52 Things I’ll Miss About Sea

  1. Street Food
  2. Khao Soi
  3. Drinking morning tea w/ elephants
  4. Elephant Nature ParkIMG_3930
  5. Fatty Tuna!
  6. Frangipani blossoms
  7. Crooked trees that overtake man-made structuresIMG_0264
  8. Watermelon
  9. Lychees
  10. Mangosteen
  11. Mangoes
  12. Tamarind
  13. Pineapple with salt and red pepper
  14. Ok, ALL the fresh fruit. I’m really gunna miss it.
  15. Snorkeling
  16. Zipping along a mountain road on a motorbike
  17. Rice terracesIMG_1276
  18. Hidden waterfalls
  19. Brightly coloured butterfliesIMG_0453
  20. Cheap prices! (pardon me while I go sob…)
  21. Thai massages
  22. Fresh fruit shakes
  23. Foreign currency – it’s so much prettier than American money
  24. Exotic birds
  25. Wild monkeysIMG_1484
  26. All the dogs and cats!
  27. Lush greenery
  28. Local beliefs and religions
  29. TemplesIMG_0325
  30. Getting to immerse myself in new cultures
  31. Pho Bo
  32. Free shisha!
  33. Perfect beachesIMG_8322
  34. Swimming with jellyfish and manta rays
  35. Learning new skills every day – from how to use the local toilets to navigating the bus system
  36. Bum guns
  37. PolitenessIMG_0571
  38. Street fairs and local markets
  39. Friendly localsIMG_2671
  40. Meeting so many new people every single day
  41. Lack of structure and rigid rules
  42. Presentation and attention to little details – always adding the extra little touches
  43. Tea!IMG_0885
  44. Jungle rivers
  45. Swimming fully clothed
  46. Geckos and little lizards
  47. Fountains and ornamental water everywhere
  48. Relaxed pace of lifeIMG_2672
  49. Lack of materialism
  50. Family connection and importance
  51. Bayon in Angkor WatIMG_0787
  52. Not giving a f*ck – tapping into what I truly desire to do, and then going and doing it!IMG_2685
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After spending 4 days at Garrett’s wonderful apartment in Cork, my journey continued with a road trip to Dingle. It was my first experience where the cars are on opposite sides of the road, but thankfully Garrett was at the wheel. I got to sit back, navigate, and soak up the breathtaking countryside views.

We stopped to explore beaches and coves and make new friends along the way šŸ™‚

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We were only in Dingle for a day. It’s a small, quiet village with not a lot going on and only two pubs. Ā Sitting on the dock, you’re surrounded by water and green hills dotted with sheep. It was so peaceful. One day, when I’m a highly popular writer with advances for my next series of children’s books, I’ll go to Dingle for three months to write and just be.


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Japanese Food Porn

I got an unexpected addition to my SEA trip – three days in Tokyo! Turns out it was easier to fly to the west coast of America instead of across Europe to the east coast. Color me totally ok with that!

My time in Japan was a mixed lot, but I’ll tell you one thing – the food did not disappoint.

*Note, I am NOT a food photographer. I am a food EATER.

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Nusa Lembongan

I thought through a technical glitch that I’d lost all my pictures from Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia, and half of my Tokyo pics. Turns out I found them!!

Nusa Lembongan is an island off the coast of Bali. It’s part of a cluster of three island that, unfortunately and unbeknownst to me, are major tourist sites. Everything I’d read made the islands sound like they’d barely been explored or exploited. Turns out that wasn’t true. But I still had a fantastic three days hanging out on my own on this beautiful piece of land.


Pulling into harbor – that’s a volcano straight ahead! šŸ˜€

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Waterfall Adventures

A definite highlight of my trip was getting to see so many waterfalls. Ā It wasn’t the rainy season so they often weren’t running in full glory, but they provided some of my most blissfully peacefulĀ memories.

This is the waterfall in Pai:


My own natural foot spa

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Angkor Wat – Bayon


This is the gate into Angkor Thom – the large complex with many various temples and palaces, the most famous of which is Bayon – the rising temple of the many faces.

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Angkor Wat – Prae Roup, Mebon, Ta Som, and Preah Khan

The sun had risen and more tourists beganĀ to arrive at Ta Prohm, so we were off! Our next stops wereĀ Prae Roup and Mebon. They are near one another and very similar in architectural style. Unlike Ta Prohm, which is in a forested area with low buildings, these two are on cleared tracts of land and massive towers rising into the sky in magnificent splendor.


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Angkor Wat – Ta Prohm

The most rewarding “touristy” adventure I went on was seeing the Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia.


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The Cambodian Genocide

I didn’t visit many museums on my trip. In fact, I only went to three – and they were all sites where great acts of cruelty and torture were enacted and had been turned into historical monuments. Two were in Vietnam. The most horrific was in Cambodia. And the shocking thing is, I hadn’t even known Cambodia suffered a genocide.


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Silly Signs of SEA

If I could become the official spell-checker for all of South East Asia, I would be set for life. From Thailand to Indonesia, I came across signs with all sorts of silly miss-spellings, delightfully dirty double meanings, awesome graffiti, and the ever present etiquette signs.Ā Ā It was one of the most charming things about SEA.


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