Our last day in Queensland was spent driving down to the Sunshine Coast where we bade a temporary farewell to our home of the last couple of months. Until we’re reunited (around June 2017), we’re fortunate enough to have private, free parking in a very scenic spot.
One night in the centre of Brisbane and then on to Darwin with Qantas Air (treated ourselves to Business Class – very nice!) for our final night in Australia.
A last “seasonal” photo from Down Under – Yes, it’s Father Christmas, Bogan style:
Arriving back in Asia felt like coming home. It’s currently rainy season on Bali, still lots of sun though and NO flies!
And the food! We headed straight to one our favourite restaurants in Sanur “Warung Sea Breeze” Owned by a group of young locals who play great music and know how to cook.
Over the next few days we worked our way through some of our favourite Indonesian dishes, quickly getting reacquainted with the spicey taste of chilli peppers, fresh garlic and shrimp paste:
Then there’s the fruit and my personal favourite – passion fruit. This is the Indonesian version called “Markisa”. Looks like a hard orange on the outside and like an alien on the inside – tastes marvellous!
Christmas was getting closer and we decided to spend it in Laos again. First thing when we got to Vientiane was to found a hairdresser as Dave had started to resemble Rasputin. Eventually, looking like his old self, we booked into the beautiful Dhavara Hotel where we’ve been for the last 7 days.
Last year when we got here we’d been away from Europe for 8 months and were very excited by the French influence in the local cuisine, eating our way through cheeses, meat plates and oysters – all things we’d missed. This time we were more than happy to stick to the local dishes, showing just how much our palates have changed in the intervening 12 months. It’s possible though that we’re still on an Asian high after Australia😀
One thing we always forget about until we get here is the pollution. Vientiane is a small city but all the traffic runs down the main road and the air is quite horrendous. So, despite great food and everything else that we love about this place, it’s been crossed off the list as a possible location to one day settle down in
Christmas here is very, very low key – it’s not quite the same listening to “jingle bells” with the sun shining and temperatures in their 30’s. Hard to believe that just two years ago we were spending our last Christmas in Europe in Monchau:
Tomorrow we fly to Bangkok where we’ll be seeing in the New Year. Here’s hoping that everyone had a great Christmas and that 2017 will bring us all health and happiness! xx