This is our first post from New Zealand and our last post of 2015. What a year it’s been! Our adventure began in November with a few weeks in Europe. We then flew to Auckland, purchased a car within 48 hours, and proceeded to drive south, camping along the way and enjoying the beautiful countryside for about 4 weeks. After reaching the southern tip of the north island, a 3 1/2 hour ferry took us across the Cook Straight to the South Island. Aside from a few photographs from Germany and Norway, this post is mainly snapshots of our travels in New Zealand so far. Whether we were trail running through the jungle, climbing a mountain, rowing across a lake, exploring a vineyard, jogging in a rain forest, or surfing the rugged coast, these are the moments we’ve been able to capture. Happy new year!
After 5 months in 5 countries, 14 bus rides and 14 islands, 15 boat rides and 10 flights, 35 guesthouses, 1 train ride and hundreds of miles on our own motorbike, it’s our last post!! Thank you to all our friends and family for the continued love and support. Till the next adventure….
We’ve just finished up an action packed 3 weeks in beautiful Laos. In this short amount of time we explored the country from south to north. We started in 4000 islands on the Mekong Delta, headed to Pakse to embark on a 3 day motorbike tour of the Bolaven Plateau, traveled 20 hours to explore the famous 8km Konglor Cave, spent a few nights in Vientane, the capital city, tubed in Vang Vieng, and finished in Luang Prabang, a Unesco World Heritage site. Lots of caves, waterfalls, and butterflies along the way! We had the pleasure of traveling with a great group of new friends, most of whom we met on our first night in Laos, but one who we became close with while in Cambodia. This made our adventure even more special! After a 24 hour bus ride we are back in Thailand to explore the north. More to come!
Sputnik Burgers in Vientane
Look at that cricket!
We believe mama, the owner of a homestay, put a curse on us. After a bike crash, flat tire in the middle of the jungle, a stomach illness, pouring rain during dry season, horrendous and unimaginable travel situations, etc, we decided to burn our “blessed” bracelets.
Dogs and tubes in Vang Vieng
4 days on a motorbike
Lifting the curse
Campsite for one night
Happy St Patricks Day!
Tad Fan, highest waterfall in Laos
We drank snake wine! Whiskey infused with scorpion and cobra
Wow! What an amazing time we’ve had in Cambodia. Such a good time that we’ve overstayed our visa and will be receiving fines at the border tomorrow as we cross over in to Laos. We spent the majority of our trip in the south and islands, as we made some really amazing friends and ended up living and working in Otres Beach, Sihanoukville. It was the people, both travelers and native Cambodians that really made our trip so unforgettable. Next stop Laos!
Taking a break by Secret Lake
Playing with snakes on Koh Rong
Arcadia backpackers hostel
Post adventure drinks!
Starling Pepper Farm splurge!
Our boat captain
After an intensive hour long trek through the jungle we found Long Beach,7k of the whitest softest sand we’ve ever seen!
Path to the butterfly garden on Koh Rong Island
Staff photo at Mom’s Kitchen
countryside bike excursion with our new friends
Kep! The land of crabs!
Sunset on the Mekong River in Kampot
Otres beach, our home for the month of February
This is what happens when you accidentally get water on your lense
I had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Otres Saturday Market!
Feeling alive in Koh Tah Kiev
Crap trap flags
Lakeside lounge hut
Main St of Koh Rong
Jungle party on Otres River 10pm-10am every thursday!
Mushroom point, Otres Beach
Cooking our fresh catch on the boat to Koh Ta Kiev
After two blissful weeks in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, we moved north to the Van Ho District, which in Vietnamese translates to “Sea of Clouds.” Our first week we truly understood its meaning, as we spent freezing cold days in the clouds, while they rested on the mountain tops. During these weeks we worked directly with 30 employees of the farm and 8 other volunteers, tilling soil, irrigating, and converting mountain land into usable farm land. We were fed delicious traditional Vietnamese food every meal, and were constantly invited over to locals homes in the village. During our time in Van Ho we really got to experience how warm and hospitable Vietnamese people are and are so very thankful for the amazing experiences we shared with our new friends. What an unforgettable two weeks! We’ve since arrived in Cambodia and will post our next adventures soon! XO
Our attic bedroom in the farmhouse
Alex and Eric, fellow volunteers, and Thien, our manager on the farm.
Little mountain house we found on a hike
Mike with our host father and son
Me and Buon, our host mother
Our host family selfie!
typical house in our village
Bat cave in Moc Chao
All leftovers were served to our 5 farm puppies
A wedding party in our village
On a hike with one of the puppies, she looked just like a fox!
Last night in Hanoi
Lam, our friend and one of the chefs on the farm, took us on a bushwhacking hike
Road to the farm
Chickens resting on a wall in Hanoi
This photo shows how thick the fog could get on the farm
On the left, one of the workers of the farm, and on the right, our friend Eric from Seattle
Local boys saying hello
Took the afternoon off to go on a hike
Hoem, our new friend who led us on a motorcycle ride to a natural hot spring
rebuilding a bridge with an audience of children screaming “hello!”
FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
We’ve spent the last two weeks in Vietnam, traveling from the south, Ho Chi Minh City, to the north, Hanoi! We love Hanoi and would love to call it home! In 7 hours we embark on a journey north to Son La Provence, where we will be working on an organic herbal medicine farm! Here are some moments we captured on our journey through Vietnam! MORE TO COME!
Our first Blog! Unfortunately our brand new digital camera has been misplaced/stolen and the only photos we have to date are from our phones. Here are just a few pictures representing our time in Thailand! We started the month in Bangkok and traveled south to island hop from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, and then on to Koh Lanta. Along the way we boated out to smaller islands off of Koh Phi Phi and then made our way back up to Bangkok via Krabi. Our favorite food by far was on Koh Lanta. It was spicy and fresh, as they have so much farmland. We have been amazed at how different Bangkok is from Southern Thailand and when we return to the area in a couple of months we are excited to explore the north as well! That is all for now! So much love!
After spending hours exploring Bangkok on foot, we found this little oasis buried between side streets and had lunch here.
Welcome to Monkey Island!
Monkey Island caution sign
We spent 30 minutes trekking around on these guys. Our mahoot got down and let me sit on his head and steer the whole way!
Mike feeding our elephant after 30 minute trek
Behind the bar in Patong
Beautiful workout park
Wat in the Old City
We ate a fresh whole fish at a street vendor on the sidewalk in Bangkok
Pad Thai girl in Khaosan Road
Singha beerfest in SIam
Our whole fish on the grill
Friends meeting up in Thailand!
Our bartender at “Cheap Charlies,” a really fun CHEAP bar in the heart of downtown bangkok
Maya Bay, off the coast of Koh Phi Phi
trying a chicken foot!
Tim got to play DJ in Patong
We found the Life Alive of Koh Lanta and it was delicious!! Everything grown on the island and their homemade bread was amazing.
On Koh Lanta we rented our own little bungalow and the Freedom Bar was our little beachside bar with free pool
Kundu- our favorite organic veg spot in the islands