Through the looking glass and a little bit more

After picking up the questions posted by Mrs. Bean for the Outstanding Blogging Award, here we are receiving the same nomination from Sunny Days with Juliette. Thank you for remembering us, Juliette! She is one of the first blogs we followed because her radiant energy cannot be denied. Reading her is so refreshing. And now,Continue reading “Through the looking glass and a little bit more”

Did I almost get abducted?

When I went on my semester abroad during my bachelor’s studies, I first spent about half a week in a hostel in my destination city. The year was 2013 and I arrived in Lille, France, sometime in July. The semester was to last roughly until Christmas, and I was in for an interesting time rightContinue reading “Did I almost get abducted?”

A tale of misunderstanding, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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”

Living slow in Ocam-Ocam Beach, Coron, Palawan

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”

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 6 – The Hike (Day 1)

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.

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 5 – Scootering Bagan

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.

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 4 – Yangon

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”

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 3 – The Train To 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.

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 2 – Mawlamyine Madness

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”

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 1 – The Arrival

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”