On the road again!

Its been a crazy couple of weeks as I pack up my belongings, give stuff away and prepare to hit the road again. This time I’ll be away for approximately 6 months and will do some gentle travel in Thailand, India and the UK. The reason why its gentle travel is because I had hip surgery in August and I’m recovering slowly, I’m still on crutches and have a long way to go with my rehabilitation. They say this surgery takes 3 months to get over the initial surgery, and then a year to full recovery but because its my second surgery on the same hip and I’ve had the hip pain for so long, I’m in the slow lane. But I have a cunning plan to get myself back in shape, and my work has given me 6 months leave without pay to focus on my health and do some travel. Here is what I have planned:

1. 4-6 weeks in Thailand – Resting and chilling out with my family.
2. 3 months in Mysore, India – Doing yoga therapy with my teacher Vinay Kumar of Prana Vashya Yoga
3. However long I have left split between Thailand and the UK, relaxing and having fun with family (including my nieces and nephew who I miss terribly).

I’m looking forward to the yoga therapy in Mysore as this is my 5th trip to study with my teacher and I’ve had great success working with him in the past. My goal is to get the strength back in my body and then use yoga long-term to manage any residual pain and maintain my health. I’m looking forward to staying put for a while and having my own place. I’m also looking forward to hanging out with my international yoga buddies who tend to visit Mysore at this time of the year.

So that’s the plan. It will be interesting to see how it pans out and I hope I can get some actual travelling in too. Its been too long!

Meet Pat’s Cats

I was very excited that I could catch up with the family in Thailand AND meet my sister Pat’s cats. She has two little kittens, the white one is called ‘Morning’ and the other one is ‘Sompaan’. Morning is also known as Ling Kaow which means white monkey, he gets this name because he climbs the curtains to try and catch the gekkos! As you can see, they are very very cute cats.

Travelling with a duffy hip

The flight to Thailand was a little painful for lefty (my left hip) but the crutches made things a lot easier. In Auckland I made the mistake of accepting help to get from the domestic terminal to international (I am sure I could have manged the shuttle). Because I was requiring assistance I had to spend the 1.5hrs before my flight sitting with a bunch of grannies/grandpas waiting for the shuttle. Then I had to wait with all the kids (unaccompanied minors) and elderly folk in International until someone came to rush me to the plane. No time for lunch or (more importantly) buying duty free. ūüė¶

About 15 mins before my flight was due to depart I was zipped through “VIP” immigration/customs (kinda cool) and rushed to the plane which was waiting for me. My crutches were taken off me (safety hazard) and every 20-30mins when I needed to go for a walk I had to ask for one of them back. It was a bit of a hassle, but c’est la vie. I was just very very happy I could go on the trip.

On arrival to Thailand a wheel chair was waiting for me. A tired granny tried to steal it but I got priority. Just as well, Bangkok airport is huge and I would never have made it! I think it took about 15-20 mins to walk to Immigration. Once I got to the other side of customs I was wheeled to my Dad who was waiting for me, I happily ditched the wheel chair and used the crutches.

My hip gets flared up from sitting, so the flight set me back for a few days. Luckily Dad had booked the family in to a resort in HuaHin so I was able to rest-up before the trip to India.

Travelling Kiwi hits the road again

So, after a period of non-travelling Travelling Kiwi FINALLY got to go travelling again! Ok, its not that bad, I did actually sneak in a little trip to Thailand before starting my new job in April 2011.

Anyways, after a lot of drama in NZ in Oct/Nov/Dec (incl 10 days in hospital and over a month of bedrest) I locked in my plans to return to India to study yoga with my teacher in Mysore. The purpose of the trip is to try and heal my problematic hip. I figure the mixture of a warm climate, Asian food, fresh coconuts and yoga will do me the world of good. My employer has been VERY understanding and despite me having all that sick leave they are allowing me to take another month off to try and fix my hip and get a good rest. Luckily for me, the cheapest ticket to India was via Bangkok so I get to see my family in Thailand on the way over.

So, I am leaving NZ on crutches and am hoping like hell I don’t need them when I come back!

Star Stuck! Re: the man in Saigon

Ok… I’ve held of posting this for a wee while as it might be a tad dorky…. BUT…. I was star struck last week РI was very stoked to get email from Kerre Woodham about the postcard man Megan and I met in Saigon!  

I finally remembered to email TVNZ/Intrepid to tell them about the encounter with the man in the market who we recognised from the TV show Intrepid Journeys (check out this blog entry)….    I wanted to let them know that we bumped into the man in the market, he remembered Kerre very clearly and that he was obviously very stoked to be on NZ TV (more so when we told him we recognised him from TV).   

Megan and Julia with the intrepid postcard seller

Welcome to my new weblog!

Hello everyone, welcome to my new weblog!¬†¬†I had some ‚Äėissues‚Äô with my webhoster in NZ so I will use this as my online diary for a few months and then will upload the rest of my website later (when I get back from my 2 months backpacking).¬†¬†¬†So‚Ķ why am I writing a blog I hear some ask (esp those who aren‚Äôt updated on the latest gossip or who don‚Äôt actually know me!). ¬†¬†WELL ‚Äď I have finally quit my job and am embarking on my 3rd OE‚Ķ the key difference is this time I don‚Äôt plan on working unless I have to!So far the plan is:

  • a week bumming around in Bangkok (nearly done)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • ¬†2 months traveling around Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos with my friend Megan.¬† We will also see a little bit of Thailand as we are using Bangkok as our base (my dad lives here)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • 1 month bumming around/learning Thai in Bangkok after Megan goes¬†home¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • ¬†3 months Volunteering in North Eastern Thailand (teaching English)
  • ¬†Catching up with a few friends who are going to visit¬†me in Thailand¬†(Aimee and Jono at the end of Oct, Albert for 2 weeks over Christmas/New Years)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • This is where¬†the plan¬†peters out‚Ķ I think I will be broke so I might need to look for work (bummer).¬†¬† Maybe I will get a job in Thailand or I could teach English in South Korea‚Ķ who knows!

So, that‚Äôs what this website is for… to keep a record of my trip and to keep in touch with friends and family.¬†¬† I hope you enjoy it!¬†