Karate Pony and Cat Monkey are our travel mascots. Karate Pony was adopted from London and Cat Monkey from Vietnam.
How did we come up with the names? Well, Karate Pony was easy, she is obviously a pony and, being my first travel mascot, the blog name had to be part of the mascot’s name. Mix Karate and Caviar and pony (leave out the caviar, she doesn’t like it much..) and you get ‘Karate Pony’ :) Well, and obviously she has a black belt in Karate, duh..
With regards to Cat Monkey, he (yes, pink and male can go together!) was born in Vietnam in the year of the monkey. And I think he’s supposed to be a cat.. We were debating which animal he resembles most but I think cat comes closest. There we go, Cat Monkey it was!
Travel Mascot’s Pictures
Karate Pony joined our trip through the Americas for 5 months starting in the US, then Canada and then slowly making our way down via Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia. Cat Monkey joined us in Vietnam (I think in Vung Tau) and then happily travelled along through the rest of Vietnam, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan.
Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
As I have already mentioned several times, Peru is one of my favourite places in the world. I studied there for my semester abroad and immediately fell in love with the people, the food and Peru’s amazing nature. Karate Pony’s favourite place was Cusco and the city’s surrounding Inca ruins. She was also thrilled by visiting Machu Picchu!
Turns out Karate Pony loves Cusquena… keeps her quiet :)
Hue is an amazing city and should be part of any trip along Vietnam’s coast. It’s a former emperor city and there are ruins all over the city. Definitely worth a visit!
Though I’m quite biased to prefer South Vietnam I really had an amazing time in Hanoi. It’s quite a hipster city with lots of quaint coffee shops. So for some of the days I took my kindle and Cat Monkey and we ventured out to explore the city’s best coffee shops. Have you tried Vietnamese Iced Coffee (cà phê đá)? If not, you have to!
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay is a must if you spend some time in Hanoi. The islands are really stunning though they have turned quite touristy over the last few years. Nevertheless, it’s worth to go on a day trip (or a couple of days) to explore them.
Once Karate Pony and Cat Monkey have made up their minds and choose more photos, I’ll add them here. And by the way, Cat Monkey already has his own post here.