Saturday, October 1st, 2016

The Asia Jaunt: Month Five in Review

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Well, with Month Four being the best month yet, there was nowhere to go but down.

Which is okay.  I needed to get serious.  Serious about work, serious about not spending too much money, serious about planning the rest of my trip.

It wasn’t as wild and crazy as some of the other months, but Month Five was still a blast — and every day, every minute, I’m reminded that taking this trip was one of the best decisions of my life.

Destinations Visited

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia (visit #2)
  • Sihanoukville, Cambodia (visit #2)
  • Koh Chang, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand (visit #4)
  • Singapore
  • Kuta/Legian/Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
  • Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Adventures

  • Learning to surf in Bali
  • Getting a bar job, then turning it down, in Sihanoukville
  • Meeting Wayan from Eat, Pray, Love in Bali
  • Eating everything in sight in Singapore
  • Attending my first White Party in Bali
  • Couchsurfing for the first time ever in Singapore
  • Getting my hands hennaed in Singapore’s Little India
  • Hanging out with monkeys in Ubud

Outlandish Adventures

  • Getting robbed without realizing it in Phnom Penh
  • Perfecting the art of beach bummery in Koh Chang
  • Teaching little kids profanities in Sihanoukville
  • Got my chakras cleansed by a creepy man on Khao San Road in Bangkok.  I was scared.
  • Partying and signing with deaf Khmers at clubs in Sihanoukville
  • Watched a guy getting his ass tattooed with a huge bloody bamboo needle in Koh Chang
  • As always — SO many things that can’t be mentioned!

 

Winding Down

I’m a bit sad that my Asia travels are nearly at an end. But now I’ve started to think about the logistics of what’s going to happen once I get home.  Like preparing for my friend Alexa’s many wedding festivities.

And, um, money.  I need it.  I’m not sure what I want to do for a job, but I need to work hard throughout the summer and save up for the next adventure.  That’s a given.

As much as I love my family and friends, my feelings toward coming home would probably be best described as indifferent.

The Next Steps

As you heard, I’m currently recovering from being shipwrecked in Indonesia.  I’m still in Bali, and I’d love to visit the Gili Islands.

On April 11, I fly back to Bangkok. I need to get myself to the ancient city of Ayutthaya already, and then I head south to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party with my dear friends Ste and Darren.  (Have I mentioned them?)

After that, on April 21, I fly out of Bangkok and land in London later that day.

The next day, I’ve got a bus — pardon me, coach — to England’s great northwest.

Do I have a ticket home?  NOPE!  I should get on that.

Or not.

Watch.  I’ll get an under-the-table bartending job in a random English city and end up squatting on a couch for the next few months.  That would not surprise me in the slightest.

…man, I want to learn how to pour a pint.

Once again, as always, we’ll see what happens!

Comments

11 Responses to “The Asia Jaunt: Month Five in Review”
  1. Sounds like you’ve had such an awesome time and I hope that the weather in the UK does not put you off sticking around for a while. Despite my constant need to leave the UK, Britain can be truly beautiful on a summer’s day. Where are you planning to go when you are in Britain?

    Any thoughts on your next adventure?

    • Elaine, I wish I could stay awhile, but realistically, I need to be back in Boston by May 20. That’s when Alexa’s bridal shower/bachelorette weekend begins.

      I plan to spend most of my time in the northwest and finish up in London. I will be seeing at least three of my friends from this trip and possibly even more!

      As for the next adventure…no clue whatsoever!

  2. John says:

    I would of thought getting shipwrecked and losing all your stuff would of been more outlandish than getting robbed anyday. Doesn’t take much to getting robbed really. Not that it is fun, but it seems rather common.

  3. LLoyd says:

    Hey Kate,
    I’m a pretty recent reader. I’ve enjoyed going back through your articles and seeing your transformation into a travelling hippy – HA!
    Sorry to hear about your recent shipwreck mishap! I would say that I agree with John – I think that’s a story of a lifetime.

    So will you keep your blog going once you’re home? Enjoy the UK!

    • Thanks, Lloyd!

      The blog will absolutely continue. I’ve got hundreds of stories from this trip — so many, I could tell them for months and months! Once I get home, I won’t feel guilty about writing about other areas of the world besides Southeast Asia. And then there will be the next adventure, wherever that may take place…

  4. Rick Jones says:

    to pour a decent pint, you get the glass, tip it to a 40-45 degree angle and place the tap at the side of the glass. As soon as it starts to fill, you slooooowly decrease the angle until you’re verticle again. Timing it so that you have about a cm (maybe an inch) of head from the top.

    Not that i know anything about that or anything

    *cough* ;D

    -Rick

  5. Erica says:

    It has definitely been a wild ride keeping up with all of your adventures! I can say that you definitely have kept it interesting.

    Here is to many more months of travel! *toast*

  6. Adam Daigle says:

    Make sure you check the weather before heading to Koh Phangan, as 800 tourists from Koh Tao and 100 tourists from Koh Phangan were rescued by the Thai’s Navy due to terrible weather there recently.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/31/tourists-stranded-on-koh-_n_843045.html

  7. Simon says:

    You should fly over to Dublin for a few days. There is no better place on earth to learn how to pour the perfect pint and I’ll be happy to show you around.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip! The Buddha tree in Ayutthaya is very nice.

  8. This sounds like the adventure of a lifetime! Enjoy every moment and thanks so much for sharing it with the rest of us:)

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