Author: Amy McPherson

Phnom Penh’s Past and Present

  The Tragic Past And Positive Outlook All In A Day In Phnom Penh   There was a group of people doing the Gangnam Style on the boardwalk, with arms wildly swerving and legs kicking to the full Psy effect. Their leader, a young fitness enthusiast with a microphone hooked to his ear, shouted out the instructions and with him the rest of the group turned left and right, moved back and stepped forward in such uniformed precision capable of rivalling the contestants in an International Line Dancing competition. This was just one of the many merry scenes I...

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Eureka Ballarat, Australia!

  Discovering Australia’s Golden Heritage If it was 160 years ago, I’d be squatting in mud swirling my pan away hoping to strike it rich. While I can still squat and try my hands at gold panning, the gold rush is no more and my chance of discovering anything more valuable than pebbles and dirt is as slim as winning the national lottery, however it is still possible to at least attempt to live the lives of those who came here for the golden fortune in today’s Ballarat. Ballarat During the Gold Rush Ballarat is Australia’s most iconic mining...

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A Day in Port Vila, Vanuatu

A Day About Lap Lap, the Mele Cascades and an Underwater Post Office I woke up to a glorious view over Vila Bay, with blue skies layered with water glistening like scattered diamonds. It was 7 a.m. and already the town of Port Vila was bustling with people, with the Central Market being the center of all activities. There were cafes offering bacon and eggs style breakfasts but the colorful and noisy market was too interesting to miss, so we headed to the end back, past the fresh fruits and vegetables and the occasional rooster in weaved basket, to...

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Cabbages and Condoms, Bangkok

Cabbages and Condoms. Not exactly the most appetizing name for a restaurant, but upon learning about it from fellow travelers I was intrigued. The restaurant was located a little out of the way along a dark side street. Considering its name I became slightly suspicious, until a concentration of fairy lights eventually appeared like an oasis in a desert and I was walking into the most atmospheric restaurant in Bangkok. Cabbages and Condoms is a project set up to promote better understanding of family planning and to raise funds to support development activities for the non-profit Population and Community...

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Australia’s Newest Museum – M.A.D.E Opens

There were important looking people everywhere I looked, handshaking, posing and smiling into journalists cameras. I shrink away into the museum proper, a little shy among the larger press group and explored the interior quietly and found myself inspired by Australia’s newest museum – the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. Today was the museum’s first day of opening to the public, and the entire town population turned up to celebrate this significant milestone. The Gold Rush in the mid 19th Century had placed Ballarat on the world map and the museum is located on the grounds of the...

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Road trip through New Zealand’s South Island

Driving through nature’s postcard It’s like clicking through a stereoscope with picture after picture of gushing rivers, snow capped mountains and smooth straight roads. A different image appears at every turn of the wheel, whether static or moving, beckoning us to stop and snap yet another brochure quality photograph where the real talent is not the photographer’s, but the naturally photogenic scenery of which South Island is famous for. A ten day round road trip itinerary was planned between New Zealand’s quake prone city of Christchurch, round the top through Greymouth, the glacier region, through to Queenstown and back....

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10-Day China Tour

China’s Best Deal: The Highlights in 10 Days Bellevue, WA, March 21, 2013—Here’s an unbeatable deal: China Spree’s quickie tour that’s affordable, provides all flights, deluxe hotels, good meals, and extensive guided sightseeing in China’s three major tourist attractions. To be more specific, the Golden Triangle Tour, which costs $1,859 in April, includes round-trip transpacific air from San Francisco, all intra-China transportation, 4-star accommodations like the stunning Traders Hotel by Shangri La in Beijing, 8 American breakfasts, 10 other delish meals, a Tang Dynasty Show in Xian and Shanghai Acrobats Show, special culinary experiences and excellent local guides in...

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Driving the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

On the Sunshine Coast, away from the coast lies historical towns of the Hinterlands I have longed for a long weekend away on the coast, soaking up much needed sun after weeks slavering away in an air conditioned office. When such day finally came, we took the opportunity to fly to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for, well, a bit of sunshine. We chose to stay in Noosa with strong intentions to spend our days lazing around at the beach and have an ice cream or two; however when I was handed a brochure titled ‘Sunshine Coast Hinterlands’, displaying pretty pictures...

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