Croatia, Cambodia, Tasmania,Vietnam and soon: Germany!
After four months of traveling I am heading back home to spend the summer with my family in Germany. I am so thankful for all the amazing moments I am going to take back with me. Thank you for making me feel like home, my wonderful international friends! See you somewhere over the world soon!
Before we get started with pictures from Melbourne, we'd like to show you a little more of Vietnam!
Like this one from Saigon's Tao Dan Park.
4 715:16 AM Dec 13, 2017
We say goodbye to Saigon, to Vietnam, to the chaos, smells and noise of Asia. For 15 months, we have lived in this continent. First, we learned to cope with all the things that are so different from the "western world". Then, we got to embrace and, finally, to love them. We will miss many of these things. That's for sure!
In less than 10 hours, we'll set foot on a piece of "western world" in the far-east. Some things will be easier there. Some more difficult. The stuff we buy will be a lot more expensive.
It's going to be a different kind of adventure from here on. But albeit being back to all the conveniences of the developed world, we will do our best to keep it an adventure! 🤠
Thanks to all of you for being with us in the past and staying with us for the rest of this trip! 😙
8 826:18 PM Dec 9, 2017
On Vietnam's beaches, it's often a clash of two worlds. Tourists (local and foreign) and fishermen. Rich and poor. And these guys are poor even by Vietnamese standards!
The fishermen of Ke Ga are lucky, the French built this beautiful lighthouse on a small island just off their shore. So they can earn an extra dollar or two by shuttling the tourists onto the island.
The passage in one of these tiny nutshells, you see in the picture, was the most shaky boat ride in our lives! 😲
6 8611:57 AM Dec 8, 2017
Did you know that dragonfruits grow on cacti that grow on concrete pillars? We didn't until a few weeks ago!
2 714:18 PM Dec 5, 2017
The sunset crowd in Mui Ne's red sand dunes
6 852:44 PM Dec 3, 2017
Comment your favorite emoji! 💃🏼this one is mine. I think these trees lights are kick ass, what do you think?
It reminds me to light up all my quirks, angles and edges! Because that’s me- bent, bright and quirky as hell! If you’re shy, don’t be! We want to know all about you!
18 2481:06 AM Dec 1, 2017
Memories are created by feelings, not by the bare impressions on your senses! We have seen many beautiful places, that we cannot remember. On the other hand, there are these special places. The ones that give you the excitement of the unknown. Or those that feel like home. Sometimes, you even get both of these feelings at the same time..
Those are the places we do not forget!
5 771:44 PM Nov 30, 2017
We love shopping at roadside stalls. We have done it everywhere, from as early as Croatia, where homemade cheese was our introducing into this kind of retail experience.
Traveling by bicycle made stopping even easier than in the car. Here, we bought Banh Gai, rice dough filled with a bean paste and wrapped in a banana leaf. We had no idea what it was when we bought it, but it turned out to be just the perfect cycling snack! 🚲🍘
The radish they gave us on top was pretty mild in taste and quite refreshing!
7 864:49 AM Nov 28, 2017
When we were cycling, we invited "Church spotting". Whoever sees one first, yells out "church". Do you spot the one in the picture?
But our cycling days are over now. Unfortunately! And it wasn't our decision. For the full story, check out our Facebook page!
3 533:50 PM Nov 24, 2017
We've extended our stay in Vietnam by another ten days! The container ship to Melbourne with Willie is delayed, so we have more time to explore places in this country. Hue offers many interesting sights: a huge citadel, beautiful tombs and a famous pagoda.
But also this cool, abandoned water park near the city where you can freely wander around.
7 915:56 AM Nov 23, 2017
We promised a beach pic.🏖️📷
Here you go!
8 795:14 PM Nov 19, 2017
Cycling across Vietnam's countryside, you can do ultra low budget. The only thing available along the roads are small hotels that are family owned and operated. We have paid in between 7 and 15$ for a room. Usually, you can rent them for a convenient, hourly rate that is about half as high, during the daytime. 😒🏩
But yesterday, we decided to splurge! After some bargaining, we took a first row sea view room for $35. 🏡🏖️
The dive in the pool was nice, but even more, we liked the beach. We'll show you why, later today! ✌️
7 765:19 AM Nov 19, 2017
We could have spent hours on that majestic kilometer of Paradise Cave that is easily accessible. Stalactites and stalagmites, big and small, creating endless varieties of patterns that change with every step you take.
But by 10am, it started to get quite busy in there..
3 6910:10 AM Nov 17, 2017
Dear Ho Chi Minh Highway,
We followed your milestones for almost 600 kilometers. Numerous times, we feverishly awaited the next one. Just to see the number rise by 1, bringing us closer to our destination.
Today, we parted ways. We like the flatness of the coastal highway, because of which we finished all 104 kilometers, today, before 3pm. But we dislike its traffic. So we might be back..
Until then, we keep you in best memory!
Your Backroad Vagrants
9 901:40 PM Nov 13, 2017
Welcome to the jungle!
10 9611:17 AM Nov 12, 2017
We like bicycle overlanding 🚴, because of the awesome tan you get!
1 462:51 PM Nov 10, 2017
Two days of rain and no end in sight 🙄🌧️🚴
6 8912:58 PM Nov 9, 2017
November. The perfect time for a waterfall swim 😋
5 851:46 PM Nov 8, 2017
We like bicycle overlanding 🚴, because we like staying in homestays. Not only is it the most budget option to sleep, but it's also a great way to meet local families and peek into their daily lives. Oh, and then there is the food! Don't get us started about the food! 😁
One great example: @thohomestay. Make sure to pay them a visit when you're in the area!
We like bicycle overlanding 🚴, because it gives us so much more time to take in the scenery and to interact with the people around us!
8 786:57 AM Nov 6, 2017
Two ladies overlooking the buffalo market in Can Cau, Northern Vietnam.
1 797:00 AM Nov 3, 2017
We have found our peer group in Vietnam. Looks like bicycles are mainly used by kids going to school and around towns. 🚴😁
1 683:00 PM Nov 1, 2017
We guess, he just couldn't fit the whole buffalo onto his motorbike, so he had to bring it home in pieces. Maybe, he put it back together there. 😶
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🕸️😱👹🎃
8 592:38 PM Oct 31, 2017
We wanted to take it easy on our first day on the bikes. Heiner was still suffering from a cold and it had been around two years since our last serious bicycle trip. 50 kilometers of mostly downhill terrain sounded just perfect.
Well, a closer look would have revealed the short but steep climbs, hidden in the altitude profile. But there was worse to come!
After 30 kilometers, our route led us off tarmac onto a steep and muddy track. We asked several locals, if that was the way to Na Chi, our destination for the day. Unfortunately, they all said yes. So we were left with two options. Going all the way back to our starting point. A three hour up-and-down roller coaster ride. Or pushing our loaded bicycles up for an elevation gain of 250 m over the next 3 kilometers. We decided to do the latter, hoping that the track would be in a better shape on the other side of the pass. Going up involved dozens of mosquitos, quite a bit of swearing, getting our shoes drenched and covered in mud and the occasional leech.
At least, the track was a bit better on the other side. At home, we'd call it a solid downhill run. 800 meters of altitude in just over 5 kilometers. This part of the ride was actually fun, although it would have been more fun without the luggage on the rack. It also endorsed us in our decision to buy mountain bikes.
When the track flattened out, there were still 5 more kilometers to go to the asphalt, 10 to the homestay. And the sun had already set.
It was an exciting and hard first day of cycling, but we made it. We did not get the easy start we had expected, but we got one thing we wanted: plenty of friendly locals smiling at us - and watching us in deep disbelief.
4 695:08 AM Oct 30, 2017
After 17 months of continuous overland traveling, we got very attached to having our own transport. For Vietnam, we decided it may be a good idea to downsize a bit. During the next four weeks, we will try to cross this country - north to south - on these two bicycles.
We took that shot yesterday, when we were still in a good mood on our first day of cycling. A day that turned out to be a very rough start into our long-distance cycling careers. But that's a story we will leave for another post...
2 973:50 AM Oct 30, 2017
What a feeling to have our own wheels again! For the past two days, we have been exploring Vietnam's northern mountain areas on a motorbike.
And having our own wheels, once again, proofed to be the perfect way to escape the tourist hustle-bustle. We rode those lonesome, twisty mountain roads through misty, yet beautiful scenery. In one village, we crashed a (pretty party like) funeral. On a market in another village, we saw pieces of a freshly butchered water buffalo being transported on a motorbike. Much more fun than just ticking off those tourist highlights 😁
We returned the motorbike today, but we'll stick to our own wheels for the rest of our time in Vietnam!
4 762:06 PM Oct 28, 2017
For tourists, Ha Long Bay is a prime destination for a cruise. For many Vietnamese, it's a workplace. The jobs in the cruise ships are probably the best ones. However, many more people work in less seaworthy surroundings. Be it swimming merchants, fishermen, or the people that work on supply boats or in loading and unloading of the freighters that anchor in the bay.
While their working conditions may be questionable, the view from their "office's windows" is just amazing.
7 926:46 AM Oct 25, 2017
We have arrived in Vietnam's tourist treadmill. It's a different style of traveling that we are not used to. But there are nice sides to it, as well, and we are enjoying the beauty of Halong Bay a lot.
Nevertheless, we have made plans to get away from this well developed tourist industry. Stay tuned 😃