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Home Sweet Home.....

Back in Mississauga, Unfortunately

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My flight home departed Sri Lanka at 2:00 am on August 10th and flew for 11 hours and 30 mins with Sri Lankan Airlines and I arrived in London at 9:00am, where I had a 6 hour layover, then I left London at 3:00 pm and flew for 7 hours and 45 mins and arrived home at Pearson Airport at 5:45 pm on Ausgust 10th!! The numbers and times seem like they don't make sense but it's because of all the different time zones and such, it was really tiring because of the time differences!! The flight home cost me $1,097 and took me the 14,035 km from Kandy to Toronto! I cant believe it, I am already back home..... My Dream Trip Around the World went by like a flash!! I am so sad that it's over, but the memories I made and all the beautiful things I have seen will stay with me forever. Going on this trip was the best decision I ever made, and it has definitely gotten me hooked on travelling! I am already thinking of all the places I can go to on my next trip. Maybe visit a little bit of Western Europe.... And some Eastern Europe.... And maybe a bit of Africa.... There are just so many places I want to explore!! But i'm gonna need to start saving.... Anyways, My Dream Trip Around the World that I just completed took me to: Antigua, Tobago, Guyana, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, the total distance I travelled was 47,499.28 km and I travelled that distance over a period of 70 days (June 1st-August 10th)!! I can't even tell you guys which place was my favourite, I fell in love with each and every place that I visitied and I was so sad to leave them!! I'm not even going to get into how much money it cost me because I think I might start crying..... but it's okay, because it was SO worth it!! Now that i'm home, I feel so out of place and BORED, even though I just got home two days ago... Anyways guys, Thanks for putting up with my ramblings and keeping up with me and my blogs while I was on my trip, I do it for you guys (the fans). Stay tuned for "My Dream Trip Around the World- Part 2"!! Peace out guys, thanks for reading!!

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

Last stop on my Dream Trip Around the World!!

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Hey everyone!! I left Ko Lanta, Thailand on July 31st at 4:20 pm and flew for 1 hour and 20 mins to Bangkok where I arrived at 5:40 pm and had about a 2 hour layover. Then I departed Bangkok at 7:35 and flew for 3 hours and 25 mins and arrived at Colombo Airport near Kandy at 9:30 pm. My flights were with Thai Airways International and it cost me $297. Today my first full day here in Sri Lanka!! I am staying at the Amaya Hills resort which is just outside of Kandy and has the most beautiful views, here are some pictures of it:

Amaya hills resort, very beautiful pool.

Amaya hills resort, very beautiful pool.

Amazing views all around the hotel!!

Amazing views all around the hotel!!

View of the hills.

View of the hills.

So, since i just arrived here yesterday, I haven't had time to do anything yet! But I will be here in Sri Lanka until August 10th, so I have plenty of time to take in all that Kandy has to offer!! So far everything has been great, minus the drive to the hotel.... It was the scariest drive ever!! Since the resort is up in the hills the road was full of twists and turns and I was getting pretty car-sick, not to mention when big buses and things would come flying around the bends, oh man.. I was so relieved once I made it to the resort! I feel weird because usually I have so much to share with you guys that I just ramble on and on, but since I only arrived here in Kandy yesterday I really don't have many things to share! Although, I will tell you what my favourite thing that I've eaten here is! If you ever come to Sri Lanka, you must try the "Hoppers", theyre kind of like sour-dough pancakes that are shaped into like a semi-sphere (i'll post a picture so you understand what I mean) and I had my Hoppers for breakfast this morning so I had eggs in them, but they are also served for dinner with different sides.

Hoppers with eggs!! So delicious!

Hoppers with eggs!! So delicious!

Okay guys, i'm gonna head out and explore what Kandy has to offer!! This is my final stop on my amazing Dream Trip Around the World and I want to enjoy every last second of it! I will talk to you guys when i'm back home in Mississauga :( Gihilla ennam yaaluwa!! That means "goodbye my friends" in Sri Lankan!

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Ko Lanta, Thailand

Loko for KoKo!!!

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Hellllooo everyone!! I just arrived here in Ko Lanta Thailand yesterday, July 21st!! My flight departed Phnom Penh, Cambodia at 6:20 and flew for 1 hour 10 mins to arrive in Bangkok at 7:30, where I had a 2 hour layover. I departed Bangkok at 9:25 and flew for 1 hour and 25 mins to arrive at Krabi Airport near Ko Lanta at 10:50 am on July 21st. The flight with Bangkok Airlines cost me $493 and it took the 779 km from Phnom Penh to Ko Lanta. I'm staying at the Layana Resort in Ko Lanta. It is absolutely beautiful, its honestly my own little paradise and is costing me $147 a night. Here are some pictures of the resort:

One of the resort's boats.

One of the resort's boats.


p-a-r-a-d-i-s-e pool.

p-a-r-a-d-i-s-e pool.


Beautiful Beach, just look at that sand!

Beautiful Beach, just look at that sand!

I have the most beautiful view from the restaurant while i'm scarfing down some grub!!

I have the most beautiful view from the restaurant while i'm scarfing down some grub!!

So today is only my second day here in Ko Lanta and it is absolutely beautiful. Ko Lanta is an island in the Krabi Province in Thailand. The resort is very secluded and separated from all the nuisances of the hustle and bustle of large cities. I will be staying here until July 31st and I am really excited to just relax around the resort and sit on the beach, because at my previous stop of Phnom Penh I was busy every day, going to some place or another!! Here in Ko Lanta it is not a busy city or anything, from my resort Ko Lanta seems like a vast open island with very few citizens. In my next few days here I wont be doing anything to monumental that I can think to tell you guys about. The only activities I will be doing are around the resort or excursions offered by the resort. Some that sound really good to me are sunset cruises and the authentic thai cooking lessons and the fruit carving!! This morning when I went to the breakfast buffet there were some really neat fruit carvings and I was like "omg i totally want to try that!!" so I asked around, and I heard that they had lessons!! Super excited! Here are some pictures of the fruit carvings in the Restaurant:

Fruit carvings.

Fruit carvings.

Watermelon carving.

Watermelon carving.


Soon I will be able to do these!!

Soon I will be able to do these!!

I have a whole week here in Ko Lanta to relax and enjoy myself, so i'm gonna go live it up!! Bye everyone, I will catch up with you guys at my next stop, which is also my final stop :(( Bye!!!

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

First Stop in Asia!!

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After over 13 hours of travelling, I have arrived at my first stop in the region of Asia! I arrived at 10:20 am in Phnom Penh on July 10th. The journey to get here from Melbourne was about 10 hours of flying, plus a 3 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur. The flight was with Malaysia Airlines took me the 6,847.3 km from Melbourne to Phnom Penh and cost $796.40 for the one way ticket. So, now I am in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and it is like a whole new world over here, it's soooo different from any of the other places I've been to so far. I am staying at The Raffles Hotel Le Royal. It is a beautifully renovated colonial era hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh. Although the hotel is fully renovated, you still get a great feel of the history that was there. Here are some pictures of it:

The Raffles Hotel Le Royan, such a unique hotel.

The Raffles Hotel Le Royan, such a unique hotel.

The very open and airy lobby. They gave me a cold towel and fresh fruits when I first checked in!! So thoughtful!

The very open and airy lobby. They gave me a cold towel and fresh fruits when I first checked in!! So thoughtful!


The pool! It was very convenient after my long days of exploring the city!

The pool! It was very convenient after my long days of exploring the city!


Again, the pool. They even give you complimentary foot massages, it was like I died and went to heaven!

Again, the pool. They even give you complimentary foot massages, it was like I died and went to heaven!

Today is July 13th and I have been here in Cambodia for 4 days!! On my first day here I was really tired so I just explored the hotel, lounged by the pool, visited the famous Elephant Bar and talked to some of the employees about places to visit in Phnom Penh. On my second day (July 11th) here I visited The Killing Fields. It was a highly recommended tour by everyone I had talked to. The tour of The Killing Fields gave me a much better understanding of Cambodia's history and the hardship they went though only a short time ago. In 1975, Phnom Penh fell under the rule of the Khmer Rouge (a communist group) and all the city's residents were forced to go to the countryside and work in labor camps. Around 2 million Cambodians died by starvation, torture or execution in the 3 years that they were ruled by the Khmer Rouge. The story is absolutely horrific, and visiting The Killing Fields was very depressing, but it was one of those tours that you just HAVE to go on. Here are some pictures from The Killing Fields:

The Killing Fields.

The Killing Fields.

It was hard to look at all these skulls and skeletons and know that they were all innocent people, killed for no reason.

It was hard to look at all these skulls and skeletons and know that they were all innocent people, killed for no reason.


Mass grave where 166 bodies without heads were buried.

Mass grave where 166 bodies without heads were buried.

Yesterday on July 12th was a day full of Temples!!! I visited Wat Ounalom which is a huge temple with lots of buildings. The environment was very calm, and there were monks sitting around everywhere. I went to the main building and was able to hear the chief monk give a sermon. Although I did not understand anything that he said, I was happy to sit there and enjoy the peace and calm of the environment. After Wat Ounalom I went to Phnom Chrisor Temple which is on the top of a hill and there were 509 stairs to get up!! The view of the Cambodian countryside from the top was really cool, and the temple itself was very architectually interesting. After those two temples I went to The Central Market, which is like a huge flea market in the streets. It was very clean and made for tourists, so the prices were very high, I did not really enjoy the market for the reason that it was so touristy. Some of the locals told me to try visiting the Russian Market, the prices are much lower and it is not as full of tourists, so I will definitely try that. Here are some pictures from my busy day yesterday:

Wat Ounalom Temple.

Wat Ounalom Temple.

Inside the temple.

Inside the temple.


The stairs up to Phnom Chrisor.... There were like over 500!! That was my leg workout for the trip.

The stairs up to Phnom Chrisor.... There were like over 500!! That was my leg workout for the trip.


Phnom Chrisor Temple.

Phnom Chrisor Temple.


Central Market. Too pricey for my liking, i'm a real cheap-o.

Central Market. Too pricey for my liking, i'm a real cheap-o.


Central Market

Central Market

So, now we are caught up to today, July 13th. Today I am planning on visiting the Russian Markets and buying some souvenirs!! Also at some point before I leave Cambodia I am going to leave Phnom Penh and go to Siem Reap, which about 4 and a half hours away, to visit Angkor Wat. It is the largest hindu temple and the largest religious monument in the whole world. I am extremely excited to visit it. Also, the best thing I have eaten so far in my stay in Cambodia in Amok, which is the most famous Cambodian dish. It is usually made with chicken, fish, or shrimp, plus some vegetables, I chose to get the fish. My Amok was served in a hollowed-out coconut!! Heres a picture of the Amok I thoroughly enjoyed:

Fish amok in a hollowed out coconut.

Fish amok in a hollowed out coconut.

I will catch up with you folks in my next stop; THAILAND!!! Thanks for keeping up with me guys!!

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Sydney, Australia

JUST KIDDING IM IN MELBOURNE Y'ALL!!!

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G'day mates, how ya goin'? So, as you can see i've picked up on some of the lingo here in Melbourne, Australia, I'm trying my best to fit in and not sound like the biggest tourist ever...... Today is July 4th, and I'm still getting used to the way the speak over here and their "slang", it's very bizarre for a good ol' Canadian like me, but I find it very interesting and I'm trying my best to pick up as much as I can. So, I arrived here in MELBOURNE (not Sydney) at 5:30 pm on July 1st. My flight departed New Zealand at 9:45 am and flew for 1 hour and 25 minutes with Virgin Australia Airlines to arrive in Auckland at 11:10 am where I had a 4 hour and 20 minute layover. Then I departed Auckland at 3:30 pm and flew for 4 hours to arrive in Melbourne, 2,461.8 km later at 5:30 pm. So, now I am in lovely, laid-back Melbourne with its local and international art, botanical gardens, boutiques, multicultural dining, and lively nightlife! I am staying at the Travelodge in Southbank (a suburb of Melbourne) for $155 a night and the hotel is convenient because its close to all the tourist attractions and tons of things are in walking distance. Here are some pictures of the Travelodge:

Travelodge

Travelodge

Melbourne has got such a cool, easy-going vibe to it, it's so easy to fall in love with the place. I guess i'll just do what I always do and tell you guys what I've done in my past few days here, and what I plan to do in my days remaining... I'm getting super predictable, ay? (See what I did there? I wrote "eh" in the Australian form, I bet you didn't see that coming!!!). So, on my first day in the lovely city of Melbourne (July 2nd) I walked to the Yarra River and did some window shopping in little boutiques and had to make the toughest decision ever when it came to deciding where I should eat! The amount of restaurants along and nearby the river is crazy! After asking some locals, most of them pointed me in the direction of The Hunky Dory Fish and Burger Bar. I ordered the Grilled Seafood Salad with fresh fish and calamari. It was absolutely delicious and super fresh!! Here are some pictures from the Yarra River and my lunch:

Yarra River. It's kinda polluted and smelly but hey, so is lake ontario...

Yarra River. It's kinda polluted and smelly but hey, so is lake ontario...


The river again. Along the river there was tons of street performers, some of them were really good!!

The river again. Along the river there was tons of street performers, some of them were really good!!


Grilled Fish Salad from Hunky Dory Fish and Burger Bar. The freshest fish I have ever had, I don't think i'll be able to eat frozen fish anymore....

Grilled Fish Salad from Hunky Dory Fish and Burger Bar. The freshest fish I have ever had, I don't think i'll be able to eat frozen fish anymore....

Southbank is an important cultural hub in Melbourne and is full of art and museums. On my second day I visited The Malthouse Theatre and The Melbourne Arts Centre. There were not any shows or anything going on, but I still wanted to visit just to see what the places were like, and I can really tell that Melbourne is full of art culture. If I ever return I hope to actually see a show!! After visiting the art centres I went to St. Kilda Beach which is Melbourne's most popular beach!! Its expanse of sand and its promenade, pier and harbour, marine clubs, sea baths and restaurants, set St Kilda apart from any other Melbourne area. All year round, and particularly in summer, St Kilda Beach is a mecca for enthusiasts of all kinds. It’s perfect for walking, cycling, running, rollerblading, swimming, kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, sailing, boating, jetskiiing, snorkelling and sky diving. Here are some pictures from my second day in Melbourne:

Malthouse Theatre.

Malthouse Theatre.

Melbourne Arts Centre.

Melbourne Arts Centre.

St. Kilda Beach and boardwalk.

St. Kilda Beach and boardwalk.


St. Kilda, full of life and entertainment- Melbourne Style!

St. Kilda, full of life and entertainment- Melbourne Style!

Aaaand finally we are caught up to today, July 4th. Today my plan is to go on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne. The tour takes you through the city streets and on to South Melbourne, St Kilda, Prahran and Malvern aboard the Melbourne Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, your privacy assured with one-way windows. Melbourne's tramcar restaurant-on-wheels is painted a distinctive glossy burgundy and is especially fitted out in velvet and brass like the luxurious Pullman-style European trains of the past. The tour sounds really awesome because you are on an oldfashioned tramcar and you get to enjoy and meal while driving around Melbourne. I'm really excited for this tour!! Here are some pics of the tramcar:

The Tramcar Restaurant.

The Tramcar Restaurant.


The interior. It really makes you feel like you are on a car from the past!!

The interior. It really makes you feel like you are on a car from the past!!

So, I'm gonna head out so I don't miss my tour!! Cheerio mates i'll talk to you when I arrive at my first stop in Asia!!! I shall be departing Australia on July 10th to leave for my next region to travel!!! Hooroo everyone!! That's also Australian slang for goodbye.... I think

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