Puerto Iguazu. You can listen to my podcast about Iguazu Falls to hear more about that. But since I spent a day recovering, that left me with only 1 full day to explore the falls. I only toured the Argentine side because I didn't get a visa for Brasil. I don't feel like I missed anything by not going to the Brasil side…Read more
I had never even heard of Cordoba before arriving in Argentina. As it turns out, Cordoba is the 2nd largest city in Argentina after Buenos Aires. Shows you what I know about cities in Argentina haha. To be honest, Cordoba was not on my list of places to see in Argentina at all. The only reason I went was that my friend who I am traveling with has a coworker who lives there and promised me that we would get an authentic Argentinean experience. And boy did she deliver on that promise! Here are some of my…Read more
I have a separate post about visiting the wineries here. This post is about hanging out in Mendoza proper.
Mendoza is a city of almost 2 million people, but even in it's busiest parts it feels like a small town. There is one central tourist area that the locals will warn you to stay within, but some of the best things in the city are outside of those areas. For example, Mendoza has a large park that the locals are very proud of and that park is outside of the main tourist section. As with all travel in…Read more