Whether you like it or not the “hipster” is still alive and kicking, and whilst most people find them frustratingly “cool” and left of field, you’ve got to appreciate their attention to detail when it comes to the perfect cup of coffee, artsy shopping experiences and well poached eggs. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a wanky bastard when it comes to eating out (no Dome for this girl) and I love discovering new and quirky spots to eat, drink and play. Whilst traveling in Singapore last week this didn’t change, and poor E was dragged along to discover “hipster Singapore”, and I’ll admit I was pretty impressed.
I’ve just returned home from a week away with friends (and E of course) in the beautiful lower south west of Western Australia. Denmark to be exact. The bush meets beach town is about a five hour drive from Perth, and boasts coastal vibes with a small country town feel. It’s quiet and relaxed, with something for everyone.
I’ll tell you a secret. We never go to the beach at home. As much as I love it, my E is terrified of sharks. And I mean terrified. Funny thing is she’ll sit back and watch Shark Week on Discovery Channel every year, feeding her fear, and I suffer with lack of beach visits. The realities of being in a relationship, haha. But when we arrived in resort town MuiNe on the fourth leg of our Vietnam holiday she couldn’t resist the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Score!
There is nothing wrong with treating yourself, and that is precisely what E and I did when we visited the beach capital of Vietnam, Nha Trang. A short bus trip down the mountain from Dalat (read about my experience here) and nothing like the craziness of Ho Chi Minh City (my thoughts here), the small city was a piece of luxe paradise. So why not make the most of it? When in Rome they say.
Taking a seven hour bus trip by choice probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for E and I it was the perfect downtime after experiencing the hustle and bustle of HCMC. If you’ve never been on a sleeper bus you’re missing out. The double decker seat situation was so different to your usual bus, and I had to climb up into my “bed” without a ladder. Yeah, that was fun. Don’t even try and imagine it, it wasn’t pretty.
From the minute we touched down in Ho Chi Minh I knew we weren’t in Kansas anymore. The air is thick, the roads are insanely busy and the sun beats down. It’s a fast paced, forever moving city, and definitely a culture shock for this lazy day woman. Perth is nothing compared to the insanity of Ho Chi Minh, in fact I couldn’t even compare Sydney or Melbourne to this cray! Don’t get me wrong, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is full of culture and colour and noise, but this small town girl probably couldn’t handle the 24/7 noise and beep beep-ing for an extended period! But it was an amazing start to our Vietnam adventure.