Upon arriving in Ubud it was clear that Gil being in charge of our travel plans wasn't a mistake, I had booked our homestay for the wrong dates and it was bloody hot out. A short walk up the road and I stumbled on paradise, a local families compound converted into a stunning homestay. It was the first of many jaw dropping moments exploring the culturally fulfilling and landscaped beauty of this oasis in Bali.
Due to Gil's extensive travel as a consultant and superb travel coordination skills I get to take a 2 week journey throughout Ireland and Sweden with two of the most important ladies in my life, my beautiful Nanny and by incredible sister.
Dublin was the first stop on our journey and with only 36 hours to explore we instantly took the town by storm by taking a long nap! Once we were refreshed we ventured out to the bustling streets of the Temple Bar and were delighted to meet extremely kind locals. We already feel like part of a huge Irish family that are warm and friendly.
No trip to Dublin is complete without a trip to the 6 story Guinness factory that is shaped like a pint glass and has something for every sense.
After having my first pint of Guinness we wandered around town checking out old buildings and visit an art museum. But the real fun started when we went to see an Irish band and some traditional Irish dancing at the pub located around the corner from our hotel!
Here's a little sample of the awesome dancers and the band jamming one of my fav songs of the summer.
When we began traveling we didn't sit down with goals, we picked a few destinations and hit the road. It wasn't until our 3rd or 4th country that we looked at each other and asked “what is the purpose of this adventure?” What I have finally learned is that not having a plan or purpose is ok, for a short time at least. I have also discovered that life is a whole lot simpler than society in the United States has taught me.
Vietnam has taken us from the bustling city of Can Tho in the Mekong to the historic city of Hoi An, via boat, train and plane, we ended our time in Sapa. A remote region in the northern part of Vietnam surround by small villages, filled with tradition, and simplicity. Rather than book with a large tour company based in Hanoi we found a local Eco Tourism company called Sapa O’Chau.
Surrounded by rice fields, the sun shining, and a very informative Hmong tour guide we hiked for nearly 4-6 hours each day of our 2 day trek.
The host family was warm and welcoming, they served up a delicious meal & kept the homemade rice wine "happy water" flowing.
To view more photos from our wonderful tour of the Sa Pa region please click on the image below