Crossing the boarder wasn’t as day as I first thought, thankfully though I had printed off some blogs and advice from other travellers before hand.
I left Bangkok at 8am and caught a bus that took aprox 5 hours to get to Poipet once there we were drained by scammers trying to get us our visa on the other side. Since we are smart we didn’t go with it. It was pretty simple, we walked across the street and got stamped in, from there we went to immigration to get the visa and from there we waited in a massive line to get approved. After the approval they offered a free shuttle bus to the bus depot which we took. The bus people told us to get on the next one leaving in 10 minutes. It didn’t actually leave for another hour. That “3 hour” journey took around six and we finally hit our destination at 8:30. Hectic day!!
After a few too many hours of flying (Perth- Singapore, Singapore- Bangkok) I arrived and in better spirits than expected with the lack of sleep. I thought about testing out the public transit and hitting trains the whole way to my hostel and then I thought that could potentially take me all the way to Phuket (not that I would mind) and I would quite possibly end up very, very lost. So, instead, I got a taxi. It took aggggges to get to the hostel, Im talking like 85 minutes in a cab, in Bangkok, with no sleep. We finally arrived to my destination, Take a Nap. A very nice hostel, located in a weird part of Bangkok. It is no where near the other backpackers, which obviously has its downfalls but it has LOVELY Thai receptionists working who know english and are so helpful. I think I ran down about 6 times today with questions and they were always happy to point me in the right direction.
The questions I asked
1) Where can I get some seriously awesome Pad Thai?
2) How the heck do I get to Cambodia
- the two girls laughed, drew me a map, wrote PAD THAI in Thai (ผัดไทย) so I could show someone and sent me to a food court down the road. When they said food court I thought they meant a typical Thai/ Asian food court. This was not. This was in a shopping centre, a really nice shopping centre, full of well dressed Thai citizens who I think quite enjoyed watching me walk around looking for the Thai wording for Pad Thai on ANY sign- I eventually found some, after searching three floors, for about twenty five minutes. Anyways, they told me to ask about Cambodia after eating… but I couldn’t help myself and started to wander, maybe accidentally got a kick-ass 60 min Thai massage and by the time I was back I didn’t want to talk about Cambodia I just wanted to make the rest of my day awesome!
so question number
3) Where is all the cheap shopping?!
- drew me another map, tried to convince me to get a taxi ( i said noooo way mans) I walked, walked, walked for what seemed like ages and finally came across this massive concrete, nice, rich looking area. Inside I go. Another massive shopping centre. I see a coach, a louis vuuuwhatever and other fancy smancy stores. I thought OK girls, what do I look like?! There was also a fashion show going on might I add.
I left this building, my look didn’t really fit in. Once I walked outside I saw it glowing in front of me. The ghetto. Tents upon tents lining the streets, the amazing smell of thai food filling my nostrils and I started to run towards those tents - that is BS. I did not run, but hell was I excited. Kilometres after kilometres of cheap, cheap, everythings. I just started going crazy, bartering just for fun even if I wasn’t going to buy it. I think I even spent an hour just walking thru lane ways of Lady Boy clothing stalls. SO. MUCH. GLITTER!
So, a few things were purchased but most of which were needed: laptop case, passport case… those were all that was needed. Who would I be if I didn’t take up on pedicure for 4.50. So yeah, one of those as well.
After about four hours of trying not to spend every penny I had I started the trek back. It was hitting afternoon smoke-o time (because I participate in that all the time in Aus… not) and the Pad Thai breakfast I had just wasn’t cutting it anymore, I was hungry! So, as you do in Thailand, I looked to my left and there she was a little lovely Thai lady making me some pho :) Yummy pho I may add. After I enjoy my delicious $2 pho and pepsi combo I continued on my way, finding a pretty little park and monument to stop and take some pictures at.
I finally make it back to the hostel with another question
4) How do I use the safe?
- they show me… i stuff it up
5) can you come open my safe?
- they do it, and laugh
6) is there wifi?
- they respond
7) can you open my safe again?
- okay so thats more than five questions.
By this time it was 7:30 and I thought I might wander through the city, see if I can catch a glimpse of some Lady Boys and maybe get some more sneaky Pad Thai for tea. I headed off, it was terrifying. Sirens and Thai men, and no Pad Thai. I jumped into a burger joint as quick as possible and got myself some chicken strips, which I couldn’t successfully eat due to the lack of appetite from watching scariness outside the window. Off I went again back to the hostel, this time for the night. (mom: it isn’t that bad, Im just being a drama queen)
Here I sit now. Tomorrow is sorted, I will be getting up around 7, having breakfast here at the hostel for $4 and then getting a taxi to a bus, then a taxi from the bus, so on and so fourth until I am in CAMBODIA!
I am excited for Cambodia, from everything, everyone has said to me it is supposed to be just like a little slice of heaven and I would love some of that!
So wish me luck tomorrows a big day and I would love to make some travel buddies!
I was just reading through this lame excuse of a blog and remembered that I hadn’t done any blogging throughout my time with Jenna on the East Coast, which would have been the most exciting thing I did in Australia- so that is what you call poor form on my behalf. Because I missed out on all those posts and I feel stupid about it now I figured I will just have to make up for it this month as I travel through some of South East Asia. Hopefully I can keep hooking up to some wifi in the hostels, but if not my sim has got it sorted so the tumblr app should come in handy.
Maybe I should start with talking about leaving. I left yesterday ( if you didn’t know ) it wasn’t as emotional as I thought it would be but I guess the idea of travelling again and then ultimately finishing up at home not alone but with Clark as well, just kind of pushed all other emotions out of the way.
The people of Cunderdin ( Cody, Jess, Tim & Backy ) threw me a little going away shin dig at their shearing shed, if you looked at the pictures on Facebook you would have quickly realized that we had nothing short of a good time. Thanks again to everyone in Cunderdin for coming out and playing, as well as saying goodbye and writing in that little book Jess got! I can’t wait to have it in my possesion. Backy for Pope.
Jess, Cody, Tori, Jono and myself went to good old Midland for a major feed at Hogs Breath before shipping off on the airplane. Thank you guys for doing that, you’s always make me feel so special ;)
So, here I am, back in this small town (Cunderdin) with some of the best people I’ve met on this trip and one pretty special lad and his cat. I couldn’t be a whole lot happier right now. Although the plan was to get back here, settle down and get real big girl jobs in the city, things changed like they always seem to do with me. Currently Im working at the local butchers a couple hours a day (which is fffffricken awesome, I would like to be a butcher for the rest of my life) working a couple shifts at the pub and painting the hotel rooms there. It’s pretty cruisy and it’s getting me back on my financial feet, which is always a bonus. Im not sure how long Ill be in Cunderdin, if a job came up I would stick around until home, but until then Ill float and figure it out!
Sorry again for never posting. I guess I have somewhat better things to do. Like sleep, play have the occasional cheeky drink and work. I’ve forgotten lately that I am on holiday, regardless of the fact that for a couple months I worked my ass off, and had melt down after melt down. GIRL IS ON HOLIDAY. Yup. SOO
Jenna is here, has been for a little over a month and do i ever find her annoying… not, how fricken happy am i? girl is practically on cloud nine eh, its amazing having someone from home around. Not only does it feel amazing to catch up but the realization that time goes on but not everything in life changes, it’s like we’ve only not seen each other for a couple weeks, not a full year. It makes me more happy than nervous to hit Canada back up and see everyone again. (don’t get too excited, still have a few months to go..)
Anyways since Jen has been here we have been scheming, planning and booking shit left right and center. So far we have our big East Coast trip booked and I’m hell excited about it! Starting in Carins visiting my friend Dee who I met in Melbs then moving all along the coast eventually finishing up in Melbourne where I’m super stoked to see the Newport crew once again! During our time on the East Coast we will be doing a two day yacht tour of the Whitsundays, snorkeling on the Great Barrier, sky diving in Byron and so much more.. You people at home can google all that good stuff eh.
Cunderdin has without a doubt become home to me, and I even think Jenna is starting to consider it the same. It’ s going to be super hard to leave but only for a month and a bit as we decided what would a Christmas be without family and friends which is what has become of ours lives here. It’s filled with absolute losers, and some real gems, people Ill never be able to forget.
I suppose there is heaps to fill people in on, but I cant really be bothered. It’s all the small things that makes me smile, and may seem insignificant to most who aren’t around.
Ill throw in a couple of pictures for good measures, but that’s all until next time.
So, my last post was on the 16th of July, almost a month ago now and nothing has really changed, sorry to dissapoint! Still rocking the pub 5 days a week and sleeping away my life the other two days, except today of course when I decided to surprise you all with a super exciting blog update.
sarcasim, nothing exciting.
Backy, the pub owner is leaving me/ us/ Cunderdin for six weeks and going on his very own bar maid Eurotrip! weo. While he is gone his weeeeeeeeeeee little Cody son is takin over, and girl is stepping it up and becoming bar manager……… yeah, bring it on. Imma gonna miss ma old man, but I reckon we are going to have a pretty fun month, the Mexican party is already in the book. HELLO CORONA. Anyways, this position = extra money, = extra fun = SUNSHINE HOPEFULLY ONE DAY? on that note, still pale, still cold, hair is brown. Who would have thought?
Better news, Kelsey got a job in Sydney and Im BEYOND excited to see her, currently trying to work out flights to go see her next week when she arrives! Its going to feel so nice to see someone from home again, its been so fricken long. Just seeing anything about Canada is starting to make me sad. Hopefully everything works out and Ill get to see my Centreville soul sister sooner than later!
Since my last post we have got another new girl, Steph from Germany. She is cool as, and last night we sang Karaoke with the Chi and her family. AIIIGHT. Next week when Emma leaves we are getting a chick from Belgium. Cool, ya.
That is all I have to update on Cundyy. Cross your fingers and hopefully something exciting will happen soon enough.
…………….. Like Bridgette or any of the Manmouth/ Newport crew decide to come visit. ………………….
Heyyyyyyy friends and creepers, greetings from Cundi!
Time again for a life update.
I’ve been in Cunderdin for almost two months now, and the only thing changing in this town is the weather, its getting colder and colder and me, I m getting paler and paler, it’s really disgusting that I am so pale in Australia. Whatever though, it’s all in good fun. Weather wise we are hitting about 8-15 degrees during the day and some mornings its gone minus on us, DEAR LORD. You think I would be okay with this, but I’M NOT. If I’m going to be somewhere this fricken cold you think they could throw in a little snow, and maybe a pair of mittens. Needless to say, I miss home, snow and currently the island beaches.
Work is pretty cruisy, not much can change/ changes there. Ronnie the Estonian left which was pretty sad but she ran with the circus so there is some happiness in that. ZITY PANTS who has been in Cundy the whole time but working somewhere else just started working with us. she’s my mom here now, her and her boyyytoy Brad take care of me. How is it the Irish always love me so much? We also just got a lovely lil Swed, Emma! She is lovely, but really which Swedish person that I’ve met hasn’t been…. except Pontus, he wasn’t so lovely.. :)
Uhm, Oh so my friends back in Perth are pretty fun. 2 weeks into being here Duncan, Cait, Dawn & Dave all came to visit me for a day, which was good fun, it was awesome having them around! Then on Tuesday (my day off) Laura and Milly jolted down to Cundy for a wee afternoon visit, they were here 45 minutes and had me convinced to check out and head to Northbridge for the night to see everyone. So off we went and surprised everyone! It was greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat fun.
Anyways, thats pretty much all I have to say, very boring, not very sorry about that. Hope you’re all tanned and pretty wherever you are in the world. Happy Belated Canada Day annnnnnd I MISS YOU.
I hope all of you at home (NS) enjoyed your Apple Blossom weekend! I can’t believe this is my second year in a row missing it, although this year it was MUCH easier to miss out on I still thought about it about every 5 minutes. Watching the parade at snowys, hitting a barbie at aunt mary’s then finding michieve in the evenings always makes for such an epic weekend.
So, one week, two days ago way to early in the morning I arrived in Cunderdin, just 2 hours out of Perth the smallest little one street town around. I started straight away at the local pub (only pub.) Its super cruisy and everyone is real nice. Im living in a 4bdrm house with 2 other gals, Jamie from New Zealand and Veronika (ronnie) from Estonia! They are both great and made moving here real easy! Slowly but surely Im getting to know all the locals, and their drinks before to long I’d say Ill be going pro at this small town pub deal. Anyways, Im here to make some monnnnnnnnney, and then attempt to save it ha.
JENNAAAA MARIE CONNELL booked her plane ticket here, she was the last person, aside from Luke, that I saw before peacing out to the land down under and she will be the first person from home Ive seen in a year! you can probably sort out for yourself how excited I am! Girl and I are gonna start her trip of right by travelling the East Coast - Carins, Darwin, GBR, Brisbane, Byron! Doing it all!
Anyways, there is a bit of a slack update of my life.
As you all know (or should know, or Im concerned about our friendship…) I have moved out of Tasmania and onto the city of Perth which is in Western Australia. I made the move three weeks ago now with 5 others from Tasmania, all Irish kids. After a quick and pretty fricken amazing stop in Melbourne we got right to Perth and started our job hunt, I got real lucky and found one after a couple of hours. Halo is a fine dining restaurant located right on the beautiful waterfront in Perth. We serve mostly seafood and a hella lot of wine. Everything about this place is perfect, or is supposed to be, including the wait staff… so we all know how that is going for me, haha, Im trying really hard, and sometimes it is good fun, but sometimes it isn’t - all with time, right? Anyways, the hours just aren’t enough to keep up with my lifestyle so Im on the hunt again. I am still planning on staying at Halo in the evenings and for some lunches, but also looking for another part time job. ANYWAYS- that’s the boring stuff.
For two weeks I lived with the ever lovely and wild Kristen Charlebois from Jasper, it was SO much fun, the girl is near as crazy as me, and only 18 so you can just imagine. After two weeks it was time to get sorted into a hostel and head back into the lifestyle of less showers, more sweatpants and good chats with my irish friends AND of course meeting all kinds of really cool people from all over the world again. We ( me+ the irish ) tried to find a flat or a house to live in, after finding my absolute dream house, with a LEMON tree in the backyard we realized we cannot afford to live here haha, so hostel life it is for a couple more weeks.
…… which leads me to the most exciting thing to happen to my life in the last couple months which is that my girl Laura from Melbs is moving to Perth next week!!!! Im beyond excited. Hopefully we can get into a house and just share a room for a month or so and save (crossing all fingers and toes) some money.
Anyways, thats the basic stuff. Sorry I’ve been so slack I really can’t be bothered much to think and write, and then read over again… but I guess you kids are worth it, minus the editing bit, defo’s not doing that.
My friends are actually amazing. I completely forgot to upload this the week of my birthday but watch it now if you haven’t! Thanks to everyone who made a video or tried to, you’re all so so spectacular.
Hello, my name is Brittany Moore and I am living in poverty. Ha, no really though. This is so funny. I’m 22 years old, 3/4 way through my undergrad degree, in Australia and poorer than I’ve ever been before. The best part about it, I have NEVER had so much fun in my life. Life on this little hill can be pretty stressful, trying to make rent/ find work and stay sane around these people (that’s a joke). There are moments when I get so stressed thinking holy hell I’m trapped on this little island and I actually can’t leave. But it’s the little reminders from mom and everyone else in the same situation that make those moments seem silly.
Last week we had a friend Maria, she lived in our room and made us all so happy. Maria was that chick you would expect to find in these places. A proper tree hugging hippy who juggles and doesn’t eat me. Maria after a $20 day of strawberry work thought it would be a nice day to sit by the river and just split a couple cider, we went and did just that, it then turned into a legion party. We chatted with some old Tasmania blokes, they fed us crackers and have us heat from their fire stove. Then they gave us a marrow vegetable thing (that they had used for a decoration) told us how to cook it and bam I had one yummy dinner, all compliments to the old men at the r, s&a and helping out the poor.
As sad as that little story may seem for you people reading, it really isn’t at all. I now know a great new, very cheap meal, new old men friends and a legion to run to when I’m cold.
Living in poverty is kinda fun.
Oh and Maria, she went to WOLF basically work for free accom and food. Soon she is going to some crazy organic village to frolic with sheep and swim in the naturally heated pool.
Work sucks: raspberries are near dead and done with, so strawberries on our day off it is. I swear I made more money pickin those stupid things when I was 16 . We are hoping to get on an hourly job in the next three weeks. Please send happy Brittany money vibes :) nah, all is time.
Next stop is still supposed to be Perth but that may just have to hold off a bit longer.
Our raspberry farmer is taking us on his boat this Thursday. This will be fun.
We watched Wolf Creek last night. That was stupid. It’s about 3 backpackers that are murdered in the outback. It’s a really very true story. Ha. And now I’m excited to see the outback. Watch it if you have time and think of me
Week 3 at the backpackers is done and time has cruised by but life seems to be slowing down on us all. It’s so hot one day and so cold the next. Weather was pretty bad this week which wasn’t good for work at all, we worked 3 days. So enough to cover rent and some groceries. Everyone I starting to plot out their escape plan now and as I sit here doing this myself and four others are planning ours the cheapest and most creative way possible. So far it’s looking like work for three weeks, try to make some money and save. Fly to Melbs, say hai to pretty people then pack into a campervan and header to Perth. Stopping and camping along the way. It’s sounding real exciting, let’s hope this plan can work out.
I am currently 22 years old. My birthday was good fun, spent the day with raspberries, and some decent weather! Vanessa from Germany and Dawn from Ireland made me a lovely carrot cake and we popped some champagne. Was a pretty low key night and very nice.
Other than that nothing too exciting as happened. I haven’t seen any Tasmanian devils and I am still sad about this.