So we’ve been home since April 24th and needless to say I wasn’t prepared. During the months leading up to our return to the US, friends and family keep asking the obvious question of what’s your plan for when you get back? For the first time in my life the honest answer was I have no plan, which was a big deal coming from a type A, over planner like myself. While we were gallivanting across SE Asia it was refreshing to have a world of freedom ahead and energizing to think I can do anything. Today officially marks one month of being home, and no income, no car, and endless time, has given me a whole new perspective on life.
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Bangkok is not for beginners. Scams. Crime. Drugs. Sex. Noise. Traffic. People. We were lucky to have quiet a bit of Asian travel experience under our belts before we got to this city, and it would take everything we learned over the past 14 months to make it out of here with our bodies and wallets intact. Thankfully, it was our last stop before heading home, because when we were through with Bangkok (or maybe, when Bangkok was through with us) we had had enough.
Getting to Thailand was an epic journey of two eight hour boat trip days, and then one final bus day to get to Chiang Mai. Knowing that we’d be meeting our friends on the other side kept us optimistic when we wanted to throw our kindles/iPod’s off the boat after playing hours of Word games. And the thought of showing our friends the joys and challenges we’d experienced traveling SE Asia, and getting to live through their fresh, excited traveler eyes was just what we needed to finish out the last two months of our trip.
The main reason we chose the Kansai region was because of the multiple cities in close proximity to each other. So after a day and a half in Osaka, we decided to take a day trip out to the ancient city of Nara. With our trusty Kansai Thru Pass, the trip only took about 45 minutes using the express lines on the regular subway system. As with the rest of our Japan visit, we went in with a minimal amount of planning and expectations, but were pleasantly surprised by everything Nara had to offer.
Traveling to China in the height of August with the sun blazing, the tourists swarming and more people in one place than I’d ever thought possible, might not have amounted to a relaxing vacation, but it was definitely an experience. We decided to share some of our observations instead of going through our 12-day itinerary.
So I’m finally getting around to blogging about my school field trip from a few weeks ago. I’ve been a bit caught up with my observation class, which thankfully just ended. Also, I’ve been a bit caught up with being a terrible procrastinator. I’ve been meaning to read a book about how to break the habit, but…whatever.
Click below to read about 200+ 8th graders running rampant through Seoul.