October-November Travelling Adventures
Nothing excuses my long break from break, but it has not been easy to balance my travel plans, studies and day-to-day errands alone. Unfortunately, my goal to blog each week failed miserably and I am now well into November and almost done my exchange.
October was a crazy month, where I spent half the month abroad. 10 days were in Japan and 5 in Seoul. I must say I did not enjoy seeing Japan as much as I had hoped. It was a little too chaotic, too eccentric, too conservative. Especially in Tokyo, I felt lost and overwhelmed. I really enjoyed Osaka and Kyoto though. These were more quaint cities where its historic beauty has more or less been conserved. The food was delicious, however, and I may never taste sushi the same way again. The kiddies in kimonos were also the cutest things in the world.
My stop in Seoul was probably my favourite only because of all the great company that surrounded me. I met my first author friend, and finally got to rap “Super Bass” at kareoke. I even went out for the first time and got drunk. Weird how that’s a rarity now. I also went shopping for the first time while travelling abroad, and got SO MUCH FREE STUFF as a result.
The last week and a half, I spent in Cambodia and Laos. Cambodia always had such mystery for me, and I always thought it was very Indiana-Jones-like. I’ve seen many pictures of friends visiting there, and knew I would love exploring Angkor Wat.
To be honest, I would never have known to go there if Andrew hadn’t been in 2010. Thank goodness he did because I would have missed out on a true gem. It must be the least developed nation I’ve visited (even compared to Siem Reap). I appreciate that preservation of nature and unindustrialized life. I’ve never seen such beautiful water falls and mountains in my life. I’ve never met such genuine people as the Lao. I’ve never enjoyed myself more than lying on a tube floating down the Mekong River.
I’m sad to be ending my travel adventures this exchange. It will be difficult to return to reality. It will be particularly difficult to go back to Hong Kong and be faced with 3 essays and 1 take home exam.