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May 30, 2012 - Laos to Thailand - Day 1 - Good-Bye Laos!
We said our good-byes to Chris and Sue and departed on a longtail boat headed back to Si Phan Don where we boarded a bus bound for Pakse. From Pakse we boarded another bus heading for the border of Thailand. We exited Laos, drove on for another half hour where we stopped at the Thai border and we were granted entrance into Thailand - all this completed by 4:30pm. We did not purchase a visa on entry, instead we opted for the 14 days grace given by Thailand to visiting Canadians, which means we will need to be out of Thailand by June 13th. We...Jump to full entry
May 10, 2010 - Catching up...
Hi everyone! Ok, so I know it has been more than a month since I last blogged. I apologize, there really isn't much of an excuse for it. Let me just lay out what I have been doing up until this point: Prague- 3 days Budapest- 3 days Copenhagen- 2 days A helpx farm in Northern Denmark- 1 1/2 weeks Berlin- 2 days Amsterdam- 2 days Around Holland- 1 week Ok, now summaries of everywhere I have been: Prague: Beautiful city, but quite to my fancy. Everything was tourist oriented, and there were too many spring break drunkards for my taste....Jump to full entry
Apr 3, 2010 - Barcelona and Switzerland
Hello everyone! I’m still in Switzerland with the grandparents, and thought it would be a good time to continue where I left off. The morning after I arrived in Barcelona, 3 other hostel mates and I went to go explore. We did a walking tour, starting from the Sagrada Familia (the unfinished masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi) and ending at the Olympic park for the fountain show (Well, I guess we took a metro to get there..). The Sagrada Familia was quite amazing, except of course for the constant construction that surrounds it. The story of the...Jump to full entry
Apr 1, 2010 - Some More Spain
Hello! I am at my grandparent’s new apartment in Bern, Switzerland right now, eating cheese, chocolate, yogurt and caracs to my hearts delight. It’s been a long week (well, more than a week since I have procrastinated so much on the blog) of travel, and it is nice to have a rest here in Switzerland. Ok, so I believe Granada is where I left off. A bit after I arrived at my hostel, I went out for a walk with a roommate, Daniel, who I ended up doing almost everything with during my time in Granada. He was a computer programmer, before he quit...Jump to full entry
Mar 25, 2010 - More Spain!
Hello! I am sitting in a hostel in Granada, with a friend I met at the horse ranch I’ve been at for 2 weeks. I there was no internet there, so that is why I haven’t blogged in 2 weeks. So, I believe last time I did blog, I was about to go out with some hostel mates. But I ended up hanging out with the people who worked at the hostel instead, and after creaming them at a game of Parcheesi (which they took offence at, as they had obviously been playing their whole lives, and I was just a newbie) and drinking a cup of steaming chicken broth...Jump to full entry
Mar 7, 2010 - I'm in Europe!!
Hey everyone! Right now, I’m sitting in my bed at a hostel in downtown Madrid. I would be out and about exploring, but due to an overzealous Spanish man who decided to show me everything he could the moment I got off the train, I now have very painful blisters on the bottom of my feet… So, I have now retreated to my 4-bed dorm listening to the hustle and bustle of Madrid from the open window. Ok, let me start from the beginning of my trip. Saying goodbye to the fam wasn’t nearly as hard as it was when I left for Thailand, which was a nice...Jump to full entry
Feb 19, 2010 - Ubon Ratchathani.
19 February This day started uncomfortable early, already 4.30 o’clock in the morning, I had my wake up, checkout from A One Inn at 5.00 for a transport out of Bangkok to, this time to the new airport, Souvarnabhumi. Once again I was surprised, the prize was only a two thirds of what I am used to pay. Because of the early hour, the traffic was very thin, the trip took only 25 minutes, it can take a hour in rushing hours. I checked in my luggage in good time and had time for a breakfast before my flight to Ubon Ratchathani took off. The...Jump to full entry
Feb 9, 2010 - Ranch Life
Hello! So, I am currently on a ranch in Santa Rosa, California that is is non-profit organization that is a sanctuary of abandoned and unwanted animals, as well as a summer camp for kids! The ranch really needs the help, because the animals constantly need medical attention and there is no way Linda and Richard (the ranch owners) could do it alone. So, these are the animals they have are: 4 goats (one milking one), 4 miniature ponies, 11 horses, about 30 some chickens, 3 ducks, a rabbit, 80 cats (most of the are wild) and 3 dogs. Life at...Jump to full entry
Feb 1, 2010 - American Adventures
Hello! I am back with the blog! So, I guess I must begin where I left off. As most of you know, I arrived back in Chicago safely after my Thailand adventures of a lifetime. I spent about a month at home, being useless. We had some of the fam over for Christmas/New Years, which was... oh.. what is the best way to describe it... an emotional roller coaster. In a good way. I visited my grandmother in Toledo, Ohio. It was a great, very full visit including movies, COSI (and incredible science museum for kids) and social gatherings. My...Jump to full entry
Dec 18, 2009 - Life on the farm
After settling in, soon get down to doing some work. The work breaks down into two 1.30-2 hour chunks, split by a break in the middle of the day when the heat becomes too intense to work, at least for falangs. Some mornings I'd cut the grass; back home this involved giving a few sweeps over the hallowed with a Flymo, but here it means running a heavy, noisy petrol lawnmower over a chalky soil that throws up a white dust that does a great job of sticking to my sweaty body (due to the warmth, normally only work in my swimming shorts). There...Jump to full entry
Dec 9, 2009 - Solo Travel
Hey everyone! So the first part of my gap year is over, and there is so much to say. I'll just stick to one topic in this post: Solo Traveling. Solo travel=awesome. Yes, it can be hard, and not so great things happen sometimes, but I have learned an immense amount about myself from those experiences, and just as much from good ones. So, let’s go over what might have happened if I had had a travel buddy, and contrast it with what actually happened, and why that is about 10000 times better. 1. Leaving/first few days: Leaving America, the...Jump to full entry
Dec 4, 2009 - Out to the sticks
Set off early to the bus station, creeping out a back way from the tourist ghetto to hail a cab. My theory about avoiding rip off cabs is a bit like finding decent drinking water when trekking; go for running water compared to stagnant, so I hail a passing cab and get to the station with little hassle. Find the counter for Nakhon Chai Air, a luxury bus company that runs non-stop to Ubon Ratchathani, only to discover that they have nothing leaving until noon, and it's not even 8am. Bollocks. I slump into one of the moulded plastic chairs,...Jump to full entry