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I travelled to Southern China a few months ago & it was the biggest culture shock I have experienced.

People have nothing over there and are so much happier than we are.  There was a constant change from breathtaking scenery to gritty/dirty sections. I started my journey trekking up a thousand year old rice terrace.  Apart from the striking landscape my favourite part about the rice terraces were how friendly and grateful the people were.  All the women worked so hard labouring, 60 year olds were carrying bags heavier than the donkeys. The strength and perseverance that the women had while making the long journey up the terraces was incredible.

Next stop Yangshuo mountain, bamboo rafting along the river seeing gigantic mountains was awesome, the laughter of the smoking Chinese men rafting the boat was addictive. Guilin city, although not as magical as Yangshuo had striking mountain scenery and amazing cooking schools & markets.

Whilst in Guilin I visited a traditional Chinese house. We are so lucky over here, even though the family had practically nothing, they still showered me with gifts. The people of Southern China are humble and are happy with basically nothing. I finished South China with a performance of the traditional way of life on the river hundreds of years ago – it was projected onto the actual mountains! China really has it all.

Enjoy, Zea

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A very dear friend talked me into going on a yoga retreat with her.  At first I thought “Mmm, yoga + retreat = being sensible, eating vegan and not drinking.”  Just as i was about to let her down gently she said we would get to whale watch, which sweetened the deal.  The whole adventure was organised by a lady I called ‘Namaste Annie’, and I just pretty much went with the flow at first.  Then I realised that;

1.  I was going to be stranded on an island with no electricity

2. I wasn’t ‘whale watching’, I was submersing myself in deep water with giant creatures who could squish me with a flap of their tail

I’m not very brave and rather like room service, but I was feeling like it was time to get out of my comfort zone and do something BIG.

I’m sure the pictures will speak for themselves, but the one thing I have to say is the Tongan people have nothing, but they are the most caring helpful people you could ever meet.

We stayed at Serenity Beach Resort on Uoleva Island….and they even had a bar 🙂

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Before Christmas I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days at Ben Marden’s farm with Zea, Mish and Ben.  Ben is a wonderful guy and great photographer who lives a very different life style from most of us.  Cooking on a Barbie might not be that different, but check out the dunny and the shower!  Thank you so much Ben for sharing your house, dog (Ripley), and masseuse with us!

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