Koh Kong

After visiting Thailand for a few days, it was time to move on, time to go to Cambodia. Really, this was almost like the proper start of the trip for me. Cambodia was the place we had initially planned to go to first, the place where we had booked guesthouses over Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We passed at the Cham Yeam border checkpoint at the very south end of eastern Thailand. Now, having done my research I had learnt that this border crossing is notoriously corrupt. This would prove to be true, but luckily we had made some preparations. In order to prevent the Cambodian customs agent simply demanding a large bribe for giving us a visa, we had … Read More

We spoke to a monk today

The monk

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

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

Premiere

Happy, not creepy

The blog has officially premiered. It’s pretty basic so far, so expect more content and a more advanced interface coming. But I’m happy enough with what I have to reveal it to friends and family and possibly other persons that might stumble in. I also have some catching up to do, as we’ve been in Chantaburi, Trat, Koh Kong, Kampot, Phnom Penh and Battambang, and we are currently in Siem Reap. As mentioned earlier much more content will be added, hopefully, some videos and maybe even podcast episodes. But until then, enjoy what you have so far!… Read More

Cityscapes

That steady hum, heard from our guesthouse window in a less than gigantic city.

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

How to do, what to do?

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

That first moment

After writing about something less pleasant in my last post, I’ll write about something really nice in this one. There is usually one moment when you are stepping out from your plane and into the air-conditioned airport where it hits you. You are hit by the new atmosphere in the place you are in. Even if you only are stepping through the long metal intestines that connect to the airport proper, you will feel it for a short moment. Obviously, this is not the case if you are flying from perhaps one neighbouring country into another but this is certainly the case when you are flying somewhere far away. The new smells, the heat, the humidity, how different the air … 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

My first post

Hello there everybody and welcome to my travel blog. My girlfriend and I are currently on a 6-month trip across Southeast Asia. It is here on my blog I invite you to follow our adventures. I will be experimenting across many different formats such as videos, podcasts and traditional blogging. I will start with a few disclaimers, I am not a professional regarding basically anything that pertains to running a travel blog, I am not a video editor or a web designer and have never ever written something for professional or commercial purposes. In fact, English is not even my first language. However, I do want this to be my very own (and Elly’s) blog, which means me or Elly Read More