Talkative tuktuk drivers

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Tuktuk ride to town

Imagine sitting in a slightly windy spot where traffic is all around and a big bus passes right next to you. Honking horns, people waving and in the middle of this: someone, with his back turned towards you, talking in broken English. He’s asking questions about what country you are from, where you stay, how long you’re staying in Sri Lanka and all of a sudden an odd question about going to a snake farm.

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Shopping from the bread tuktuk

This is what a lot of tuktuk rides are like. A kind of game, where you try to guess what question you’re supposed to answer, or asking three times over what he asked last…
It’s really bad if it’s a “disco tuktuk” with large speakers playing loud music, and a driver who’s about to hit every moving object on the road.

A taxi ride in Europe will be like a quiet walk in the park after these months in Asia!

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Anders so wanting to buy a tuktuk!

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5 hours in Singapore airport

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Anders happy in a shop

This airport is a adventure all on its own. Like a shopping mall mixed with a spa. Cinema theatre, restaurants and nap rooms.

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Merry Christmas signs everywhere

The flight from Bali went well. I was a bit nervous about my ear, but the treatment I did for three days worked well, and now after 5+ hours I’m ready to go up in the air again.

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Fresh salad at Japanese buffé

We’ve only been in Transfer Terminal 2.

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Star Wars movie anyone?

Anders was happy to look around in all the tech-stores in the airport, and we were both amazed by the indoor gardens.

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Living orchids in the airport

Had to take one picture like the locals…

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Yey! Here we are!

Soon time for boarding, and we’ll arrive in a rainy Phuket at 8 pm local time. Then a taxi to Khao Lak, where we have booked a place for two nights.

Then we’ll see what happens!

//Wivan and Anders

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Yeah.

Opening up irl

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Overwhelming sight

Had a funny experience yesterday, when going to the store with my niece. I literally giggled and were stunned of the huge variety and insane quantities of food in there.

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Yoghurt and milk...

After two and a half months with very different shopping in Flores, this was overwhelming. Can’t believe how many impressions I’ve had since landing in Stockholm only two days ago. Regular for the people living here, but to me it’s big.

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Drove a big fancy car

So many tastes, conversations, hugs, messages, sights, smells, sounds and feelings in high concentration. Lovely, very much so, and tiring. My brain doesn’t really work too well with papers, e-mails and loads of information right now. There’s a shift where all the senses are open to what happens and I love the experience. Different from anything I have ever experienced before.

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Dog walk earlier today

Got to walk and take care of my brother’s dog earlier today and loved to have her company, slowing down to the pase of nature, sunshine, the wind, fresh flowers, beautiful views and roads from my childhood.

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Where my grandparents used to live

Love to have the family around and the warmth they show, it’s wonderful and I appreciate it a lot. Treasure the time together.

Stay warm. //Wivan

Our bucket lists

Have you thought about what’s on your Bucket List? Things/people/places you absolutely want to experience before ‘kicking the bucket’?

In the post about Bucket Lists and the 24-year young man who’s contributing to the world by giving his view of life with only a few more months to live, we promised to share bits of our own lists.

San Sebastian last weekend

San Sebastian a few weekends ago

Here we go!

Wivan’s list got a little clearer a couple of weeks ago, when we were in San Sebastian. One thing she really wants is to learn how to surf. And now she’s booked a two week course in Portugal in September!
Other things on her list are:
* To meet with the Swedish former professional down-hill skier Anja Pärson.
* Go for a 2-4 weeks long riding tour in Iceland.
* Work on a farm in New Zealand.
* To attend when the niece and nephew in the US graduate from High School. (2016 is the first one).
… and many, many more things.

Surf spot: Biarritz in France

Surf spot: Biarritz in France

On Anders’ list…

* To learn how to scuba dive (in warm waters).
* Sky diving.
* Live in a warm climate over a longer period of time, with the sea close by.

To him, the different elements wind, earth, fire and water is something he’d like to experience more fully. So, the scuba diving and sky diving are two ways of achieving that.

Of course there are a lot of more things on our Bucket Lists, but these are a few of our top choices. And surely, we’re committed to make many of these things happen before too long. Who knows what will happen tomorrow?!

Anders in Biarritz

Anders in Biarritz

// Anders & Wivan

Links to other travelers

Recently found some interesting blogs and websites which have shed new light on traveling, expenses and know-how when it comes to backpacking, or flashpacking.

Flashpacker Family gives a lot of tips and inspiration regarding living a travelers life – and yes, they do travel the world with a three year old boy.

Five Dollar Traveller is another blog with lots of smart ideas, findings and tips for anyone wanting to go behind the tourist traps and be a smarter voyager. Aiming to get the maximum adventure for a minimum budget.

Lee Abbamontes website, with his lists of 30. The 30 best airports in the world, the 30 best countries for food, the 30 best beaches, the 30 best airlines and the lists continues. A fun way to share some of his experiences, being the youngest American visiting all the countries of the world. He’s a real expert.

Romancing the Planet, a blog by a man we find some similarities with. He likes to meet with new people, try new food and wants to explore the world rather than staying in an office. He’s traveled parts of Africa and have a lot of experience from Asia.

These are just a few sites that can be fun to visit – there are, literally, thousands and thousands of great blogs, websites and interesting facts to find online. Do you have input? Please share in a comment below or send us an e-mail.

Enjoy! // Anders & Wivan