After some bad experiences, I want to give you few reasons why NOT fly Air Europa EVER again. It is no surprise for any of us that lately the flight companies are getting much more about the money and much less about the customer. But as long as we have some voice, we shall fight them. There are so many options to fly nowadays that we were not the ones that should be pleasing flight companies, but they are the one who should care much more about us. Keep reading to see my experience with Air Europa and why I’ll never fly with them ever again and I strongly recommend you to not to do it as well.
Flight Cancellation due Weather Conditions – Bad, but happens!
When the weather decides to not help, we know that it is not much that anyone can do. It is safer to stay on the ground. That happened with us during our last travel to New York: when it was time for our check-in, we were informed that the airport in New York was closed because of a snowstorm. Our world kinda broke down, because we had few issues: our hotel in New York was non-refundable, it was our first time in the city and we were really waiting for this travel to arrive and we had only 6 days there and we didn’t want to miss it. So, what to do now?
The lady on the information desk told us that what she could do was to postpone our flight for 2 days ahead – both ways -, but they could not reimburse our hotel expenses in New York because when it is weather conditions, they have nothing to do with it. So far, understandable.
Now, let’s go to the second problem: we were flying from Frankfurt and we live in Berlin. Going back to Berlin and then back to Frankfurt would be too hard. So, they promised us a hotel in Frankfurt if we agreed on changing our flight to the next days. Because we still had the “hotel issue” to deal with it, we had to wait a bit for the decision. Also, the lady told us that in one or two hours they would have more pieces of information for us.
Ok, looks like that we might have a solution with the flight company. Now we just need to deal with the hotel and our non-refundable rate. I called them and it was as I expected: nothing negotiable (click here to read my full review of this hotel). They not only didn’t want to negotiate our two nights because of the snow storm, but they also didn’t want to negotiate two extra nights for the same price we were paying our entire reservation. Well, looked like we were really screwed so and or we would lose the money for the hotel in New York, or the flight company would have to find a way to get us there as soon as possible.
Solving the Mess
Well, we went online for our rights and we understood that: yes, the flight company has no responsibility for costs on cancelled flights because of weather conditions. But yes, they need to provide you with the next available flight or any other way – if it exists – to arrive safely at your destination as soon as possible. So, we went back to negotiation with the flight company to see what would be the quickest way to get in New York. Here are the highlights:
- They are part of the SkyTeam, it means that they have as partners other flights company such as KLM, Delta Airlines, Air France, Alitalia and more.
- They told us that besides them they are also partners with Lufthansa for flight support.
- They told us they could provide us other flights (to Boston or Washington for example), but no transfer there to NY.
- They told us that we would have a hotel in Frankfurt for the delayed days. But if we wanted to already go to Madrid (our flight connection was there), they would not pay us a hotel there.
- They told us to not worry about our train ticket from Frankfurt to Berlin on the way back because this is something they offer for free for all their long-distance clients.
- They told us that only 10 passengers were flying from Frankfurt and that we were the only two passengers that still remained on that flight. Some of the other customers cancelled their travel and some agreed to skip their flights for two days ahead.
All that said, after 4 hours manager from Air Europa in Frankfurt came to us with a solution: we would fly on the very next day, with the same flights that we were supposed to take today. The way back would also be skipped for one day after, so we could enjoy our whole travel like before. It sounded amazing because we would just lose one day in the hotel and we would have to search a hostel for the last day. With all the trouble, looked like it would be the cheapest way to solve it.
We then had two options: taking a flight that night to Madrid and spending the night there, then taking the flight at 15:20 to New York, or staying the night in Frankfurt, then in the next morning taking the flight to Madrid and then New York. Because they would not pay us a hotel in Madrid but would cover the costs in Frankfurt, we decided to stay and fly on the next morning. So, she guaranteed us in both flights on the next day and booked us.
It was time to redeem the promises so: our hotel for Frankfurt and the train ticket back home one day later (because I had to cancel the one we bought).
Surprise! “No, we are not paying you any hotel here. When the cancellation is due to weather conditions, we don’t pay anything. The train ticket you take when you are back, I can’t give you now.” Well, there is some more story to tell, but I already tell you that they didn’t give us any train ticket back.
Customer Care: ZERO.
I would understand if they didn’t want to pay us a hotel if they had a full flight cancelled, with another 200 people asking for the same things. But it was only the two of us. They had informed us that we were the last passengers remaining on this flight. That all the other 8 already had their solutions in other ways. So, yes, I know that “legally” you have no obligations toward us. But as a company that cares for their passengers, for their clients, you should have a bit more of empathy. Especially because they knew that our situation was special:
We are from Berlin, so we took a train to Frankfurt one night before, because of our early flight. We were already one entire night at the airport, sleeping on the floor. After the flight cancellation, they were aware that we were already losing money with our hotel in New York that didn’t negotiate the one day. We had to arrange an extra night in another place because again our hotel didn’t negotiate. We could not simply go home before the flight because our house was 500 km away.
So, from 10 people that were supposed to take this flight, we were the only remaining ones, with all those things on us, WHY NOT caring a little bit about us? Why not making sure that we are going to have a pleasant experience and flying again with them? It is absolutely sad when a company just do “what is legal” and forget about being human. This is the main reason why we won’t NEVER EVER AGAIN fly with them because we know that if we need them, we can’t count on them.
Surprises never end
Well, on the next day during our check in we were informed that they were overbooked and we were given Stand By tickets. That time I made sure to remind them that weather conditions were not their problem, but not taking us to New York today would be their problem and we were going to make sure they know that legally. They got us a place in the airplane, but the flight got delayed for one and a half hours, which was the exact time we had on our connection.
After racing the entire Barajas airport, we got to our gate to also learn that they were 40 minutes delay BECAUSE THE BOARD CREW WAS STILL NOT THERE. Our flight was supposed to leave at 15:10, but they started to board us at 16:30. So, punctuality is also a problem for Air Europa, not only customer care.
On our flight back, finally, one flight that left on time: from New York to Barajas. But the flight from Madrid to Frankfurt was again 1:30 hours delayed.
Don’t choose Air Europa
Before our flight, I have already read a lot of bad reviews about them but unfortunately, I already had my flight ticket. I just had some hope that the company got better with time, but I was wrong. Now I add another bad review to their collection and I am going to make sure that as many people as possible learn about my experience and then they can still choose if they want to be clients of a company that do not care about their customers or not. So, what is your choice?
If you have never been to one, we are now going to give you some tips on how to get ready for a festival. With the summer around the corner and thousands of festivals just about to start, it is that time of the year that many people start to plan their next days off and many others get anxious for their first time in a big festival. Well, you are going to be away from home and – probably – camping for few days, so here are some tips on how to get ready and don’t forget anything important.
1 – Put information together
It is extra important to get some information about the festival you are attending and what kind of services they offer. For example, at Hellfest, you can camp for free, but you can’t have any barbecue at the campsite. Also, there are few supermarkets just by the corner and you don’t have to worry too much about the food. Although, at the Tomorrowland, you have a specific place to have your barbecue done. They have a huge grill and someone working there to Grill your meet for you. The service is for free. So, two festivals, but different things. That’s why it is mega important to get some information before going.
2 – Get ready for all kind of weather changes
It is summer and the weather forecast promises you shine and warm days, blue sky and extra doses of sun. Sounds amazing! But what if during the night get a bit chilly? If you are sleeping in a tent for the first time, I must warn you of something: under the sun gets hot as hell inside of it. In the cold, gets full of moisture and colder than outside. So, it might – and probably will – happen that at night gets colder inside and in the morning you can’t stand staying inside. So, the best tip to sleep inside a tent is to take some warm clothes that are easy to rip out in the morning. Of curse, get a sleeping bag. It is smaller and easier to carry than an entire bed set and it will keep you warm during the night. Also, it has a zipper all around, which is easy to get rid of it as soon as your tent is transformed into a sauna. If you want to sleep late and keep your privacy inside the tent, you can also have a portable ventilator inside the tent to refresh you a little bit.
Another thing to consider is that you might face also some summer showers, so make sure you take a raincoat to the festival. There are even some festivals, like Wacken for example, that it is very well known for the heavy rains by the festival time and a pair of rubber boats can work amazingly as well. At last, but not least: NEVER FORGET THE SUNBLOCKER. Never.
3 – Pack light
You already have to take your tent, your sleeping bag, your bag and your food and drinks. Most of the campsites are far away from the streets and you will have to carry it all with you. Festivals are always in the countryside, so definitely no wheel-friendly. Usually, you will have to carry it all, for few kilometres, under the heavy sun and in the middle of the crowd. Got why you should pack light? You can differ a Festival-Veteran to a Newbie just by looking all the things they carry. So, for you do not suffer too much, here is a quick list:
- Backpack – don’t use any bag with wheels, because it will be 100 times more difficult to carry around;
- SUNBLOCKER. Use it all the time;
- Take clothes for the amounts of days. Already make your look. If the festival is 3 days longer, but you are camping 1 day before and 1 after: arrive with the clothes of Camp-Day-1. In your bag, you should have the right amount of clothes for Festival-Days and one last set of clothes to leave. To save even more space, you don’t need, for example, change your pants or shorts every day;
- Don’t forget a warm set to sleep. By the way, this could be as well your warm set in case the weather changes. So, you save space in your bag;
- A towel – in case you plan to have a shower;
- Travel set of shampoo – conditioner – soap. You won’t need more than this size;
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste;
- Hairbrush if needed;
- Wet Wipes and Toilet Paper – sometimes you won’t feel like showering twice during the day and the wet wipes can help you a lot;
- A tent and a sleeping bag;
- A canvas to put under your tent to avoid too much moisture to go inside;
- An inflatable mattress in case you don’t want to sleep on the hard floor – and something to fill it up;
- A comfortable pair of shoes and – if you think it is needed – a pair of rubber boots;
- Flipflops, you won’t want to shower barefoot;
- If there is a supermarket nearby, don’t bring any food or drinks. Set up first and then go to the supermarket. It is better to make two travels than carry it all at once;
- Powerbanks, the lines to recharge your phone in the festival site might be too long;
- A bottle so you can refill it with water – don’t forget to keep yourself well hydrated;
- If you want, a portable ventilator.
Usually, the people in the campsite is very friendly, so in case you need something, they definitely can help you with it. Always try to remember how hard can be to carry everything to the campsite, under a 30ºC sun and I am sure you are going to pack smart.
4 – Make a checklist
Believe me, it is easier than you think to forget things like your ticket, for example. So don’t be afraid of making a checklist. Include on it things like festival tickets, flight, buses or train tickets as well and even your snack for the travel. Also, make a checklist of what you are bringing with you and be sure to reserve all the reservable things in advance. Remember: thousands of people are going to attend the same festival as you, so if you want to reserve anything like a locker or a premium tent, be sure to do it very earlier or you might end up without it.
5 – Check the payment options at the festival
Sometimes the festivals make the payment options in a way that you don’t need to bring any money with you. They create some festival currency and card, so you need to recharge it before arriving at the festival or even get to the line as soon as you get there to get your tokens. So, to not end up with the wrong kind of payment, be sure to read about it. Also, don’t overcharge your festival cards, you might end up spending much less than you think. I am sure there will be options to recharge it at the festival if needed, so don’t spend all your saves on that. By the way, try to always have some cash with you on those hidden pockets. You never know when you need it.
6 – Drink water
I know I said it earlier, but there are things that it is worthy to repeat: always drink water. Read what are the festival rules about bottles and be sure you are carrying something that is allowed everywhere in the festival and you can easily refill it. Remember that you are going to stand under the sun for hours. Maybe drinking beer – which helps to dehydrate – or not eating properly for long hours. So, prevent yourself from collapsing and never forget to drink water. It is ok to have your beer but make sure you are also having some water. It will make your experience much better, you will see!
7 – Enjoy it and simply have fun
Attending to a festival it is having the time of your life. Even if you go there every year, each time is a new and cooler experience, so just enjoy. It is a moment that you can leave all the worries behind, enjoy the music, enjoy the company of people that like the same music as you and be free. So, take some precautions before, so at the festival, you can just relax and enjoy. If we can recommend something else is for you to arrive on the day before, so you can deal with the boring stuff before and leave the festival days just for the fun.
The European Union launched a new amazing feature: to use your European mobile number with its all features without paying extra inside the European Union. This is the Roam like Home, launched in 15.06.2016 to make the experience of travelling around even better.
Is this real life?
It has been a while that all the European citizens were waiting for such a thing: being able to use the 3G without getting worried about the prices while travelling inside the EU. After a great discussion and negotiations here and there, this became real. If you have a European mobile number, you don’t have to worry about being connected everywhere. The new law obligates all the mobile companies to apply the same prices and conditions that you have at home anywhere inside the EU. Of course, there are some rules specially to prevent fraudulent uses, but if you have simple phones, you don’t have much to worry.
If you want to read all the rules, click here to access the official page.
During 73 days we’ve been to 4 different continents, visited 9 countries and we have been to around 20 cities. We made sure to make a lot of pictures of this amazing travel and we decided to tell our daily adventure with one picture per day. Some days were easy to find the perfect picture, but for others, pretty hard. We hope you enjoy our World Tour! 😉 If you want to see more pictures, we are always updating our Instagram account, join us there! 😉
We are developing several articles about our travel adventures and many of them are already published. To read them all you have to do is to click on the picture. If there is an article about that, it will open in a new tab. Try it out! If nothing opens, come back later, because there will be a moment that all the pictures will be clickable. Have fun! 😉
Bed Bugs are the nightmare of every traveler. Being a citizen of the world has a thousand of great benefits. You learn new cultures, meet new people, enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the most amazing places and eat some really delicious food. But has a dozen of bad things like getting a food poisoning, having to deal with all kinds of cultures and some full of disrespect and arrogance or living a nightmare after being bitten by Bed Bugs. Yes, they exist and they can transform your travel into a nightmare.
They are small, very small – but even though, the adults are visible to the eyes. Sometimes you feel they crawling over you, but when you look nothing is there. You have a nice night of sleep and on the next day you look like a mine field of some weird bites. You look around in that super, mega clean room and don’t understand what just happened with you. Would that have been a mosquito? Spider? Ants? Well my friend, welcome to the statistics of those who were victims of those little but evil bugs: the Bed Bugs!
Where do they come from?
Actually they were almost exterminated in the 50’s, but thanks to us, the travelers, they managed to survive. Their presence has nothing to do with hygiene, so not even 5 stars hotels are completely free of them. They simply take a ride inside the travelers luggage. Also, they can’t be exterminated with poison. The abusive use of poison over them, made them very strong against it.
But is not only bad news, here is the only good thing about them: they don’t carry any disease. So, if you were eaten alive by one, the only bad thing that can happen to you, besides the nightmare of extremely etching, is that you might have some kind of bad reaction and end up with some fever or so.
How to know it is Bed Bugs?
The bites from the bed bugs are very hard to be mistaken, because they leave a trail on your body. It takes only one minute for the bed bug to walk 3 meters feeding itself. He bites, walks a bit, bite again, walks another bit and bite again. So it will be several of marks and it will look like a trail or will be a lot of them in a small area. So, it is really easy to identify when it is a bed bug bite.
How they go all around?
A nice information is that the Bed Bugs goes all around only inside the bags of the travelers. The fact is that they don’t like high temperatures, so they don’t stay connected to the body of their victims. They can go to your bag if you, for example, lay your bag in an infected bed. Or if the room is infected and you put your bag on the floor. Leaving your clothes all around can also help you to bring the bug to your bag when you pack it all together again. So, the best thing you can do while traveling is always take a good care of your luggage and put them over tables or chairs. Never leave your clothes all around and all the clothes that you take out of you body should go to a plastic bag well closed before going to your bag.
How to detect them?
Like said before, the bed bugs has nothing to do with hygiene, so you can find them in a 5 stars hotel or in a cheap hostel. Most of the times you will just realise that the bedroom is infected with bed bugs after you have been bitten. So if you want to prevent it to happen, you can develop a small ritual while arriving to a hotel or hostel: lay your bags over the table or some chair. Before laying in bed take your phone lamp and make a search all over the bed, specially in the sewing areas, take a closer look to corners or difficult places to reach. Check the mattress also focusing on the sewing corners. Use the light all around the floor as well. You will be looking for very small black dots. If the bed is infected, you are going to find a lot of them, but they are not so easy to be seeing, that’s why you need a strong flash light.
Too late, I was bitten. What shall I do?
Well my friend. We’ve been there. We know what you are going through and we wish you a lot of power. From the day of the attack until the complete healing might take up to 5 weeks. The sad thing is that there are people who even have a late reaction! Sometimes takes up to 14 days to your body start reacting to the bites, so you don’t even know where you got them.
After the harsh is spread, it is going to be hard and very itchy. You got to be patient to not scratch it all open, because if the wounds get infected, it will be much harder to heal. During the net weeks you will go through some peaceful days and some really hard ones. Sometimes the bites will start to go away, won’t be itching anymore and you will think that they are finally gone, but out of nowhere they come back bigger and worse. You got to keep the control.
You can try some anti-itching solutions like rubbing a bit of alcohol, or making solutions of 1 dose of vinegar to 3 of water and moistening the bitten areas with that or even try some anti-itching creams. To be honest we tried many things and nothing relieved the itching for sure. Sometimes we had some better moments, but was not really gone. What helped a bit was to buy some strong anti allergic pills with some corticoids like Betamethasone. Two pills per day and it went away a bit quicker.
If you have a hard reaction, like Simon did, the bites can come back later (4 weeks after the bites) swallowed, red, hot and getting bigger. Looks a bit scary, but it is a normal reaction and you just need to be patient and not itch it open. In this phase the anti allergic pills are really helpful!
How to not infect your house
Well, if you were exposed in a place infected with Bed Bugs, all you don’t want is to bring them home with you. Remember: they don’t die with poison and the treatment to kill them must be with heating. If you live in a cold country and the presence of the sun is not big, you will have to hire a company that will come with some hot air blower to exterminate them. So, to not let this happened with you, this you what you must do as soon as you get home:
Don’t bring your bags inside. If you have a balcony, leave it there or if you have a garden also can be a nice place to leave your luggage. Than you open and take all the clothes inside and go straight to the washing machine. The clothes must be washed in a temperature over 40ºC, so make sure that your washer has this feature or bring them to a specialized company to wash it. Don’t leave any single sock out of this washing. Even if your clothes are still clean, wash all of them.
Now you take a vacuum cleaner and vacuum your luggage. Every corner of it. Make a very good work there. Than you must pack your luggage in black bags and leave it in the sun for two days. The other items that are not clothes, clean them before bringing back home.
If you do this, the chances that you are bringing the Bed Bugs home are very little. But if you think that you might have infected your house, vacuum everything very well and bring pillows, mattress, blankets, etc, to the sun. If there’s no sun, then unfortunately you will need specialized help. Be ready to spend some money there, this service is not cheap.
Prevention is your best friend
Well, if you want to avoid the Bed Bugs at all, simply check well the hotel room before relaxing over it. If you were already a victim, make sure to clean your luggage well before bringing them inside your home. Just remember that preventing it is much less headache (and an itching body) for you. Don’t be afraid of traveling, just learn to do it even better to avoid the dozen bad things and just enjoy the thousands of good ones! 😉
What if I tell you that my luggage for 73 days traveling around the world was smaller than most of luggage for a 10 days trip? During those 73 days we faced weather as cold as 9ºC and as warm as almost 50ºC. We showered pretty much every day and we even had some place to small souvenirs. Do you want to know how? Keep reading!
Never pack more than you can carry
Think about this fact: you are going to spend more than 2 months traveling. You are going to go through smooth floor conditions and also heavy-bumpy ones. So, the best you can do is to have backpacks instead of trolley bags. The backpack condition lies on the fact of: how many kilos can you carry. Of course that we try hard to not carry the bag too much, but you might have to walk few kilometres under a heavy sun with your backpack hanging on your shoulders. So you must pack smart and never pack more than you can carry. Never.
Choose the right bag for you
In this other post we already told how to pack efficiently. Those tips will serve you a lot if, like us, you need to pack for an extra long travel. Besides those tips, it is pretty important that you choose the correct backpack for you. The great feature about the backpacker luggage is that it will fit well in your body and you will distribute the weight over your upper body and almost don’t feel it heavy on the shoulders. So, when you go shopping for a bag, take the advice of the worker at the store. Be sure that also can fit a lot inside, but not more than the recommended for your height and weight. Last but not least, try the bag and adjust all the lines on you. It must be very tight in your waist and chest, so will distribute the heavy weight better.
How did we pack?
First of all we had to understand all the conditions of our travel. We were going mainly to sunny and very hot places. But for around two destinations we might need some jacket. So, we packed 8 days of summer clothes. Just shorts and light shirts. We packed one bath suite each, 8 underwear pieces and also 8 socks. I packed 2 bras. Then we made sure to pack enough shampoo, soap and deodorant to last the entire travel, because we have our favorite brands and were afraid to not find it abroad. To make sure we took 2 tubes of each. We also packed one very good medical kit with several kinds of medicine and also a first aid basics in case of small accidents. We packed one travel towel each, those of microfiber that you can roll and make a very small piece of it. We also packed two adventure cameras, two empty small backpacks that would be used as support during the travel. About the shoes, we packed 1 pair of flip-flops each and we had our sport shoes on our feet every time we needed to carry everything.
Resuming: we basically packed for 8 days. The winter clothes we wore to go to our first destination and to come back. During our travel we made sure we packed it tight in the bottom of the backpack, so it wouldn’t annoy us every time we needed to reach something.
Well, my backpack was around 12 kg and Simons was around 14 kg. During the travel we gained few kilo on each, but nothing hard we couldn’t carry.
Was it enough?
Many people that we met on the way got surprised on how we were low packed. A frequent question was if it was enough. To tell you the absolute truth: it was more than enough. After we got back home we realised that few things on the backpack were extra packed and we didn’t even touch it. For example, we packed a mosquito net for bed, but not even a single time we used it. We also packed a portable (and very small packed) hammock, but most of the chances we had to use it, we forgot at the hotel. Those were two big things that took some place in the bag, that could have been used for some more memories for example. So, in the end we didn’t pack less, but we ended up packing a bit more than needed.
The secret was to wash the clothes once per week. Specially in Asia you can find this service very cheap. Too bad that we also learned that can be cheap and most of time a very bad service, but worked as well.
Always take small backpack with you. They can serve you as a support back for sightseeing or even as a hand luggage for the airplane. For us, helped a lot for when we bought a small laptop in Cambodia, so we could carry the computer with us as hand luggage on airplane. Also, carrying one small backpack while walking around is enough to carry a big bottle of water or to put some small shop (food or not) that you do along the day.
So, if you are also getting ready for travel like that, first find the perfect backpack for you and respect your own limits. Pack light and never more than you can carry. Pack for less days than your travel and do the laundry in the between. Try to have travel items with you, like the towels. They are very efficient for the travel and they occupy very little place. Organize everything smartly inside your backpack and enjoy this beautiful world!
A very popular thing to do while travelling around south-Asian countries is to rent a Scooter and explore the areas a bit more. During our almost 50 days travelling around the Asian countries, it was in Sihanoukville the first time we rented a Scooter. It was also the most adventurous one. We’ve been through places with aeroplanes in the rooftop of a building, we visited a bunch of monkeys and appreciated a beautiful sunset drinking a beer on the beach. Keep reading to get into this adventure with us!
Renting a motorcycle in some Asian Countries
In Sihanoukville, we decided to stay a bit out of the central area and we picked a peaceful beach around 5km from the city centre. Click here to read about all the beaches in Sihanoukville! So, staying far from the city centre brought us the idea to rent a Scooter for a day, so we could also travel a bit around and explore more from Sihanoukville. The rental was super cheap, only 5 dollars for 24 hours. This would be pretty much enough to enjoy a nice day riding around.
During our entire travel, the rental price of a Scooter varied from 3 to 6 dollar per day. In any case, we needed to present our driver license or to leave any document as a backup. Also, the payment was made after we drove. Actually, all the hotels we stayed rented Scooters, so we actually paid only on the checkout.
What to pay attention while renting a scooter
- – Ask about the law in the place. In Cambodia, there is no need to have a driving license to ride a Scooter. In case you are not familiar with motorcycles, scooters have a very week motor and in the most case won’t get quicker than 60 km/h. So in many countries, you don’t really need a specific driving license to ride one. The other fact about Cambodia is that because they have a corrupted government, if a Police Officer stops you and you don’t have a license, he might charge you 1 US dollar for that. Yes, it is weird, but can happen. If you have a drive license of any category, always carry it with you.
- – Never, but really never, ride a Scooter without a helmet. Be sure that you get one when renting it. Never forget to close it under your chin and adjust it to be well fit to your head. Security first, always! Don’t forget that the traffic in countries like Cambodia is pretty crazy – to not say f***ed up.
- – Always test the Scooter before accepting it. Check if the breaks are working fine and don’t accept any scooter that you don’t feel comfortable riding it. Also, mirrors are always welcome. Always try to get one with both mirrors on it.
- – Ask where is the nearest gas station, because the scooters come with a pretty empty tank and you must refill it as soon as you start riding it. Don’t refill more than you are going to use. You won’t be benefiting the next tourist, but only the owner of the scooter. Usually if they come with extra gas on it, they remove it to use it on their own vehicles.
We travel to meet new and cool people
Our main goal was to ride to the train station in the city centre and already book our train ticket to Phnom Penh. If you are interested about on how to travel around in Cambodia, click here to read about it.
So, we went to the train station, bought our tickets and went back to the scooter. There were two guys that parked by our sides and had the same model as ours. Simon had the doubt if in Cambodia would be a minimum amount of gas that you must buy because he had already a previous experience in Malaysia where he had to spend a minimum amount to have his scooter refilled. We took the chance and asked our “neighbours” if they new anything about it. Also, we asked if they had any tip about what to visit in Sihanoukville. To our surprise, they decided to take us around for a tour.
One of the coolest things about travelling around is to take the chance of meeting new and cool people that can increase your experience in that place. For example, in this case, we met a German that was living in Sihanoukville for a few years already and his danish friend that was visiting and also wanted to see the things around. So this German guy told us pretty cool stories about the place and took us for a very nice tour. Everything started with an aeroplane lying on the top of a building. This is a fucking crazy story.
The Russian Millionaire wanted by Interpol
Sergei Polonsky arrived in Sihanoukville a few years ago after stealing over € 80 million from property investors in Russia. Besides his knowledge of being search by the international police, Sergei didn’t try too hard to hide. He arrived in Sihanoukville on a private Jet, parked it in an old airport that lately was demolished. Then he built up a building to put his car collection and used the rooftop to accommodate his aeroplane. By the side of this building he built up a huge mansion that had a special view to the Snake Island, which he also bought it a bit later and built up another mansion their, so he could leave in peace. But actually, getting in and out of the island was too hard, so he also built up a bridge that took him there. Not any bridge, he made THE bridge. After all of this, he closed the access to the island, forbidding anyone to get any closer and lived 8 long years around there.
In 2013 he was arrested by the Cambodian police that wanted to send him back to Russia. He convinced them to let him free and back to his island after saying that his life was in danger in Russia and he could not go back. He was set free again, but couldn’t scape the second time: in 2015 he was arrested because his Visa had expired and because of that he had to be sent back to Russia where he remains arrested until today.
If you want to visit all those impressive achieves of this crazy Russian, you must go to Victory Hill Rd, Krong Preah Sihanouk (click to open the map).
Overview from Sihanoukville
This nice German and his Danish friend also took us to have a look of Sihanoukville from the top. To do so we went to the Independence Hotel Resort & Spa. All you have to do is to pretend you are a guest in the hotel. Walk firmly inside and find the elevator (near to the main entrance). Go to the highest level and walk some staircase up. In another 2 levels, you are going to reach the rooftop that might be opened – or not. Even though, the staircase to the rooftop is windowed, giving you the chance to see the city even if not reaching the terrace.
Get closer to wildlife: visit the Monkeys!
This was the most “awnnnn” moment of the day: visiting the Monkeys. They stay in a forest area near to the road and most of the time they go to the borders to guarantee some food from the tourists. What is extremely cute is that often the newborns are around there and you can watch them training their jumps. It is extremely cute and you must go there to enjoy some time with the sweet little monkeys. No need to be afraid: they are friendly and won’t attack you. Just don’t forget that they are wild animals, so you can walk closer, but don’t try to touch them. Enjoy the cuteness with a safe distance.
You can see the monkeys at the Thnou Street, click here to view the exact location.
One more temple: Wat Krom
After visiting the monkeys we decided to go to the beach and have a beer around there, but on the way, we decided to visit one temple, the Wat Krom. To get there we took a very narrow and bumpy earth road and we entered the temple through its graveyard. After we reached the top, we realised that the main entrance was actually through a very nice asphalt road. Who cares, right? At least we had some challenges with the scooters. 😉
The temple is quite small but very beautiful. The main house is with it walls completely painted with Buddhist figures and looks absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, the light was poor inside of it, not giving too much chance for nice pictures. Although, the outside of the temple was filled with nice and beautiful golden statues that made a beautiful contrast with the blue sky day.
The sunset at the beach
When the sun was about to set, we decided to refresh ourselves a bit in the pop and wide sand beach of Serendipity. The beer cost only US$ 0,50 and we also had a portion of 10 scallops for only US$ 2,00 each. It was a pleasant moment, but a little bit loud. The Cambodians have a habit of partying with loud music and a lot of fireworks every Friday when the sunset happens. We thought was some special day, but our German new friend explained us.
Typical Khmer dinner
But our time didn’t end at the beautiful sunset on the beach. We also went to have some dinner a bit later in a local restaurant. We made like the locals do: every one of us ordered a dish and we shared it through the dinner. Our table was amazingly decorated with a nice shark fillet, raw shrimps, sea food in a curry sauce and beef with vegetables. Everything was really delicious and pretty spicy. So if you have some trouble with hot food, you might be aware that the traditional Khmer cuisine can be tuff.
It was also during this dinner that we learned a very curious thing about the Cambodians: they don’t leave any trash over the table. Every used napkin, a piece of uneatable shrimp or bones of fishes goes to the ground. Some restaurants will also put some trash cans by the side of your table, so you can throw it all straight in the trash, but some others won’t. The fact is that they don’t like to touch your trash, so they wipe it away with a brush at the end of the day. So, don’t give up of a restaurant just because you see too much trash on the ground. This is a local habit and believes me, they see it as a sign of hygiene.
The way back to the hotel
After such an amazing day and filled with adventures, we had back to the hotel. It was already almost midnight and a heavy summer rain had reached us just during the dinner. After waiting for few minutes we could hit the road and drive another half an hour back to our hotel. The road was empty, the sky was clean and we could enjoy the fresh breeze just after rain.
Date of our visit to Sihanoukville: 5 – 8.04.2017
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73 days on the run
Everything will start on 28 February at Schönefeld Airport, a small airport in East Berlin. Our first destination is Barcelona, but it is not our main destination. We are travelling there just for one day, because on the very next day, on 1st March, we start our super travel to Brazil, my homeland. I want to introduce Simon to my family and to my city. I want to take him to see places that have been part of my childhood, my young adult life. I want him to see our beautiful beaches and travel a little bit around there. To see more details about our Brazilian travel, you’ll have to keep an eye around here on our Social Medias!
On 25th March we leave Brazil, back to Barcelona, but we make a very cool stop by at Miami! Unfortunately our time in the American land will be pretty short, just few hours, so we are going to learn how to enjoy it as much as possible. If you have a long stop over in Miami some day, you must follow our adventure so you can see a little bit of the most Latin city in America! Not mentioning that I am crazy for the Tv-Serie Dexter and it all happens in the warm Miami. I’m super curious to see what will be!
At the same day that we land back in Barcelona, we already take off to our mega Asian travel! We are going to start our journey in Bangkok, Thailand and finish it in Tokyo, Japan. During this way from Bangkok to Tokyo we are going to visit Cambodia, Vietnam and Taiwan for sure. We also want to add Laos to our itinerary, but we guess could be too short. Well, let’s see! Maybe you will join us in Laos as well! 😉
After 72 days on the run, we take our flight back in time (from Tokyo to Frankfurt you kind make a time travel to the past) and we arrive in Germany on 10th May, but because it will be already super late, our train back to Berlin is just on 11th May.
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