The Road Lees Travelled
Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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town's image either. Yet we stayed for 4 nights...
Kudos to Global Village backpackers! It was love at first browse. We didn't even bother comparison shopping. Here we could chill for a few days, enjoy home comforts, and weather the weather. Global Village offered a cosy lounge with a fire lit by friendly staff everyday at 5pm, free bikes and kayaks, cheap spa and sauna, a decent book exchange, a piano and guitar, and board games including life-size backgammon! (btw the current score is 54-52 in Dee's favour).
We weren't the only ones who became part of the furniture
Inspired by my fellow backpackers I was up at 7am (well, first to answer nature's call) to whip up some muffins on our last morning. Yes, the well-equipped kitchen even has muffin trays. As the apple-cinnamon aroma wafted through the place it was funny to see each
person drool as they caught their first whiff. I'm sure they would have sold like hot cakes!
Now if we were Lonely Planet or BBH (Backpacker, Budget, Hostel) followers we would have known that GV has a 96% rating, the highest in its category. Lovely Lady Laura of London donated her Rough Guide that is great for an overview of each town's highlights, especially useful if you have a fixed timeframe. We also use it as a (rough) price guide
by adding about 20% to the 2007 prices.
So I guess being a follower has its benefits. But it also means knocking the last wind out of that well-beaten, commercialised track. Seeing the same faces at the same places. We much prefer veering on and off that path at will, acquiring real-time tips from random
travellers and sometimes "discovering" places like the true explorers that we are.
We like to think of it as "The Road Lees Travelled". Hey, that sounds like a book title! Remember you heard it here first.
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