Response: Can't wait to see you all! Internet costs $1US a minute so I will write again soon...too expensive!
We are leaving to go to Halong Bay on a boat for two days so I won't be able to get in contact until we get back. Hopefully we will still have mobile phone coverage.
Can't wait to hear your news!! Lots of love mum xxx
Response: Hi Bradley!
We have been so frustrated in Nha Trang with the computers. We tried every day and had little success. The system was so slow every where we went. We waisted so much time. We are really sorry as we knew everyone would be wondering what was going on. I'm trying to catch up now! Glad you like the photos! It's so hard to choose the best ones and not choose too many! They take so long to upload (or is it download?)too! We have our own personal computer in our beautiful room at the hotel at Hoi An, "The Ancient House Hotel". We are totally spoilt! We wanted to do things a bit differently than India! We are spending more money on accommodation and more time relaxing. It's been great! This is definitely a holiday as well as a travel experience.
That's great you have finally found a full time job! Send us an email with the details! Is it really a bit over a week when we will see you? Time seems to stand still when you're on holidays and every thing seems a bit unreal! Well, we'd better enjoy our last week of luxury and fun! Take care. Lots of love and hugs, mum and dad xxxooo
Response: Hi Ryan!
We're having a wonderful time! The Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City were great but so small, cramped and lacking air. It was pretty scary to be in them! I was so relieved when we reached the first exit 30 metres along. You kind of feel like your suffocating.
Thanks for the update on the elections! hope all is well in Eleebana! How's Scruffy? Every time I see a small fluffy dog I think of Scruff!! Take care and say hello to Bronwyn. Lots of love and hugs, mum and dad xxxooo
Response: Hi Gemma!
My leg is getting much better. I haven't seen anyone else with bandages on their legs but I heard it was fairly common! I was quite mad that I did it! I have had to put cream on the burn every day and bandage it up. Oh well...it makes another good story! As long as it doesn't scar.
Nha Trang was wonderful. A touch of luxury doesn't go astray every now and then!!! I hope you're not too jealous! The hotel we're in at the moment in Hoi An is their best room. We have our own personal computer!! Dad has been great helping to download the photos. We can relax in our room or by the beautiful swimming pool right outside our door while we are waiting for the photos to download. Oh...it's a hard life!!
Hope you and Alex are'nt working too hard (you can dream!). Seriously though...the two of you have done so much travel already. Your dad and I have waited a long time! You are so young and have all your lives infront of you. I think it's going to be hard to settle back down into mundane routine life after this holiday...which I'm sure you and Alex have found after your 7 weeks away over Xmas. I guess we'll just have to plan another holiday!! Take care and get plenty of r & r! Lots of love and hugs, Mum and dad xxxooo
Response: Yes Teresa! I did get your birthday message and your email! Thank you so much!! Planetranger did not work at the last city and we were there for 6 days. We tried many times with no luck. Hopefully we can use the site again now that we have travelled further north!
Lots of love, Cathy xxx
Response: Hi Aki!
We are having a great time in Vietnam! I'm glad you enjoyed being with Bill and Val at Forster. You will have to visit them again! Love Cathy xx
Response: Hi Dave!
Thanks for thinking of me on my 'special day'! I guess it's hard to believe your little sister is 50!!! That makes you older!!! I will definitely have a beer or two to celebrate. we are having an amazing time! You should go on a holiday like this too! Our daily lives are so sedate compared to this! Lots of love and hugs, Cathy xxx
Response: Hi Karen!
How are you and your beautiful children? How is Andrew coping with his broken leg? Give him our love. He can post us a message on this site if he likes and I will answer it! We are having an amazing adventure. Every day is wonderful...well...almost every day!!Thanks for your birthday wishes! Lots of love, Cathy xxx
Response: Hi Marlene!
Thank you for thinking of me on my special day. That's amazing you were talking to Andrew when you got my text message! There are so many coincidences in life!
Thanks for looking up the planetranger site! It takes quite a long time to download the photos and stories but it is well worth it. Take care too and don't work too hard! Lots of love, Cathy xxx
Response: Hi Teresa and Daniel!
Thank you so much for your really nice birthday message. It's hard to believe I will be 50! It seems so old!!! I'm glad you are enjoying our planetranger site! I hope we will see you soon. Take care. lots of love, Cathy and Ron xxx
Response: Thanks Brad! We're going on a boat tour to 4 different islands. It should be great! thanks for your birthday wishes! Can't wait to see you all! Lots of love, mum xxx
Response: Thanks Trev!! Sometimes we take for granted how lucky we are! There are so many poor people here that struggle every day just to eat! I had a wonderful birthday and was totally spoilt! Looking forward to having a beer with you all when we get back home. Lots of love, Cathy xxx
Response: Hi Bill, Val and Aki!
It sounds like you had a wonderful time together in Forster!!
Thank you for your birthday wishes!! We are having lots of fun, especially in Nha Trang. We are taking care except that it's always a challenge crossing the road. The traffic goes the other way! Plus you have to weave across the road dodging the multitude of motorbikes!! Stay in touch. Lots of love, Cathy and Ron xxx
Response: Thank you for your birthday wishes! Seeing Angkor Wat is a lot like seeing the Taj Mahal. It has a magical feel and the architecture makes you stare in awe. You feel sad when you leave because you know you'll never see it again. It has such a profound effect on you. It's difficult to describe the feeling...
How are your preparations going Steve? Keep us informed...we are very proud of you and what you are doing!
So glad you enjoyed looking up our planetranger site!!
Lots of love, Cathy xxx
Response: It sounds like you had a wonderful time with Aki! She really enjoyed being at Forster with you. Glad you are enjoying our emails! We are both fit and healthy...except for the burn on my lower left leg when I brushed against out tuk tuk driver's motorbike in Cambodia on 18th, just as we were about to board the plane back to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Ouchhh!!!
Response: Hi Gem!
It has certainly been hot in Cambodia. We've never experienced heat combined with such extreme humidity ever before! As soon as we left our air conditioned room we broke out into a sweat. The only relief was driving along in a tuk tuk with the wind in your face!! I think we were both very brave to climb up...then down the steep steps to the top of Angkor Wat. Even Sam, the tough American/Cambodian man, that was translating for us was not game to climb up those stairs!!! Glad you like the stories and photos...but you're right...it does take ages...and can be so frustrating when it all goes wrong.
Take care. Love, mum xxx
Thank you so much for looking after Scruffy! I'm glad you are enjoying our adventures!! We are having so many unbelievable experiences!! can you send me your email address? Glad all is well back home! Love Cathy and Ron xxx
Response: Thank you so much for your long message. You are so right about everything. We are leaving Cambodia tomorrow. We have only been here for 4 days and have met people between 30 and 40 years old whose parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge...so sad and tragic. The Cambodian people have really suffered...and so recently...mans' inhumanity to man. We can only ask "why?" It just should never have happened. Over 3 million Cambodians were killed.
Anyway...there is no way it's hotter at home than here! We've never known heat like this. For the past two days it has been about 38 degrees and impossibly humid. I have never been so "dripping" in my entire life!!!
Glad you checked out our site! Stay in touch. Lots of love, Cathy (sis!!)
Response: Hi Dave!
Thanks for checking out our site! It takes us quite a long time but we enjoy writing down our adventures and sharing our photos. Hope all is well with you.
Lots of love, Cathy (sis!!)
Response: Hi Brad!
Glad you had a great "fun in the sun" time!! It's good to have a break from the monotony of life...as we certainly are!
Have more stories...check out our site!!
how is your job hunting going?
Lots of love, mum and dad xxooxx
Response: Hi Gemma!
The Mekong was great! It was so nice to be cooler on the water. The heat and humidity have been quite extreme for the past couple of days...we are dripping!!
We have bought a few sourviners but no clothes. I saw the exact same t shirt you bought for me in Cambodia for $7 US. It was red. Thought it was too expensive! How much did you pay? Do you want me to buy one for you? I could but the red one if you like! Let me know ASAP! Do you remember the tips for Cambodia?
How is uni and working? How is Alex enjoying work? Take care. Lots of love, mum and dad xxx
Response: Great you read our message and had a good time with Maree! You can also text us on your phone as we have Ron's mobile with us.
Having a wonderful time!
Lots of love, from us xx
Response: Hi Brad
Glad you had a great day! We tried to download some photos but it didn't work. We'll try again tomorrow! Love, mum and dad xx
Response: Hi Jess!
The flight was ok...I just hate taking off and landing. The landing was terrible...the plane got caught in a cross wind as we touched down and tipped sideways. It was very scary!
Vietnam is a breeze compared to India. There are no animals...I miss the cows!!! But I don't miss the shit!! We are coping fine and don't have culture shock...not like India!! It was easier to get organised this time. This is the first time Ron and I have been away together. Croatia sounds great! Stay in touch. Lots of love, Cathy xxx