Traveling with other people is hard. Much harder than say a loved one or boyfriend or alone. Sometimes you have to do things you probably wouldn't do on your own, you have to compromise on things you might want but they don't and above all you have to get used to how someone else does things for the entire trip. I admit I spent a lot of time being pretty crabby this trip because I felt like the first 24 hours after my friend arrived basically set the tone for the trip. Two broken cameras, hours spent looking for her, tears and anger and no sleep. It definitely set my mindset to a whole different place than it was beforehand.
Some things I learned on this trip:
1. There are always going to be more things than you have time to see
2. Maybe its better to visit fewer countries and spend more time in the ones you do than to jam pack your trip and spend very little time in each place
3. patience is a skill that takes an amazing AMAZING amount of work
4. It is ok to say no when you know you need to
It was a once in a lifetime trip and I am so happy that I took it and got to see all the places I did. Its hard to say my favorite place because I fell in love with Thailand when I was there last year but I did really enjoy Cambodia. There was just something about the atmosphere that I really appreciated, not to mention Angkor Wat was seriously just plain beautiful.
So now its time to get back to work with the kiddies and start planning my big trip for July. This time I am going to be sure to not over plan this trip and force too much into a tight timeframe!
I wish I could just show you all the pictures like I do on FB but that is too much work and I just don't like doing it so I'll post some fun pictures of the trip. My friend has so many awesome ones on her backup camera so once she posts those I will be sure to steal them and share!
|The Great Wall|
|In Beijing :)|
|Meeting my cousin for the first time in Hong Kong|
|This picture makes me smile everytime! Kids in a Cambodian fishing village|
|Ha Long Bay in Vietnam|
|At Angor Wat-Tom Phrom where parts of Tomb Raider were filmed|
|just goofiing off in a park in Vietnam|
|Ahhhhh our Full mOon party night|
|at the Grand Palace in Bangkok|