Desert Safari attempt round two: Awesome! Even though it was a rough start, we are SO glad we did this as it turned into a highlight of our trip so far. The trip is touted as "dune bashing" through the desert followed by a "traditional desert camp experience"...of course, we take this with a grain of salt and interpret it more like driving casually through the desert sand and eating at some camp in the desert. We were picked up by a driver in a Toyota Land Cruiser and assumed
Sometime around Mid April...
Asia was always the "safe" part of this trip. I know Asia. I know the Asian script and what to expect about how things operate and how traveling here works. Once we left Asia, it would be a whole different ball game, all new world knowledge built from scratch as we go. It was actually really energizing to be heading into "uncharted waters" for a nice change of pace.
Ah we were finally catching our panic-booked flight to Dubai, Bridger finally
Almost six months into this trip and not a single trip update made. Not too bad compared to what many of my friends would accomplish (no offence), but pathetic compared to Ashley. She honestly spends more time writing than sleeping, and for anyone who knows her, you know that is a significant amount of time. Taking into account how far behind I am, I've decided that the only way to catch up to her is to tell a single story about an experience in each country we've been to so
I want to begin by mentioning that this is actually my third attempt at writing a blog post that gets the "green light" from Ashley. I was quickly told that my initial two blog posts were either a) too militant or b) didn't follow the proper structure. So, 180 days in and still without a successful post, I thought to myself "what direction do I need to go in to make her happy?". Then it hit me: A post all about her. Whether she is on a bus, plane, boat, or bed, Ashley usually
The tricycle dropped me off at the pier and started chatting to a lady who said yes they have a boat and yes they would take me. And so it was informally contracted, I would wait with these random strangers and all of their shopping bags until their boat left and conveniently they also own a cottage as well. Perfect! Except the boat didn't end up leaving for another like 3 hours so I sat there on my own with this lovely lady and her lovely sisters and chatted with them for a
To leave El Nido we caught another beautiful minibus (we might be changing our minds on the hatefulness of minibuses if this keeps up!) that left on time, had great AC and everyone had their own seat. AND there was even a person on the road trying to flag us down and we continued to just drive on by. That has NEVER happened in Asia...there is always more room! Not in Philippines! The bus took us back to Puerto Princesa where we caught a flight onwards to Cebu City... after we
In order to avoid the typhoon we headed out to the highly recommended island of Palawan. In my head and I swear I read it somewhere: "the Philippines is all connected through an extensive network of ferries". Oh it's connected alright, only a 28 hour ride or something like that from Manila to Palawan by ferry (likely freight ship actually) so we opted for a cheap domestic flight and flew there and stayed one night in Puerto Princesa before traveling to our end destination El
Somewhere around the beginning of April...
Now I was out of Laos it was finally safe to say that finally, I had visited a country that I did not get sick in- the first one on the trip so far!!! Here's hoping this sets a new pattern for health moving forward...
The next part of our lives is a little time that we like to call luckily-unluckily. Our flight from Luang Prabang to Manila, Philippines stopped over in Bangkok for a 3.5 hour layover. Even with a long ass layover m