After 90 days of traveling south(east) Asia, it's time for a résumé: What i hate/love/miss most
29.10.2012 31 °C
“Tourists went on holidays while travellers did something else. They travelled.”
― Alex Garland, The Beach
I have had No stomach problems at all (even though I stopped taking care long ago), no infectious diseases like Malaria (even though I stopped taking care long ago), no robbery so far (I always take care- and in this case: monkeys don't count), lots of sunburns (I always take care), lots of hangovers (who actually cares?).
During my time in Asia I got lost, scammed, harassed and wasted frequently.
Climbing waterfalls, falling down waterfalls, swimming, scuba diving, free diving, snorkeling, rock climbing, kayaking in a typhoon, cykling in the monsoon.
Eating amazing food, eating disgusting food, sharing rooms with people I didn't know, sharing rooms with insects I didn't know.
Snakes under my bed, spiders, rats and cockroaches in my bed, monkeys on my head, back, shoulder.
Feeding crocodiles, patting tigers, diving with bull sharks, adopting cats and dogs, watching people eat cats and dogs.
Having spent more than 200 hours in busses/trains/cars, spending nights in busses/trains/cars, in the desert, by the beach, the airport and even on the street.
Accidentally being at the wrong airport/boat/bus/taxi, staggering into the wrong hostel, ending up in a wrong city.
Meeting lovely people, meeting insane freaks, making new friends, missing my old friends like crazy.
What i hate most:
Living lowest budget. There are two disadvantages of living lowest budget:
1. You are living lowest budget! IT SUCKS!!
2. You have to be content with everything you get. Since you get what you pay for, the way i live is not for the faint-hearted...you dont want to see the places where i use to sleep, which fleabags i visited. But you can get used to everything! I miss a fancy bathroom with a hairdrier and a real flush.
I miss to eat what I want, not what is cheapest.
What I miss most: My family and friends are of course on top of everything.
I hate not seeing my godchild's first steps, not holding my best friend's hand in difficult times, not having dinner with my family or cuddling with my cat.
I sometimes hate having the time of my life without sharing all the happiness with my beloved ones.
And I miss Gouda and black bread like crazy. I even dream about it at night! And I miss Mustafa's Gemuesedoener and Mamas Lasagne!
And I miss a mirror in the bathroom, a normal flush on the toilet and the German computation of time. Ten minutes delay ARE ten minutes delay. Asian "ten minutes delay" can mean everything, up to ten days, haha.
I hate saying goodbye to fellow travelers i instantly locked in my heart. I hate saying goodbye in general and here i have to go through it almost every three days. I want to meet every single one of you again, no matter what continent you live on, Berlin is waiting for you
I hate Asian traffic and the air conditioning on the bus ('High"score: 16 °C). I hate waking up in the middle of the night, in a crazy heated room, sweat everywhere, because there is no air conditioning and sometimes not even a fan.
I hate not being able to sleep sometimes, because fellow people in the dorm room decide to have a spontaneous party.
I love the Asian mentality and hospitality and that they always smile at you. I hate that they mistake me for a walking ATM. I hate all the bargaining (even in an official pharmacy you have to bargain hard to get a good deal.) I hate arguing with scambags.
I love the sun, the beach and the whole backpacker nomad life. I hate the humidity and carrying my bag for hours, uphill, i the blasting sun.
All in all, I can say it was an amazing time in Asia and I had at no point serious troubles and never got into a dangerous situation (and I was traveling alone for 4 weeks and i am, by the way, not the most cautious person on earth) Many people where advising me against traveling Asia for so long, on the lowest budget possible, on my own. I can say: This is bullshit. Just do it, there are no dangers at all.
“If I'd learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don't talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”
― Alex Garland, The Beach