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  • Day184

    Travelversary - Ein Jahr auf Reisen

    December 5, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    December 5, 2017: We flew from Cologne to Milan! Now, one year later we are still traveling.

    Distance traveled: Around 77,000km
    Country's visited: Italy, Greece, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, VAE, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Mongolia, China, Macao, Hong Kong, Vietnam & Cambodia

    What was the place we liked most on this trip so far?
    Markus: Petra, Jordan - even though we were there very short only it was amazing to see!
    Janine: Tokashiki Island, Japan: perfect beach, Nemo's everywhere in the water and a whale jumping out of the water in front of our boat.

    The worst experience we had on our trip:
    Markus: Traveling within China was the worst. Really don't like the behavior of Chinese people.
    Janine: The tiger mosquitoes in Sri Lanka - they are huge and it really hurts if they bite you.

    Favourite country we traveled:
    Markus: Japan! Just a perfect country to travel around. I never saw so friendly and helpful people before.
    Janine: Thailand: very easy travel, great food, amazing landscapes and nature!

    The biggest fails on our way:
    1. Ordering chicken feet in Korea without knowing it. The whole restaurant made fun of us and we didn't know why until we got the food.
    2. Don't go on a snorkeling trip with your cellphone in your pocket.
    3. Traveling in Taiwan: Traveling is not as fast as it is in Japan. We thought 2 weeks will be enough to travel around the island, but no, it wasn't.

    The future:
    Good news: There is still money left! We will fly to Perth, Australia on April 9, 2018. Till then we will travel through Cambodia, Laos, northern Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore.

    5. Dezember 2017: Vom Flughafen Köln/Bonn geht es nach Mailand und von dort aus weiter nach Genua zu unserem Kreuzfahrtschiff. Es ist der Anfang unsere bis heute andauernden Flitterwochen. Grund genug einmal zurück zu blicken.

    Zurückgelegte Strecke: ca. 77.000km mit Flugzeug, Schiff, Bus, Bahn, Auto und Motorrad.
    Besuchte Länder: Italien, Griechenland, Jordanien, Oman, Qatar, VAE, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Spanien, Portugal, Dänemark, Schweden, Finnland, Estland, Russland, Mongolei, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam & Kambodscha

    Was war unser Lieblingsort auf der Reise?
    Markus: Die Felsenstadt Petra in Jordanien. Auch wenn wir nur einen Tag hier waren, war es mein absolutes Highlight der Reise.
    Janine: Tokashiki Island auf Okinawa in Japan: perfekter Strand, traumhaft klares Wasser, Nemo's überall im Wasser und zum krönenden Abschluss ein Blauwal der vor unserem Boot komplett aus dem Wasser springt.

    Die schlechteste Erfahrung bisher:
    Markus: Das Verhalten von Chinesen im eigenen Land. Rücksichtslos, ekelhaft, unfreundlich und laut! Das macht vor allem das Reisen im Land zu einer Tortur.
    Janine: Die Tigermücken in Sri Lanka, gigantisch groß und wenn sie stechen tut es richtig weh.

    Unser Lieblingsland:
    Markus: Japan! Es ist ein perfektes Land zum Reisen. Großartige Natur, Städte und super freundliche Menschen.
    Janine: Thailand: sehr einfaches Reisen, super leckeres Essen, relativ günstig und beeindruckende Natur

    Unsere größten "Pannen":
    1. Hühnerfüße als Abendessen in Korea. Wenn man die Karte nicht lesen kann und das ganze Restaurant lacht bei der Bestellung ist es kein gutes Zeichen. Naja wir haben sie gegessen aber lecker war es nicht. Am Ende hat uns immerhin ein Koreaner gratuliert, dass wir es tatsächlich gegessen haben.
    2. Mit dem Smartphone schnorcheln gehen ist keine gute Idee. Ergebnis: Handy kaputt!
    3. Reisen in Taiwan ist nicht so schnell wie in Japan. Luftlinie 70km über die Berge bedeutet 9h Zugfahrt entlang der Küste. Sollte man einplanen wenn man nur begrenzt Zeit hat.. Wir haben es nicht erwartet und müssen wohl nochmal zurück kommen.

    Wie geht es weiter?
    Gute Nachricht: Unser Budget war für ein Jahr kalkuliert, aber wir haben es uns gut eingeteilt von daher geht es erstmal so weiter. Unsere Pläne entwickeln sich immer sehr kurzfristig, aber der nächste Fixpunkt ist ein Flug von Singapur nach Perth, Australien am 9. April 2019. Bis dahin stehen erstmal noch Kambodscha, Laos, Nord-Thailand, Myanmar und Malaysia auf dem Programm. Aber wann und wie wissen wir noch nicht.

    In dem Sinne aufs ins zweite Jahr der Flitterwochen!
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  • Day51

    Last Hash of 2019

    December 29, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Aloha!! So ending 2019 with the Phnom Penh Hash house harriers 1500th run!! Cambodia was dry! So we met up at noon down by the waterfront to load up onto some boats with plenty of ice, beer, food and shenanigan friendly hashers for an hour ride up river to an island. The runners set off on a 12 kilometer trail but yours truly loves the falsies so I ended up with an extra 1.69 kilometers!! wink wink! So the trail was mostly flat and dry. So dry at one point I was stepping in so much dust I felt like I was walking on the moon...or these are the thoughts I get while running lol....At one point I had to jump into some prickers as a cow with some big horns came charging at me!! Lesson learned is to walk by things with horns!! It was a very flat trail and the runners found little trouble making their way to the ice cold beer at the end. The walkers however ended up doing 9 kilometers (suppose to be 7) and were lost on the other side of the island!! A few tuk tuks later and some very grumpy people made their way to the beer and food where the frowns were turned upside down. What is a hash without a little drama! So a boat ride back and some hummus and soju makes a very excellent day!! ON on

    Tomorrow we are flying to Saipan! Where more adventure awaits in 2020!!
    Happy New Year Everyone!!
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  • Day17

    Sambor Prei Kuk

    July 15, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Slightly later start today, Mr Smarty turned up at 8am! Also a shorter drive to this one, about 3 hours south-east of Siem Reap. This site is our fourth ancient Hindu temple in a row, and thankfully the last for a little while too. Its distinguishing features are that it's pre-Angkor, and the ruins actually date from around the 6th century which is quite cool.

    Three main groups of ruins here: some in good conditions, others were just piles of stones. But all quite interesting, with a few distinguishing features. Some even had really good carvings that were preserved, and some had inscriptions too with edicts from kings etc. I liked that since the inscriptions were done using Hindu calendars, archaeologists can actually date them precisely; eg 13th September 672 AD. Not bad!

    This was another of those sites that had been essentially lost to the jungle after the fall of the Khmer Empire, and only rediscovered in the 20th century. You could really feel it too, as many sections were densely forested and it would've been hard to notice overgrown temples unless you were really close to them! But as is often the case in Cambodia, many of the temples had been destroyed by B52 bombing runs during the Vietnam war, and others during the civil war with the Khmer Rouge. So it's an interesting history, but a sad one too.

    Another late lunch at a local restaurant, though this one seemed newly built to take advantage of the UNESCO listing (which had only happened in 2017). Watched in amusement as a large table of Americans nearby (one of the only foreign groups we saw, though there weren't many local tourists either) all bowed their heads in prayer and said grace, thanking Jeesus for His Bounty, while the local women who'd cooked the food were standing right there. I also enjoyed that the enthusiastic teenage girl who jumped at the chance to give the prayer spent the entire recitation scanning the table for anyone opening eyes or lifting heads. Weird.

    Back to the car where we mostly dozed the three hours back to Siem Reap, arriving back around 5:30pm. A bit earlier than yesterday, but still another long day of travelling. It's frustrating as well when you have stuff to organise and just don't have internet - neither of us have bought SIM cards in Laos or Cambodia as we aren't staying long enough. Dinner was next door to our hotel, where a German couple running a guesthouse were making tasty pita bread grilled sandwiches.

    Thailand tomorrow!
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  • Day7


    March 12, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Today we left our lovely hotel and Siem Reap, which was a sad depart having loved the city so much. Our next stop was our homestay which would be a true local experience of a Cambodian.

    On the way we stopped at the floating villages. These buildings and the way of life around the river was incredible. Some people living on floating houses year in and year out. Located here are some of the poorest people and it's so eye opening having an insight to their personal lives. I feel almost silly about the worries I have in life. Here, putting 3 meals on the table and feeding your children is a big worry for these families as where this is a given for me, my biggest worries ranging from whether the spot on my forehead is gone or if I moisturised my face that morning.

    I can't quite put into words how much I admire these people and they deserve so much more credit than they get. If I think about how they live in comparison to me, although it amazes me it saddens me at the same time. Having said this, all I do is see these people smile, making me question what's necessary to make someone happy and it's not always the latest iPhone or newest shoes that do this.

    Before our homestay we visited another set of temples with a lovely tour guide who did a super job. On to our homestay, which was with a delightful family who had spent the majority of the day cleaning their house and preparing our dinner in order to welcome us. They cooked up a masterpiece and I've never had a meal so tasty. Breakfast was the same, indulging in typical local treats.

    One thing I have to say about this place is I adore the kindness in people's hearts and willingness to please. Everything is always presented with a smile on their faces no matter how much they have to offer. I feel as though I'm the luckiest person being able to experience the generosity of these people, yet they act as though they are lucky to have us, which I guess makes the whole experience all the more touching.
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  • Day16

    Tour nach Siem Riep

    December 6, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Eigentlich wären wir heute mit einem Boot den Mekong River hinaufgefahren. Nur leider ist das zweite Jahr in Folge nicht genug Wasser im Fluss, weswegen wir auf zwei Minibusse umsteigen mussten. Morgen endet die Fundriding Tour mit dem Besuch von Angkor Wat. Danach trennen sich unsere Wege und jeder Fundrider setzt seine Reise individuell fort. Ich bleibe bis zum 13.12. in Bangkok und stürze mich dann in die Weihnachtszeit in Deutschland 😊Read more

  • Day120

    Von Kampot nach Siem Reap

    February 4, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Da es keine direkte Verbindung von Kampot nach Siem Reap gibt und der Highway nur an Phnom Phen vorbei führt, ging es gestern mit dem Bus um 8 Uhr erstmal wieder zurück Richtung Phnom Phen. Gegen Mittag kamen wir an, warteten eineinhalb Stunden auf den nächsten Bus und fuhren weitere 6 Stunden nach Siem Reap. Dort kamen wir gegen 21.30 Uhr an und der Weg führte direkt ab ins Bett 😊Read more

  • Day8

    Auf dem Weg nach Siem Reap

    November 17, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 32 °C

    Auf dem Weg machen wir halt an einem Markt auf dem ländliche Produkte angeboten werden. Da in Kambodscha viele arme Menschen leben, deshalb wird ALLES eiweißhaltige gegessen, was gefangen werden kann.... ich hab mich sogar an Maden gewagt. Schmeckt gar nicht so schlecht!Read more

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