Stressful times in Asia

Well hello there!

I am well aware that i’s been some time since I last posted here. Let me just give you a picture;

So, last time I blogged was the last day we were in Ecuador (the country of my dreams, my biggest love and paradise) and I had just finished packing. After that everything has been a bit of a haze to be honest. We set out late on friday to cath our flight 00:05 on saturday morning in Quito. After travelling, not only to a different country, but over time zones and continents, we were exhausted. And we lost our luggage on the way. And it returned to us (thank god, our beloved coffee and chocolate from Ecuador found it’s way back..).

Since we “talked” we’ve been in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) for three weeks, Hanoi for 10 days and now we’re on the island Phu Quoc in southern Vietnam. Just until a few days ago we’ve been buried in work, quite literally. We’ve been waking up at 08:00, worked until 14:00 (had quick lunch) and came back to work and went to bed at 00:00. And that’s how it’s been for the last 1,5 month. We have not done or seen anything in Malaysia, quite frankly we’ve been staying at a very nice hotel, working all day and that’s about it. Until NOW. The work flow isn’t as intense and we’re finally enjoying the weather, the sun, the pool, the beach.. 

This has really been an insane trip in Asia. But we are obviously happy to have so much work, it’s not cheap to travel you know.. And I’m beyond grateful to wake up every day next to my best friend and love, to be able to travel and have this crazy lifestyle and to have a lot of work. I wouldn’t want it in any other way.

So, let’s move forward;

In Vietnam we actually visited Halong Bay, it’s very famous but I will write a separate blog post about that. We’ve had some amazing food, met new friends and got a little bit tanned. Our plan for the weekend is to go on somekind of boat trip, there are some really nice little islands around here. 

So, hope you’re still interested in following me/us around the world because - brace yourself - We’re off to Japan in a week!!

Last day in paradise

Yep, you heard me! 

So I thought that we would leave Ecuador on sunday, but we’re leaving tomorrow night already *sigh*. I had so much planned for us these last days and now we won’t have time. It’s heartbreaking. But today we will try to make the best of it so we’re going to a handicrafts market here in Quito. We originally planned to visit Otavalo, a city two hours north from Quito. Here they have the next biggest handicrafts market in whole of South America, pretty impressive. But, since I’ve already been there once with my family, and since there’s frankly no time for it, we decided to compromise. We’re just going to buy some keyrings with llamas after all..

So today the weather is finally pretty good and a little bit warmer (thank god), so we’re heading out soon to have lunch somewhere and then we’re just strolling around. Tonight we decided to skip eating out and instead stay inside, making Swedish tacos and chocolate balls and then watch a movie.

Man, I don’t look forward to flying to Malaysia, it’s gonna take us around 2,5 days getting there. We’re first flying from Quito to San Francisco (first changing flight in Miami). In San Francisco we have to wait 13 hours for our flight to Hong Kong, there we’re changing flight to Singapore, then we will finally be on the last flight to Kuala Lumpur. Sounds pretty exhausting right?

Good news is that we got a lot of work this month which always feels really good! In other words, we’ll keep busy at the airports..

Here’s jut a few photos we took the other day. I am toooooooo excited about this backpack - I love it!

The drawback of traveling

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been traveling with my family, all over the world. The interest and passion of travels has always been there. Today when I go places, meet new people and take part of different cultures, I really get caught up in the feeling. It’s a bit difficult to explain. When I first came to Ecuador, 2004, together with my family, it was the first time in my life I visited South America. I remember it so well, I fell inlove. I can still recall that I thought that this is it - this is the place where I should be. Many years after that trip I’ve been back to South America and every time I’ve felt the same way. 

But even though I’ve been to Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica and Argentina, nothing really feels the same way as when I came back to Ecuador. This country, this culture and this people, it’s just something about it. I fell inlove with Ecuador 12 years ago and I am still in a deep infatuation. The drawback of traveling to places where you truly feel your heart belong is saddening in many ways. I will leave Ecaudor in 7 days. And even though I know I’ll be back someday I will most likely never live here. It is sad because I will miss it so much and wonder what my life would be should I live here. If Ecuador was situated in Europe I would most likely already have an apartment there. But living in a different continent from your family and friends is just too hard. 

On sunday the 5th of March I’ll be going to Malaysia, a country I’ve never been before. This is exciting and fun, but I can’t help but feel a bit sad about leaving this beautiful, spectacular and intriguing place.

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