This photo was taken a few months after I started traveling in 2017. In the photo, I’m sitting on the steps of the staircase leading up to the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Batu Caves are a sacred Hindu site that is incredibly popular, both with the faithful and with tourists. It isContinue reading “A tale of misunderstanding, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”
What do you think: Moana or Pocahontas? No, I actually prefer Matabagka, a beloved character from a Filipino epic that originates in Mindanao. Markus took this candid photo in 2018 at Ocam-Ocam Beach, Coron, Palawan. You are probably familiar with the magical lakes of Coron but off-radar Ocam-Ocam Beach made this trip for me. OnContinue reading “Living slow in Ocam-Ocam Beach, Coron, Palawan”
The final two parts of my Burma story are all about hiking. Where we left off, I traveled ahead of my Chilean friend, to scout for a hostel and hiking opportunities.
Staying in Yangon for a few days was a nice change of pace after essentially racing there from Bangkok. But it wasn’t long until I wanted to get moving again. I had heard that the temple city of Bagan was worth a visit, so I got on a night bus heading that way.
Before I tore my MCL, I traveled and trained Muay Thai full time. I preferred living in the gym to make sure I attend all training sessions. Never mind that I lived with 15 other men or so. Training in the most beautiful island locations, I was beyond certain I would fall into laziness ifContinue reading “What is it like for a girl to live in a gym?”
Yangon. An ancient city, with more than 2,000 years of history to look back on. It was Burma’s capital until 2006 when Naypyidaw became the capital instead. Yangon is still Burma’s commercial center and most populous city though, and it hosts some of the most impressive colonial architecture of Southeast Asia. I ended up spendingContinue reading “What I Got Up To In Burma Part 4 – Yangon”
We are on the road again! After a nice breakfast on fancy-looking china, I asked the first random guy on a scooter I saw to take me to the train station. He said sure, and we were off.
Note: All day in Mawlamyine and still not taking a lot of photos – there will be more, once I start heading north. I hope you are enjoying the series so far! We left off last time with me standing alone, in the rain, somewhere on the outskirts of Mawlamyine. I must have made forContinue reading “What I Got Up To In Burma Part 2 – Mawlamyine Madness”
Note: Welcome to the story of how I traveled Burma in 2017. I hope you will enjoy it as some leisurely reading and perhaps even as inspiration to help you hold until travel is finally possible again. I traveled to Burma in 2017. At the time, I had just finished three months of Dive MasterContinue reading “What I Got Up To In Burma Part 1 – The Arrival”
When I wrote my first post about travel fuck-ups, I thought that was all of them. Later, I remembered my Phuket-poisoning. But I still forgot about the big one. The mother of all travel fuck-ups, if you will. Spoiler alert: Never put your passport anywhere near liquids in your bag. Especially when those liquids happenContinue reading “The legend of the oily passport”