Cambodia is a cheap country. We read this statement in so many travel blogs. After 1 month in Cambodia, crossing 4 countries, we want to reveal how much we spent on accommodation, transport, food and activities. We wanted to prove it: Is Cambodia really as cheap as many travelers claim? All our expenses refer to our Cambodia Budget Guide where you will find all information based on our travel route. We were surprised about how much less we spent compared to the said travel blogs. However Cambodia was not as cheap as it was apparently a few years ago. Especially in the tourist hot spots Phnom Penh and Siem Reap prices are rising. The provinces, like Kampot and Battambang were more wallet friendly. After breaking down all expenses we're … (Continue reading)
To explore a new place often goes along with some kind of expectations cooked by many different ingredients. The main ingredients for expectations are objective research on the one hand and on the other hand subjective experiences shared by friends, strangers or online. Expectations have two sides. Create hope and encouragement are the good parts whereas a lack of facing the reality belongs to the not so tasty ingredients. The moment we set foot in another country is the moment of truth. All the information and third hand experience which we googled or got told before, will be proved right or wrong by ourselves. In this month we had a closer look at Cambodia, a country we still don't know for sure what to think about it. Maybe … (Continue reading)
Wasteland That was our first impression, when still flying over Cambodia. Rows of yellow and brown fields cover a large area with barely any tree in sight. Just some houses piling up here and there form a village. Cambodia – a rural desolate country Soon, after spending nearly 1 month here, we will leave this country behind with an awkward feeling, questioning us: That was it? That was Cambodia? Why? The first impression didn't deceive us. Cambodia is a barren wasteland. Apart from that, it's shaken by a history of bloodshed. Today it's mainly driven by agriculture and tourism. Our challenge was to travel the country for 1 month in the most inexpensive and frugal way, visiting Phnom Penh, Kampot, Kep, Battambang and Siem Reap. While researching budget tips for Cambodia, so many times we came … (Continue reading)
Although the majority of the waterfalls around Bali are turned into a profit machine – local supervisors charging entrance fees – there are still some that can be accessed for free. One of them is Air Terjun Pengempu waterfall located close to Ubud, in the area of Tabanan. The falling water streams into a pool with some spots deep enough to swim in. The highlight of local and foreign visitors is a liana, hanging down from a tree, which is used as a natural swing. It's great to watch Indonesian kids doing acrobatics on it.
I am walking along an endless street close to Kuta. Indonesian streets and walking don't go well together is the first that an Indonesian would tell you. On the local streets, the motorized traffic makes the rules and that is mainly the scooters. They can be divided into caring drivers vs. I-don't-give-a-shit drivers. For those who want to walk – or have to walk, as Indonesians would say it – because walking is equal to not having a scooter and that is a no-go, have to be cautious. Sidewalks are mostly used for other reasons than to walk on. Streetfood stands, water tanks, wheelbarrows filled with concrete, massage areas and chicken cages can come across your path. You never know what comes next. Avoiding obstacles can become … (Continue reading)
Where there is a folk, there are stereotypes or things that characterize the local people in a rather funny, than serious way. When we approach a new culture, we have certain images of how the local people are, influenced by media. Every single nation has its own stereotypes and awkward manners. Stereotypes should be taken with humor! That's the first rule. This blog post is dedicated to the Lisbonese and stereotypes, that came our way, while we were living there for a year. English is spoken well Once I asked a Portuguese where he learned English, as it was miles better than mine, his answer was: from TV. Already children speak excellent English. As their own language sounds to me like an accumulation of “Sh”s and swallowed letters, English is welcomed everywhere. The people … (Continue reading)