I have admittedly gotten a little behind on the blog. I think subconsciously it is because I knew this would be the last OYOP blog post that I would write, and naturally, that’s when procrastination started to rear its ugly head. Tomorrow, after spending the last 4 months in Asia, we will head for Europe, where […]
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We spent our last week in India in the valley town of Rishikesh, one of India’s many spiritual cities. It is a picturesque and relatively calm town. It boasts views of the foothills of the Himalayas and sits on both sides of the mystical Ganges River. Presumably because of its yoga ashrams on every […]
We have been in India now for about two and a half weeks. We have spent most of the time so far in the state of Rajasthan, known for being rich in its cultural traditions. It boasts ancient forts and city palaces that deserve entire afternoons of exploration. It has a lovely craftsman culture of […]
We have been in India for a little more than one week. From the moment we arrived, it was clear that traveling in this country would be my biggest challenge so far on this trip. In only a week, I have experienced intense joy, beaming as I watched beauty unfold before my eyes at a […]
The rest of our travels through Laos were as laid-back as they began. From Luang Prabang, we headed a few hours south to the small town of Vang Vieng. For such a small town, I was surprised by its share of college-age backpackers passing through for a day of river tubing and a night of drinking. I shouldn’t […]
Admittedly, I knew nothing about the country of Laos before we visited except that it was part of the worn backpacker trail in Southeast Asia. I didn’t know about its laid back culture, its breathtaking landscapes, its village tribes, or even the impact of the US on its war-torn history. When we first arrived, I […]
We left Chiang Mai, Thailand for the northeast city of Chiang Rai as a launching point to take the two-day slow boat across the Mekong River into Laos. Chiang Rai is a small town in the northernmost province of Thailand. It has a lovely night market with a large outdoor food court area, serving fried […]
Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand, is the country’s cultural capital. Today, it is an interesting mix of old world history and new world modernity. You might be strolling down the street with a McDonald’s ice cream cone while Buddhist monks in bright orange robes glide by you on the way to a 13th […]
There comes a point in long-term travel that you hit a wall of fatigue and homesickness. Sights and cities start to blend together. Conversations with other travelers start to feel redundant. It sounds impossible, to have new experiences each day, and for that to feel dull or exhausting, but it happens. We were crammed in […]
The two most popular cities to visit on the mainland of Thailand are the physical capital of Bangkok in the south and the cultural capital of Chiang Mai in the north. Many travelers we met recommended that to travel from south to north, we take the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. This sounded […]