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When we landed in Perth what was the first thing we did? We went for a $12 pint. I could not believe my eyes, $12! People had told me Australia was expensive but apparently I wasn’t prepared. I pulled myself together, took into account the exchange rate, and realised that it was about £6.50. Don’t get me wrong that’s still a pricey pint, but I would pay that in some craft beer places back home so I didn’t cry about it. Our first drink in the land down under, life was good.

Sapa is a town in the north west of Vietnam, and probably the most beautiful place I have been to in my life. It is predominately incredible highlands, epic mountains, and stunning scenery. My brother had told me to make sure that I went to Sapa whilst on my travels, and on arrival I could see why!

So after two days in Ho Chi Minh City, we decided to take a sleeper bus to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The journey was long, tiresome, and very bumpy thanks to the hundreds of potholes. Many of the locals work at the markets selling masses of seafood; fish, prawns, crabs, etc. But, they also sell live animals like chickens, cats, and puppies. I’m not used to this, so I found it quite uncomfortable. After the market, we went for an evening stroll along the Sisowath Quay. It was here we noticed a small Cambodian woman on the side of the road selling deep fried insects from a street food vendor. Intrigued, James and I walked over and mutually decided to buy two of her finest deep fried spiders. At first, I was hesitant. The spiders are sautéed in fresh chilli and garlic, but at the same time taste…

Here it is, my first blog post! You are about to read about all the exciting adventures I embark on and follow my journey to countries that I don’t even know yet. I have a backpack, a passport and no real plan of action. My boyfriend James and I have quit our jobs in England, to explore as much of the world as we can. Our first stop is the bustling Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam!