There is this hidden language when we travel and this, my friends, is called kindness.
It’s probably around 8pm. We are standing at the train station in Jiaoxi trying to figure out what time the train will arrive back to Waiao beach. Everything is in Mandarin. The ticket, the signs and the map. Not knowing where to go we hand our ticket to an old couple sitting on the bench at the platform.
“Excuse me sir, can you tell me what time the train will arrive?” I asked. He looked up and smiled. “Young man! Young man!” he says. He calls a young guy entering the station and hands our ticket to him. They both start to speak in Mandarin and before we know it, three other people from the other side of the platform are called to assist. They are all speaking mandarin pointing to our ticket and their phones. Eventually the man comes over, gives back our ticket and points to his watch. “30 minutes” he says. We say thank you and he just laughs while he walks away. “No English” he says as he walks back to the bench shaking his head.
Somewhere in Yilan
This is the language of kindness. A Language spoken not in words but in actions.
These are the things that we treasure and hold close to our hearts. Little acts of kindness spoken to us in this universal language. It always amazes me how friendly strangers can be and this is why I love sharing these stories!
Stories about how our concierge came and fetched us on his motorbike, while we were walking the streets of Siem Reap at night. He drove up and down looking for us as he was afraid that we got lost somewhere. Or that time when we met a random couple and were given a free guidebook as they heard we were headed to Vietnam. Maybe I can sit and talk to you about the time that we met this amazing tour guide who we are still friends with today? Or the elders that came to greet us in the village? When I think about all these stories I want to burst through my skin from happiness! It gives me goosebumps knowing that there are people out there who care. The ones that put our faith back in humanity.
2016 May not have been the best year with all the bad news going around, but I promise you that there is still so much good in the world! I want to share all these things with you. This language of kindness that we can all understand. Maybe this will be my goal for 2017, to bring you more positive stories. Real stories from real experiences. I want to remind all of us that we are human, all of us trying to survive in this crazy place we call home.
In the end, if there is one thing this year has taught me, its that kindness costs nothing and a smile goes a long way.
Where is the sun???? We have been working in Hong Kong for six months and it seemed like our bodies completely forgot what sunlight felt like. Back home, the weather was warm and we got so jealous seeing photos from our friends and families on their beach vacations. It was about time that we went searching for islands again.
We knew that we wanted to soak up some sun, go somewhere tropical and not blow our budget. We both love snorkeling and after doing some research online, it seemed like Palawan was our best bet. Continue Reading…
2015 Was quite the year! We crossed dodgy borders, took overnight busses, rode motorcycles, found new jobs, tried loads of new food, walked till our feet ached, danced in the desert, got inspired by the universe, got TEFL certified, made new friends and best of all…..we moved to a whole new country!
Wow! Cheers to 2015 and all the new adventures that are lurking on the horizon!
All the new places we visited in 2015
I know I haven’t written on this blog for a while but the last few months have been a whirlwind of experiences. Teaching English, although tons of fun, sure keeps you on your toes! 🙂
Becoming a TEFL teacher seemed like a dream out of my reach. For the past three years I have been reading blogs and forums of people traveling the world and teaching English. I wanted to jump into every photo and experience everyone’s journeys for myself, but I never had the guts to actually do it. Continue Reading…
As we rolled into 2015, we never thought that we would find ourselves standing in another UNESCO world heritage site in Macau! A one day trip from Hong Kong is definitely worth a visit!
From Hong Kong, the ferry ride to Macau takes about an hour. There are a few ferry services that you can book through, but we opted for TurboJet. Their service was excellent and with ferries leaving every 15 minutes, there is no need to worry about trips being sold out. Continue Reading…
You can spend months researching a country or city, but you will never really know what it is like until you actually go there yourself.
This is what is was like for us with Hong Kong. We did tons of research online by reading blogs, watching YouTube videos and going through the Lonely Planet guidebooks. We are going to live in a whole new country for one year, so we had to make sure we knew what to expect. Continue Reading…
Let’s face it, we are not videographers, but we wanted to share our travel videos with you anyway!
We hope it will inspire you to go out on your own adventures! Below you will find a collection of our travel videos through Southeast Asia. For more information on the places we visited, you can click through the links below:
When you take a trip to Thailand, you don’t want to be “just another tourist” and spend all your time lazing around on the beach. (Although there is nothing wrong with having a few of these lazy days!) Visiting the temples in Thailand will teach you more about the religion, culture and history of this magical country. The temples are beautiful and definitely a must for anyone visiting. Continue Reading…
Southeast Asia is filled with perfect “postcard moment” scenery, we couldn’t help but to capture as much of this beautiful world as possible on our cameras. This is a collection of our travel photos from Southeast Asia.
Travel with us through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Thailand is a top tourist destination, especially for South Africans breaking away from the winter cold. Imagine a land where white sandy beaches meet turquoise oceans. A place where you can snorkel, relax in a hammock under palm trees and live for each sunrise. This place is Thailand.
Here are some of the things we love about Thailand: Continue Reading…