When 2009 rolled in, I had just returned to the the United States from Patagonia to attend my sisters wedding in Phoenix, Arizona.
It was in February 2009 under the influence of a carne asada burrito that I decided it was time to record my migrationology travels in the form of online documentation.
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I knew next to nothing about the web world, (twitter was literally just the sound of a bird to me). Utilizing gallons of my parents coffee and my addiction to yerba mate from Argentina, along with free internet, I gave birth to Migrationology.
1. United States
- Flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, along with buddy David Damron from Life Excursion for a few weeks to visit relatives, do nothing on beaches, and never resist copious amounts of food.
- Lopsidedly balanced Waiola Shave Ice and extremely fried Mitsu Ken Garlic Chicken with hikes to Koko Head Crater and Makapu’u Lighthouse.
- Treated myself to my debut fish spa massage which left me giggling like a 10 year old.
- Enjoyed the Northern island of Langkawi.
- Had my first enlightening experience with the King Of Fruits while I tackled the Durian buffet.
- Came face to face with orangutan’s in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra.
- Experienced ultimate peaceful relaxing on the shores of volcanic Lake Toba in Sumatra.
- Climbed to the top of the deadly Mount Merapi Volcano on the island of Java, near Yogyakarta.
- Marveled at the impressive Hindu Prambanan Temple and Buddhist Borobudur Temple near Yogyakarta.
- Visited the Bali House of Life orphanage near Bali Cliff where we played games and football all day.
- Learned how to successfully drive a car in Indonesia.
- Aimlessly walked around and glamoured at the cleanliness and neatness of the manicured gardens and cityscapes.
- Couldn’t resist the Golden Mile food center or partaking of the famous chili crab and Singapore chicken rice.
- Became a millionaire for the price of $35.32 on the island of Palawan while sitting on private beaches and eating entire crabs by the mouthful.
- In Manila I was able to feast on fetus (balut) and 1 day old chickens that KFC can’t compare to.
- Volunteered with Gawad Kalinga to build houses with hope and heard powerful stories from people like Tita Silver while being immersed in Payatas.
- Hiked the most incredible rice terrace scenery from the Mayoyao Paradise rice terraces to the 2000 year old rice terraces of Batad with 116 levels.
- Couldn’t believe I was in South East Asia while spending time in the glorious evergreens and caves of astonishing Sagada.
- Thailand is where booty shaking in Bangkok and ghostride the tuk tuk with Thrilling Heroics and In Search of Sanuk emerged.
- Hung out with In Search of Sanuk by way of expending energy with awesome kids and celebrating with elderly folks. Little things make a difference when you relate and talk to others.
- The annual vegetarian festival in Bangkok proved to be much more delicious than it sounded at the time.
- Taught English at kids camps around Thailand and learned how to become an instant celebrity and get a little pay in the process.
- Celebrated Christmas in Bangkok with the company of wonderful friends and unbeatable Thai food.
- Learned how to make a Thailand visa run to Vientiane Laos.
- Hung out in the colonial French quaint town of Luang Prabang, relaxed by the river, read books, and shopped for the first time ever for souvenirs.
- Spent 2 delightful days relaxing on a slow boat while boating the Mekong River.
8. Hong Kong
- Observed the most concrete structures I have seen in my life while spending 3 days in Hong Kong.
- Made conclusions about late night dim sum in Hong Kong while successfully attempting to eat unhealthy amounts of my favorite dumplings at Lin Heung Dim Sum restaurant.
- Gawked at the amazing temples of Angkor Wat in Seam Reap (still gawking).
- Ushered in 2010 to the local countdown in Phnom Penh with fireworks and Khmer dancing and songs.
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