135 days, since we left home, our family, friends and pets. Our extended wardrobes, our own bed, blanket and pillows. 135 days.
But are we homesick?
Hell no! Another 8 weeks at the University of Life or UoF, before we get our Bachelor degree in Travelling and Life Experience, yes our Bachelor, we need to travel way more befor you get your Master degree. You need to be in at least 6 of 7 continents. (This is indeed a subliminal message that we’re planning on travelling way more after we’re back)
In our half year fieldtrip at the UoF we left the Elephants behind and went to the south of Cambodia. We went in 12 hours by bus from Kratie via Phnom Penh to the city of Kampot. Kampot is a nice village where a lot of western people came to find a home and happiness. They mostly run a restaurant or a hotel in the citycenter.
We’ve found us a nice room, a restaurant with Jacked Potato’s with cheese & butter. After a good night of sleep we went for a walk in the city and checked out the old French bridge.
In the evening we went for a sunset boottrip to look for fireflies. The boattrip was great. A lot of people, some beers and a red sky with a big warm sun going down. The fireflies on the other end… We saw 7 lights going on and off in a tree besides the river… Not that impressive haha.
The next day it was time for some scooter madness. In Bali it was my first time on a scooter and now i’m addicted! Not really but it’s loads of fun to drive through the mountains, jungles and share the road with the crazy driving skills (or the lack of skills) of the locals! (Except for the outside of Hoi An, Vietnam, that was just a suicide mission to drive there).
I drove our scooter towards Bokor National Park. In an hour we arrived at the top to see the abandoned French colonial ghost town. With it’s glorious spooky Royal Casino. It was weird to see such big abandoned buildings in contrast to the poor villages around Bokor.
In the afternoon we drove to the saltfields, where the big plains with a layer of seawater on them, wait in the sun ‘till the water is evaporated and the seasalt remains.
The next day we went to Kep, a small town where they’ve 2 things. Well actually 3 things.
1: crabs, for dinner. 2: A national park with wildlife!
A bungalow with a swimming pool with a view upon the national park.
We spend 1 full day at the swimming pool, relaxing and rebronze a bit. To do a really warm walk through the national park the next morning. Where we followed the trail passing by beautifull jungle trees and scenery.
We heard there suppost to be hornbills in the park, but sadly enough we didn’t see them.
Back at the pool in the afternoon we looked towards the trees of the park and saw 3 hornbills fly over. We felt extremely lucky! Too bad we didn’t had our camera ready…
We had a great fresh fried crab dinner and went to bed to leave to Phnom Penh airport in the morning.
So far we wanted to go to Laos next. But in Sen Monorom we decided to go to Borneo and West Malaysia instead. So we flew to Kuala Lumpur International Airport to spend 2 days in the center of Kuala Lumpur.
We arrived at 23:30hr and went to our hotel, the Royal Palm Lodge… At the reception we found out that they don’t take bookings via Booking.com serious so they where fully booked, but they had another hotel a street further away…
So tired as we where, we went with the guy from the other hotel to find the nastiest, dirtiest, godawefull hotelroom you can imagine. We tried to get another room but it all sucked and it was already 01:00 in the morning. So we decided to sleep there and leave as early as possible to find a better place to stay. The room was so moist we were both afraid that we were going to suffocatr in our sleep. But hey we woke up alive and well.
The next day after a great Indian breakfast, we found the Comfort Lodge which was indeed very comfortable!
We packet our daily needs and went on a city trip by foot, visiting the Petronas Towers aka. the Twin Towers. And had a lovely and cheap sushi lunch. All of a sudden, there it was: the guitar store!!! Fenders, Ibanez, Paul Reed Smith, Gibson and even some weird japanese custom shop boutique guitars. I grabbed the new Ibanez RG “Dark Series” with EMG pickups and ofcourse a killswitch and started shredding for the first time in 4 months. Me was a very happy person.
In the afternoon we went to Central Market to do the first round of souvenir shopping. And finished off with some souvenir stalls in China Town.
The next day was a special one, because we had a meeting with 2 old classmates from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague where we studied together. Melissa and Ejin are both living in KL and they wanted to show us around!
Sadly enough Melissa was hold up by some stuff so she couldn’t be there. But Ejin surely showed us around. We started with the national mosque and afterwards we went for some mixed cuisine of Malay and Indian food and ofcourse fries with Mayonaise and Ketchup. Ejin also took us to a hipster coffee shop near china town. Problably the best coffee we had so far 🙂
It was time to say goodbye for now. But we’ll be back in KL in 7 weeks before the flight back ……… But first: getting up at 4 in the morning to get to our airplane towards the wild jungles, endangeroured wildlife, tropical beaches of Borneo.
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