A 10000-likes photo!

 “Hotel Califonia” reef, Indonesia 2014.

Nowdays people live to collect likes at the social medias! Sadly I’m one of them! 

A friend of mine asked me a question the other day. She asked me if I have only one chance to collect as many likes as possible with only one vacation picture. Which picture would it be? 

I went home that day looking through my “Best of travel photo” album. Each photo in that album would collects many likes but there is a really special photo because that photo was not even plan ahead to collect likes. The photo was taken by misstake by a fellow traveler from england we meet in Indonesia on our RTW trip in 2014. 

On the day the photo was taken we were out snorkling on an amazing reef called “Hotel Califonia”. They name it so because there is a “hotel” in the middle of the reef for the fishermen to sleep. I remember sitting on the edge of the longtail boat trying to look very nonchalant while David was trying to take a wow-photo of me. He didn’t manage to take any wow-photos by the way. But the beautiful fishes and corals made me forget all about collecting likes.

When we got back to our bungalows our fellow traveler from england showed us a picture of me sitting on the edge of the boat looking perfectly carefree. He explain that he took this photo by misstake! He actually was cleaning his snorkel?!? I immediately knew that this is the 1000-likes photo I was hoping for! 

So how many likes will this photo collect do you think? Would you click like to this photo? 

And the picture under is one of Davids picture. 

 The photo taken by David.

Wish club Japan

      

 

In 2014 we had the chance to visit Japan for six weeks. Five days of our stay we joined a so called “Wish club”, run by Mochan and his family.

The Wish club is like a paying couchsurfing…but you are not paying to sleep on the floor. The 20$/night you are paying for goes for the transportation with the mini-van and the delicious japanese food his family is cooking for the guest. If you are not into sleeping on the floor and sharing a tiny toilet and shower with strangers then Wish club is not for you!

But Wish club brings together great people from all around the world who wants to visit japan. Here is where the van comes into the picture! Every morning Mochan will pick us up with his van and everyday he will drive us to new places and to do different things. There is a schedule he will follow and each tour is different. David and I joined Mochan for a Cherry blossom spring tour in april ( see the schedule we had on the last pic). The tour included kimono experience, Fuji and cherry blossom viewing, tea ceremony and so much more. Unfortunally we were not able to stay with Mochan to the end of the tour since we had a flight to Australia. You can join and leave when ever you want and you only pay for the amount of days you stayed. We really recommend joining Wish club even if it’s only for a few days. Next time we are visiting Japan again we will join Wish club for sure!
Please visit his funny website for more information : http://wish-club.com

I 2014 var vi sex veckor i Japan. Under fem dagar var vi med i ett så kallad Wish club, som drivs av Mochan och hans familj. Wish club är som en couchsurfing mot betalning…men man betalar inte för att sova på golvet utan dom 20$/natten går åt bensin till mini-vanen och den goda japanska maten som familjen lagar till gästerna. Om man inte tycker om att dela sovplatsen, en liten toilet och duch med främmande människor är inte Wish club någonting för er! Wish club är en samling plats för härliga människor från alla världens hörn som vill besöka Japan. Det är där mini-vanen kommer in i bilden. Varje morgon hämtar Mochan upp oss med Wish club vanen och kör oss runt till olika platser för olika aktiviteter. Det finns en schema som Mochan följer och varje schema och tour är olika. Jag och David var där på “Cherry blossom tour” i april och schemat vi hade kan ni se på sista bilden. Tyvärr hade vi ett flyg till Australien så vi kunde inte stanna till slutet. Man kan hoppa på och av som man vill och betalar för dagarna man har varit med. Jag rekommendera varm Mochan och hans Wish club. Vi ska definitiv med honom igen nästa gång vi är i Japan! Besök gärna hans roliga hemsidan: http://wish-club.com

  

10 things to do and not to do in India

This list is inspired by our experiences we had from our three month backpacking in India in 2014. Please read the list with a sense of humor but don’t get suprised if any of these things happens to you to! 

1. DO NOT ask the locals for direction! If they don’t know or are not sure they will send you to the wrong side of the town! If you are still going to ask someone for the direction DO please remember that “I told you so”!


2. DO NOT get your ears cleaned by a street “ears cleaner” because if you do they will put wax in your ears and they will ask around 30$ to take it out for you. If you did let someone touch your ears and realised that he just put 1kg of wax in them, DO stay calm! The wax will eventually melt away in a couple of days. 



3. DO NOT get angry when you stand in line for buying a train ticket, for exemple. The Indians don’t make a queue but instead they make a cluster. May the best man get first to the counter! When you are in there DO use your elbows to viciously defend your spot! 

4. DO NOT even try to buy the biggest balloon when you are in Mumbai (you will know what I’m talking about when you are there). The street vendor will promise you that you will get the biggest one because that is what you have pay for, right? Wrong! If you did buy one DO try not to get annoyed because after all the balloon you got is still very big! 



5. DO NOT eat a chocolat cake! But if you do, DO check before eating that there is no cockroach in it…still alive!

6. DO NOT sleep alone in the train if you are a women! But if you are going to…please DO wear a pair of sock! The men will see a pair of feet with painted toenails and they will start to massage them. ( unless you like that)



7. DO ask where your clothes will be washed before handing your laundry to someone when you are in Varanasi. DO NOT belive when that person says that your clothes will be washed in a machine!



8. DO ask for the price before buying something. DO NOT buy if the price is not clear!                              
Exemple:

He: Fried fish, 1…50rp.      

We: 1 for 50?     

He: Yes, 1…50rp.     

We again: 1 fish for 50rp?    

He goes: YES, 1…50rp!       

And when the bill comes :  2 fish x 150rp = 300rp…what? He said he was sure he said 1 fish is 150rp.

(and look of the size of the fish)



9. DO visit the Taj Mahal because it’s beautiful. DO NOT go when that place has been closed  in the morning for whatever reason! 


9. DO NOT ask any tourist for help if you happen to get stomach flu on your way to the train station in Varanasi. DO ask the street kids for help because they will do everything they can to help you!


10. DO say yes if an Indian wants to take a photograph with you. DO NOT say yes if he ask if he can bring his family to be in the photo. You risk to spend an hour posing with everyone of them.


This post is not a real guide to India. When reading you should not belive that this is happening everywhere and all the time in India. 

Dress like the locals

Sometimes I think it’s fun to travel noticed as a tourist because the locals can be very curious and start to chat with you. But depend on where you are the locals can make you feel like an alien by staring at you…all the time. They are curious, but all the staring at you all the time can get easily uncomfortable! So sometimes it’s good to blend in with the crowd. Since I’m asian I can travel in asia without getting noticed. Even in northern India or in Japan they thought I was one of them. And it has happened aswell in central america that people has misstaken me for a mexican for exemple. But I get revealed sometimes that I’m not one of them by the way I’m dressed. So the best way to camouflage yourself is to dress like the locals! Ok, if you are almost two meter tall like my husband it’s hard not to get notice no matter how good you look in kimono!

Ibland tycker jag att det är kul att resa och ser ut som en riktig turist för att lokalbefolkningen kan vara väldig nyfikna och börjar prata med en. Sen beror det på var du befinner dig och ibland kan lokalbefolkningen visa sin nyfikhet genom att stirra på dig…hela tiden och det kan lätt bli obekvämt! Så ibland är det skönt att kunna smälta in i mängden. Eftersom jag är asiatisk är det lätt att resa obemärkt i asien. I norra indien och även i japan har man trott att jag tillhör samma land. Det har också faktis hänt att i centrala amerika har man tagit mig för en mexikansk. Men ibland blir jag avslöjad genom mitt sätt att klä mig så det bästa sättet att verkligen smälta in i miljön är att klä sig som lokalbefolkningen! Ok, om man är nästan två meter lång som min man så hjälper det inte hur snygg man än är i en kimono!

In India wearing a sari.
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In Japan wearing kimono, cosplay as a maid and a samurai warrior.

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Tibetan chupa dress and nepalese sherpa dress.IMG_8150


Thai countryside style of clothing.

Australian stingersuit!😂

A small family of three trying to create a life full of travel and adventure. We love the mountains, the forest, the sea and everything in between! @familyearthtrek

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