Motorbiking Vietnam: Losing Myself

 I’m searching for those moments when I lose myself. When I stop thinking. When my brain shuts off. When I just notice what is around me.I’m zooming around on my rented motorbike, observing the mountains outside of Bac Ha, a tiny town in northern Vietnam. The rice paddies stretch around me like layers of a cake. The contrast between the bright blue clear sky and the endless expanse of green makes me take a deep breath of gratitude.

Behind me, another motorbike zips round the curves of the mountainside. My friend Niko is driving, with Tessa on the back. Tessa is a dear friend from childhood who is doing a Southeast Asia loop with me. We just met Niko The Crazy German at a hostel in Hoi An and have been traveling with him for a few weeks. In the mornings, Niko and I head to the roof of our cheap hotel for exercise: he is teaching me boxing, and I am showing him yoga. All three of us are artists and musicians, and we often sing and draw together.

Over the din of my motorbike I can just barely hear Niko from his scooter belting out our favorite song, a catchy hip-hop song perfect for easy harmonies. Despite the breeze, it’s excruciatingly hot, and my sweaty shirt sticks to me.

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Malaysia: Ghost Stories of Taman Negara

I walk in the treetops of the oldest rainforest in the world, balancing on wobbly bridges that sway with every step.

I stare into the trees, looking back in time. If I squint a little and let my imagination take over, I can see majestic dinosaurs stomping under the canopy.

Located next to a winding river, Taman Negara is the the most famous national place of Malaysia, and is home to  elephants, sun bears, and millions of red ants.

Tigers still live deep in the forest, although most guides don’t want to see one, even if the tourists do…

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Goodbye, Melbourne

I lived in Melbourne for 4 months, and fell in love with the architecture, buskers, public transport, and art scene. It is a beautiful and liveable city; this year it was voted the #1 most Liveable City in the World.

I had a myriad of well-paying jobs, from being a kitchenhand to babysitting to cleaning and nannying for kosher Jewish families – we were living in Caulfield North, the Jewish neighborhood. With persistance anyone can find a job there. I’d reccommend Melbourne to any traveler seeking a job, or just for a quick visit.

My favorite places include Federation Square (so many free museums there!) The State Library of Victoria, Degraves Street for a bite, the Botanic Gardens, and just wandering around the graffiti laneways.