I get asked by a lot of friends what to pack when visiting Melbourne – I assume it’s in anticipation of our well known temperamental weather and not just because they don’t know how to pack. So in an effort to answer all their questions in one hit here’s my Melbourne Survival Kit.
Her blog Inner City Stinge follows Georgia’s pursuit of a champagne lifestyle on a VB budget. When she’s not eating, she’s probably still eating…
I spent most of my Cambodia holiday in Siem Reap volunteering at Feeding Dreams Cambodia, a community school that provides free English lessons, community support and school meals to over 700 children from Siem Reap’s slums. It was a fantastic experience and I left with many new friends, hugs and best of all a sponsor family.
Feeding Dreams are currently building a bigger school and vocational training centre and are desperately seeking donations to help them finish the project. You can read more about the new school here. They’re doing some amazing work and making a real difference in the community.
Aside from helping with the kids with their ABC’s we still had plenty of time after school hours to explore the town.
Angkor Wat at sunrise is a must visit. Not only is it significantly cooler at dawn but the sun rising over the temple is breath-taking. We spent most of a day exploring Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples but you can spend as long or as little as you like. There are hundreds of temples in the national park but most visitors do a small or big loop of the main temples (we did the big loop in an exhausting day).
Another worthwhile day trip out of town is to Phnom Kulen, a sacred mountain to the Khmer people. We climbed up to see a 16th century statue of Buddha and then spent most of the afternoon cooling off in a waterfall. A word of warning – the little fish that nibble dead skin off your feet call the waterfall home. It’s a little creepy at first but you’ll leave with beautifully polished feet.
I know it’s been a long time between posts, a real long time. I spent the last month volunteering in Cambodia and since I returned last week I’ve been catching up on bills, work, life etc. But regular posts are back as of…. now.
While I adapt to Melbourne’s significantly colder weather (Cambodia’s daily 40 deg + 80% humidity = all the sweats) here’s some pics of Phnom Penh where I started my sweaty-but-fantastic trip.
If you’re in Melbourne for longer than a weekend you really shouldn’t miss venturing out to the Great Ocean Road.
It’s a 2-3 hour drive from the CBD to reach the road’s most famous sites – Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.
We chose a gorgeously warm and sunny autumn day to head down the coast. There are countless tours that will take you along the Great Ocean Road but it’s easy enough to hire a car, grab a map and do it yourself.