TJ Seren


TJ Seren

Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia: 2013

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Osorno January 17th 2015

Several days into our Honeymoon Adventure, and we have made it South to Puerto Varas. Santiago is a fascinating city, with so much history and culture. The architecture is stunning, with very obsious European influences. Being 92 degrees, we were ready to head South toward Patagonia just as soon as we landed. We had to take a couple of days to orient ourselves to being in the southern hemisphere, in the heat. . . .and also we were not able to leave until last night as the trains and buses were all booked. At least we were able to wander the city, go to one of the oldest Cathedrals in Santiago, and went to the Muesum of Art Precolumbia. No words can describe the incredible art that indeginous people created, some thousands and thousands of years ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa May 15th 2013

Today we set out from Ruteng, originally planning to try to make it all the way to Ende, the largest city on Flores, or Moni, a small town near our final roadtrip goal of Mt. Kilimutu and the colored crater lakes. We changed our plans when we realized it was going to take too long and there were some other orange crater lakes at Wawo Muda, outside Bajawa, that we also wanted to check out, and it seemed a much more reasonable goal for the day. Tomorrow we will set out as early as possible for the lakes, and then see how far towards Moni we are able to get. Our ride today was rather eventful. For one, we stopped to rest our asses and stretch our legs next to a school in an unknown village ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 13th 2013

Namaste, Nepal. You have been in my dreams every day and every night since we last departed. I missed you so, and a huge void feels filled having returned. Being here evokes so many emotions. It's humbling and puts everything into perspective. Many things feel like a gentle slap in the face. Reminders of who we are - just little specks of dust, really, - and all the contrasts in this world. It's a beautiful thing. Nepal is remarkable. There is the perfect articulation of the dychotomy in the world in Kathmandu. And unlike many places it doesn't try to hide the intense contrasts. The poor in the shanti shacks held up by tarps, found pieces of wood, and scraps of metal, and the rich in the new concrete, stucco, colorful painted 3 story buildings living ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tarutao Marine NP February 24th 2013

-Koh Adang- The sky is pissing a piss as if it went out drinking last night, stumbled home intoxicated, and passed out before relieving it's bulging bladder. OH the relief it must feel. It's lucky it didn't pee it's cottony cloud sheets before it woke up for the day. How emberassing had the sun woken up and had to wash piss soaked cloud sheets first thing. If theres one thing the sun hates, its having to clean up after the sloppy sky after a night of his debaucherous drinking! That is NOT what she signed up for when, so many many moons ago, they eloped in vegas, elvis officiant and all. So as you may have guessed, we have arrived on Koh Adang. And yes, it is in fact raining. Why, right now as I write ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tarutao Marine NP February 22nd 2013

Jessika and I took a very nice walk to Ao Son today. It is the next beach down from Ao Molae that has a restaurant as well as camping and basic lodging, 4 km further down the coastline. We got an early start at around 7:15 to beat the heat of the day, which never truly showed up, due to a light cloud cover that hung around through the day. It was nice to be able to move around and be active without dripping in sweat. We heard many birds and insects along the walk through the jungle, and spotted some crab eating macaques and a few spectacled langurs leaping about in the lush canopy overhead. The beach was a long strip of beautiful white sand squeezed from either side by thick green jungle and clear, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tarutao Marine NP February 21st 2013

We are now staying in the National Park bungalows on Ao Molae on the island of Koh Tarutao, after spending the past few nights camped on the beach at Ao Pante Molaca. It is very nice having our own bungalow to relax in, and there has been a pleasant breeze since we arrived yesterday. The day before we left Ao Pante Molaca, the beach next to the main pier on the island, we rented a double kayak and paddled up the mangrove lined delta that snakes inland from the sea to the crocodile cave, where there used to be ferocious saltwater crocodiles before they sadly "mysteriously disappeared". It took us around 45 minutes of leisurly paddling to get there. The entire trip out to the cave we saw no other people. It was very beautiful and ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 29th 2013

Were sitting at a restaurant across the street from the Arcade bust station in Chiang Mai, waiting for our 1:15PM bus to Chiang Rai. "Clean food! Good Taste!" . . . I hope so. Dirty food never sits right with me. One of the restaurants we ate at while here in Chiang Mai had a sign in or near their bathroom that said it was a 500 baht fine for vomitting in the bathroom..... This tells me this must have happened before........ More than once. Maybe its just me, but that seems like something you wouldn't want to be advertising in your restaurant.... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 27th 2013

Taking an overnight train from Bangkok, which we are still on, heading towards Chiang Mai. We're not really sure what to expect, as neither of us have been to the north, and we haven't read too much about the area. First order of business will be to find a place to stay and something to eat, so hunger doesn't turn to anger. We are sharing our 4 person berth with 2 Chinese college students. Apparently there is a popular movie in China that recently was released, which follows 2 chinese youths on a journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. They told us that the movie has sparked an interest in many young people of China to want to come see Thailand for themselves. They had already planned their trip before the movie's release, and are therefore ... read more

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