Once Jason and I started living abroad, Thailand was the first country we visited during our vacation period. I had always had a deep desire to travel to Thailand. I had heard Thailand was amazing and so exotic with beautiful beaches. It sounded like paradise. During our initial visit to Thailand we stayed in Bangkok for a few days, and then took a one hour flight to Ko Samui.
Ko Samui was our first real beach experience and it was wonderful. The sand was soft and the water was great for swimming.
It was at Ko Samui, we did jet skiing for the first time! Driving the jet ski in the deep waters away from the shore, was thrilling. I must admit however, the ride was also very bumpy and a bit scary for me. But, I survived our very first water sports adventure in Thailand!
In the evening, tables were set up on the beach for dinner. Having a candlelit dinner and hearing the sounds of the ocean, on a warm summer evening was so romantic and relaxing.
For me, Thailand was and continues to be a slice of paradise! It definitely is one my favorite countries in the world.
Our first stop in Nepal was in Pokhara. It is the second largest city in Nepal. Pokhara was a quiet city surrounded by a beautiful fresh water lake named Phewa Lake.
Jason paddled us around Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal, for a few hours.
We took the boat across the lake and walked up to this stupa. This Buddhist stupa, which is named the World Peace Stupa, serves to inspire peace throughout the world. From the top of the stupa, we were able to see beautiful views of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.
After visiting the stupa and some other smaller temples, we spent the day paddling around the lake until early evening. It was a very pleasant and relaxing way to spend a day.
For us, traveling isn’t just about checking off a list of countries we have visited. It is more about the experiences we encounter during the trip. Sometimes the experience can be as simple as trying a new drink at a local bar.
While we were in Hong Kong, walking around the city exploring, it started to rain. It wasn’t just light rain, but a sudden downpour. We were almost about to be drenched in water, when we quickly took shelter. We were riding up Hong Kong’s outdoor escalator. It is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator that extends over 800 metres in distance and elevates up to 135 metres. Pretty impressive! Anyhow, it was while riding this impressive escalator, we spotted a bar advertising a mint chocolate martini.
I like martinis, and I had never tried a mint chocolate martini before. So, Jason suggested, perhaps we should just order a few drinks, sit back, and relax. For the next few hours, we enjoyed a couple mint chocolate martinis and conversed about our Hong Kong trip. We decided to sit by the open windows, since they gave us a beautiful view of the heavy rain pouring on the streets. Outside while everyone hustled around with their umbrellas, we sat back comfortably trying to take in this beautiful moment!