Some time ago, Mariana and Miguel went travelling and forgot to come back.
Best. Memory lapse. Ever.
Hey! What’s the way? is here to work as a collection, reflection and sharing of the moments, stories and (probably) the occasional endless rambling which will all help showing what these two have discovered and learned while travelling the world.
“As the blog grows,
I too will grow!”
By the time we got to the city of Taichung — the first stop in our two-months stay in Taiwan — we were already quite aware that, besides Taroko Gorge, another natural beauty of Taiwan we would be definitely checking out was going to be Sun Moon Lake.
For years, we dreamed of visiting Japan. Then one day in 2012, all of a sudden, a friend of Mariana’s told us about an error fare on Alitalia’s website, and there we were. And though Tokyo still remains our #1 in Japan, there’s undoubtedly something special about Kyoto.
Something we saw on our first visit to Bangkok (and Thailand), in 2015, and which made Miguel particularly curious, were the golden-clad monster-like figures (by ocidental standards) we would see all over the city — from the airport, to buildings facades, to temples.
Yes, Taiwan picks up their residents’ trash to the sound of classical music. During our two months on the island we took out the trash quite some times, but most days it’s very common to either see one of these yellow (or green) trucks passing by on a city’s main streets.
We want to go beyond simply pointing out possible ways for you to stretch the duration of your trip (either by reducing spending, or by making some money). We want to share with you what our perspective is on the topic of “money”.
As you might already know from having read our post about what expenses we had in Melaka, or from crossing paths with our overall Travel Expenses, we have this habit of obsessively tracking every single Euro, New Taiwan Dollar or Malaysian Ringgit coming out of our pockets.
A small Thai town overflowed with foreigners isn’t exactly our ideal place to visit, but it’s also true that, during those 16 days, we came to understand that there really is something special about Pai’s laid-back and seemingly slow way of living.
Does this sound like a slogan you’d expect from Adidas? Well, if you were in the Malaysian state of Sabah, northern Borneo, it would actually be quite adequate. Let us illustrate why by telling you a short story from our trip to Borneo.
After having spent a full month in Chiang Mai, we finally decided to join a cooking class. Please don’t ask us why we took so long to go for one of the easiest “quick-wins” while staying in Thailand.. we just don’t know.
When starting our long trip around Southeast Asia, we were quite sure Singapore would end up being one of our stops. Because, you know, all that talk about this tiny little country which grew up to become one of the world’s top economies can make you quite curious.