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Bo 'n' Louise

A blog about one of our trips

The unprepared round-the-world tour starting 29th of June 2009.
First phase was from USA to South America on motorcycles. We made it, and the bikes are sold.
Second phase was the South Pacific... from island to island in old fashion backpacker style.
Third phase was around and around in Southeast Asia.
In fourth phase Louise went back to Denmark (August 2010) for work, while Bo continued in East Asia.
In fifth phase we were both on work, Louise in South America and Bo in Southeast Asia.
In the sixth phase Louise was in Denmark while Bo was making his way home through Russia.
By November 2010 both Louise and Bo were back in Denmark and an amazing journey has ended - but then there is always the next trip :-)

Reflections

Denmark Posted on Mon, November 29, 2010 07:14:20

I’m now looking out of the window back in Copenhagen, Denmark and thinking that a short resume of our trip might be suitable.

So here are the dry numbers:

Number of countries we visited: 32 (Bo)

Number of new countries, we hadn’t previously visited: 15 (Bo)

Number of countries we visited two times: 5 (Bo)

Number of countries we visited three times: 4 (Bo)

Number of countries we visited four times: 1 (Bo)

Number of motorbikes we bought: 2

Number of kilometers we drove: 18.460 km

Amount of times we dropped the bikes: Many, but only in the beginning

Number of punctures: 1

Number of accidents: 1

Number of times our bikes witnessed a murder: 1

Number of times we had to sail our bikes in canoes: 1

Number of things that got stolen: 0

Number of times we got robbed: 0

Number of times we had to bribe the police: 1 (20 USD)

Number of animals that bit/stung us: 2 (Louise, monkey and dog) and 1 (Bo, scorpion)

Number of cameras we broke: 2 compacts and 2 DSLR, along with a L-lens

Number of cameras we then got fixed: 1 DSLR and 1 L-lens

Number of times we went to the hospital: 1 (Louise) and 2 (Bo)

Number of broken teeth: 1 (Bo) – got it fixed in Malaysia

Number of flights: 43 (Bo)

Number of new passport we got issued along the way: 2 (one each)

Number of chickens we must have eaten: 10,000,000,000



Returning home

Denmark Posted on Sat, November 27, 2010 10:00:27

Well, it must happen, that I finally touch down in Denmark.

While Louise had been back in Denmark for month, I arrived in Copenhagen in November 2010 – after 17 months on the road.

An what more to say, that is was “a pretty fine trip”.

Was greeted by Louise and the family at the CPH airport.

And just a picture of my almost-famous Russian jacket which I can finally wear here in Denmark.



Moscow

Russia (Bo) Posted on Sat, November 27, 2010 09:41:31

A few tourist snap shots from Moscow – if you rather look at “real pictures” check this out.

Just arrived with the Trans-Siberian train to Moscow.

Saw the Red Square and the pickled body of Lenin, very Sovietish.

The Russian can be very modern, here Starbucks.

While there still are wonderful markets, where old ladies still sell things that would normally be considered unsellable.

Dosvedanya from Russia, such a great place to travel.



My train acquaintances

Russia (Bo) Posted on Mon, November 08, 2010 11:14:56

This is from my first leg on the Trans-Siberian journey from Vladivostok to Irkutsk – three days on a train with mad Russians.

The last (or in my case, the first) kilometer stone on the Trans-Siberian journey: 9288 km to Moscow.

My provodnitsa (carriage conductor) who warmed up a bit in the end.

I had ordered (on the web) the luxury 2-class ticket, which included meals… actually not that bad.

Otherwise the train stopped every couple of hours, where it was possible to buy… well, next to nothing.

My two roomies; Palev (military guy with gold teeth and camouflage clothes) and mr Trouble, Sergei. Sergei managed to dig out vodka bottles from his bag and then find trouble – which the next picture shows. His first gesture to me was a flick on his throat which I then figured out meant “let’s drink vodka”.

Oh boy, Natasha. Well, actually Olga to the left and classy Natasha to the right. Boy, where to begin. Olga was the ordinary service lady who rolled by with her little wagon full of drinks and snack. Natasha, on the other hand, also sold drinks. She only had three beers in her basket, but she apparently also sold other services. It was Sergei, who though we needed some company and invited her into our compartment. Palev and I then witnessed, as flies on a wall, the art of Russian-mating-rituals. Apparently they never agreed to the terms, for nothing came out it besides embarrassing fumbling and not-so-lady-like moves by Natasha (sucking on a sausage and stealing my tea bags????). She did manage to offer herself to me (which I politely declined), before taking off and leaving us to our vodka bottles.



Classy Russia

Russia (Bo) Posted on Wed, November 03, 2010 08:56:59

It is fucking cold in Russia… nobody told me!!!

For once I have done my homework regarding booking accommodation and transport, so this time I only need to enjoy the classy life of Russia.

The bus from the airport to Vladivostok city.

My first impressions was elegance. Gold teeth wearing taxi drivers and hooker dressed Russian ladies. I saw three ladies standing at the side of the road on our way in to Vladivostok city. My first dirty thought was of course “hookers” because of their tight and head-turning outfits, but then I reminded myself that Russian ladies just like to dress up smart, and I should let go of my prejudices. Until I realized that these actually were highway hookers.

And the men… they all look like polytechnic students who have been passed a Jack & Jones in a rush.

Siberia looks very much like Denmark on a spring day.

The neighborhood of my hostel in Vladivostok.

The actually hostel is just an apartment in a normal residential block. This is the door.



My hotel room in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (Bo) Posted on Wed, November 03, 2010 08:34:09

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More yummy bits

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Posted on Wed, October 27, 2010 06:18:56

Not a deep-fried stick insect, but duck tongue with sesame seeds.

Hard to see, but it is pig uterus… yum yum.

More duck, this time a duck egg with embryo… still taste like egg, but the idea is a bit off.

Dried squid goes well to cold beer (the squids hang on the wooden rack).



Bo at work

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Posted on Wed, October 27, 2010 05:59:46

Just a proof that I actually do work while travelling – a three weeks trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

And here comes some random stuff from the trip.

The white long-nose is blocking the view for the sight, but it is Angkor Wat.

As a tour leader it is very important to be in matching colors as the flight – a flower in hair would have given me extra points.

Elevator weight warning… max 12 persons or 800 kilos (Cambodia, not China).

2nd sign; you can not stand on the toilet… Western people don’t get the squatting concept and Asian people don’t get the sitting concept.

Just a beer advisement from Laos… grrrr, teach me tiger.

Just one of our porters, who chose to eat lunch in a tree. (Vietnam)



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