Back to Paris and back to Parisian living after four months in Southeast Asia is a bit of culture shock! During my travels, I was able to find places to sleep for $4- 24 a night. Even more luxurious was the fact that many of them even had their own bathrooms and every single place I stayed in was more spacious than my place here! So yes, coming back to my tiny studette where I share a toilet with the whole floor is rather hilarious, yet it is totally fine. After all of the stuff that I have seen and experienced, I am extremely adaptable and so of course I am settling into my teeny home just fine! Read the rest of this entry
After a very intense experience traveling in Southeast Asia for more than four months, returning to Paris is pretty crazy! My travels were both extremely challenging and also amazingly wonderful, so it was of course a bit of culture shock to return to normal life Paris. However, my heart really is in Europe and I am so excited to be back here! Read the rest of this entry
After a two and a half hour nap, I got up at six in the morning and got ready to leave for the airport. On the ride there, I met some Canadians and heard about their Asian adventures. Then I arrived at the airport and since I had experienced so much drama with checking in for international flights with no return or onward ticket, I came prepared this time with a ticket to show them. I mean, I am certainly not an advocate of lying or anything like that, but I really do get sick of the hassle and I do not think it is fair that I have to have an onward ticket. I live in the present and I only think in three month increments at most as far as location, so how the heck am I supposed to always have some onward ticket? That is just too restrictive for me. However, of course since I came prepared, no one even asked to see it, which was fine with me after the last two flights I took and had to deal with major drama! So after checking in and checking my underweight bag free of any issues, and made it to the gate with plenty of time to spare. Read the rest of this entry
Although Bangkok is a fabulous city and all, I put off returning there until the very last second because I was really enjoying my time at Otres Beach. Reluctantly, I bought a bus ticket and took a night bus from there to Bangkok. Instead of being just fourteen hours, it was more like twenty-two hours to get there! However, the journey was not that bad since the longest bus was a sleeping bus, which I had not expected. Luckily, I had a nice European girl next to me, which of course made it much more pleasant than the trip from Vientiane to Pakse with that American military guy asking me a zillion questions and giving me career advice to return to the States and get an office job! Read the rest of this entry
During vacation from my vacation, I went to the beach everyday to read, journal, meditate, and soak up the healing energy of the sun. Compared to most places, it was pretty peaceful and only a few random little girls came up to me trying to sell stuff. Of course it is fun to talk to them, but I always feel so sad for kids who are out selling stuff instead of going to school. Other than that, it was super chill and just the way I like to spend my beach time! Read the rest of this entry
Seriously, this trip has been totally crazy. My time in Asia has been an experience far different than any other part of my travels. It has been extremely challenging at times and absolutely perfect at others. I have seen and experienced things that I never thought were possible. For example, spending a month traveling with another person was something I had never done since I prefer to travel alone. Overall, it was a positive experience. Yet still after that month, I decided to head to Otres Beach to relax and enjoy some chill time. Read the rest of this entry
On our last morning in Phu Quoc, we took a ridiculously expensive $25USD ride to catch our ride to the pier and then we got on the ferry. Then we had breakfast while waiting for our Cambodian visas. Even when I told them I did not want to give them my passport and wanted to do it myself, they said everyone had to give them their passports. Luckily, it all worked out and we got our passports back no problem, however, they almost gave Juho back a Finnish woman’s passport! So it is always a little scary to me to hand over that passport and I therefore don’t really care for it!