So today I started on my trip. For the first time I boarden an A380 (yes, I'm a bit of a plane nerd and was super excited). However, flying on an A380 is not noticeably different than another plane, except at takeoff and landing. This is pretty impressive.
The flight from Zurich to Singapore was ..... long. 12.5 hours long🙄 However, I had a great neighbor, with whom I could chat between the many movies to watch.
Arriving in Singapore late, we, a small group of Swiss all on the trip to Cambodia, ran like the wild, so as not to miss our connection 😅 Of course we were then too early. We are Swiss afterall 🤷🏼♀️
The flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh took 1h 40min. That was enough flying for 1 day 😕
Sometime local time around 8: 40hrs I landed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In order to avoid the long queue at passport control, I already got the visa in Switzerland. I was all the more surprised when I entered the hall and practically no people were waiting in line. I have not experienced anything like that in Asia before. All the better. Just flying through passport control.
When leaving the airport, I felt like I'd been hit by a fist in the face. I'm not used to the heat anymore.
I was now supposed to travel to my Couchsurfing host. However, since we did not have any contact the last few days, I wanted to contact him to see if everything was ok with my stay. I sat at Burger King (in the cool) and tried to call him, sent texts vie WhatsApp and Couchsurfing. No Answer. I waited about 2 hours. No Answer. That was a bit disappointing. I was so looking forward to the experience. 😒
Instead I decided to look for a hostel in the city. I needed a shower and a bed. At the airport, I took a TukTuk, which would take me to my hostel (One Stop Hostel Phnom Penh).
Later in the afternoon (after some sleep and shower) I ventured into the streets of Phnom Penh. For the first time to the Mighty Mekong. The river is really huge and the name therefore suitable. At the night market, with its exotic fruits, the women sitting on the ground while selling fish. For dinner at a lady’s food-stall on the road for a delicious curry.
I wandered the streets with no real destination. Cambodia's capital can be an attack on the senses. Motorcycles whiz through the streets without thinking of pedestrians; Markets spread sharp scents; and meanwhile, the sounds of life sound through the streets. All these too many impressions make my skull hum. Especially after 25h without sleep.
Back to the hostel to sleep was now the saving thought.
រាត្រីសួស្តី 😴 (Good Night)
For 15 years now (at least ...) I have dreamed of traveling the world, discovering foreign countries and experiencing cultures first-hand.
Unfortunately, the piggy bank was never quite on my side. That's how year after year passed. The dreams of travel remained dreams.
Last April I flew to Bali on vacation. While traveling on the island of the Gods, I realized once again, how much traveling and discovering foreign countries fulfill me.
After a long struggle with myself, conversations with friends and family, I have decided to fulfill my long-cherished dream and hit the road (which sounds mcuh simpler than it actually was 🙄).
You only live once. Besides, nobody knows when this life is over. And I'm sure, you’ll regret the things you did much less than all the things you didn’t do. Therefore -> Let's go! 😅
And so I'm going to fly to ...... Cambodia 😍 You ask yourself how in the world did she come up with Cambodia😅. And that’s how it went->
Originally, I planned to travel the north of Sumatra (Indonesia) by scooter. As I got more involved with the journey, I noticed that my planned route is a beautiful 2000km. This in 1 month is sliiiiightly sporty 🙈😂 So I was looking for an alternative. It should not be too far away from Bali and I would love to be able to dive. That's how I came across Sulawesi (Indonesia). Sadly, 3 days after my decision, the devastating earthquake on Sulawesi happened.
Now I was stuck. Out of "despair" I turned to Globetrotter Travel Services in Biel. During an appointment, I explained my dilemma. Based on my preferences and travel time, the travel expert recommended a trip to Cambodia.
Everything spoke for it and I want to see every country anyway🤷🏼♀️😅 The decision was made quickly.
I'm flying via Singapore to Phnom Penh in Cambodia on November 6th. I will have one month to travel the land of the Khmer.
On December 5th I will fly from Sihanoukville (Cambodia) via Kuala Lumpur to Bali. There I will start the Divemaster course (diving) on December 12th. The course will take 8 weeks. What follows afterwards .....time will tell 😉