domingo, 1 de febrero de 2015

Thailand

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Oh, Thailand. I only travelled in the South and went all the way up until Bangkok... so I can only talk about one part of the country. It is damn beautiful... crystal clear water... soft sandy beaches surrounded by huge rocks covered... I snorkelled and I saw beautiful fish... I swam and sunbathed. But why I couldn't fully enjoy Thailand? Just because of its shallow tourism. I don't want to sound grumpy or antisocial but I think there are different types of tourism. And the one based on just partying, getting wasted and littering everywhere is not the one we should do. And this is what I mostly found in the South of Thailand. I had come from Indonesia where I mostly hanged out with locals to mostly only hang out with foreigners. So I didn't feel like i was actually in Thailand. I could be anywhere in the world. Yes I found a really nice place called Tonsai Beach in Krabi where I met beautiful people and where I found a peaceful and sincere energy, but anyway... I wasn't in Thailand. And that is where I realized that travelling is getting to me. That I don't experience it as as holiday, as an escape from my routine where I will come back to. I travel because I want to live immerse in new cultures, I want to learn, I want to see different ways of living. I understood that "that kind of tourism" is not for me. That I should stick to my way in order to enjoy the countries I am visiting. If I come back to Thailand I will travel to the other half where (as I've been told) I will be able to enjoy the country as it is. Anyway, Thailand is a really popular destination and it is in the middle of the whole South East Asia so it is like a departure point.
On the other hand, in Bangkok, despite being a huge city (so big!!), I felt in Thailand. I loved its craziness and messiness and it is a city where I would come back.

Good things:

- I got to do fire poi and bought one!!!
- I went to a Muay Thai class (thai boxing)... it was incredible

Tonsai Beach, Krabi

Spinning some fire! ;)

Railay Beach, Krabi

Koh Tao Island

Night train to Bangkok! with beds!


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miércoles, 7 de enero de 2015

Indonesia, until next time!

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It's been 1 year and 2 months ago since my traveller's life began. Today I say goodbye to Indonesia after almost a month of travelling in this country. The trip had a bumpy beginning but it ended perfectly. Thank you to all the indonesians I met. Thank you for taking care of me, making my trip go smoothly, making me part of their families and friends, for sharing their culture and their lifestyles with me. I haven't seen all the volcanoes, temples, mountains or waterfalls any tourist would have rather seen but I shared endless coffees, conversations, walks, rides, movies, meals and laughs... I leave this country with a smile on my face, knowing that I tried my best to live as an indonesian and, the best of it all is that I can always come back and be welcomed with open arms. Terima Kasih! (thank you!)
Now it is time to experience Thailand... second stop in South East Asia.

Stunning sunset in Candi Dasa

Beautiful monkeys in Lombok

Local market in Lombok!!

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Hoy se cumple 1 año y 2 meses desde que empecé mi vida de viajera. Hoy me despido de Indonesia después de haber viajado acá por casi un mes. El viaje empezó a los golpes pero terminó re bien. Gracias a todos los indoneses que conocí. Gracias por cuidarme, por hacer que este viaje fluya, por hacerme parte de sus familias y de sus amigos, por compartir su cultura y su estilo de vida. No ví todos los volcanes, templos, montañas y cascadas que cualquier turista hubiese elegido ver pero compartí interminables cafés, charlas, caminatas, paseos, películas, comidas y risas.... Me voy de este país con una sonrisa porque sé que dí lo mejor de mí para vivir como una local y, lo mejor de todo es que sé que puedo volver y ser recibida con los brazos abiertos. Terima Kasih! (gracias!)
Ahora llegó el momento de experimentar Tailandia... segunda parada del Sudeste Asiático.

Hitchhiking in Ubud, Bali!

Street Art in Ubud, Bali

Blue lava in Ijen Volcano!!! (Java)

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viernes, 2 de enero de 2015

Indonesia, baby ;)

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Hello, everybody! It's been a while. I am writing from a hotel in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. I am not in New Zealand anymore. I said goodbye to that amazing country full of beautiful people and beautiful places. It's been an amazing year. I've grown and learnt A LOT. It was my first year as a traveller... a year since the beginning of a brand new life. I took a lot of pictures which you can see on my Facebook profile which I've been updating more frequently than this blog (oops!). This is my profile: https://www.facebook.com/Celes.Nyx . I've uploaded pictures and videos as well.

So, for the past 3 weeks I've been travelling around Indonesia. So far I've been to three islands: Bali, Lombok and now, Java. I will only visit these three because I don't have more time here.
I Couchsurfed three times and got to meet locals who showed me their culture, lifestyle, food and music. Indonesian hospitality is amazing. I had a hard time when I arrived because the hotspots for tourists are pure chaos. Tourism definitely destroys culture and drains it from its identity. Whatever you hope to find in these places will be a lie. So I would advice you to hang out with locals during your travels. Couchsurfing is a great website to meet locals =) check it out. Anyway, yes! I followed my own advice and met amazing people. I gave Bali a second chance and it was the best decision, I climbed up the beautiful Ijen volcano at night, saw blue lava and a stunning sunrise. I surfed, partied, discovered new fruits and vegetables, ate more spicy food in 3 weeks than in my whole life, learnt heaps about Indonesia, got scared by the crazy traffic here, learnt some Indonesian, travelled endless hours jumping from island to island and all the way back!

It's been a crazy trip and this is just the beginning! Right now I am saying goodbye to Indonesia and getting ready for the second country in South East Asia: Thailand =)


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