My first day in Zagreb is pretty darn scary

It’s really a sign of ignorance when the only thing I knew about Zagreb is a museum that revolves around broken relationships. I’ve got a Workaway in a hostel, which is amazing because I’ve never done that before. But asides from that, I don’t feel much passion for Zagreb, since I’m only here to get out of the Schengen zone. To seal my existence in Budapest, I went partying with a bunch of Couchsurfers the night before. I…

My love-hate relationship with Couchsurfing

Athens, Greece; August 2017 Cristos was my first host on Couchsurfing. On my second day in Athens, I couldn’t get the keys to work. I texted Cristos, asking if he’d be home in a bit because I wanted to get a shower. The sweltering Athenian heat is killing me. I absentmindedly picked at my shorts, anxious for him to answer. My screen lit up and it’s suddenly not that hot anymore. He said I used his home as…

8 hours in Salzburg: Free things to do in winter

I’m broke, it’s cold, and I’m in Salzburg with a few of my friends. My lack of enthusiasm is appalling. *** We made it to ZOB, the bus station of Munich, bleary-eyed and tired. It’s a good thing we got here 15 minutes earlier because the bus driver needed to check our passports. Once we boarded, I fell asleep, waking just in time to see the landscape morph into a gigantic, white blanket. The eerie silhouettes of trees…

I started 2018 with a phone call to the police

“3… 2… 1… Happy New Year!”  It’s finally 2018! Addy, Carol and I had decided about half an hour earlier to countdown the year in Sixth, one of the allegedly popular clubs in Sligo. Soon, Addy deemed the men in the club unworthy and we left. The weather’s not too bad, Irish pubgoers wished us a happy new year, we killed the dance floor, we had a few drinks– the perfect start of the year! We met Shanna…

Why isn’t travel inspiring me anymore?

Why isn’t travel inspiring me anymore? It’s been approximately three months since I’ve hit the road. Whenever I video call my friends and family, I don’t know what to say about my journey. I felt like nothing interesting happened to me. I don’t feel the same joy I did when I was travelling Thailand or Cambodia or even freaking Singapore, which in my opinion, is one of the most boring places there is to visit. What’s freaking wrong…

Saying goodbye: Budapest edition

It took me a while to write and fully acknowledge this: my month-long stint in Budapest came to an end.  It’s the big highlight of my Eurotrip– the reason how all this started. I’m going to be certified as a teacher, and I’m going to teach in Europe if it’s the last thing I do.  It had been an amazing roller coaster ride.  Time and time again, I’m astounded by people’s capacity to be kind. When I said…

So…. Someone threw grass at my face

After having dinner, I walked home with some friends. Feeling particularly adventurous, we defied Google Maps and went through a short route that technically would work. We cut through a small neighbourhood with zinc roofs that reminded me fondly of Asia. Children’s laughter rang. It was nothing grand and beautiful, just ordinary people living ordinary lives. At that moment, it felt like the adventure paid off. We were not stupid tourists anymore. We are living the off beaten…

Club brawl at Khao San Road

Music blaring, people dancing, drinkers drinking and druggies ballooning.  Just another typical night on Khao San Road, I guess.  I was out with a few newfound friends who were obviously way cooler than I am. We hopped from bar to live bands, to clubs. We ate dirt cheap Pad Thai. We became witnesses to Reece’s first scorpion. The whirlwind of night activities kept me grinning awkwardly from ear to ear— for once, I felt like the cool kid. We…

How has hiking alone made me a better person

Photo credits: stayhealthyla.com I was struck by inspiration mid-morning. Why don’t I hike? It was a sweltering day. It would be poetic– I naively reasoned– since I would be using nature to counter nature itself. There forth begins my journey to Laem Thian, and my first solo hike anywhere. A quick Google search brought me to two conclusions. One, I would practically have the whole beach to myself. Two, it would be a just challenging enough hike. I left my phone to…

Undeserved

11/9/2015 Siem Reap The air was jovial and serious at the little TAL kitchen. The consistant thud! thud! thud! of metal on wooden/ plastic chopping boards reminded us of our mission and our goal today: to feed little children on the facility at 2pm today. Once everything is ready, we moved everything to the front of the house and waited for the kids. I’m in charged of the noodles. The kids sampeahed everyone in the yard, greeted everybody and then proceed…