Our own backyard… Darwin

One of our housemates recently escaped the last days of winter by heading up north to balmy Darwin. Darwin has a small country-town feel but is definitely growing as a metropolitan city. Not only does the city have Kakadu and Litchfield National Park on it’s doorstep, here you will also find a rich indigenous history and culture, as well as many activities including cruising along the bay, relaxing in many of the restaurants or hanging out at the multicultural, festive markets. Here are some photos from Rachael’s most recent travels – we are so jealous!
Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls – Head into Kakadu National Park on a 4WD tour and check out some spectacular waterfalls and Gorges (best in dry season*)
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Sunset at Ubirr Rock – A popular rock to sit on (literally) and watch the sun go down, but get there early to see some pristine Aboriginal Cultural Rock Art as well.
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Litchfield National Park – Another 4WD adventure south of Darwin in one of the best places to discover waterfalls and local flora and fauna.
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Lunch at Pee Wee’s at the Point – For an outrageously delicious lunch with an outstanding view head here.
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Mindil Beach Sunset Market – Open only during the dry season* get hit with food and crafts from all around the world.
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Crocodile spotting on the river – A trip to the territory wouldn’t be complete without spotting a croc!
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* Dry Season: May to September
*Wet Season: October to April

 

Food from around the world

 

We were going through our photo library over the weekend and noticed we have eaten a lot of different and amazing food from all around the world. Here are some snaps of food from around the world.
Modern Australian
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Italian
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Indian
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Colombian
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Korean
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Indonesian
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Japanese Teppanyaki
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Laotian
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Malaysian
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Latin American
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Greek
Mykonos, Greece
French
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American
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New York
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Sri Lankan
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A new thing in town…

The relationship between pen, paper and technology got a whole lot closer this week. One of our favourite personalised notebook companies, Moleskine (we always have a little one in our bag), have just released a special Livescribe edition.
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How great will it now be to take out your Italian designer notebook, scribble down some quick notes and then email (not photocopy or re-type – EMAIL) through your points and even thoughts (with the recording device installed in the pen) through to whoever you need to?
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Moleskine are keeping the elegance of the classic design details including the ivory-coloured pages, rounded corners, ribbon bookmark and elastic closure but adding little “activation buttons” in the corners for tagging notes or recording.
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The world of design just got better and we so want in!

Head to the Range

A visit to the driving range has recently become one of our favourite activities. We’re not very good at it but there is something about smacking a ball with all your might and trying to make it go as far as possible that feels like you’ve accomplished something.
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If you’re stressed, in a bad mood, heart broken or feeling frustrated for whatever reason the driving range is probably going to be your best bet to get some of that built up anger or annoyance out.
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Golf may not have a great physical benefit (however it is good for your core and stability) but is definitely good for your mental health.
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Rain or shine, head down to your local golf course with a friend, have a couple of drinks, and smash out a bucket of balls – if not for the built up anger but just for the fun of it. Trust us. It does wonders!

An introduction to Nepal

Nepal is squished between India and the towering peaks of the Himalayas. It is a country full of history, culture, trekking, game drives, temples and much more. From the small parts we’ve seen of this incredible country the more it makes us want to go back explore. We entered Nepal by land, a border crossing between India and Nepal. Immediately as we crossed over we could see the difference between the two countries. The country is green, lush and the people are so different as well.
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We got to experience the serenity of Chitwan National Park, as we stayed in a cute little resort in the middle of, what felt like, no where (Sapana Village). The resort is surrounded by local villages, crops, rivers and a local elephant who sleeps out the back of the rooms. The hotel was simple yet elegant with delicious food and drinks to accompany the atmosphere.
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When in Chitwan a game drive is a must. If you’re lucky you will spot tigers, rhinos, elephants or deer. The area is also a bird watchers paradise with hundreds of species all in the one place.
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From here, travel down to Pokhara, a great little town set up around a lake. Along the way make sure you keep an eye out – overlanding Nepal is never dull!
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One highlight in this little town, is waking up early and heading to Sarangkot, a short drive from Pokhara, where you can watch the sunrise over the Annapurna range. As the sunlight hits the peaks of the mountains and lights and colours change all around it is a spectacular sight. We also recommend hiring a boat on the lake in Pokhara and having a little paddle. It is cheap and fun way to spend the afternoon.
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Continuing down through Kathmandu Valley we made it to the capital. Kathmandu is full of travellers, winding streets, shops selling trekking gear and so much more. To get away from the hectic little streets head into the Garden of Dreams. A place like no other. Behind the walls of a busy main road we found tranquility and a perfect place to relax for the afternoon. Bring a book, grab a pillow (provided inside), lie down and let the afternoon sun take you away.
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We only got to experience a few of the amazing activities you can do in Nepal – next we will challenge ourselves, train hard and attempt Everest Base Camp!

 

 

Honey Crackles

There is nothing better than going back to your childhood and having a couple of Honey Crackles with your tea. The standard recipe on the cornflake box has never disappointed…
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Ingredients
90g butter
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups of cornflakes
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Method
(Pre-heat over to 150oC)
1. Place butter, sugar and honey in saucepan and boil until frothy (keep stirring)
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2. Take off heat and add cornflakes. Mix in well.
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3. Place mixture into patty cake cups and put in over for 6-8 mins to set.
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4. Take out of oven and let cool before serving.
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