As we near the end of our mega vacation, I would like to take you back a couple steps. It will be a bit more of a visual story this time. We opted for a fully aranged boat tour on the Bornean version of the Amazon river: the Kinabatangan. We were in for a treat!
Lost and found: faith in humanity
When we got off the bus in Semporna on Borneo, two dirty looking kids were already tugging on our bags. After the exchange of some high fives, they held up their hand and asked for a Ringgit (€0,20). Little did we know, this was only the beginning.
If you could go anywhere…
Where would you end up? We’ve asked ourselves this question when we started saving, we asked it again when we wanted to book flights and while on the road we still do. Because where to next is always open for debate in between our scheduled flights, busses and boats.
Hiking Sri Lanka’s Hill Country: birds, a modern monk and two stray dogs
Our guide stops in his tracks and abruptly turns to the left. A second before, we heard a bird calling and immediately, our guide knew what he was looking for: the Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill. Did we see it? Yes, right before they got chased away by the dogs defending the property we passed.
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We planned not to plan but then we changed plans
When we started this thing back in January, we planned not to plan too much. Our route mainly consisted of hunches on what would be an interesting new stop. We had some successes and some, well, interesting experiences. We only had two parts in our trip that were set: the family visits in Peru and Vietnam.
Romance is not dead, it just moved to Phu Quoc
Just before leaving Vietnam and heading for Sri Lanka, we had a special occasion coming up. Together for 10 years and married for two, that calls for a celebration. The thing is, the past months have been one big fiësta. So what would be the way to celebrate?
Bai Tu Long bay: backpackers on a luxury cruise
One of the top tourist attractions in Southeast Asia is Ha Long bay. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its enormous limestone cliffs and beautiful blue water. The fame, however, has a down side: this Vietnamese bay is filled with cruises, backpacker party boats, and even worse, tons of plastic. So on the one hand, we really wanted to see this paradise and on the other, we hated the thought of sailing in, and adding to, the plastic soup.
When you really are at the other side of the world
Today was my grandfathers funeral. My family gave him a worthy and beautiful send-off. And I wasn’t there in person but in video call.
I don’t think my grandfather particularly missed me at the event but nontheless, it feels a bit weird. I miss something about not being home right now, even though it was my own decision. I miss the sharing of stories.
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The Perhentian islands: Sink or swim
For some reason I dislike the sea. And by extension, I was not a very big fan of islands. In all honesty: I’m scared of waves, afraid of currents and sea urchins haunt my dreams. Oh, and the fact that I can manage to get a sun burn in the shade doesn’t help either.
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From dynamic duo to fantastic four
After months of going with the flow, deciding about the next destination on the spot and making as well as changing plans in an instant, it was time for a new chapter. The one planned part of our big trip: A visit from the Adventurous Aunt (A.A.) and the Marvelous Mother (in law) (M.M).