About

In 2010, my boyfriend and I embarked on a great adventure. Since the first week he and I met, we had dreamt of traveling the world. We had day-dreamed, talked about and saved for the possibility for years, and finally the point came that it was time to act.

We excused ourselves from the lives we’d built up in Switzerland; quitting our jobs, getting rid of apartment and car, saying goodbye to friends and family. We didn’t know what to expect and didn’t want to plan too far in advance. We knew that we would start in India and that we’d probably be gone for a year. The rest we would figure out along the way.

Two and a half years amazing years later, our journey came to an end – for now at least. I’ve always loved travel, but our experiences in the world may have turned an occasionally indulged passion into a raging addiction. πŸ˜‰

In those many months, we spent time exploring four continents. Visited 18 different countries (more for Roman, who did a bit more traveling while I ducked out to visit family). Spent time in massive cities and out in the country side, on top of mountains and under the water. Were astounded by feats of engineering and artistry, marvels of history, wonders of nature. Met lovely people and ate amazing food. Attempted to pick up a bit of Chinese (hard!!!!) and managed to become conversant – in the present tense at least πŸ˜‰ – in basic Spanish. Traveled in trains, planes, automobiles, not to mention by bus, boat, rickshaw, tuk tuk, camper van, scooter and even on one occasion camel. And fell madly in love with the world.

Now the trip is over and we are starting a new adventure: a settled existence back in Switzerland, trying to find a way to integrate the experiences we had and things we learned on the road into our new life. And starting to save money again for the next trip. πŸ˜‰

During the course of our travels, I did my best to keep up with recording my experiences, but inevitably, I ended up way behind. It’s important for me personally to try and capture my memories in this on-line journal so that some day (perhaps in the not too distant future when the busy-ness of every day life starts to crowd the limited real estate in my brain) I can have these words and pictures as a way to remember and savour the world as I discovered it all over again.

So even though the trip is over, the blogging will continue. Maybe by the time I catch up on everything from this last great adventure, we’ll be ready to set off on our next trip. πŸ˜‰

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Me and a blue footed booby in Galapagos

 

Just for nostalgia’s sake, here’s the old “about” text from when we were still on the road… πŸ™‚

Jennifer oh Jenny. I’m a girl on a dream trip with my dream guy. Sometimes life on the road is a dream. Sometimes it gets a bit challenging. πŸ™‚ Mostly though, I am incredibly grateful for and amazed at what we’re doing. We’re traveling for as long as our budget and our wanderlust will carry us. For a little bit more about the why, check the welcome post.

This blog is a space for me to record details of our trip for me to savor some day when I’m back home (where ever that may be – that’s a whole other topic) and to share what we’re up to with the people we love and anyone who happens to be interested in reading what I’ve got to say (i.e. probably just my mom! πŸ˜‰ ). It’s also morphing into a bit of a repository for travel reviews and the too-many photos I am taking along the way.

Who ever you are and how ever you’ve found this page, welcome and thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

IMG 2960enjoying a sunset in Laos

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20 thoughts on “About

    • Thanks so much! It’s more of a travel blog than a fashion blog, but I couldn’t help myself when it came to the funky Chinese fashion sense. πŸ™‚ Your blog is great too! I’ll be checking it out in the future!

  1. Hey there πŸ™‚

    My name is Rachel and I was researching on Laos when I came across your blog. Would just like to drop a note and say that I’m really inspired by what you’re do and hope you’ll never stop doing it.

    Be safe!

    • Aww, thanks so much Rachel! I appreciate the encouragement! πŸ™‚ When will you be heading to Laos? Its wonderfully kind and laid back people were one of the big highlights of southeast Asia for us. Hope you will enjoy!

    • Thanks so much! Your site is great; I love your movie page (although I’m a big wimp so I probably can’t watch half of what you listed unless I want nightmares for the rest of my life. I will be sharing your picks with my brother-in-law though and hopefully get some brownie points for doing so.)! How long have you been living in China so far? Have you gotten to travel much while there?

      • Good luck with the brownie points! Nothing brings people together like good movies! I’m living in Guangzhou, China’s 3rd biggest city about 100 miles from Hong Kong. I’ve been to Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, and a small city in Guangdong called Zengcheng. Spring Festival is coming soon so I might get to travel to Nanning for my vacation. Late this year or sometime next year I’d like to go to Tibet. Just have to save enough money for the train tickets. Whew! So much to see!

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences in words and pics.
    I found you in the testimonials section of the ORT site.

    Could you please share your experiences with cameras(still/movie), storage media and power sources (batteries, charging etc..). How did you save them – did you have a laptop with you – hard drive capacity? etc..the techno jungle that we have to carry on a trip.

    I am still planning a trip to China – Xinjiang province and this part seem to be the “headache”.

    A few years ago, while charging my sony video camera, the power went off only to come back moments later – and fried my charger.

    • Hi Mohsin! So glad my content is coming in handy. πŸ™‚ Xinjiang is SOOO worth visiting, it remains one of the top highlights of our time on the road, and we’ve been traveling for a long time at this point! πŸ˜‰

      Because we’ve been traveling for so long, photo storage and security is definitely something we’ve had to deal with. We carry a good deal of technology with us which is a pain for the space it takes up in our luggage but we find that it’s always been worth carrying along. In addition to my SLR digital camera, I’ve got a laptop. All photos go onto the laptop shortly after they’ve been taken. My boyfriend carries a hard disk and we frequently back up our content onto that disk. We are also using Arq to back up our photos on line, just in case. It’s the safest option but don’t expect to be able to do much backing up to the cloud in Xinjiang. We only encountered wifi in maybe two places while traveling there – definitely the Karakorum Cafe in Kashgar and possibly the Texas Cafe in Urumqi but now I am no longer certain about that one. Every once in a while when fits of paranoia over take us, we’ll burn our favorite photos onto CDs (we’ve also got a portable CD burner) and mail those home, just to be extra careful, but I don’t think that’s worth it if you’re traveling for a shorter amount of time.

      Xinjiang is ultimately photogenic and fascinating – it’s next to impossible to take a bad or boring picture there and I would recommend making space in your bag for your gear. You’ll be glad you have it with you when you’re there. Hope you have a fantastic trip!! πŸ˜€

  3. Hi Jenny,

    I just found your blog tonight while researching our upcoming trip to Myanmar and Laos. Ended up spending most of the evening reading through your posts. My dh and I traveled for a year in 1997 and kept a blog (known then as just a web site); unfortunately, it’s no longer online. We went to many of the same places, so reading your blog has been a trip down memory lane. I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your stories and photos. And, I was excited to see that you stayed in the same hotel in Yangon that we’re staying in (Classique). I hope you’re enjoying Peru, one of our favorite countries!

    Lauren
    Fayston, Vermont

    • Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for your comment – it made my night! πŸ™‚ Laos and Myanmar were absolutely my two favorite countries in southeast Asia. How exciting that you’ll be visiting them both! What a shame your site isn’t online any more – would have loved to read what the places you (we) traveled to were like back in 1997. We were in Myanmar about a year and a half ago and I’m really curious to know what it’s like now that the political situation is shifting. I’m really happy for the Burmese people but also wonder how the country’s uniquely preserved culture will fare as things open up. Will you be keeping a blog for this trip? I’d love to hear how you find it. When will you be traveling? Also after two years of travel, Classique remains one of my most favorite hotels – it truly is a gem. Please say hello to Kalya for me when you get there! πŸ™‚ Wishing you safe and happy travels!

  4. Hi Jenny πŸ™‚
    Your travel log is so inspiring (not to mention impressive)! I’m going to enjoy living vicariously through your posts πŸ˜‰ There really is too much beauty and diversity in the world to just sit and waste away in one small corner of it! I hope someday I’ll be able to travel to some of these places too…..

    • Hi Jina! Sorry I’ve taken so long to reply – I’ve been slacking with the blog but I intend to get back on track now! So glad if my little online journal inspires. The world really, truly is amazing and discovering that over and over again is probably the best gift this travel has given me. I hope you’ll get to do some travel too and see the places you want to! I’m just a regular girl who decided to be stubborn about this particular dream – if I can do it, I’m convinced anyone can! πŸ™‚ Best of luck to you!

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    • I love the fact that I was flying to the same continent more or less around the same time as you guys were all heading out for your Turkey trip! πŸ˜€ Hope you are all having a ball; Turkey is high on my list for places to visit next! Would love to hear all about it once you are home and settled.
      Big huge hugs from Zurich! xox

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