Hey! So guess who’s finally in Asia? Can you believe this is actually happening? I certainly can’t.
Now that my trip has begun, I’d like to start a new series: Asia Updates! My Asia Updates will be a weekly Monday-Monday recap of my adventures in Asia, as well as a preview of posts to come. The updates will be scheduled to come out every Monday- a schedule I will hopefully be able to stick to.
Where I’ve Been:
San Diego, USA (1 day)
Tijuana, Mexico (1 day)
Los Angeles, USA (1 day)
Narita, Japan (1 day)
The rest… Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Oh god. Where do I begin? In the past week I’ve had tacos in Mexico, sushi in Japan and dim sum in Hong Kong. I really don’t think I’ll ever be able to gastronomically top that. Like ever.
Portuguese egg tarts in Macau
Macau was a photographer’s dream and a unique fusion of Portuguese and Chinese architecture. I like to think of it as “Lisbon with lanterns.”
Dancing in Tijuana was the best night out in recent memory. Apparently the combination of tequila, $1 beer, pool, a Spanish jukebox and wild salsa dancing just can’t be beat- something just happens to your inhibitions south of the border.
All 21 hours in Japan were absolutely amazing- though it felt very tragic to fall head-over-flip flops for a country and have such a limited time there. I loved the quiet streets, the cedar trees, the sushi and sashimi… it felt like a magical place and was actually less expensive than I had imagined. (Maybe I should head back before leaving Asia?)
Paying $3 for noodles in Hong Kong. This city is full of absolutely incredible food at very reasonable prices. I thought I would hate the crowds and congestion of Hong Kong but I actually don’t- though strolling the peaceful, pastel-colored streets of Macau was certainly a breath of fresh air.
Physically I haven’t been at the top of my game- the energy-zapping trifecta of jet lag, cold-turned-sinus infection and travel-related exhaustion have been taking the life out of me. Hopefully when I get to Thailand I’ll be able to recharge for a week and completely recover, as well as catch up on some blogging and freelancing work.
I felt like a complete baby when I walked into my hostel in Japan and was displeased to find out I’d be sleeping on a mat. I felt like an even bigger baby when I had an awful night sleeping on it.
Right before leaving the states my mom lent me her iPhone to take to Asia- and wow, is it making my life easier! My new favorite App is TrailWallet which makes tracking your budget and converting currencies a cinch- I only wish I had gotten it years ago.
Due to the new iPhone, I’m also back on Instagram, AshleyAbroad. Let’s be friends!
California, Japan and Hong Kong all hit the budget pretty hard. Macau was especially bad, as in one day I spent nearly $100! For Thailand I’m aiming on spending around $30 a day but we’ll see how long that lasts. If I run low I’ll maybe have to take out a bit of cash- loans calculator UK would be helpful in calculating a quote!
As I mentioned in my birthday post, one of my Southeast Asia goals is to get in better shape via muay thai, yoga and other inexpensive and fun activities. This week was a bit of a fitness fail but I did get a lot of walking in. Next week in Thailand (!!!) I will definitely have more time to work up a sweat.
Just because I don’t live in France anymore does not mean my love of French rap has died! This week I’ve been listening to a lot of Belgian hiphop artist Stromae, particularly “Te Quiero.”
Where to next:
As of tomorrow night, I will be in THAILAND!