He Said/She Said: Favorites

He Said/She Said: Favorites

After seven months on the road we are ready to name our favorites thus far.  Knowing that there is more ahead  than behind, we wanted to acknowledge how amazing some things have been before they become mixed with the newest memories.

HE SAID…

Favorite food

Chicken?  I know, I know, I should say something exotic…I should say the Dim Sum in Hong Kong, after all, Dim Sum is one of my favorite meals…I should say sushi in Japan or Pad Thai in Thailand…but I’m not going to.  The matter of fact is that I need protein, without it I am a lethargic lump, and there has been no more reliable, tasty, source of protein other than chicken.  Give it to me grilled or fried, it has never let me down.

Most Beautiful Sight

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.  The scene of the movie “The Beach”, Koh Phi Phi is stunning, day and night.  The downside is that the development on the island appears uncontrolled leading to many alleys packed with stores, tourists and smells. (Learn more about our Beach Bumming experience here.)

Most Surprising Experience

Watching a woman get run over near Inle Lake, Myanmar.  We were waiting for a bus to Yangon at a highway junction when a helmet-less woman crossed the highway on her motorcycle.  In typical Asian driving, she must have expected the traffic on the road she was crossing to stop or move out of her way, too bad for her she decided to cut-off a tractor that doesn’t have brakes.  Her motorcycle was cast aside as she was pulled under the front of the tractor.  Her body tumbled until it was perpendicular to the front axle with her head under one front tire and ankles under the other.

Each turn of the wheel pounded her head to the pavement and we all stood there in horror expecting the wheel to make it over her head and spill her brains to the pavement.  A fellow traveler next to me burst into tears.  We all had to look away as the driver tried to slow the tractor using engine braking, while dragging her over 100 feet.  The wheel never made it over her head, but we doubt she was going to be OK.  As soon as it stopped someone ran to pick her up off the pavement and put her into a car that sped off towards the hospital.

Favorite People Experience

People named Takeshi in Tokyo.  Albeit I’ve only met two people in Tokyo named Takeshi, but our time in Tokyo wouldn’t have been the same without them.  The first Takeshi, our couchsurfing host, was undeniably one of the kindest, most fun, people I’ve ever met (read LOCAVORista’s article about the experience on August 1st).

The second Takeshi we met was when we were in a bind.  We took the wrong train to the Narita Airport for our flight to Busan, Korea.  We read the sign to find out it would take 70 minutes to get to the airport and our flight was departing in 90 minutes.  Delta’s rule is that we need to be checked in within 60 minutes of an international flight.  Math was working against us so we tried to get a taxi, the driver said it would take 2 hours and cost roughly $200 USD.  Heading back to the train when I saw a college age person and asked, “do you have an iPhone?”  He responded, “yes,” then handed it to me, no questions asked.  I checked in online then he told us he was also going to the airport.  He guided us through transfering trains, sprinting, all the way to check-in.  Without his help we would have missed the flight.  We arrived 50 minutes before our departure, but begged our way onto the plane.

Place I would go back to…

Northern Vietnam.  We were there in the wrong season and it was still stunning.  I want to see Sapa when it’s green and Halong Bay during swimming season. (See our photos of Halong Bay here and Sapa here.)

SHE SAID…

Favorite food

Hong Kong as a whole is still my foodie paradise, with such a wide variety of delicious items on offer from crispy fried pork to egg tarts and to-die-for mango pudding, but the single best thing to pass through my lips thus far has been the fresh sushi in Japan.  In particular the sushi we enjoyed early in the morning fresh from the sea at Tsukiji Fish Market was divine.  The toro sashimi (fatty tuna) was like no fish I have ever had, melt in your mouth delicious!

Most Beautiful Sight

The most breathtaking sight for me thus far were the spectacular light shows from Don Dhet in 4,000 Islands, Laos.  The evening sunset was just short of a spiritual experience each night, the heavens opened up and colors that you didn’t even know existed in the rainbow would dance across the sky.  The best part was you could be swimming in the fresh waters reflecting the sky’s colors, almost as if you were a part of the sunset yourself.

Most Surprising Experience

On many different levels the most surprising experience was our 1000+ kilometer motorcycle trip across Cambodia.  I was shocked that it went so well, with the crazy drivers, difficult road conditions and myriad of ways things could go wrong we never even so much as ran out of gas.  I was also taken aback by how painful it was, I had a motorcycle at home and I have spent plenty of time on the back of a motorcycle, but nothing compares to the discomfort that I experienced on the back of our rented 250 cc dirt bike.  Most of all I am surprised by how much fun we had out on our own in the Cambodian countryside along with the freedom it gave us to experience the temples of Angkor Kingdom at our own pace.  I look back on motorcycling through Cambodia as one of my most fond memories.

Favorite People Experience

The friendly, kind and open people in Myanmar absolutely blew me away.  In a country that receives few visitors and is closed to the outside world the people couldn’t be more welcoming.  Time and time again they would help us with directions despite the language barrier, invite us into their homes and candidly speak about politics.  I was impressed and humbled by the overwhelming kindness of the Myanmar people.

Place I would go back to…

Without a doubt the first place that comes to mind when I think of places I want to return to is Vietnam.  From Halong Bay and Sapa in the North all the way down to Ho Chi Minh City this country not only wooed me it left me wanting more.  (Read our Vietnam Top 10 here.)

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» Cindy :
Aug 7, 2011

Great summary and photos. Makes me nostalgic.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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