Learn some Vietnamese, will ya?!

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My goal is (or was before we started) to learn some sentences in every language necessary while travelling. That includes Thai, Khmer, Vietnamese, Malay, Tagalog and Indonesian. We only spent 4 or 5 days in Thailand so I didn’t manage to learn that much. I think we said ‘Thank you’in Thai but that was basically it. Still, the most important thing to know when travelling is how to thank someone in the main language spoken in the country. It is polite and people seem to like it when a foreigner knows how to say it.

In Cambodia I learned how to say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’. I didn’t need to know so much more because … Read More

Elly and the Rooster

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Shop cat

People love pets. I do, for sure. But not all people take care of their animals and you don’t need to be far away from home to understand that. This occurs in every country around the world. What you don’t see any longer in Sweden or Germany is pets on the loose, strays. This is a big issue in Thailand, Cambodia and many other countries. The first thing that I noticed when we arrived in Chanthaburi in Thailand was, that there were many homeless cats and dogs roaming around the neighborhoods. It doesn’t seem to be that common to castrate your male pets which ultimately leads to unrestrained reproduction.

But there are organizations and private fundraisers here and … Read More

Trat, sorry but I​ barely got to know you

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It’s not you, it’s all me, really it’s all me. So we went to Trat in Thailand as well. It was a really nice place, the guesthouse was nice, the town was nice, the small museum was surprisingly good. However, we barely have anything to show for it. Mostly that is because of things I’ve already discussed, but I must say that I really think that Trat didn’t get a fair shake. It seemed like a really nice place that I would have liked to explore more. We were just too tired, shuffling around like zombies. We didn’t have the energy for basically anything. Once we dragged our sorry asses to the museum, we were like … Read More

Fatigue, fire and water retention

Let me tell you about the less pleasant parts of travelling. For me, at least, when I go to the tropics there is an adjustment period. For a few days, you are jetlagged and have slight diarrhoea. On top of that, your body just struggles to keep up with the heat and water loss from sweating. For me it just doesn’t matter how much water I drink, my body just can’t keep up the first couple of days and I need some kind of electrolytes or fluid replacement to be able to cope. After a few days, my body just adjusts and does fine. As for the diarrhoea, it’s not the kind of firehose on full blast diarrhoea, and more … Read More

Thailand


Our journey actually started in Thailand, we spent four days in the land of smiles before going to Cambodia. We deliberately chose to not spend as much time in Thailand as the other countries we plan to visit. Part of the reason for that is that Thailand has become sort of an annual winter holiday pilgrimage for Swedish middle-class families, and takes in a lot of tourists in general. I’m not really trying to be some sort of travel snob or anything, it’s perfectly fine if you are not interested in the same travel experience as me. It’s just that for me personally, I don’t want to go across half the world to see places, then find towns where the … Read More