BURGER BOY GOES ABROAD

Waiting for our first flight.

Waiting for our first flight.

As I type, I still can't believe I'm on holiday. When I'm not sleeping, I'm usually working and when I'm not working, I'm sometimes sleeping. The miss and I have been planning this trip for awhile and finally the day had come. Asia and the UK - back to back like an action movie. They say "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Thankfully, my name isn't Jack.

Some close friends dropped us off to fend for ourselves amongst the tired, travel-hungry locals at the airport. Once we were through the gates, I had my ritual "junk food before you fly" meal, before finding a nifty seat right next to the power points. I was also in dire need of Pringles, but alas, all the stores were closed *shakes fist*. Just when I thought the night was all but doomed, we had some lovely phone calls from friends and family, wishing us a safe trip. Ngawwwwww.

Kuala Lumpur International airport 2.

Kuala Lumpur International airport 2.

The view from out the terminal window.

The view from out the terminal window.

The flight was cramped and the smell of airplane leather suffocated the air (one of my pet peeves). We barely slept as the folk either side of us took up more room than the average basketball player. When we landed in Kuala Lumpur, I was surprised to see the new terminal. Every other time I stopped over in KL, I was struggling to find standing room in the old, tiny building with that sad Dunkin' Donuts shop. We had a seven hour stop over and boy, did it feel like forever.

We saw a woman sneak into a quiet corner to nap so we figured, why not kill time trying to catch up on stolen hours. What's harder than sleeping on chairs made from stalagmites, is trying to sleep with one eye open. Momz told me to trust no one abroad, so as I clenched onto my bag, I struggled to find peace in slumber. I awoke an hour or so later, to notice the miss watching me and the airport suddenly packed with people. I shot up, checked my bag and then gathered my thoughts. We then stretched out, ate some Popeye's chicken and explored the rest of KLIA2.

A woman catching some z's in the corner.

A woman catching some z's in the corner.

Monks in transit.

Monks in transit.

The clouds looked like fairy-floss and I LOVE fairy-floss.

The clouds looked like fairy-floss and I LOVE fairy-floss.

We said goodbye to Malaysia and it's inspiring fast-food chains and set our sights on Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As soon as we landed the humidity reminded us that we weren't home anymore. Sweating our way through customs, we we're picked up in a ute and I took it upon myself to shotgun the backseat - the real backseat. This wasn't my first time to Cambodia, but being in the elements, and absorbing all the dust and fumes really reminded me of the stories my dad would tell me growing up. I spent a lot of time in the back reflecting on how lucky we have it in Australia and that with all the privileges I've been given, I should be putting my skills towards something important and worthwhile.

Backseat of a ute, speeding through Cambodian traffic.

Backseat of a ute, speeding through Cambodian traffic.

Phnom Penh city, where there is no such thing as a sidewalk - just more road.

Phnom Penh city, where there is no such thing as a sidewalk - just more road.

Needless to say, I'm exhausted and excited for the adventures I'm about to have. Me and the miss collapsed onto our beds as soon as we arrived at the house, exhaling the bottled up fatigue and stress. I'll be snapping away and making memories in Cambodia for a week, not to mention doing a spot of designing for Youth Star Cambodia - an NGO that works with the youth of Cambodia, to give back to the country. Hope you all enjoy this trip with me, I'll try not to be too boring ;)

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