So the day had come, the day I got to go out in the jungle. Since I did it 10 years ago in Sumatra this had been something I wanted to do again. It was one of these things that I didn’t actively long for during my long absence from Asia, but once the plans for the trip started to crystalize I immediately knew I wanted to do it. We started off by going to the travel agent where we had booked our trek to meet our guide and get our things packed. As you might have guessed we had to bring everything we were going to drink and eat with us. … Read More
During this trip, I really wanted to go to Borneo. I had images in my head of walking through pristine jungles and diving Sipadan, a very famous dive-spot off the east coast of Borneo. I just had an image of Borneo in my head as a sort of ultimate adventure destination, perhaps short of the Amazon, the jungles of Borneo might be the wildest place on earth (whatever that means). And all throughout the trip, I had this idea of visiting Borneo. As the actual date of travelling to Malaysia got closer reality started to creep in. You see I also had some other ideas about what to do in Malaysia, mainland Malaysia to be exact. I … Read More
I think one of my biggest issues is getting out of my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, I like trying new things, being spontaneous and even going nuts from time to time. The will is definitely there.
When I was younger, I did some not-so-smart things as probably most teenagers did without considering the consequences. Yeah, it’s stupid sometimes, but honestly, nowadays I miss not caring too much from time to time. With adulthood, it seems, comes not only responsibility but also overthinking things, but that is probably a trait that not necessarily every adult has developed. My mom has taught me to be cautious, maybe unconsciously by always saying that I should be careful and mentioning … Read More
So my plan with this blog is to update it daily so that there is at least something new to read and look at when you check it out once a day. However, this is not always the case and this is why: firstly, in order to travel blog, you need to do some actual travelling which takes up a significant amount of your time. Secondly, these activities take some time to plan, a lot more time to plan than I thought actually. We literally spent almost three afternoons in Kratie just planning our travel routes and stays during the Tet holiday in Vietnam. Booking the train tickets … Read More
Haggling. Bargaining. Making a deal. – Call it whatever you like, it is an essential part of travelling to most parts of the world. I mean, tourists mean money for many people and a chance to survive. Most of them don’t know what a local would pay or can’t speak the local language so all you can do as a tourist is to either hope to buy from someone who is very honest or you might just prepare for battle (it feels like that from time to time). So far, I have encountered three different kinds of people:
The “Honest” One
According to several sources it is common to encounter local prices and tourist prices, the latter one slightly (or … Read More
I can’t believe it is finally happening, my first post! To be honest, I didn’t really plan to participate in the writing process but here I am. It occurred to me that it would be nice to write about topics that are not necessarily related to our current travel route which is why I have chosen the title “Same, same but different” which is also the name of a Circus show that we attended to, illustrating some of the main differences between tourists and locals here in Cambodia (in a humorous way). It hit me already when we arrived in Thailand; everything is so different here.
I am not new to travelling but … Read More
We had booked a cooking class in a little restaurant smack dab in the middle of the Cambodian countryside, near a lake known as “Secret Lake”. Why a reasonably big lake would be any kind of secret I don’t know, but the class was booked and we both really looked forward to it, and the place looked really nice. We hired a tuk-tuk (with a driver, obviously) for the day and he took us to some additional places as well. Before the cooking class, he took us to the salt fields near Kampot, and some local caves that were not exactly a massive cave system but pretty nice to see nonetheless. The salt fields were, … Read More
Skipping ahead of where the rest of the blog is, in terms of time and location I’m going to tell you about something that happened today. We spoke to a monk. I was very sceptical at first because it was a kind of a seminar thing arranged weekly by a place called “the peace café” which sounded very much like a place that catered to westerners with heavy wallets looking for a little faux spiritualism. However, it turned out to be pretty interesting. There was just this pretty young monk telling us about his life within the Buddhist faith and later answering questions. There were 5 people present, and it was all very low key, and the vibe … Read More
While the experience of visiting a gigantic Asian city is not something that necessarily can be called an easy transition for someone from a country with a population that is smaller than a lot of the bigger Asian cities, there is something about it that also appeals to me (as a short-term visitor). After all, as a Scandinavian, our lifestyle is very much in the minority. The number of people living the way I live is merely a drop in the ocean that is humanity. With the risk of sounding pretentious, there is a certain kind of beauty in the orderly chaos that is present in … Read More
I am currently juggling several ideas of how to catch up with the blog. You see, dear readers, I only recently started to learn WordPress during this trip. The idea was to know all this beforehand but frankly, I just needed to relax and not force myself to do too much right away after working and being stressed and miserable for almost a year. And I have had the time to do lot’s of things as a traveller before even getting a semblance of a site up. As of this moment, a skeleton of a blog is slowly forming. The problem is that my travelling does not stop, which means that until the site is fully done I’m lagging behind. … Read More