We set out to our journey on March 1st, 2011, exhausted from the weeks before which had been a very tiresome experience. You accumulate a lot of stuff in your ‘normal’ life, which is sometimes not that easy to get rid of and always comes with some kind of commitment: Flat, furniture, car, contracts and so on. Of course there are also many things we needed to figure out before the trip, e.g. visas, vaccinations or drafting a travel plan according to climate.
We just got it all done in time and badly needed a few days of ‘vacation’ in Thailand before venturing towards more ‘exotic’ destinations in order to live, feel and taste something else than everyday’s life. So it is a bit of an escape from the routine, the well-known, the comfort zone, to gather plenty of new experience in the unknown.
Who we are: Quite a European blend with Polish, Austrian, Italian, German roots, family, and education, we like travelling and exploring the world and its adventures.
After roughly a month we adjusted to living out of our backpack, the constant location change, sleepless nights on busses, getting sick with stomach and other diseases, different food, temperature, customs and behaviour.
In the second month we had to cope with the fact that despite skype, email and telephone, our immediate social community basically consisted of just one person and that colleagues, friends and family were far away. Connecting to other travellers is an interesting but often superficial experience, meeting local people has usually time constraints, and both cannot replace home.
After three months en route we felt more than happy with our trip so far. We adapted to the routine of being on the road, changing our surroundings quite often, spending hours in transit; we enjoyed the positive more and were less irritated by the negative. We also love to observe the gradual shifts in landscape, culture and all aspects of social life as we move along.
Five months on the way we were realizing how our perspective had changed and become much more critical. Many guys at home will probably think we are stupid not to simply appreciate being in all those exotic places, but it is just that now we have lots of comparisons with other places and see everything with different eyes than a three-week tourist.
More and more of our discussions circle around topics like overpopulation, foreign aid or issues related to society. We feel that the world is dramatically changing and ask ourselves if the western world in its coziness fully understands the implications of the huge population numbers with all their economic needs, political ambitions and cultural differences to us.
Having passed the eight-month mark being on the road became fun again. There are several things that we enjoyed a lot in those weeks: Adventures in pure nature in Mongolia, city life in Shanghai, a vacation from travelling on the Philippines, and making our journeys separately from each other for a couple of weeks.
Two months took us through Indonesia, a huge and incredibly diverse country. Again, we did by far not have enough time to explore all regions we would have liked to visit, but we wanted to have time left for New Zealand which we explored until mid March in our campervan.
And that’s where this fantastic journey ended after almost thirteen months…
Hallo ihr beiden!
What a great trip! I’m going to Lux soon, hope to see you there and hear your stories!
Vive la bière Lorraine!
Hallo ihr zwei!
So wie’s toent seid ihr gut in NZ angekommen!
Liebe Gruesse aus Chiang Mai
Hallo ihr Lieben!
ganz viele liebe Grüße nach Kathmandu und bis hoffentlich diese Woche in Skype. Es MUSS einfach klappen!
Ich umarme euch, Nessi
I enjoy the great pictures – please keep them coming. A nice change from the many PowerPoint slides I see during the week…. Safe travels and best wishes!
Thanks a lot, Thomas! Comments always welcome. All the best from India!
Yo, that was an excellent decision to pack a powerful camera. You two take superb photographs… very professional and interesting. Your narratives are great. I enjoy reading about your adventures. Safe travels… and live it up!
Love it, here you are with Polish, Austrian, Italian & German roots, blogging in fluent English! Hope you can keep it going, will very much enjoy reading about your adventures over the next year.
Ciao belli, felice di vedere che vi state divertendo! Un abbraccio, Fa
Kasiu kochana, z wielkim zainteresowaniem sledze Wasza azjatycka przygode i bardzo sie ciesze, ze sprawia Wam tyle radosci i zaskakujacych niespodzianek. Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zycze samych wspanialych wrazen:)
Hello young couple !!
Happy to see that you’re having good times in Asia !
Aussi beau soit le récit, jamais nous ne pourrons réellement nous rendre compte de ce que vous avez dû ressentir…
Ceci j’en suis sure marquera la suite de votre existence sur notre planète appelée LA TERRE.
SOYEZ FIERS DE VOTRE EXPLOIT !!!!
Bisous à vous 2
Wish you a nice time in Cambodia and enjoy all the great temples around Siem Riep
Weiterhin viel Spaß unterwegs und genießt jeden Moment (auch die schlechten werden im Laufe der Zeit zu guten …)
Serdeczne pozdrowiena ze zlotego Kalgoorie w zachodniej Australii!
I just picked up the ‘High Fidelity’ book you left at Lin’s in Savannakhet – and I was on Koh Lanta about 6 weeks ago. See you on the banana pancake trail!