Traveling to South East Asia this time around was a very spontaneous thing – we simply made the decision one day while in Germany, bought the tickets, and a week or so later we were off. It has been a fun trip, although quite different from how we used to travel. This time, our purpose was not to explore every corner of every country, but to travel slowly and stay in one place for longer periods of time to be able to get some work done.
We’re Going Back To Europe!
We stayed next door to the Petronas Towers in KL, indulged in Indian food in Penang, passed by iPoh to try their reputation as the food city of Malaysia (and were deeply disappointed), and spent a whole month down in relaxed Melaka, which we quickly decided was our favorite city in South East Asia. We visited Singapore with its exciting diversity, traveled on the luxurious Eastern and Oriental Express up to Bangkok, and settled down in Chiang Mai to relax and catch up on our new project.
After landing in Amsterdam, we’ll spend 5 days in the city soaking up the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the best of Amsterdam with its canals, boutique shopping and long list of oddities. Las time we were in Amsterdam during the Europe Train Challenge it was very rushed, so we are looking forward to taking a step back and enjoying the city differently. We’ll explore the alleyways and bridges, sit on street side cafes sipping coffee, take strolls in the parks and check out the Grachtenfestival. We don’t want to have any specific plans for this city, as the best way to get the most out of Amsterdam is to take things as they come.
From Amsterdam we’ll take the train to Brussels, where together with Tourism Flanders we will be traveling around the Flanders region in Belgium to explore their amazing festival scene and the incredible cities this region offers. We’ll start the journey with visiting Oudenaarde and its awesome festival “Feest in het park” when one of our favorite Kiwi bands, Fat Freddy’s Drop, is playing! After the festival we will continue to beautiful Ghent, Antwerp, Bruges and of course Brussels – waffles and chocolate here we come!
Remember how we said we were planning to return to Porto later this year? Well, by the end of August we’ll finally be there to see more of what we missed last time, and to travel around the northern part of the country. We’ll spend a week with several local tour companies exploring Portugal’s medieval towns, lush nature and beautiful coastline before heading back down to Porto again to attend the TBU travel blog conference – its our first conference like this, so it should be fun to finally meet up with some of the other travel bloggers out there.
Then by the end of September, we’ll finally arrive in Innsbruck, Austria – where we’ll start looking for an apartment to base ourselves and spend the up-coming winter. We really like this city, and while we admit that we have problems committing ourselves to stay in one place for a longer time, we have a really good feeling about Innsbruck – so we will be based there for at least 12 months while we launch our new project and start a new chapter in our lives.