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  • Day24

    Hévíz to Keszthely (#3)

    June 15, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    The pain and the number of the blisters seemed to grow by the morning so Vera decided to hop on a bus for the last bit. Thomas the lovag, however, remained unstoppable and powerwalked the last kilometers to Keszthely. On the way he discovered the Festetics Kastely (palace) and some of the city which seemed beautiful even in the cloudy, grim weather. The 3 days mission is complete!

    Lenght - 7.1 km
    Days - 3/3
    Time - 1,5 hours
    Stamps - 1
    Up and down - 55m, 60m
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  • Day23

    Zalaszántó to Hévíz (#3)

    June 14, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    With more humid weather, steeper hills, and yesterday's blisters to contend with, we were a little slower today. We did find the motivation for quite a big detour to Rezi Vár (Castle ruins) which was well worth it for the view.
    We passed through the lovely little village of Rezi and stopped for a lemonade at a great country pub where we also collected a stamp.
    The last couple of hours were quite tough to get through so we were gald to reward ourselves with a swim in Hévíz thermal lake at the end. We had also managed to get through the whole day without the forecasted storm ever catching us.

    Length - 16.9km (+ detour to Rezi Vár)
    Days - 2/3
    Time - 7 hours
    Stamps - 3
    Up and Down - 355m, 425m
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  • Day22

    Sümeg to Zalaszántó (#3)

    June 13, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We travelled to Sümeg on Friday evening to be ready to start early on Saturday.
    After leaving our very strange horse farm accommodation (pretty grim but great breakfast), we went up the hill to Sümegi Vár (Castle). A new entry in our top 3 castles ranking!
    It was a hot and sunny walk, mostly through fields and forests and very beautiful. Towards the end of the day we arrived at Europe's biggest stupa, a very strange sight in the Hungarian countryside but interesting to see. We also picked up a bonus stamp here from the vendors outside selling hippy stuff.
    We were very worn out when we gratefully checked into our next accommodation, where we were welcomed with a pálinka, not bad.

    Length - 21.5km (+ detour to Sümegi vár)
    Days - 1 of 3
    Time - 7 hours
    Stamps - 2 (+1)
    Up and Down - 425m, 405m
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  • Day10

    Balatonhenye to Nagyvázsony (#6)

    June 1, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This final part of the longer stage 6 begins close to Balatonakali so we were able to include it in a weekend away with the Muhi klán.
    We were joined by Laci, Adél, Anna and Cseh and only went the wrong way once.
    It was a mostly quite flat walk with lots of beautiful scenery as we headed north-east away from Balaton towards Bakony.

    Length - 14.9km
    Days - 1
    Time - 4 hours
    Stamps - 2
    Up and Down - 260m, 230m
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  • Day1

    Hűvösvölgy to Rozália Téglagyár (#14)

    May 23, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Today we completed the first section of a continuous trail which stretches all the way across Hungary from the Austrian border to the Ukrainian border, known as the Blue (Kék) tour.
    We chose a short section close to Budapest for our first part so that we could do it in one day.
    It was quite a hilly route, more than we expected, but we really enjoyed escaping the city for the first time since the lockdown started. There were some great views from lookout points along the way and the route is very easy to follow.
    The only downside was that the second of three stamps was missing!

    Length - 14. 2km
    Days - 1
    Time - 4:35 (including lunch break)
    Stamps - 3
    Up and down - 525m, 625m
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  • Day108

    Bangkok for the last time

    December 17, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Our 5th and final visit in Bangkok was happy and sad at the same time knowing that our great big 9 months adventure finishes.
    For these last days we have chosen a different area in Bangkok where we haven't stayed before (as we did for all the other times too so we could really get to know the city). Not far from Koh San Road still a quiet backpackers quarter with cheap local food and drinks. Tom grabbed the opportunity for some final photo sessions and Vera checked out Wat Po with a giant reclining Buddha and bought two new pairs of hippy trousers.
    Absolutely fantastic, exciting, adventurous, sometimes challenging travels with the weirdest and most beautiful places.
    The question is, where shall we go next? :)
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  • Day105

    Ban Bang Bao

    December 14, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    As we loved it so much in Kho Chang at our hostel looking over the ocean we extended our stay for a total of 8 nights. This most southern part of the island is so untouched and junglish compared to the rest of it. Not that many people are around, our host reckoned that the low numbers of tourists was thanks to strong Thai currency and tourist choosing Vietnam or Laos over Thailand for the better exchange rates.
    Waking up in the morning and opening our attic room's door to the sparkly sea view with no one around and having our morning coffee was one of the most peaceful experiences ever.
    During the day it was super sunny and hot which we enjoyed at a close by beach with fruit juices in deck chairs at our very favourite beach bar.
    The evenings were windy and refreshing sitting on the terrace of our hostel or on the pier with a drink from 7-11 (local grocery store). The host of our accommodation was lovely and kept giving us free water, bananas and massive discounts on their quality food and drinks.
    One day we went for a little walk to a viewpoint with a boardwalk which had seen better days but the view was fantastic.
    We tried to make the most out of the local dishes and order curry, fried rice, minced pork with basil and some more curry for every meal so we fill up ourselves with Asian tastes before our return.
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  • Day103

    Similan National Marine Park

    December 12, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    After talking about it for ages we finally got around to doing some snorkeling. We took a trip on a boat from the pier which took us around the national marine park and stopped at 4 islands, Koh Rang, Koh Thong Lang, Koh Yak Lek and Koh Wai.
    At first we were a little nervous about jumping off the boat because it is a strange feeling to suddenly be able to see the sea floor below you and hundreds of fish swimming right up to you and around you. Luckily we got used to it quite quickly and we could really enjoy the experience.
    At each island we could swim and snorkel and we saw some amazing coral reef and beautiful fish. Between islands the boat crew served a really good buffet lunch and later some spicy bbq skewers and fruit.
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  • Day100

    Koh Chang

    December 9, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    With only a couple of weeks of our trip remaining, we decided we'd better head for paradise and make the most of it! Koh Chang (Elephant Island) has a reputation of being a more laid-back, quieter, less built-up version of the more famous islands in the south of the country. We were so glad we chose it when we arrived to find exactly what we'd been hoping for.
    A bus from Bangkok, ferry to the island, and finally a songthaew taxi to the south of the island brought us to Bang Bao Pier where our accommodation was. About halfway down the long pier sticking out into the Gulf of Thailand, we had a room on stilts in the sea in a beautiful relaxing spot.
    We spent the next few days relaxing on the beach, paddle boarding, eating and drinking on the pier, and chilling out on the deck.
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  • Day97

    Around the River Kwai

    December 6, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We rented bikes again from the guesthouse and set off across the river and into the countryside.
    After a while we came across a tea shop next to a pond with benches and deck chairs around for families to sit and have a picnic. We tried their mulberry tea, which was pretty good, and had very nice iced coffees and a rest from cycling.
    Once back on the bikes we began to leave the jungle scenery behind and ended up in a hot, flat and dry area which looked more like the wild west than the typical lush Thai countryside. The area was full of horse farms and some kind of military base. By now there was hardly anyone else on the roads and it was very quiet and peaceful.
    We eventually found where everyone else was... at the Giant Rain Tree of course! A surprising number of other tourists had made the trip to see the 26 metre wide tree and there was a wooden walkway around the trunk and a small market to enjoy.
    There was an interesting temple nearby which we were going to visit but quickly changed our minds when the local dogs chased us out and along the road! Lucky we had the bikes or we would almost certainly have been eaten.
    On the way home we took a different and slightly longer route which took us past lots of farms and crossed over a few bridges where we could see fishing boats and get great views down the river. 30km later, and with very sore bums, we arrived back in town and bought a feast at the street food market to take home with us.
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