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Asia Laos Travels

A visit to Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang

When we were in Luang Prabang, we went to a tie dye class at a place called Ock Pop Tok.  This class was very enjoyable and I hadn’t done many things like it before. We learnt a lot about local Laos people, specifically the tradition of weaving with silk. Ock Pop Tok means ‘East meets West’ and was co-founded by a lady called Veomanee Douangdald, who is from Laos and…

Asia Travels Vietnam

Culture Shock

Cul·ture shock – Dictionary noun the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes. We arrived in Hanoi on a Sunday afternoon. Driving through the streets was quite an experience. There were thousands of motorbikes on the road and some of them have a family of five on one bike. It’s like a sea of bikes coming towards…

New Zealand Travels

Racing hearts in Rotorua and Posing in Pauanui

Our third stop in New Zealand was Rotorua.  We hadn’t planned to go there but it had rained a lot and so we changed our plans and decided to go somewhere there was a lot to do – even in the rain.  We drove all the way from the Bay of Islands in the Defender that the Duder’s lent us. Our first day in Rotorua was AMAZING!!!!! In the morning,…

Australia Byron Bay

Betsy and Willow’s Byron Bay Tales

Betsy: We left Byron Bay today after four weeks.  The middle two we were on our own. I really liked that time because we did lots of things as a family.  It wasn’t like normal life in Richmond but it was like ‘travelling the world normal’ for us. For example, doing school work in the morning and going out to do something fun in the afternoon. On the first week…

Brazil South America Trancoso Travels

Betsy’s Brazilian Food Blog

Since we’ve been in Brazil I’ve noticed a lot of differences compared to Richmond, including lots of different foods. Here are ten new things that I’ve tried: Tapioca: Tapioca comes from the root vegetable Cassova. It is used ALOT in Brazil.  I first tried Tapioca crepe. Unlike crepes I’ve had before, you put in ham, cheese or other meat and stuff like that – not lemon and sugar, but you can…