It's In The Little Things.

Walking down the sidewalk in some foreign country in where one knows who you are, what  your name is or the things you've done. Now that's freedom. Lying on some recliner with a glass of Johnny Walker in one hand and the hand of your loved one in another while watching the intense orange,red and yellow of the sunset. Now that's satisfaction. Realizing that the very same t-shirt you've just bought costs twice as less two stalls down the road. Now that's disappointment. Standing at the peak of some mountain you've just managed to conquer after several hours of trekking, with the cool wind against your face and your arms outstretched like the statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the hustle and bustle of Rio De Janeiro. Now that's sheer exhilaration. 

I suppose that these are some of the inevitable experiences you might have had and emotions you might have felt on your travels. I LOVE travelling. If I had a choice, I'd buy myself one of those big black badass cameras and travel the world while taking pictures of the awesome places I visit and the people I meet but heck...I've got school. HAHA.

Anyway. Being only 18 I haven't traveled much. Having parents that are overly-conservative doesn't help much either, but I sure as hell have had a few interesting experiences while travelling. I just got back from a 2-month 'vacation' in Vietnam and I'd dare say that it was pretty awesome. Here are some interesting experiences:

- Late night conversations with Canh', the hotel receptionist over Hanoi Beer and greasy chicken sausages.

- Dancing with the bouncer after I got really drunk.

-Climbing for 4 hours just to visit a temple.

- Flirting with Canh's colleague: Thuy(she's really pretty!) and asking her out. (PS. The date didn't happen as I got stuck in the hospital on Mount Fansipan and had to stay an extra day there. Bohoo.)

- Getting stuck in some hospital on Mount. Fansipan with no water, food, in complete darkness, with the moans and groans of the ill Hmong natives all around and with only one nurse and no doctor in the entire hospital.

- Karaoke session with the Vietnamese students from some university and realizing that we do in fact share several songs that we like in common. Eg. Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All.

- Playing football with the villagers.

- Getting into trouble with a Vietnamese crime syndicate after realizing the my friends and I did not have enough money to pay for the beer in some pub.

Well.,these are some of my experiences and I'm pretty certain many of you have had those that are way more epic than mine. I'd be really cool if you could share it. Looking forward to hearing from you guys!

Cheers!

Come as a traveler, not as a tourist. (I saw this scribbled on a wall while I was in Bandung, Indonesia.)











Kusak Kusak
18-21, M
10 Responses Jul 28, 2010

Hello again SilentlyCrying! I will definitely visit Indonesia again soon! Yeah, the rujak is great and I'm yet to try the riding the horses at Tangkuban Perahu. Anyway, I intend to visit Borobudur Temple the next time I'm in Indonesia and I might be going to Bali with my friends at the end of the year. It would be great if you could show me around Bandung the next time i visit! :D <br />
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Cheers!<br />
Kusak

Hello DJK44! I agree too that travel should not only be the mere taking in of sights but also the interaction with the locals in the country. That would inevitably enhance the traveler's experience. (: You've mentioned that you have visited the Caribbean. How is it like? Are the waters as clear and blue as they have depicted in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean? HAHA. Well, if they are, I would definitely add the Caribbean to my list of "Countries to Visit before I Die." I'd suggest inviting the friends you've made over to your country and show them around. That way, there would be an exchange of cultures! :D<br />
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Cheers!<br />
Kusak

Hi TrueSpoken! That's what I think the quote means too. (: You seem like the epitome of an awesome traveler TrueSpoken! I mean honestly, you're the type of traveler I aspire to be; not only have you been to tha various places I intend to go to, you have had a lot of veryvery interesting experiences! You have also did things that only a handful of travelers would do such playing with the harmonica while sitting by the Danube.<br />
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I wonder, how do you manage to click so well with the locals in the countries that you have mentioned; Australia and Thailand? It would be really great if that were to happen to me because I believe that the best tour guide would definitely be a local. Especially if she is something to behold. Your post has definitely opened up my eyes to the joys of travel and I thank you for that. Looking forward to hearing more of your travles from you.<br />
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Cheers!<br />
Kusak

Hi Gr8white! South Africa is definitely one of the countries on my list of "Countries I Must Visit Before I Die. I've heard many people say that South Africa is a great place! Not forgetting that I am a bigbigbig fan of South African rugby! Go S[ringboks! :D Oh, and I really appreciate the offer, but I unfortunately, I'm a little short on cash at the moment. Take care and all the best in your tours! <br />
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Cheers!<br />
Kusak

Hi Celticsoul! Where would this favorite destination of yours be? Yeap, I agree with you that travelling ought to involve relaxation and interaction with the locals! :D <br />
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I suppose I could say that we both are in the same boat due to the fact that we love travel but don't really have the means to do so. I wish you a world of awesome experiences in your upcoming travels friend.<br />
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Cheers!<br />
Kusak

Apa kabar silentlycrying? (I sure hope I'm saying 'Hello' correctly. Haha!) <br />
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I visited Bandung for only a day while I was on a four day trip to Indonesia approximately 5 years ago. I can't say that I remember Bandung vividly, but I definitely remember that it is a very interesting place. What I love about Bandung is that the fusion of cultures are evident; East and West, the past and the present. I love how you can drive on the road for miles going past wide paddy fields and suddenly your'e in a place with lots of buildings. I love the Rojak Bandung there too. (:<br />
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I also remember clearly my visit to Tangkuban Perahu. Despite the fact the the entire area reeked of sulfur, the view of the volcano was simply breathtaking with sulphuric smoke rising out from the core of the volcano. I wonder...is Tangkuban Perahu still active? I recall being too afraid to sit at the edge of the volcano for a picture as I was a tad bit 'chunky' during that point of time and feared that the rock I was sitting on would give way beneath my weight and I'd be cooked in the volcano. HAHAHA. I spent the remainder of the holiday in Jakarta where I had an awesome time in Dufan. I also went go-karting.<br />
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Indonesia is definitely a place I'd visit again and hopefully this time, I would be able to stay for more than a mere 4 days.<br />
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Cheers!<br />
Kusak

Thank you livefreedieyoung, much appreciated! (: Yeap! You bet they were awesome times! :D I totally agree with the fact that individuals who are Sagittarius LOVE travel. Several of my friends born within that period too enjoy travelling and keep asking me to join them but unfortunately, I have to save up for a relatively long period in order to travel. <br />
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What's Orlando like? I've always wanted to visit the States. I am currently saving up for a trip to either Bali, Tibet, Bangkok or Phuket. I can't decide. HAHA.<br />
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I hear they've got beautiful beaches in Aussie; Bondi Beach. The people there are also really really friendly! Travelling alone can at times be a really really good experience but for places such as Aussie, I'd recommend going with friends to heighten the level of fun! Well, I wish you godspeed in saving for your trip to Europe/Australia.<br />
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Cheers!<br />
Kusak

Hi DayPassion! Thanks for sharing! :D Those are really awesome experiences you've got there! I have always wanted to go to Japan and watch those Sumo wrestling shows. Not to forget indulging in the various renowned food items such as the Muskmelon, Octopus and Wagyu beef. <br />
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Whoa! I bet you must have been really surprised after realizing that the couples in their 70s are able to lug those stoves throughout the hike. Alas, aren't surprises part and parcel of the joys of travel? (:<br />
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Cheers!<br />
Kusak

Kusak, <br />
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You finished your post with the quote, "Come as a traveler, not as a tourist." I love that. The message being to travel for the experience, not just to see.<br />
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I've done both...whirlwind 30 days in Europe to see the sights. Happy to have seen all the popular sights but later realized I missed the many people I passed along the way. <br />
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Spent 4 days in Budapest years later by myself and walked the city. Ate at small places on back streets I'm sure few Americans have seen, played my harmonica sitting by the Danube, thinking of the history that has floated by.<br />
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Climbed a mountain in South Korea only to find an old woman with a heavier pack than mine on top of the mountain that had cold soda and moonpies.<br />
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Drank a beer by myself on my birthday in Thailand on my last day in that country when a beautiful girl pulled up on her dirt bike and proceeded to take me shopping on her dime. Really wish I could have stayed another couple weeks, not for the gifts but because the girl was something to behold.<br />
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Spent a couple weeks in Australia, met a girl that warmed up to me and asked me to come out to her family's place. The clincher in her mind was when she told me I could go out with her brothers and shoot kangaroos by jeep at night. I passed on that opportunity.<br />
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Look forward to exchanging more of the "Little things" in the travels.

Traveling always brings surprises....for those that seek...<br />
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... Climbing Da-Keng trail in Taiwan - Got to the top (its a long, hot hike...only to find couples in their 70 that do it....twice a week...and carry cooking stoves so they can brew tea and drink scotch after the 7 mile hike)<br />
....Having a cop in Tawan ask if I needed help...showed were I was going...sooo...I got a ride on his scooter to the temple I was going to<br />
...Bringing family thru Toyko station....seeing lots of cell camera when some Suma wrestlers....turns out one is the current big star...got our family picture with him....<br />
...Going thru the christmas time Luminare in Kyoto....to mark the big earthquake. AWESOME. 600,000 people in 5 hours walk thru and view...beautiful...beautiful...