Cartagena and the bedbugs

(För svensk text, scrolla ner under bilderna.) Next stop in Colombia was Cartagena. Probably one of the most visited places in Colombia by tourists. This former Spanish colonial town sits on the Northern coast looking out over the Caribbean Sea and is popular among both backpackers and all-inclusive honeymooners. Our journey there started with a…

Ciudad Perdida – The Lost City

We started day One by jumping in the back of a 4×4. The first hour on the road was fine until we took a sharp turn onto a narrow dirt track and the next hour or so became very interesting. As we drove deeper and deeper into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, the…

Bogotá

(For English text, please scroll further down under the pictures) Vi spenderade totalt fyra heldagar i Colombias huvudstad Bogotá. Då detta blev vårt första stopp i Sydamerika klev vi ur taxin, efter en förmodad lång omväg till den turistiga stadsdelen La Candeleria, som hundraprocentiga gringos. Väl ute på trottoarkanten, när den gula taxibilen rullat vidare,…

Traveling to Colombia

(För svensk text, scrolla längre ner, under bilderna.) We arrive at Manchester airport early on Monday morning and are welcomed with the longest of queues to the Thomas Cook desk. At the end of the queue we are told that we need some kind of visa for the US even though we were only there…

Getting ready for Part 2

This blogpost is written in Swedish, please use google translate if needed. Vi har nu varit på hemmaplan i två och en halv månad och gör i skrivande stund oss redo för att resa ut i världen igen. Det har varit med blandade känslor (länk till förra blogginlägget) vi varit hemma men vi måste ändå…

We are home. A shorter stay. With mixed feelings.

As we write this blog post we are sitting in Frida’s family summer house in Sweden. Not exactly where we expected to be just 24 hours earlier. Sometimes life throws you curve balls and this week we were thrown a big one. About seven days ago whilst sitting in our hostel room in Nyaung Shwe,…

Inle Lake

Inle lake is another major tourist stopping point but it was one of our favourite places in Myanmar despite getting another case of travelers’ diarrhea. Highlight was taking a private boat tour for the day seeing floating villages, local fishermen and businesses, and some long necked women. Felt as though some of it is set…

Mandalay and U-Bein Bridge

Mandalay was our second stop on our way through Myanmar. Again, we had to take a night bus. 10 hours on a bus may sound like a nightmare but really isn’t so bad if you are able to sleep as much as possible. Mandalay is big by Burmese standards and feels slightly more modern than…

Bagan

If you’ve ever googled Myanmar then you have most likely seen a picture with a bunch of temples with some floating hot-air balloons around them in front of a beautiful sunset. A stunning photo indeed, which is one of the reason we decided to head that way after a few days in Yangon. Bagan is…

Myanmar (Burma) – What we noticed in our first day

An early morning plane from Kuala Lumpur took us to the next destination on our adventure, Myanmar (Burma). We landed in Yangon and shared a taxi with two English girls to our hostel. The ride took about an hour and cost us around 7 Euros. Myanmar has only recently opened its borders to tourists after…

Ipoh and Penang

Although we visited these two Malaysian towns over one month ago now, we still thought they would be worth mentioning. Ipoh is probably more of a stop-over town where people don’t stay for more than a day or two. We saw very few tourists during the days we were here, which is always very nice,…