Almost three weeks we drive with a rental car through the country. About Couchsurfing we get to know Jason and Sung-il and notice in both encounters: Here is much different than we are used to.
It is the soft tones that confront us with challenges that ultimately make our time in South Korea something special.
From Ho Chi Minh City, we set out on a self-organized bicycle tour of Vietnam. We follow the coastal road to Mui Ne and learn how dragon fruits grow on the way. The merciless sun is bothering us - will we go on to Hanoi?
We want to make a bicycle trip through Vietnam. The problem is, we do not have bicycles. In Ho Chi Minh City we buy wheels and equipment.
For the first time on our trip we do house sitting. In Bangkok, we leave our daily routine behind for three weeks and find a new routine: three cats and a big house want to be taken care of.
"If you are looking for a great island in Malaysia, go to Kapas. It's beautiful! It's a wild place! ", One morning the news of Eva and Philippe reaches us. A wild place? In Malaysia? Are there any wild spots in Southeast Asia today?
By train from Tibet we reach Chengdu. It is the city of the pandas who look at us from every corner of the house, hostel walls or bed cushions. But there is more to do in Chengdu. Because nearby is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dujiangyan, an impressive irrigation system and a nice trip out of the Chinese million-city Chengdu.
Coming from India we reach Kathmandu after a long journey. We will have a break for three weeks! But then we are full of verve to explore the country and travel first to the south in the Terai. Nepal has more to offer than just the highest mountains on earth.
We follow the invitation of our Indian friends and accompany them to the festival Sankranthi in their home village on the east coast of India. Although we do not know what to expect, we agree. And we do not regret it.
Tired of the last Indian big cities, we decide that we want to discover Mumbai differently. Once again we try our luck with couchsurfing and make the most of it: with Dheeraj and Mona, we immediately feel well and are allowed to immerse themselves in their everyday lives.
We feel moved into the book "The Kite Runner": On all the roof terraces of Amritsar we see children standing, who skilfully and diligently pursue their hobby kite flying. We can learn from the professionals and visit the Golden Temple of the Sikhs in our "free time".