Archive for May 2015

19 May 2015

The good, bad and ugly of my trip

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random, travel

Yes I may be one of those bloggers who talks a tad at length about about her trip. But really, nothing else exciting is going on right now.

So in this post, I’ll talk about the good/bad/ugly of the three month journey to Southeast Asia and sojourn to Australia.

The Good

  • Food! Yes, despite having food poisoning. I loved a lot of what I ate while gone. Lots of carbs, but also, a lot of just delicious stuff. Meat in Australia = awesome, Banh mi in Vietnam = stop it, so good and cheap, pad thai omelette in Bangkok = yes please! Yes, some meals were a disaster but overall, I liked everything I got to try.
  • Sights – There are a lot of beautiful things in the world, some more unconventional than others. But, if you allow yourself to see beyond your initial reaction and take in the moment, you will be surprised. Temples and elephants in Thailand, Cambodia at “golden hour,” the streets of Vietnam, rice paddies of Indonesia and the amazing coastlines of Australia. Even if it’s not what you expect, its still beautiful.
  • People. Sure, some people in Southeast Asia (and Australia) are assholes. Rude, mean, out to con you. But, despite that, I met a lot of really cool people while I was gone. I had some great roommates in southern Thailand, Cambodia, Australia and Laos. And we all had one thing in common: travel. We love it. It feeds us, and it made me realize how LITTLE vacation time we actually get in the states. I can count on one hand how many people from the US I met while I was gone. And that’s a damn shame.

The Bad

  • Bug bites – Bugs are everywhere. It’s the climate and just what to expect there. And being fair skinned and VERY attractive to bugs, I got more bites than I can count. It was not super fun, at all. Thank god for Tiger Balm.
  • Bad roommates – You never know what you’re going to get in youth hostels. Ever. And I’d say my roommate experience was 50/50. I had some that were great and some that were bad. Like in Laos where a roommate brought back a guy at 4am to have sex and proceeded to do so in our dorm room (with me and two others “sleeping”). That was something I don’t think I’ll forget…or be able to ever unhear. Other bad roommate examples include: dragging your suitcase across a tile floor at 6am when others are sleeping, fighting over the AC unit, snoring, sleeping with the light on that shines in my face, etc. Nothing surprises you.
  • Jet lag – I’m not a great sleeper to begin with and jet lag kicked my ass so hard when I got to Asia. I would say, I didn’t sleep well until more than a month in to the trip. Maybe it was the time difference with the US, but I just didn’t sleep well very much. That was not fun.

The Ugly

  • Weird health stuff – Asia is very different from the US. And because of that, my body would just react weird to the dirt and the dust. It was annoying, especially because it’s so hot that you have to wear shorts and when your skin reacts weird it’s like, damn what happened there!
  • Food poisoning – It is normal to get that there because food isn’t prepared or kept the same way as in the US. Our stomachs are just a bit more…delicate. Anyhow, I got food poisoning twice. One that was worse than the other. It was awful. Like, really awful. I also thought I would be skinner after puking for 24 hours straight…twice.

More to come on the trip and what’s happening on my end now, but I thought this was a great way to just give you guys a peek in to what happened.

What are some of the good/bad/ugly things you’ve run in to on your trips?

04 May 2015

Hello strangers

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random, travel

Hello everyone! No, I did not forget about you, or this blog. I’ve just been…busy.

Quick recap: Lost my job, lost my grandmother, lost my drive to do anything but wallow in sadness, so, I picked up and left Chicago for a three month adventure in Southeast Asia.

I needed perspective and a change of scenery. And holy f*ck did I get both.

Coincidentally, five years ago this week was my first solo vacation ever, in New Orleans. And just over four years ago I started solo traveling overseas w/a trip to Italy.

It’s funny how things come full circle.

I’m thinking through how I can write a recap on my experiences overseas. The good, bad, ugly, the tears and the moments of being truly happy for the first time in months. It was a bit of everything.

And I took 2,100 photos so, that’s going to take me some time to edit down and post on Facebook, but I promise I will.

Coming back to Chicago and “real life,” has been…tough. That’s a post for another day though too. For now, I’m back to a semi-good sleeping schedule and back to my own bed and shower. Trust me, you miss that after three months of hostel dorms and shared bathrooms.

So, more to come here, but I wanted to let you guys know (if you’re still out there) that I’m back, and will be back to normal (or semi-normal) soon.

How are you? What’s new??