Couchsurfing and more!

It took me a while to write. I cannot seem to find the right words to describe how happy my trip had been. I will try to write this in a  third person’s point of view.

 

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On April 2, Allie started her adventure. Wait, it was March 31st. But when did the true adventure start? April 2, indeed. After hosting a few guests for sometime now, she realized that she had never been a guest herself. So she rode a bus to Manila, without a doubt. (stories for that part is in another post)

Going there was filled with uncertainty and excitement. She was excited about the fact that she did not have a clue about what to do. But then, life is short. Life is about changes and it’s not going to stop.

Manila, Philippines–this is the capital city of the Philippines and yet, she barely knew anything. Life has been evolving around her small house in Batangas, and since then life seems to just move farther away. Despite this, she tried the wonders of the unknown.

On April 2, Allie, along with her host Ric, went to Malate to pick up Rast’o and Michal. She was excited and numb at the same time. There was no feeling of absolute certainty. She was just in a neutral state of her emotions. She went up to the hostel to pick them up. Riding the elevator seemed like it’s taking a lifetime. In excitement, she immediately saw a guy dancing in front of the opened elevator doors. Happily, she said, “Hey!” And to her surprise, it was the wrong guy. What an embarrassing moment. But then, it didn’t seem to matter at all. She exited the small rectangular box and went straight to the reception area where she was welcomed by a fellow Filipino with a smile.

As they were checking the names, Allie turned around and wait. Suddenly, these two images of the men she saw online appeared in front of her. It was…it was, no surprise at all. All she felt was comfort and a sense of happiness. It was like they knew each other, particularly Rast’o for a long time. It wasn’t awkward at all. However, it was weird for Allie. She cannot seem to hear or see everything clearly. Every view and sound that she hears seem to just move past her senses.

Hopping onto the car, they have already put their bags in the trunk. They met Ric and they got along pretty well. Ric is a lovely host. He let Allie stay in his place in the last minute through couchsurfing. His hospitality gave her the sense of fulfillment when they stopped over for dinner and visited the Venice Piazza in Taguig.

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Not knowing Allie, Rast’o and Michal, it was still a good experience. Ric had been very accommodating and fun.

In the afternoon, the three were left alone. They started going around Intramuros and Rizal Park. With the help of an offline Philippine map, they managed to go around the area and have a relaxing walk.

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Allie did not even feel nostalgic about it despite her first visit for more then a decade ago. To her, this is a new feeling. Rast’o made it so easy to communicate, while Michal was having fun haggling with Mango vendors. It was funny, to say the least. Allie suspects that it was Michal’s way of practicing his communication skills.

 

…to be continued

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Story of the Week: Vanessa and Alberto’s Aventura

1. Choose three countries that you really enjoyed during your trip.

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MYANMAR THAILAND VIETNAM

2.  How long did you stay in each country?

a. Myanmar – 25 days

b. Thailand – 35 days

c. Vietnam – 15 days

 

3. How did you go to ,Vietnam. Thailand, Myanmar  You can describe how you got there. 🙂

From HongKong Express, they flew to Vietnam in Danan, through Air Asia.

Vietnam – cambodia- laos- north of Thailand– from Myanmar, they flew back to Thailand so they can explore more of the other parts of Thailand.  Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia.

From Haitai, Laos, we walked 6 and a half kilomoters. It was less than usual because someone offered them* a ride going to the border of Thailand.  Then we took the bus, as it is not allowed to just walk your way to the border.

A day before crossing the border, we hitchhiked from Sukottai to Mae Sott, and we slept in the bus station in Mae Sott.  Walked 3 km to the border of Myanmar. Filled up the paperworks and got in Myawaddy town.

 

4. So far, how much do you think you have used just for the flight tickets around Asia? Estimated.  From spain to Asia and other places in Asia and back to Spain

A: 1000 euros per person

 

5. What are the most delicious food you tasted in each country? Is there a meal that is somewhat similar to any meal you had in Spain? NONE

a. Vietnam – Bambao

b. Cambodia – ( can’t remember the name)

c. Thailand -Mango sticky rice

d. Laos –  sticky rice with Chicken

e. Myanmar – Shan Noodles

f. Malaysia – Roti

g. Singapore – White Carrot Cake (but it tastes like fish, so it’s weird)

 

6. How much is your budget for the whole South East Asian Trip?

3000 euros (probably less)

 

7. Were you able to communicate with a lot of locals in each country? Yes

Because of couchsurfing and hitchhiking.

 

8. When did you start hitchhiking?

Their first time was in Cambodia. 4 months since the first time.

 

9. What were your worries before trying it and what have you proven after the continuous hitchhiking adventures?

They weren’t worried at all since there are two of them and felt confident about it.

 

10.  How can you describe the people in those countries in general based on your experience?

Friendly, Helpful. All of them are very helpful. The younger generation wants to talk to them and just speak English. You can have random conversations from different groups of strangers.

 

11. What are the most memorable things you experienced that you can tell your grandchildren someday?

The rides are memorable. Hitchhiking is fun and it is always different. Sometimes, they can find people who can speak English very well and they definitely had good conversations with them. They can even  get free food because you can get invited for lunch. The wind is also nice and refreshing. But sometimes there are also people who can’t speak English at all and so, the conversation was going nowhere which made it so funny.

Also, Snorkeling in the Philippines (Puerto Galera). The north of Thailand, Chian Rai is really beautiful. They mostly see amazingly beautiful temples. They are even in different colors. There’s also a sitting Buddha.

They did trekking in Myanmar and slept in a monastery. It was on the floor and just a matress.

 

12. How about bad experiences? Did you have one?

They had a bad experience in hitchhiking.  It was a curvy road and it’s a little slippery. They got into an accident.

 

13. As a backpacker, do you have some tips for beginners?

Always prepare for your trip in advance so you can get a lot of information before you dive into the world of traveling. It’s helpful. It’s not you have to follow the whole plan. It will just give you a little idea.

Don’t bring too much stuff. It’s not worth the weight.

If you hitchhike, always be confident and be positive so you can find a good ride.

Set an objective–something that you can do in a day that you want to accomplish.

Always smile because it’s helpful when you talk to anyone.