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Visiting a Cambodian Village and School

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Blog, Cambodia | 2 comments

Visiting a Cambodian Village and School

Dates of travel: 12/10/2012 – 12/12/2012 After Eric’s Dengue Fever and selling our bicycles in Bangkok, our only option to travel from place to place was by using public transportation. We realized quickly that this mode of travelling was very limiting. While on the bus we often found ourselves staring out the window with everything passing by in a quick blur. We were longing to be back on our bikes so that we could experience the mentality of the local people, wave to the children and take in the uniqueness of the scenery at each...

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Selling Our Bikes in Bangkok

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog, Thailand | 1 comment

Selling Our Bikes in Bangkok

Dates of travel: 11/22 – 11/26/2012 Doctor’s Verdict – No more heavy days of cycling. It was a sad moment when the doctor grimly advised Anja and me that cycling was not advised. Due to my Dengue Fever episode I would be required to take it easy for the next 7-8 weeks. According to the doctor if I stress my body too much I might go into viral retrogression, in other words break out in a fever all over again. Selling the bikes in Bangkok – Lots of inquiries. Anja went to work getting the bikes listed on Craigslist...

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Dengue Fever and Staying at a Hospital in Bangkok

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Blog, Thailand | 1 comment

Dengue Fever and Staying at a Hospital in Bangkok

Dates of travel: 11/14 – 11/22/2012 Leaving India was one of the most bitter-sweet moments of our trip. With so many expectations of incredible sights and wondrous foods, we were leaving India disappointed. We were bitter because our two and a half week adventure was quite a bit shorter than the 6 weeks we originally planned for. It was also sweet because we would be leaving India for what would be the most luxurious portion of our trip, Thailand and Cambodia. At this point we were looking forward to everything Thailand and Cambodia had...

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Fried Spiders in Skuon, Cambodia

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Blog, Cambodia | 1 comment

Fried Spiders in Skuon, Cambodia

Date of travel: 12/6/2012 Supposedly we swallow an average of four spiders in our sleep each year. Urban legend or not, just the thought of swallowing one of those itty bitty crawly creatures sends shivers down my spine. When Eric and I heard about a place in Cambodia where people eat not just little spiders but big fat hairy tarantulas we were immediately grossed out but also intrigued. The name of the town is Skuon and as it was on our way from Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) to Phnom Penh, we decided to stop there and check out the spider...

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I.N.D.I.A. – I’ll Never Do It Again

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 in Blog, India | 12 comments

I.N.D.I.A. – I’ll Never Do It Again

As I walked out of our hotel in New Delhi this morning the intense stench of rotten trash filled my nose and I had to hold my breath to suppress a gag reflex. Just a few steps further the smell of urine was so strong I felt close to suffocating. I saw an Indian woman walking next to me holding her robe against her nose to filter out the stink and the smog. To my left a tea vendor snorted up slime from the depths of his throat and spat it on the ground right next to my feet. A dog was rummaging through masses of trash, his tail tugged in, his...

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Yoga in Rishikesh & Leaving India

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 in Blog, India | Comments Off on Yoga in Rishikesh & Leaving India

Yoga in Rishikesh & Leaving India

Dates of travel: 11/5 – 11/8/2012 Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world. With hundreds of Ashrams and yoga masters all throughout the town, tourists come from all over the world to get the “true” Indian yoga experience. Usually, we try to avoid touristy places except to see specific sights, but after the difficult experiences we have had with the locals, we decided that a place full of tourists would be perfect for us. Furthermore, we figured that some yoga, relaxation and focusing on spirituality would be just what we...

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Staying on a Houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Blog, India | 1 comment

Staying on a Houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir

Dates of travel: 10/31 – 11/4/2012 Jammu & Kashmir is the northern-most state in India. We had been reading a lot about its beautiful mountains and friendly people. Plus, again we were excited about cooler temperatures. To get there we took a 12-hour train from Delhi to Jammu and then a 10 hour bus ride to Srinagar, a mountain town with a lake full of house boats. We decided to take the sleeper train since this way time would go by faster. The train station as well as the train was super crowded. We had 4 other people sleep with us...

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Delhi

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Blog, India | Comments Off on Delhi

Delhi

Dates of travel: 10/28 – 10/30/2012 We had decided to spend only one week cycling in India, then store the bikes in Delhi and continue by public transportation for another five weeks. We felt that this way it would be easier to keep our sanity. Plus, it enabled us to see many more parts of the country that we wouldn’t be able to reach by bike because it would take months to get there. Hind side, our first week in India was much better than what was to come and if we had left at that time, we could have avoided a lot of negative...

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Agra and the Taj Mahal

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Blog, India | Comments Off on Agra and the Taj Mahal

Agra and the Taj Mahal

Dates of travel: 10/26 – 10/27/2012 Cycling into Agra was a mess of busy traffic. At one major intersection we saw how a motorcyclist hit a car. The driver got out of his vehicle, grabbed the motorcyclist and punched off his helmet before punching him in the face. My guess is that vehicle insurance isn’t very common in India. We found an inexpensive but clean hotel right outside the gates to the Taj Mahal where we stayed for two nights. Turns out that the next day was one of the only two days of the year when entrance to the Taj...

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Dussehra Festival

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, India | 2 comments

Dussehra Festival

Date of travel: 10/24/2012 I usually try my best to find out about festivals in the particular country we are at. Indian people like to party and there are so many festivals in different locations that I gave up on my research. It was a nice surprise when after a long day of cycling we walked out of our hotel to get some dinner and got to experience a really neat festival. The name is Dussehra and it celebrates the prevalence of good over evil. The festival was held in a large square with huge wooden statues set up in the middle. Thousands of...

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