It’s all about the people

The month of July 2014 was easily one of the best of my life.

I was in Cambodia and Thailand. I was traveling with my best friend. I was on lounging on white sand island beaches . I was dripping with sweat on some of the largest religious sites in the world. I was walking on dirt, teeth and bone fragments at one of the most powerful genocide memorials in the world. I was watching bubbles float past my face as I learned to breathe under water. I was slowly allowing my face to peel off after the worst sunburn of my life. I was befriending some of the funniest, smartest, most unique and rambunctious people I’ve ever met.

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Where are you now?

Obviously a key part of traveling is … traveling! We knew we would be taking lots and lots of taxies, buses, trains, planes, tuk tuks, boats, metros, motorcycles, and on and on.

We were aware. Anna went all over New Zealand and Australia. I went all around Scotland and Western Europe. We already knew how to travel.

The other evening around 7 p.m. we wandered into a travel agency and tried to book a bus for the next morning at 8 a.m. We wanted to go from Krabi, Thailand to the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia.

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Man buns

Around the world some styles cross all cultural borders.

For example, high-waisted shorts are taking over the world and no one can stop them.

Bro-tanks will forever be a wardrobe staple of 20-something men.

Converses will never go out of style.

It does seem that the States are typically last in picking up trends, though — hair, makeup and fashion.

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Filling travel time

Thinking back to my ‘preparations’ for this trip, I feel like a complete idiot.

Why didn’t I think of such basic things like the fact that we would frequently be taking five hour bus rides?

Candy crush is only entertaining for so long. (Also, I’m really bad and use my lives up quickly.)

What I really wish is that I thought to learn a new skill while traveling.

I’m reading a lot, but the books are heavy and take up room. Picking up new ones in hostels is nice, but they are poor quality and the selection is limited.

I should have brought a book on tying knots or identifying plants or finding constellations.

I honestly don’t know what I was thinking.

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My most recently finished book. Amazing novel!!

Our computer chargers melted so we are stranded to posting with our phones. I’ll update as much as a can but my good photos are trapped on SD cards and dead computers. *sigh*

That’s all for now.

Xx

Sabaidi Laos. Sabaidi.

IMG_3263One of my favorite word I’ve learned so far is Sabaidi. In Laotian it means hello and goodbye.

Walking up and down the night market streets it was constantly being shouted. ‘Sabaidi! Sabaidi! Would you like a bracelet? Sabaidi!’

It was a beautiful word. It was one of many beautiful parts about Laos.

We arrived in Luang Prabang, Laos in what I’m assuming will be the most interesting forms of transportation we have in our trip — a two-day slow boat.

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Hello slow boat!

Side shot of a slow boat

Side shot of a slow boat

With anything you do — work or play — the people you are surrounded by will make all the difference. We were lucky enough to have an amazing boat full of people. Soon the beer started flowing and people sat on the boat edges, toes dipped in the flowing Mekong River.

Then, the music started playing. Dorf, our Aussie pal, and a young boy on board brought out an amp and the party got started. We limboed and danced until our overnight stop in Pack Bang, Laos.

LIMBO!

LIMBO!

Anyways, the fun continued until we arrived in Luang Prabang.

It’s hard to describe what made Luang Prabang so special. It was a quiet, peaceful town with bustling markets and shops. The food was amazing, the exploring was fantastic, and our slow boat crew was in town.

Here are some highlights:

Maddy, Desirèe, Anna, Sasha (our pal we picked up on the slow boat) and I checked out the nearby waterfall one afternoon.

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Pals!

Desirèe, me, Anna, Maddy and Sasha

We hiked to the top where teenage Monks were doing backflips!

We spent time in the night market (so much cool stuff but so little space in the pack).

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We went midnight bowling because the bars all close at 11:30 p.m.

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We got fish foot massages, which were extremely tickly!!!

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We awoke at the crack of dawn to watch local monks receive alms from locals. (The extra was given to poor children in town.) *Pics won’t load … sorry!*

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We ate DELICIOUS food for a dollar.

Moral of the story, it was an amazing time. I fell in love and was extremely sad to leave. Until next time Luang Prabang! Sabaidi!

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