Tuesday, March 22, 2011

And check out TEFL if you're interested in teaching English

I got TEFL Certified before the 2010 Adventure!
website: http://www.teflinstitute.com/

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Thanks to everyone who has followed our blog. We noticed that most people don't really ask questions about the trip, so it may make more sense to check out some pictures. A really important part of traveling is being able to educate others at home about what you learned.

Sara has more too, but here are mine!

If you're not super internet-savvy, here are direct links to each album from the 2010 Adventure:
Cambodia & Vietnam

Sunday, October 31, 2010

the Adventure Comes to an End; ✈ Homeward Bound

We're on our way home; right now in the middle of layovers (two 9 hour layovers each, by the way!). We've had such issues on these flights home, including the airline not finding our tickets for quite a while- we said to ourselves that it must work out that way, just to get us in the end. But after about another day, we'll be home! Thank you to everyone who has followed this blog and who sent us messages throughout the trip. We love you!! 

There are a lot of things that happen abroad that we realize we won't see at home- the awkward stares, the lack of personal space at all times (which we've nicknamed 'nothing like hugging a stranger'), the laughing tuk-tuk drivers, the accents ("Ladyyyyyyy, you want cold drink, one dolllaaaaaa?).

I'll post pictures soon, so check back soon!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Last set of photos stolen from Jody

One day at a temple we got caught in a downpour!

Cells at S-21 Prison in Cambodia

S-21 Prison

Killing Fields

Hole in the ground for mass grave

War site in Vietnam

Killing trap used during Vietnam War

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam and Cambodia have been some of my favorites throughout this trip. We've seen so many famous sites and learned a lot about the history. I've really liked seeing everything here.

Today is our last day of the trip. Tomorrow, we start flying home, although it will take a couple days. I'll be posting all my pictures online in the next couple weeks, so check back for those!

Monday, October 25, 2010

No Money, No Honey

Yep, that's the phrase that our awkward Vietnamese tour guide loves to use. Besides that though, our communication is comically limited. He also keeps calling Jody by the name of "Jary" so we've now nicknamed her as 'Jaaar.'

Ho Chi Minh City is awesome! Besides my obvious favorite of Delhi, I'd have to say this is my favorite city of the trip. It's modern and has lots of places to explore, the shopping is amazing (I don't even know what I've bought at this point), and there's so much history here.

Today, we went to a War Museum which was really amazing. The three of us got the opportunity to really check out photos from the Vietnam War and I learned a lot. I can't imagine what any war veteran has really gone through and seen. Yesterday, we went to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and saw some war death devices and also got to go underground into the first level of the tunnels.

 Vietnam has been wonderful!!

Sara Andrea Jody - in the Cu Chi Tunnels

Yet another photo stolen from Jary's blog - The women in Ho Chi Minh dress in full pajama outfits!!!!

Tomorrow, we're taking a bus back to Cambodia. We'll have to go through customs again at the border, which is really interesting to do when you're not at an airport! They swindled us into not getting multiple entry visas, so we'll have to pay again to re-enter the country and waste another page with a 2nd visa in our passports. They win.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Winding up the flights

After a full day and three flights later, we are in Cambodia! I'm excited because I've been wanting to come here for about 10 years now. Tomorrow morning, we leave on a bus for Vietnam for a few days, and then we'll be back to Cambodia. We're with Jody now, so it's the 3 of us! Here's another pic from India:

Here are some of our plans for what we'll be seeing during the next 10 days in Southeast Asia!!!
Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Phnom Penh – Seim Reap – Angkor Temples:

 Ho Chi Minh City; wartime American Embassy, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Sai Gon Post Office, Saigon’s Chinatown aka Cho Lon, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Ben Thanh Market, Cu Chi Tunnels.

 Phnom penh; Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom.

 Siem Reap; South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng Hill, temple of Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevado.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"You're going to Shitwad?"

No! We went to a town named Chitwan and got to see the Chitwan National Park. We saw a lot of animals!! Highlights were: Sara getting bitten by a leech, Me eating a chilli.

Our tour guide at one point casually said, "If the rhinos get too close, we can hopefully find a tree to climb." Oh ok, didn't realize I even knew how scale a tree, but at this point we've scaled many a mountain, so why not, right? Anyway, we saw a lot of birds, rhinos, and elephants. One guide we met had a crack nail that was about 8 inches long, but he wouldn't tell me what it was for. I've convinced myself that he plays some unique instrument with it.

Leaving Nepal on Thursday, and then we have a full day of layovers until we arrive at our next destination on Friday. Apparently, there aren't a lot of flight options from Nepal to Cambodia, even though they're so close and it should be a short travel time! We'll be spending quality time in Duty Free and the book stores lol, we've come to know them well!