Published: September 27th 2006September 27th 2006
After 4.5 of hard travels as backpackers. sleeping in Tajik tents, crashing into Tibetan
restaurants, arriving into random places in Laos or just staying in $2 dumps in diffrent places,
we had a completely different 2 weeks to finish our trip We stoped being backpackers and became honeymooners
To start the metamorphosis we got hair cuts (actually only Hagit got one - Yaron likes his hair
long as it is), bought new swimming suits and beachwear. then we made flight reservations
to take us between all the islands - no more long buses for us!
Finlay, we made reservations to good hotels. only once in the past 2 weeks we slept in a
place that had "guest-house" in it's name. the rest were all "resorts". the most expensive
place we stayed with backpacking cost $15 (in Beijing). the cheapest we stayed in the past 2
weeks was $25. we also stayed 4 nights in 2 different holiday-inn retorts for FREE courtesy of
Yaron's club points from all the nights he spent in Dallas from work.
our diet also changed. for
drinking margarita in the pool-side bar
4.5 months KFC was considered the most mouth watering gourmet
dinner possible. but the variety and quality of the food we had (not to mention the hotel
buffets) help us get some of 7kg of weight-lost back.
But the most important change is that in the 16 days we spent on the islands we did
absolutely NOTHING. compare that to 16 days we spent in Cambodia and Myanmar together
to understand how much, and how little, we could do in that period of time. (come to
think of it we did manage to do one thing - after days of examining we are now able to
accurately predict the tide with high accuracy)
The truth is we needed the rest. now after 2 weeks of rest we have our batteries full ... at least for the next few days.
We could use another month of rest but surprisingly, if we had another month, we would
go on backpacking... the world is just to big for us to rest
Just one more
conundrum left to solve before we retrun - how do we bring home 70kg of stuff when the flight weight allowance is 20kg per person?
There are more photos below