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boat ride on the chao phraya river. a commuter boat used by the locals, from sathorn pier it is full of tourists but they get off at the tourist spots and then it’s mostly locals the further north it goes. after having a sinus infection and chest cold for a few weeks, but not wanting to waste a day being sick, highly caffeinated yet still a bit exhausted, i walked a mile in the bangkok heat and humidity to the pier and sat on the ferry for two hours, from stop n3 to n30 and back, to see bangkok. i still somehow managed to stay out ‘til 11 pm and take 24k steps that day. don’t worry, my body is super pissed and making me pay for it. according to online research, i self-diagnosed with having walking pneumonia. finally listening to my body, i spent the last few days resting, which is hard for me to do. regardless, i still met up with friends for dinner and drinks. #chaoprayariver #chaopraya #boatride #splash #publictransportation #bangkok #bangkokthailand #thailand #settingsun #nofilter #sickbutstillgoing #notalwaysagoodidea #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #sosodamnlucky
spent several lovely days with per’s family in this seaside town. it’s one of those places not yet overrun with foreigners. i’m even afraid to post the location just for that reason. • per’s family treated us to an insanely delicious home-cooked meal consisting of lots of fresh seafood, and his aunt fried the fishes we caught from our fishing trip. on this beautiful private dock-terrace, we over ate and then enjoyed the sea breeze. so damn lucky and spoiled. #sosodamnlucky #imgoingtobeselfishandnotsharethelocation #homemade #brunch #lunch #seaside #gulfofthailand #thailand #itsalwaysthepeoplethatmakeorbreakyourvisit #myhappiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #ethicaltravel #explore #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #meetingupwithfriendsaroundtheworld
my kind of temple. • enlightenment is about letting things go so why not proudly show your middle fingers while walking away? namaste. there were other anatomical parts hidden throughout the entrance but i’ll be proper and not post those. • #somepeoplemightfinditoffensive #boringiknowsorry #whitetemple #whitetemplechiangrai #watrungkhun #chiangrai #thailand #namaste #enlightenment #pathtoenlightenment #readmymiddlefinger #middlefinger #rednails #hands #thedevilisinthedetails #sarcasm #irony #art #beautyofart #sorrynotsorry #notsorry #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #girlswhotravel #womenwhotravel #solofemaletraveler #sosodamnlucky
blue temple in chiang rai. my goal for that day was to bicycle from the white temple to the blue temple and then to the black house. i made it to the white and blue temples. with only an hour to cycle eight miles to the black temple before closing time, i saw it as a challenge. however, about two miles in the only way to get to the black house was by highway and i wasn’t about to do that during the beginning of rush hour so i turned around. oh well. as was the white temple, the blue temple too was super touristy. nonetheless, they were both very easy on the eyes. my favorite was getting to see the chiang rai countryside and neighborhoods while cycling. #bluetemple #watrongseurten #bluetemplechiangrai #blue #chiangrai #thailand #womenwhobike #bicyclingisgoodforyou #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #girlswhotravel #womenwhotravel #solofemaletraveler #shadesofblue #sosodamnlucky
sun rising over the mekong in pak beng. the two day slow boat ride from luang prabang to houay xay meant an overnight in pak beng. i thought to myself, “hey, let’s be adventurous, let’s not book a room ahead of time.” several travel blogs said you could just walk up to the guest homes up the hill from the river. well, i tried that and probably choose one of the worst guest-homes. paranoid about bugs, i got very little sleep. i can be adventurous but next time i’m doing research. but this sunrise helped ease my mind. after i took this picture, i looked across the river to my right and saw two elephants on the other side. you win some, you lose some. #sunrise #morning #goodmorning #nofilter #pakbeng #slowboat #boatride #luangprabangtohouayxai #mekong #mekongriver #laos #ifollowrivers #natureheals #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #ethicaltravel #slowtravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #myhappiness #mykindoflove #howifallinlove #winsomelosesome #sosodamnlucky
new years eve day was spent trekking and ziplining in the jungle. new years eve evening was dinner in the treehouse with a magnificent vista of treetops and mountains. local women prepared dinner at “the kitchen,” ziplined the meal to the treehouse and then set it out for us. earlier that day, the tour guide told our group he had five bottles of wine and one bottle of lao whiskey. i thought he was joking. nope, he carried five bottles of wine and a bottle of lao whiskey in his backpack all day so we could enjoy some adult beverages to quietly celebrate the holiday. after dinner, finishing four bottles of wine and the lao whiskey, exhausted from the day, no one made it to midnight. i woke up to the sounds of rain and birds. the morning clouds and mist lingered between the trees to treat our sleepy eyes with pure beauty. aside from the whispered “good morning” and “happy new year,” we all seemed at peace. well, at least i was at peace and content. #gibbonexperience #thegibbonexperience #jungle #adventure #treehouse #zipline #nature #naturewins #natureheals #bokeo #laos #myhappiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #ethicaltravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #introvert #howiranginthenewyear #2019 #treehugger #sosodamnlucky
day two of two on the slow boat from luang prabang to houay xay. the day started relatively clear in pak beng, but as the boat cruised north on the mekong, the rain greeted us. the clouds and rain didn’t deter from the beauty of laos, rather a gentle melancholy settled in the air quietly permeating both tourists and locals alike. again, my photos are utterly insufficient and do no justice to the wonderment of the boat ride. #slowboat #boatride #luangprabangtohouayxai #luangprabang #laos #mekong #mekongriver #followrivers #justaroundtheriverbend #picturesdontdoitjustice #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #ethicaltravel #slowtravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #introvert #myhappiness #mykindoflove #howifallinlove #simplicity #sosodamnlucky
day one of two on the slow boat from luang prabang to houay xay. • with my iphone, i took some photos of the views of the magnificent river, resilient mountains, dense jungle, and timeless villages but the pictures are utterly insufficient. this was one of the better snaps. • laos is quietly but magnificently beautiful. it’s the kind of beauty that makes your heart smile first before it shows up on your cheeks. and yes, those are three elephants at the beach. #slowboat #boatride #luangprabangtohouayxai #luangprabang #laos #mekong #mekongriver #followrivers #elephantsantuary #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #ethicaltravel #slowtravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #myhappiness #mykindoflove #howifallinlove #simplicity #sosodamnlucky
seeking refuge from nye celebrations, i escaped to the jungle. i spent the day trekking through ethereal bamboo forests, glistening leaved floors, and brilliantly green canopies. the trip also included many ziplines over valleys of trees with views of layered mountains. • this treehouse, i’m told, is apparently the largest in the world. the only way to enter and exit is by zipline. a four-level dream-come-true, it is how i wanted to ring in the new year: asleep on a mattress on the wood floor, under a mosquito net, wrapped in a warm blanket, wearing my thermals. • the two a.m. rain falling on the roof and trees pattered into my sleep but also lulled me back to sleep. in the morning, the birds joined the rain in an ode to nature to wake me up. what i heard: it might be the first day of a new year for most humans, but for them it’s just another brilliant day. nature wins. #nofilter #gibbonexperience #thegibbonexperience #jungle #adventure #treehouse #zipline #nature #naturewins #natureheals #bokeo #laos #myhappiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #ethicaltravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #introvert #howiranginthenewyear #2019 #treehugger #sosodamnlucky
bicycled upon this wooden bridge while cycling around luang prabang. i wasn’t comfortable riding across so i walked it. halfway through, a few kids came bouncing through on their motorbikes and scooters, “tknch, tknch, tknch, tknch,” like no big deal. so on my way back, i rode my bicycle on the bumpy bridge, like “whut?! YOLO! no big deal.” although one bump almost caused me to hit the wooden rails and with my luck probably off the bridge. but i’m still alive telling this story so there you go. #yolo #nobigdeal #bicycle #wooden #bridge #woodenbridge #luangprabang #laos #girlswhobike #womenwhobike #girlswhotravel #womenwhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #sosodamnlucky #adventure #solofemaletraveler #thingsidotoentertainmyself
beautiful hmong girls in exquisite hmong dresses. village 52 kilometers hmong new year. i don’t remember the last time i went to the hmong new year in minnesota. however, when i heard the HNY was happening in village 52 km, i wanted to go. it was a cool, surreal experience. i had other ideas in my head based on the videos i’ve seen in minnesota. the HNY here was rather modern with carnival rides and games. there wasn’t anyone singing kwv txiaj or music from lub qeej dubbed over the pov-pob. how strange the ways we form conceptions in our minds. #hmong #hmongbeauties #beautifulgirls #hmongclothes #fashiongotnothingonthis #beautiful #handmade #masterpiece #hmongnewyear #hny #village52km #vientiane #bannalao #laos #identity #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #sosodamnlucky
twelve hours turned into fourteen turned into twenty-two hours on the bus from hue, vietnam to vientiane, laos. • ohmmmmmmmmmm... inhale deeply, exhale slowly. repeat until you’re annoyed that it’s not working. kidding. not really. remind yourself you’re alive and doing what you love. okay. privilege checked. • side note: i spent several quiet days in vientiane doing what i do best: walking around and eating. i’m loving all the familiar foods i grew up eating. my taste buds are very happy but there is a very high possibility of stomach problems if my gluttonous eyes and tongue are not more careful. oh well. yolo might very well end up killing me. #ohm #inhale #exhale #sometimesitworks #tryingnottolosemyshit #vientiane #vientianelaos #laos #patuxay #yolo #willprobablykillmeoneday #gluttony #ohwell #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #eatingmywaythroughasia #streetfood #foodmakesmehappy #sosodamnlucky
thank you, vietnam. • you delivered: from the fresh, delectable foods i inhaled, the delicious beverages i consumed, the fun, kind, and incredible people i encountered, to the heart-achingly beautiful landscapes i haunted, to quiet morning and peaceful evening moments i savored. thank you for helping and giving me the time and space to define what travel means to me. thank you. oh so many magnificent memories. i now get why anthony bourdain loved vietnam so much. #mononoaware #myhappiness #mykindoflove #toska #thankyou #vietnam #visitvietnam #ilovevietnam #hoian #anbang #anbangbeach #hellobin2 #myfavoritespot #balcony #watchingtheworldpassby #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #introvert #sosodamnlucky #bw #shadesofcool
venus in the dawn. cat ba island, ha long bay. side note: my body does this thing where it wakes up extra early most mornings, refusing to go back to sleep. but this particular morning, i was thankful for the early riser. • i saw venus and the full moon and felt a reverberating stillness as i watched the sun rise in ha long bay. • nature, i tell ya, does some mystical things to the soul. #itsgrainybutiliketexture #mononoaware #toska #venus #dawn #sky #morning #morningsky #goodmorning #earlyriser #nature #natureheals #halongbay #halong #catba #vietnam #visitvietnam #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #solofemaletraveler #introvert #lostinmymind #myhappiness #thesimplethings #sosodamnlucky
sunset so entrancing i walked in waist deep, sank into the water up to my chest to capture the colors rippling and wavering towards the shore. • and no i do not have any waterproof thing to protect my phone. i was entranced. #beautybeyondcomprehension #intoxicating #picturesdontdoitjustice #eveningswim #sunset #halongbay #halong #catba #catbaisland #lanhabay #gulfoftonkin #vietnam #visitvietnam #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #sosodamnlucky
new blog post: speaking hmong. • did you know vietnam has the second largest population of hmong? i am hmong and i didn’t know that. you learn something new every day. • link to peregrineponderings.wordpress.com in bio. enjoy, and thank you for reading. #shamelessselfpromo #shameless #notreally #notgreatatselfpromo #peregrineponderings #wordpress #blog #sapa #sapavietnam #tavan #laocai #vietnam #visitvietnam #mountains #womenwhohike #hiking #trekking #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #introvert #learnsomethingneweveryday #sosodamnlucky
new blog post: speaking hmong. • did you know vietnam has the second largest population of hmong? i am hmong and i didn’t know that. you learn something new every day. • link to peregrineponderings.wordpress.com in bio. enjoy, and thank you for reading. #shamelessselfpromo #shameless #notreally #notgreatatselfpromo #peregrineponderings #wordpress #blog #sapa #sapavietnam #tavan #laocai #vietnam #visitvietnam #mountains #womenwhohike #hiking #trekking #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #learnsomethingneweveryday #sosodamnlucky
trekking in sa pa with ntxawm. we started in ta van, worked our way to the yang village and then back to ta van. . the morning was overcast which made for romantic misty views. it cleared up in the afternoon to reveal the gorgeous mountains, rice terraces, waterfalls, rivers, and valley. . but what i enjoyed most was connecting with ntxawm. i don’t speak hmong often so she graciously suffered my poor hmong. by the way, she speaks english very well having only learned it a few years ago whereas although hmong is my native language, i struggled to hold a conversation wholly in it. she invited me to dinner at her home that evening. of course i accepted. dinner was amazing, and i met her beautiful family. the meal reminded me of home. it made me miss my parents terribly. sa pa is a must visit despite the city center being totally overdeveloped. once you get out of the city center, the landscape is breathtaking. #sapa #sapavietnam #tavan #laocai #hmong #hilltribe #vietnam #visitvietnam #mountains #myhappiness #hiking #hikingadventures #trekking #womenwhohike #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #ethicaltravel #solotravel #natureheals #sosodamnlucky
we walked together in silence. introverts. she was walking home from school. i was walking up the mountain. after thirty minutes, i said, “hello.” no response. i asked, “are you hmong?” she blushed, covered her smile with her jacket, and turned away. it’s okay, i get you girl. we’re introverts. i smiled. we continued to walk in silence. as i stopped to take pictures, she‘d wait for me. once, rather than waiting, she broke off a few branches with green leaves and orange looking raspberries. she handed a branch to me, saying “hello.” i smiled and said, “thank you.” she smiled back and walked quickly ahead. eventually her father pulled up on a motorbike. she hopped on the back and they were gone. no good-bye, no wave. but that’s just us. introverts. #sapa #sapavietnam #tavan #laocai #vietnam #visitvietnam #mountains #hmong #nature #natureheals #myhappyplace #hangingoutwiththeclouds #headintheclouds #hiking #trekking #womenwhohike #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #solotravel #introvert #introvertsunite #sosodamnlucky
thank you, @liiinnhh , for spending so much time with me in hanoi. i snapped this photo as we waited for our egg coffee in a crowded and warm second floor seating area - the only reason why that table is empty is because we just moved from it to another table to avoid getting bumped by everyone coming up and down the stairs. • i was told the guy who invented egg coffee first served it here in the 1940s. also, this was linh’s first time having egg coffee - she’s a native hanoian. it was my third or fourth. ha! after meeting on a motorbike tour of saigon, we kept in touch. when i finally made it to hanoi, linh drove me around the city and made sure i ate all the best signature hanoi dishes. we shared delicious meals together. we talked travel and of course, vietnamese street food. we also shared several laughs, i think mostly about my travel trials and tribulations. the first night she picked me up on her motorbike, we had to buy a helmet for me on the side of the road so she wouldn’t get pulled over by the police. my friend shayne said people tend to prefer either hanoi or saigon over the other. linh definitely made me a hanoi person. many, many thanks, linh! #hanoi #eggcoffee #coffee #cafe #cafegiang #vietnam #visitvietnam #ilovevietnam #ilovecoffee #coffeeaddict #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #girlswhotravel #womenwhotravel #thisiswhyitravel #sosodamnlucky
trang an grottoes. i did zero research about ninh binh, but it was highly recommended so i hesitantly visited. • my first boat ride in the grottoes was so marvelous, i wanted to go on a second one right away - there are three routes. i resisted. for a few hours. i did a second one later that afternoon. the weather might have deterred the typical flocks of tourists so the grottoes were rather quiet that day. i loved it. well, i loved trang an. #trangan #trangangrottoes #ninhbinh #heavenandearth #beautybeyondcomprehension #picturesdonojustice #headintheclouds #mykindoflove #mesmerized #beautiful #blueplanet #vietnam #visitvietnam #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #responsibletravel #ethicaltravel #sosodamnlucky
trang an. for two days, i bicycled around trang an with my eyes and mouth wide open. not thrilled about netting a few bugs in my mouth and catching a few in my eyes, but with views like this, how could you not? i was completely mesmerized with the beauty here. mesmerized. and happy. some times words and pictures are not sufficient. some locations and things can only be felt, understood in the presence. trang an is one of those. #trangan #ninhbinh #heavenandearth #beautybeyondcomprehension #picturesdonojustice #headintheclouds #mykindoflove #mesmerized #beautiful #blueplanet #vietnam #visitvietnam #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #girlswhobike #bike #responsibletravel #ethicaltravel #sosodamnlucky
spent my days in ninh binh — well, technically trang an, with my head in the clouds, literally and figuratively. • a girl+her bicycle+the landscape = pure contentment. • while here, it was cloudy, humid, and misty with some showers, but i didn’t care. on my bike rides, i listened to billie, ella, sarah, etta, aretha, nina, you know, all those soulful sirens. i thought, “this must be how it feels to be in love.” haha. am i becoming a romantic? psh. only with this crazy beautiful planet. plus, producing all those endorphins and releasing all that dopamine from bicycling everywhere in ninh binh probably helped with the happiness. #hangmua #trangan #ninhbinh #heavenandearth #beautybeyondcomprehension #picturesdonojustice #headintheclouds #mykindoflove #mustbelove #beautiful #blueplanet #vietnam #visitvietnam #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #girlswhobike #bike #responsibletravel #ethicaltravel #sosodamnlucky
“one cannot help but be in awe when contemplating the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. it is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery every day. the important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity.” -albert einstein other worldly. tell me this doesn’t resemble a nasa or the hubble telescope image of a nebula or the swirls on jupiter. einstein’s words kept repeating in my head while in paradise cave. the first time i entered into the depths of a cave was in puerto rico with @amethysk on an all day caving adventure. i was absolutely hooked. we did another caving adventure together in belize. paradise cave in phong nha is indescribable. no joke, i took nearly a thousand pictures in the cave. the tour guide gave us 75 minutes to look around. at first, i thought it was too much time. the last one out, i used every minute. paradise cave is a must when in vietnam. now i just need my caving partner @amethysk to join me so we can do the full day 7 km trek inside. #paradisecave #paradisecavevietnam #phongnha #phongnhakebang #vietnam #visitvietnam #cave #addicted #explore #adventure #ilovecaves #otherworldly #space #mystery #mysteryoflife #space #curiosity #einstein #earth #blueplanet #underworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #sosodamnlucky
three cave visit: 1) paradise cave - holy wowzers. i love caves and this did not disappoint. i could stayed for hours in here. absolute must see. 2) eight ladies cave - sorry, i forgot why they called it eight ladies cave. eight people died inside of it and five outside after a u.s. bomb hit it closing the entrance. but it was called eight ladies for another reason. and entrance into the cave was prohibited. 3) hang tra ang cave. we trekked in the muddy, slippery jungle to arrive at base camp to eat lunch. while li-li was showing the group how to roll fresh spring rolls i had gulped down two — i was hungry! after lunch, we had to swim/cross a strong creek to get to the mouth of the cave, scamper over lots of sharp large rock to swim inside the cave. it rained most of the evening before, overnight, and during the day so the water was high inside the cave. after about 200 meters of swimming, our guide stopped us as it wasn’t safe to continue. we retreated swimming back out of the cave. i was rather thankful as the water was pretty chilly. it drizzled and showered off and on most of the day. but i didn’t mind the misty mountain backdrop. not one bit. it was a good day. #paradise #paradisecave #phongnha #phongnhakebang #vietnam #visitvietnam #nationalpark #wow #cave #ilovecaves #adventure #todaywasagoodday #jungleboss #jungle #bbq #springrolls #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #seetheworld #travel #sosodamnlucky
keeping my promise to @leo.phongnha from greenfield ecostay, these are a few photos i took of his lodge in phong nha. i could have stayed in town. i could have stayed at another homestay or hotel for a few dollars less. but i choose greenfield. the property is green and surrounded by rice fields. at night all you can hear are crickets, frogs, and toads, and the occasional cow or dog. i had my dinners on the property served family style. the delectable dishes are made with super fresh ingredients - mostly from their garden. leo and his wife are tremendously kind and thoughtful. while there, it was leo’s birthday so he invited me, lexi and michelle, two other guests, to join in his barbecue celebration. tam and hyun, the staff, are hilarious and sweet. to get my attention, they shouted, “you!” i started responding so it worked. i tried to help them with the english names of vegetables. greenfield mama is an amazing chef. she had me roll eggrolls for another guests’s dinner. little did she know, i have mad eggrolling skills so i might have impressed her a bit. if she knew my mother, she would understand how i got my skills. thanks, leo, for your hospitality and welcoming me to the greenfield family! #greenfield #ecostay #greenfieldecostay #green #ricefield #organic #homecooking #phongnha #phongnhakebang #vietnam #visitvietnam #ilovevietnam #ethicaltravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #solotravel #sosodamnlucky #begoodtooneanother
hue, the imperial city of vietnam. well, it was up until about half a century ago. i think. i’m getting all my numbers and historical dates mixed up. my first full day in hue was a fast and furious tourist day visiting the imperial city, four pagodas, and a hundred and thirty year old home, watching a kungfu performance, and rather unsuccessfully trying to hand-roll incense. unfortunately, much of the imperial city and the forbidden city was destroyed during the war but strangely the pagodas remained intact. my second day was spent wandering the city, seeing and smelling the fresh produce at the dong ba market, wandering some more, and getting caught in the rain. and no, i don’t like piña coladas. #hue #huevietnam #hueimperialcity #imperialcityhue #imperialcity #vietnam #visitvietnam #dongba #farmersmarket #riverboat #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #slowtravel #ethicaltravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #sosodamnlucky
how i tricked myself into leaving hoi an? a motorbike ride. despite the overcast clouds and occasional showers, we rode from hoi an to hue making the routine stops along the way. the driver might have been a little disappointed that i didn’t get to experience the ride and sights on a sunny day but i was happy regardless. i love the clouds resting on mountains. it was a wonderful trip but these knees were a little sore after eight hours. and yes, those are my three bags strapped onto the motorbike. hey, it’s really not that bad if you consider i’ve been traveling for twelve months and counting! #hoivanpass #hoiantohue #motorbike #ride #roadtrip #vietnam #visitvietnam #ilovevietnam #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #seetheworld #travel #slowtravel #ethicaltravel #ineedtolearnhowtodriveamotorbike #baglady #wannaberider #sosodamnlucky
latest blog post: your things will be ready on tuesday. today marks a year since i finished one chapter of my life to follow my dreams. the post is a rambling reflection of moments of heartbreak but also moments of happiness over the last twelve months. enjoy! link to peregrineponderings.wordpress.com in bio. #shamelessselfpromo #shameless #notreally #notgreatatselfpromo #peregrineponderings #wordpress #blog #haivanpass #motorbikeroadtrip #hoiantohue #vietnam #visitvietnam #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
latest blog post: your things will be ready on tuesday. today marks a year since i finished one chapter of my life to follow my dreams. the post is a rambling reflection of moments of heartbreak but also moments of happiness over the last twelve months. enjoy! link to peregrineponderings.wordpress.com in bio. #shamelessselfpromo #shameless #notreally #notgreatatselfpromo #peregrineponderings #wordpress #blog #marblemountains #danang #motorbikeroadtrip #hoiantohue #vietnam #visitvietnam #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
on a meandering bicycle ride with no destination in mind, a spur of the moment turn down a dirt path landed me at this jungle gym — pun intended. anyone wanna spot me while i lift these weights amongst palm and coconut trees? anyone? bueller? bueller? bueller? 🤣😂💪🏽 #girlswhobike #girlswholift #nonotreally #idontlift #weights #kungfu #village #villagelife #junglegym #gym #organic #offthebeatenpath #bueller #bicycleride #hoian #hoiancity #getoutofthecity #vietnam #visitvietnam #girlswhotravel #womenwhotravel #solotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #introvert #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
and just ‘cause, a few more of picturesque hoi an: 1) the front of an art gallery. loved this statue hanging out on the fence. 2) ancient city promenade. it’s almost a ghost town during the day since it’s too hot to be outside. 3) old buildings and lanterns. everything in the ancient town looks good during the day and at night. 4) dock by the boat-making and wood carving area of hoi an. smoke and setting sun lighting always make good photos. 5) driver of boat that took four bicycles and four people across the river. he was looking towards the giant fishing net in the back. #hoian #hoianoldtown #hoianancienttown #cityoflanterns #lanterns #photogenic #vietnam #visitvietnam #walkingaroundthecity #bicycletouring #getoutofthecity #wander #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #smallthingsinlife #happiness #sosodamnlucky
hoi an is that person who always looks good in a photo and is also super annoyingly nice. what a photogenic and pretty city. it’s very touristy but so sweet — almost innocent. when the sun is about to set and the temperature cools down, the ancient city comes alive. the lanterns and lights are turned on and violin, piano, and flute sonatas gently play through speakers. tourists flock to the water and bridges to take copious selfies and photos while street vendors hawk tchotchkes or sell boat rides. but like that photogenic, nice person, it’s a little obnoxious yet you can’t help but like it. as touristy as it is, yes, i really like hoi an. however, my favorite has been going on a bicycle tour around the rural area: crossing a long bumpy, narrow metal bridge, cycling through rice paddies with water buffaloes and one of the guides asking if the rice paddies in your country look similar, smiling at a grandmother squatting in front of her home and receiving a wide, toothless grin in return, passing elementary school girls running laps during gym time yet still waving and yelling “hello!”, and loading an old boat with four bicycles to cross the river back to the ancient town. the tour guides are university students who do these tours for free in exchange for the opportunity to practice their english. they are extra courteous, intelligent, and funny. these are the things that make my day, that make me smile, that chip away at my jaded heart. #hoian #hoianoldtown #hoianancienttown #cityoflanterns #lanterns #photogenic #vietnam #visitvietnam #walkingaroundthecity #bicycletouring #getoutofthecity #wander #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #smallthingsinlife #happiness #sosodamnlucky
greece? italy? france? spain? somewhere in europe? nope. this was at a rest stop somewhere between dalat and nha trang. this rest stop was the nicest and cleanest one i’ve been to - ever, even in the u.s. i mean they were grilling food and making bahn mi sandwiches here! #statue #greekstatues #khanhhoa #vietnam #visitvietnam #vietnamtravel #reststop #bus #busstop #strangerthings #khanhhoaprovince #publictransport #dontaskmewhy #iloveit #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #travel #slowtravel #introvert #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
stopover, it was supposed to be an overnight visit between dalat and hoi an. the dalat airbnb host warned the bus ride from dalat to hoi an would take seventeen hours and recommended i stop in nha trang. he suggested taking a bus from dalat to nha trang, spend a night in nha trang to see it, and the next day either take the bus or night train to hoi an. he had me at night train. • well, i ended up spending two nights in nha trang. the airbnb host’s wife forgot to return my passport before they went out of town and i forgot to ask for it back so i had to wait for them to send my passport to nha trang. • nha trang was strange. despite spending two full days there, i couldn’t shake the feeling i was in another country. almost like a viet-town in moscow or something like that. so yep... i saw it! • this boat was anchored by itself nearby the bridge while all the other boats were close to shore. symbolic to me trying to hold on to the reality that yes, i was still truly in vietnam. #nhatrang #vietnam #fishingboat #boat #bridge #wtf #whereami #southchinasea #stopover #strangerthings #anchor #realitycheck #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletraveler #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
of course, i took the, um, other path to the top of lang biang mountain. the diversion to the radio tower just added a few thousand extra steps to my step counter. no worries, i eventually found my way to the correct mountain top, passing and summiting before some young men. yea, i’m throwing that detail in. the last 900 meters to the top was a sloppy, muddy mess with the remaining 360 meters of it being a steep climb up wet, high uneven ‘stairs.’ but waiting for me at the top was the leftover half eaten bahn mi i bought earlier that morning. incentives. the views from the top are always worth the mental and physical exertion. always. you’ll have to hike it to see it as iphone pictures don’t do them any justice. just do it. #ilovehiking #hiking #womenwhohike #mountains #nature #natureheals #andatonceiknewiwasnotmagnificent #icouldseeformilesandmilesandmiles #justdoit #brokeinmyairjordans #langbiang #langbiangmountain #dalat #vietnam #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
mui ne. i loved my time here. seaside, beaches, fishing boats, and old buildings which makes for marvelous sunrises and sunsets. but honestly, it was the people i met here that made it extra special. the first day, i walked to the “other” beach. it was off season so i pretty much had the whole mile long beach to myself. it was heaven for this introvert. the second day, i spent the day with new, fun, and funny friends: fellow travelers, kendra and scott, and lodge owner-partner, joe. we motorbiked to the white sand dunes and made many stops along the way to and fro. that night, we hung out with the fantastic staff at the source after they finished work and had a blast. i didn’t do much of the touristy must see and do’s but i’m learning i’m okay with that. i’d rather stroll along the beach and take pictures of the sea life that washes up. i’d rather stop at a local village seaside restaurant to enjoy a beer. i’d rather sit alone in the evening on the terrace with my eyes closed, smell the salty air, and feel the breeze on my skin and through my hair. this is what makes me happy. this is how i am defining travel for me. #muine #muinevietnam #vietnam #sunsets #sunrises #seaside #beach #beachfinds #slowtravel #travel #seetheworld #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletravel #ethicaltravel #definingwhattravelmeanstome #myhappiness #mononoaware #sosodamnlucky
during my walk back from the beach, i watched this guy painstakingly paint each side of each bar of the expanding grate to the entrance of this shop. it was only a measly 95 degrees with 75% humidity for a heat index of hot as hell. i admired his determination and focus. side note: also during my walk back to the lodge, i kept screeching in the tone of the wicked witch of the east, over and over in my mind, “i’m melting! melting!” but melting due to my own sweat not because someone threw water on me - which i would have welcomed that afternoon. #muine #muinevietnam #vietnam #dailylife #observations #everydaylife #streetdocumentation #streetcapture #painting #painter #paintingoftheday #thatssomededication #hothothot #toohot #immelting #melting #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #sosodamnlucky
handmade rice noodles. two guys steam cook the 80% rice, 20% tapioca mixture. the man with his back to me scoops the mixture and pours it on the cloth stretched over a pot. using the bottom of the scoop, he spreads the mixture around and around to ensure the sheet is the same thickness all around. after it is cooked the other guy uses a round wicker-type bat to remove the round sheet by gently but quickly rolling it so the sheet sticks on the bat. he then transfers the sheet to drying racks. after the rice sheets dry, they have a thick leathery feel to it, the sheets are fed through a cutting machine to slice the sheets into noodle strips. also, they started using rice husk and strips of cotton to keep the fire going. wood has gotten expensive so they found other ways. four people work from 3 am til the afternoon producing 300 kilos of noodles a day. simply astounding. #pho #pholife #phonoodles #handmade #cantho #mekong #mekongdelta #vietnam #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #ethicaltravel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
cai rang, the largest floating wholesale market on the mekong delta. it could have been the day, it could have been the autumnal and off-tourism season - they have two tourist seasons: vietnamese tourist season and western-tourist season, it could have been the end of the harvest, but the market was smaller and quieter than i expected. i watched as the smaller boats selling food and beverages swarm the tourist boats. a few transactions between wholesaler and retailer happened while my boat weaved back and forth between the larger vendor boats. but the frenzy was the tourist boats. almost reading my mind, my tour guide tells me not as many people shop the water market anymore as people start moving to land markets. the government has given incentives, i.e., tax exemptions, to the boat owners and vendors hoping to keep the tradition alive. to myself, i wondered if they were worried about tourism or about the vendors. i enjoyed very much my cai rang trip. traveling solo and being the only one at my guesthouse touring that day, i had the boat and guide to myself. we quietly glided through a canal. we visited a shop that handmade rice noodles the traditional way. we biked along the mekong river which allowed me to see the local’s homes and livelihoods. and of course, i got to eat some delicious food. #cairang #cairangfloatingmarket #floating #market #mekong #mekongdelta #cantho #vietnam #ethicaltravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletravel #sosodamnlucky
for two days, i walked around ho chi minh in a daze. three reasons: first, what an extraordinary city buzzing with energy and activity. being here, it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that forty-five years ago, the twenty year vietnam war ended. having grown up in the u.s. i only knew of the vietnam war from the u.s.’s perspective. learning and understanding the war from vietnam’s perspective was enlightening to say the very least. this is why i travel. • second, jet lag hit me extra hard. i was well aware of the twelve hour time difference but my sleep schedule is way off. • lastly, it is extra hot here. the moment i step outside, i take a breath and exhale sweat out of every pore. the locals drive around on motorbikes and walk around in jeans, a shirt, sweatshirt, and a hat. my motorbike tour guide said they don’t want to get tan as vietnamese prize light colored skin. dazed, i tell ya, dazed. #saigon #hochiminh #hochiminhcity #vietnam #saigonskydeck #bitexco #dazed #perspective #knowledge #whyitravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #travel #seetheworld #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #ethicaltravel #sosodamnlucky
and just like that i’m dropped into a new city, marveling at the strangeness of things so different yet so similar. this disorientation of being somewhere far, far away doesn’t get old. ho chi minh city. my goodness it is hot and humid here. wearing jeans, a shirt, and often a jacket or sweater, the locals don’t even break a sweat in the 102 heat index temperature with 74% humidity. in my knee length dress, i am a leaky fire hydrant. the culture park was built by the french during their colonization of vietnam. the trees here are grand and beautiful. people gather for tai-chi, stretch, socialize, or rest on a bench in the shade. there is also a bird cafe here. locals bring their birds, in their birdcages, on their motorbikes, to socialize and learn how to sing from each other’s birds while the locals sit, drink coffee, tea and socialize. so cool. #hochiminhcity #hochiminh #saigon #vietnam #culturepark #taodan #taodanpark #greenspace #birdcafe #birdcage #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solofemaletraveler #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
haven’t hidden well how much i love paris. there is this feeling, this energy, this atmosphere, this je ne sais pas, this je ne sais quoi... i only know i want to be here wandering, roaming, pondering, marveling. paris has taken me. #placedelarepublique #republique #paris #parisjetaime #iloveparis #france #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #slowtravel #introverttravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #adventure #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
oui, toujours, paris, mon amour, toujours. smitten. every chance, i return to this city. every step, my feet return to this place. every time my eyes see the city below, my heart trips, i fall head over heels all over again. sometimes you just know, even when it’s blind. you choose and want to remain foolishly and blindly in love. #thisishowifallinlove #blindlove #foolishlove #youhadmeathello #paris #justcantgetenough #smitten #parisjetaime #bonsoir #parisnight #france #ouiouiparis #jetaime #montmartre #montmartreparis #montmartreaddict #sacrécœur #sacrecoeur #montmartrestairs #myhappyplace #myhappiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #introvert #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
french standards, german portions. well, that’s what the walking tour guide said about alsacian food. strasbourg had been tapping on my right shoulder. first, this is where anthony bourdain died. i admired him. a lot. he was not afraid to be himself on screen. he was honest, awkward, and compassionate. he was a reader, writer, a feminist, and an introvert. as a reflective introvert, i recognized the subtle moments and in his commentary when he was uncomfortable, conflicted, annoyed, forced, angry, and happy. but this isn’t a total homage to him, and i didn’t visit strasbourg for this sole purpose. second, i met several people who said go to strasbourg: history, geography, architecture, and food. third, i’d been to brussels and luxembourg city, the two other cities the european union headquarters are located. might as well go to all three cities that house the EU, right? strasbourg didn’t disappoint. full of tourists - yes, but its history and culture win over the touristy aspects. to get out of the touristy areas, i rented a velhop bicycle and cycled around strasbourg, to deutschland, aka germany, and along the gorgeous canal de la marne au rhine. so i can now say, “i biked from france to germany!” strasbourg is definitely worth a visit. while you’re there, do the happy free walking tour and eat a flamme keuche, aka, tarte flambée at binchstub broglie at 28 impasse de l'ecrevisse. i had the traditionelle but there are other varieties. you’re welcome. #strasbourg #alsace #france #petitefrance #bridges #ibikedfromfrancetogermany #girlswhobike #velhop #bikesharing #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #girlswhotravel #girlswhotravelsolo #womenwhotravel #travel #slowtravel #introvert #introverttravel #seetheworld #explore #adventure #toska #sosodamnlucky
i thought: eh, what could be so special about this cathedral? i’d been to milan, venice, florence, and paris. well, the cathédrale notre dame de strasbourg is gorgeous. i walked by but avoided it earlier that first afternoon due to the hordes of tourists. as i wandered around later that evening, not knowing where i was, a side glance of the impressive building stopped me in my tracks. ok, you win, notre dame de strasbourg, you win. also equally impressive is the clock, seasons, and astronomy tower inside the church. it was covered in scaffolding when i was there but still impressive and beautiful. more strasbourg pictures to come. #alsace #strasbourg #cathedral #notredame #notredamedestrasbourg #night #lookup #france #ilovefrance #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #girlsthatwander #sosodamnlucky
throw back to this two-room lodge, ali adi, in sigiriya. the guy, who owned and managed it, told us he was building these guesthouses cement block after cement block with the funds he received from guests. in january 2018, the kitchen walls were starting to rise halfway but he needed more finances. after finding out i’ve been traveling for ten months, people often ask which country has been my favorite. my answer: sri lanka. why? insanely gorgeous mountains, valleys, tea plantations, and beaches. the food is damn good — just wait ‘til you have a sri lankan breakfast. sri lankans are incredibly kind and hospitable. i also met super cool foreigners (meaning non-sri lankans) here. as with any country, sri lanka has a complex depth of cultural and religious history. in february, i had left already, there was some discontent and disorder in kandy. i heard different reports on the severity of the issues - it depends on whose and what media you’re watching. nonetheless, having a “favorite” country is a difficult question. my experience and relationship with each country i’ve visited so far has been different. maybe the question should be which countries i would return to if i won ten thousand dollars to spend on travel for four months. lastly, i’ve struggled with the impact of tourism and travel on countries and communities. i’ll write more about each country on my blog and post excerpts on both my personal and travel instagram accounts. to be continued... #peregrineponderings #tobecontinued #sigiriya #aliadilodge #tuktuk #srilanka #ilovesrilanka #myhappiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travel #ethicaltravel #introverttravel #slowtravel #travelwriting #hazards #authenticity #seetheworld #adventure #adventureisoutthere #pursuitofhappiness #ecolinguistics #onceyouknow #itsalljoanncavallarosfault #sosodamnlucky
spent an entire afternoon at the cimetière du père lachaise. didn’t think i would spend that much time there having been to the montparnasse and twice to the montmartre cemeteries. well, i could have spent two days at père lachaise. what an incredible space. in addition to the famous buried here, there were memorials and monuments to victims of genocide and to soldiers and the heroes of liberty and freedom. go. just go. #pèrelachaise #perelachaise #cimetiere #cemetery #necropolis #paris #jetaime #jetaimeparis #france #lifeisbeautiful #peaceful #lifeisshort #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #explore #travel #sosodamnlucky #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel
during a stroll along the trou aux biches and mont choisy beaches, the setting sun’s illumination of the clouds and sky made my head spin. or maybe i was spinning trying to take it all in. #trouauxbiches #montchoisy #beach #mauritius #paradise #paradiseisland #sunset #heartbreakinglybeautiful #nofilter #happiness #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #introvert #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #explore #sosodamnlucky #mononoaware #toska
view from my spot on our day bed at one of the most beautiful airbnbs. we spent every morning on the day bed, watching the sun rise, chatting about life, and enjoying our coffee. the neighbors to this home were the most incredibly generous people. they took us to lunch on a small island and then further invited us to their home inland for the most delectable seven course meal. i ate an uncomfortable, painful amount of josette’s cooking. it was that good. anwar and josette kept feeding me champagne too. we miss this magnificent place in belle mare. #airbnb #mauritius #bellemare #flacq #paradise #paradiseisland #beach #sosodamnlucky #wandering #wanderer #wanderingsoul #wanderlust #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #travel #slowtravel #happiness
i’m more of a realistic rather than an optimistic or pessimistic person. but this rainbow in the midst of the strong sea and incoming rain was a lovely sight. #palmarbeach #palmar #troudeaudouce #flaqc #bellemare #mauritius #mauritiusisland #paradise #rainbow #somewhereovertherainbow #indianocean #paradiseisland #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #travelling #traveler #travel #seetheworld #sosodamnlucky
he said, “i want somewhere i haven’t been, but an island, exotic, and beaches.” i said, “ummm... how about mauritius?” and he says, “yes. that checks off africa for me. let’s go.” little did i know it’s wintertime here. oh well. when your bestie wants to spoil and celebrate you and share some very good news with you, you just have to say “okay!” last two photos are credited to @vevanbui #lemorne #lagaulette #baiedecap #bellemare #quatrecocos #flacq #mauritius #mauritiusisland #paradiseisland #getaway #africa #bestfriends #thethingsmybestiesdoforme #ihavethemostamazingfriends #rideordie #ionlyhaveahandful #butiwouldratherhaveafewtrueonesthantenorhundredsofflakefriends #genuinepeoplearehardtocomeby #notallthatglittersisgold #loyaltyloyaltyloyalty #ilovemyvevanbui #myoneandonlydancingpartner #sosodamnlucky #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #adventure #adventureisoutthere #prettymuchtheonlyamericansontheisland
view from ilot mangenie. we barged into our neighbor’s patio asking for lunch recommendations. anwar said, “there’s a restaurant down the street but i’ll take you somewhere else. we’ll need to take a boat there.” so we finished our beers, anwar and josette drove us somewhere, and we hopped on a speed boat to ilot mangenie. before we left our bungalow, anwar said, “better empty yourself before we get on the island.” not only was there no bathroom, electricity, and running water in that area, but there was also no menu. we sat down, ordered beer, poured our champagne and a plate of food was brought out to us. the grilled fish, chicken thigh, chicken sausage, and slaw was so good. we also drank the local rum made out of sugar cane. let’s just say having started drinking at 11 am on a fairly empty stomach, i was a little tipsy after the meal and drinks and might have taken a long nap after we got back. eat the food, drink the spirits, engage with the company, enjoy the singing performer... it felt surreal. how did this all happen so fast? is this really happening? and why me? it was another anthony bourdain moment where he’s sitting there and you can tell he’s content yet not really sure it’s there, but he seems happy. #mauritius #mauritiusisland #ilotmangenie #paradise #paradiseisland #mauritianhospitality #kindnessofstrangers #partsunknown #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #sosodamnlucky #happiness #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #eatthefood #drinkthedrinks #enjoythelittlethings
sorry, all i have to share are beach pictures so i’ll just post one from baie du cap. why? i biked more or less thirty miles roundtrip from la gaulette to bel ombre detouring through le morne brabant. the B9 runs along the ocean so those are the only pictures i took. it was such a beautiful ride. it took a lot of will power not to stop every hundred meters to snap pictures. #baieducap #mauritius #paradise #island #paradiseisland #indianocean #coastline #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #womenwhobike #solotravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #slowtravel #sosodamnlucky
spent too much time in the grocery store to watch the setting sun. i did see how it pastel colored the sky and clouds as i walked back to the studio with my bag of snacks, jug of water, and bottle of rosé. however, from the balcony, i caught this guy paddling to his boat in the dusk. i will never get sick of watching the sun rise or set. ever. i could be social but with this view, i don’t want to be. #sunset #dusk #mauritius #mauritiusisland #lagaulette #paradise #paradiseisland #africa #nofilter #sogahdamnlucky #sosodamnlucky #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #slowtravel #travel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #solotravel #solofemaletravel #happiness #icouldbesocial #illbeanintrovertinstead #introvert #introvertproblems
“don’t turn around / i’m not the one for you / don’t turn around / i keep my heart aching, why? / don’t have the guts to break it... / so i dance but i don’t feel it / darlin’, i was only lyin’ when i looked in your eyes... / and it’s so sad so sexy” • “i'm just a bad woman, i know / i understand if you leave, just go / just don't go before / i show you what's behind all of my sorrow / what's inside all of the bullets i throw” • **if you’re not listening to lykke li’s album “so sexy so sad,” you should be. i mean, c’mon with lyrics like this?! how can you not love her?!** #lykkeli #sosadsosexy #badwoman #hardrain #betteralone #sexmoneyfeelingsdie #utopia #lykkeliismyspiritanimal #welloneofthem #musicismyboyfriend #musicismyconstantcompanion #musicislife #alwaysasongplayinginmyhead #sosodamnlucky #sospoiled #sunsets #paradise #somewhereinafrica #paradiseisland #africa #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #introvert #introverttravel #introvertproblems #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #waitingformyvevanbui
having whined and complained, like the spoiled brat i am, i finally took a morning to just lay in bed ‘til ten am — that is after i woke up at six am, ate breakfast, and returned to my bed. i did go for a seven mile run, oh fine it was more like a fast-ish jog, after my lazy morning indulgence. i cannot thank my friends, jean-francois and his wife, catherine, enough for inviting me to stay with them in belgium. it was heavenly to stay in one place and have my own space. to have time to relax, breathe, be by myself, relax, read, write, and, oh i might have forgotten to mention: to relax, it was what this exhausted traveling soul needed. they gave me everlasting essential oil which healed my right foot. within a few days, i was able to walk without pain and soon i went on several jog/runs. and jean-francois had me watching football with him. it’s the most sports i’ve ever watched in my whole life, and the most tv i’ve watched in nearly a year. it felt good to do “normal” things. catherine tried to help me speak french and i tried to help her improve her english. we both agreed we need more time together. merci beacoup, jean-francois and catherine. vous êtes trop généreux et gentil. je suis tellement chanceux de vous avoir comme amis. #travelingsohardiforgothowtorelax #entireapartmenttomyself #sosodamnlucky #friends #lazymorning #morningsun #skylight #happiness #ididgoforarunafterward #ipromise #enghien #petitenghien #edingen #somewheresouthofbrussels #belgium #ilovebelgium #iwastoldtheweatherisusuallynotthissunnyandwarm #womenwhotravel #wanderingsoul #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #theshowgoeson
enghien to luxembourg city: 3:45 hours on the sncb website. well, it ended up a five hour train ride. the first hour and half i was surrounded by boys, ages seven to nine, on a school trip. i wouldn't have minded their loud talking and wrestling if they shared their potato chips with me. finally arriving after 1 pm, having left at 6:45 am to catch the 7 am train, only consuming a croissant and half a cup of coffee, i was hangry. to make things worst, since i was in a different country, my belgian sim didn’t work. thanks to maps.me, i found lunch. with only three hours left i walk to le chemine de la corniche and down to this super charming neighborhood by the alzette river. the visit was short and sweet and i’ll probably be back one day but i had to catch the 5 pm train ride back, which was another four hours. so nine hours on the train and four hours in luxembourg city? yea, that seems like a balanced ratio for a day trip. it’s a good thing i like trains. #luxembourgcity #luxembourg #alzette #alzetteriver #lechemindelacorniche #chemindelacorniche #daytrips #trainrides #nexttimeshareyourchipswithmeifyouregoingtobeloud #wandering #wanderer #wanderingsoul #wanderlust #seetheworld #womenwhotravel #sosodamnlucky
antwerp. antwerpen. anvers. three names. two days. one magnificent city. i loved antwerp so much i returned the next day. pictures: 1) built in 1480, the wooden building is the oldest in antwerp. and yes, the wood is the original. 2) this courtyard was the original market where vendors would come sell their goods from their ships. 3) a street showing the many facets and characters of antwerp. 4) a little hard to tell but the buildings are slightly askew. a few buildings lean back while a few lean forward. i love it. 5) gorgeous building across the street from minerva statue and scheldt river. 6) museum aan de stroom. super modern building in the antwerp port with a rooftop that provides 360 view of antwerp. 7) view of the second largest port in europe from the mas rooftop. the first day, i did a walking tour. the second day, per usual, i wandered. if you can it’s always a good idea to step outside the super touristy area to see the neighborhoods. it’s amazing to observe how these cities are integrating old versus new building and development. some do it better than others, and i think antwerp is one of the better cities. but i’m a little biased because i fell in love with it. #antwerp #antwerpen #anvers #belgium #gobelgium #wearebelgium #iloveantwerp #slowtravel #wandering #wanderer #wanderlust #seetheworld #travel #traveler #womenwhotravel #sosodamnlucky
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