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My 5 Best Travel Experiences Of 2011

Lechon With Friends In Siargao, Philippines
Eating Lechon (roasted suckling pig) and sushi on a private beach with friends

As 2011 comes to an end, I thought it would be cool to talk about my top 5 travel experiences of the year. My year was split roughly 6 months in Australia, 3 months in Southern Asia, and 3 in the US. It's hard to pick just 5, but here are my favorite travel memories from 2011, in no particular order.

The Sydney Fish Market

Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Some Kind of Red Fish, Sydney Fish Market
Some kind of a red fish

If you've got more than a few days in Sydney, Australia, check out the Sydney Fish Market in the Pyrmont area. It's the third largest fish market in the world, and they've got some cool fish on display. Pretty sure they do guided tours, but we went on our own and just walked around for free. To get on the floor you'll need a bright colored vest, long pants and shoes, but you can walk around the top floor and look down on the action without proper attire.

Would You Expect Sri Lanka To Be Cheap?

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Lion Gate
Whats left of a once fantastic Lion Gate entrance to the Sigiriya Rock Palace.

I'm currently wrapping up my time here in Sri Lanka, a place I never planned to visit on this trip, but threw in last minute as I worked my way west towards India. I had about 3 weeks of time to fill from when I split with one set of friends in Vietnam, and before meeting another in India. Originally I was going to head straight to India, but instead I ended up cruising up the Mekong to Cambodia for 5 days, then stopped over in Singapore for a couple, and then noticed flights to Sri Lanka and on to India didn't cost much more than straight to India. On a whim I went for it and booked my flight from Singapore to Sri Lanka.

Blue Mountains, Just Outside of Sydney

Wentworth Falls, Australia
Wentworth Falls from the viewpoint across the canyon. You can't even see the entire thing!

The Blue Mountains are just a couple hours away from Central Sydney, and worth a visit if you have a few days. There are several tours operating out of Sydney, they cost about $70 aud and provide round trip transport, a guide, tea and cookies. The tour we went on included a boat cruise from Olympic Park Wharf to Circular Quay as well, stopping at Darling Harbor. This was a pleasant surprise as it meant we got a quick overview of Olympic Park also which was pretty cool, and saved me the train ride and time doing it myself.

Coogee to Bondi Beach Walk

Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Pools At Bondi Beach, Sydney
The swimming pools and world famous Bondi Beach

Sydney isn't complete without a trip to Bondi Beach. If it's your first time, you may as well see all the Eastern Beaches in one shot on this 3 hour ocean walk. Start at Coogee Bay and work your way past Bronte Beach, past Tamarama, and all the way to Bondi.

Bondi Rescue TV Show

Monday, April 11, 2011
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Bondi Beach, Sydney
The most famous beach in Sydney, Australia, and perhaps the world, Bondi Beach

The show is about the lifeguards at Bondi Beach. Bondi is unique in that it gets many tens of thousands of visitors in just half a mile of beach, many whom are foreigners and can't swim. The currents at Bondi can be quite powerful at times, and its a sand beach, so the bottom can often be uneven, making it easy for swimmers to go from waist high water to above their head in seconds. This keeps the lifeguards busy; they also have to deal with sharks, jellyfish, a lot of drunks, thiefs, skatepark injuries, and plenty of crazy people, making it entertaining for us.

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