24 December 2014

Ko Phangan - Relaxed beaches instead of the fullmoon party

Our sunset terrace on Haad Salad beach
Another island close to Koh Samui is Koh Pha Ngan (also know as Koh Pangan). It is a little bigger than Koh Tao and still has a lot of lonely beaches on the east coast. As we were looking for a place less touristy than Koh Tao but still easy to reach by land, we decided to stay five nights in Haad Salad in the north west of the island. As it was still low season and no full moon party took place, we got a very good deal. You can book something through one of the well known websites like booking.com or agoda.com or you can ask the hotels directly.

Kayaking from beach to beach

13 December 2014

Koh Tao – Turtle island

Sairee beach
Koh Tao in southern Thailand is mostly known as a diving destination. Almost every second house is a diving shop and a lot of people come here to do their PADI open water course, as the prices are lower than almost anywhere else. Open water courses start as low as 7500 THB (190 EUR), single dives are from 700 THB (18 EUR). The island is very touristy. Back in the 1970ies, when the first travelers arrived, barely anyone lived permanently on the island. Today more than 15'000 residents make their living from tourism.

9 December 2014

Krung Thep - also known as Bangkok

One of Bangkok's many temples
After an amazing three weeks with friends and families, Lisa and I were thrilled to start the next part of our trip. Everything went smooth and we safely arrived back in sunshine and hot weather. Unlike most travelers, we took a taxi from the „new“ airport, as our CouchSurfing host lived quite on the edge of Bangkok. About 1.5 hours from the city center. But this was what we were looking for. A quiet neighborhood, far from the touristy Khao-San-Road and the hyperactive Sukhumvit. We spent the first two days relaxing, getting to know the Thai culture and curing Lisa's cold.

6 December 2014

Hello, goodbye

Wine tasting with friends (photo by Jessica)
Holidays in Switzerland. That never sounded spectacular to me. Yes, it is the country of mountains, cows, chocolate, watches and banks. But for most of my life chocolate made me even fatter, watches showed me that I am late, banks reminded me to earn more money and start a career, cows were just everywhere and in between the mountains I felt simply limited. But after one year in Indonesia I started to realize that there is a lot more to that country and that there are millions of people dreaming of a holiday in this place.

4 December 2014

Dada Solo Sayang

Lisa and her assistants
369 days I called Solo home. Well, somehow I still do sometimes. When I was about to arrive there, I was scared like rarely before. But the smiles greeting me at the airport after my 24 hours journey promised a lot. And even though it was sure not an easy year, I can say it was definitely a good one. I met amazing people, I learned a lot about myself, and my relationship with Fabs got to another level.

I have never smiled so often from the bottom of my heart as I did during my time in Indonesia. I never felt so warm for an entire year, as the temperature never drops below 25 degrees (as long as you don't climb mountains). I heard so many interesting new stories of wonderful people in such a short time. And I never had a job that I loved so much before, probably also because of the people I worked with.