Human Schnitzelfest

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
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Trip End Jul 27, 2011


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Nhat Quang Bungalows

Flag of Vietnam  , Kon Tum,
Monday, March 7, 2011

Another night bus and and something like 20 hours later, we arrive in Mui Ne, a surfers' town famous for its sand dunes. We have multiplied into a group of six on this last trip.

I have been on sand dunes before, but never when there was wind blowing. The six of us are having a hay day getting sand in our every pore, coating every surface, feeling and looking like schnitzels. It was one of those days I will fondly remember. Probably the most unadulterated fun since our Jordan adventures. The scenery was beautiful, but that's not even why. It was because it was uncomfortable enough to remember, but too much fun to care. And of course, it’s the company that makes or breaks a good time.

We kept running into the same people at different times. It’s like that here in SEA….You meet someone in say Laos and you might not have the same itinerary. But usually everyone hits up similar spots, traveling either south or north, making their way up and down the same neighbouring countries, backpacker hang-outs or long distance buses. And in many cases, people might even change their tentative routes to stick around a group you get along well with. It’s like its own special travelers’ network. Looking for a day trip to join? Someone will be happy to take or join you to share the cost. You need another room mate to fill up a family room when you can’t find a hostel? No problem. If you get along, you spend your days together as well. If you’re not quite on the same wave length (or maybe just busy like I was in Vientiane), you just share the room like you would in a dorm.

So in the end, it turns out, I am not as weird/na´ve/trusting as I thought. This is just the way the backpackers’ world appears to work. Thankfully, I feel quite at home in it. As I did in the spiffy resort in Hoi An :) In summary, I am glad to know that I broadened my horizon in such a way, leaving me with options. Got a stable income? Sweet, I can splurge. Living off of savings? No problem, I can rough it too. In fact, I think I will always want to travel like this in the future for at least parts of any trip, never mind the available budget. It’s just so much more fun. I rarely felt this alive.
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