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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:08 pm 
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Yeah, it ran over his entire leg. Fucked his knee.

I hitch-hiked the same sort of distance from the Ferme de Cascades to Toulouse, only took 4 or 5 hours, with three different lifts. One week to go, might wear my kilt (to aide with the hitch-hiking).

When do you get back to Fife by the way?

Also the Ferme de Cascades is no longer on the wwoofing website, I reckon 'cause so many other wwoofers complained about it. But French people complain far too much.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:04 pm 
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Is that the first place u were at? Was gonna ask if it was part of the organisation. Seemed a bit harsh getting u to work 7 day weeks. They at least give you decent accomodation?

Working up until Fri. Then going out Fri night for my leaving drinks with work mates.Then moving my stuff back to Fife Saturday morning, then on to Dundee for my birthday drinks.No rest for the wicked.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:30 pm 
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Yeah, that was the first place. Can't say the accomodation was that great, but it was a good adventure!

I currently have the mumps, but getting over it now (getting hold of some decent food helped immensely). Also I no longer look like I'm wearing a fat suit on the left half of my face. Hopefully will be okay for when I go to David and Mailysa's.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:04 pm 
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You better have some pics of that!!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:09 pm 
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No, wasn't in the mood for taking pictures. The mumps sucks.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:37 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:35 pm 
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As promised, some photos of the boat on top of the buildings in Singapore :

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:41 pm 
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That is ball achingly awesome. I wonder who lives in the boat?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:58 pm 
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Links to all the albums of photos of when I was away :

India :
https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink
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https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink
https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink

Singapore :
https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink

Thailand :
https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink
https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink
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https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink

Japan :
https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink

Nw Zealand :
https://picasaweb.google.com/1131524631 ... directlink

USA :
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:19 pm 
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The hostel I was at in Bangkok I was more or less the only guests there. There was an Arab group but I only ever saw them for an hour or so in the evening in the hostel lounge and they kept mainly to themselves as they were a group of 6 or so. I was chatting to them one evening but they were there more on a holiday as a group than to meet people. I had a 6 bed dorm to myself in that hostel but there were the odd people would arrive and stay for a night so I had some good banter with people in the lounge when they arrived. Overall though it was really quiet, it was the quiet season in Thailand which had something to do with it but there were always just enough people around to meet someone.
Well, not so much in Bangkok but everywhere else I was.

Is it board and food you get provided and just no actual cash pay? Or is it just board and you have to pay for your own food?

The problem with travelling was you never really knew what a hostel was going to be like until you got there. It could get absolutely awesome reviews but the people staying there when you're there might all be really unsociable and keeping to themselves. Or it might be somewhere that has awful reviews but when you get there it's filled with fun and friendly people you immediately click with and the staff are absolutely awesome as well.

It was why when I went to a new place I tended to only book 1/2 nights so that if I wanted to go somewhere else I hadn't booked myself into somewhere I no longer wanted to be but if I did end up wanting to stay longer (like the place in San Francisco) I could just book however many more nights I wanted, especially since it wasn't hoachingly busy anywhere I went.

Places I stayed longer than planned :
With the couple I know in Memphis - we got on so well.
At the bungalows across from the beach in Ao Nang - met 3 French people who were staying a bit longer than I had been going to so I stayed since we were getting on, also the beach just across the road and everything it was like a little paradise there.
San Francisco hostel - Loads of other guests who all seemed to become my friends instantly, friendly staff, nice city, really social hostel which just had a really good feel to it

Places I would have stayed longer :
San Diego - staff and other guests all got along really well, really good feel to the hostel. Lovely city. Had a rental car at the time though so every day was costing me $50 or something extra for the car so I had to leave when planned so I could fit in Vegas before having to take the car back. Had I flown to San Diego I wouldnt have been as rushed and would probably have stayed an extra day or two - looking back on it I'm glad I didn't because it would have meant less time in either San Francisco, Memphis or New York and I wouldn't have wanted less time in any of those places. I suppose a day swapped from SF to SD or even 2 would have been OK, I did spend quite a lot of time in SF but that's not a bad thing since I was really enjoying my time there. Memphis I wouldn't have wanted to cut down on because it was nice meeting and staying with the two of them there, in fact....
Memphis - Got on so well with the couple I was staying with, it was lovely. I would have gladly stayed another week though I don't know how they would have felt about it :D
Many places in India - We were on a tour so obviously it wasn't possible but; Jaisalmer and Varanasi in particular I would have happily spent weeks in. Udaipur and Pushkar as well to a lesser extent.
Ao Nang - Even though I stayed longer than planned I would have happily stayed longer. I'm glad I didn't because it gave me just the right amount of time in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai but I could have happily stayed down at that little bungalow right across from the beach for another week. I wish I'd had less time in Bangkok and either done that or spent the time in another part of Thailand. Could have happily spent the whole 2 weeks after I left Bangkok here but it was good to do some travelling round the country since that was part of why i was away. The good old 23 hours on buses with only a 3 hour wait at a bus station in the middle was a bit of a nightmare though :D

Places I should have spent less time :
Bangkok - This is probably the only place that falls under this category actually. I was in Bangkok for a whole week, it should have been maybe 3 or 4 days. Most of the sightseeing you really want to do in Bangkok can easily be done in 2 days, one day if you really pushed it and rushed round the grand palace and things but I'd say 2 days. Plus a day to get your bearings in the city to start with, and a rest day when first arriving. 4 would definitely have been a much better length of time to stay in Bangkok and to anyone going I would recommend 4 days as the absolute maximum unless they have a particular reason for wanting to stay in Bangkok for longer. It was good in a way though because it meant I could take my Bangkok sightseeing really easy, got to know the city a bit, just a few days to not really do any proper sightseeing but to wander round the city, tasting food, cold drinks, exploring the streets and watching the people. Wasn't all bad but if I was giving pre-trip me advice using some kind of time machine it would be to have less time in Bangkok.
Tokyo - But only because it would have been nice to see more of other parts of Japan than just Lake Achii and surrounding areas on the one day I went outside of Tokyo. So I suppose it's really more of a "more time in Japan" than "less time in Tokyo" really I'd say that the 6(?) days I had in Tokyo itself was just about right and if you were really wanting to just take it easy and soak in the city I could quite happily spend 2 weeks just in Tokyo visiting the bars, arcades, shisha bars, tiny little restaurants, etc.

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