T: In Borocay, Philippines - we met a bunch of British guys celebrating a birthday, so we decided to join the celebration at a beachfront club. We danced all night and had so much fun. But the best part of the night was deciding to run into the ocean when it got too hot in the club. Perfect as we could continue dancing to the music just steps away but in the cool surroundings of the ocean.
|New Years in the streets of Siem Reap with the PEPY crew! (photo: Conor Hallisy)|
|Taken by Ania on Apo Island, Philippines|
|Ania's first day of biking in Cambodia!|
|Wet and cold on Rinjani (Photo: Dave Brown)|
A: Northern Vietnam - Motor biking is pretty awesome, especially when it’s through Vietnam’s highest mountain pass. This was the second most amazing experience I had this past year (after Cambodia!). I miss my Honda so... I wish Toronto weather wasn’t so vacillating. Ange is a tropical girl. Tiana is made for the Canadian cold. I love the mountains!
Honourable mention 2: Hanging out with various people from our programs doing their placements and friends of friends who had done placements in Asia. Brian, Brandon, Mirabel, Min, Josh, Ying, Alam...plus friends Val, Will and Tristan who happened to be in Asia at the same time. Thanks for being such awesome hosts/company for us!
Consensus from Ania and I: She can party! She got almost no sleep and would still have energy to dance the night away and drink out of plastic buckets.
|At Circa, a club in Quezon City, on our first night out of the trip!|
A: One thing I wish I had done: somehow I didn’t manage to find the time to trek... well until I got to Poland, which made for an amazing birthday in the snow-covered Tatry mountains!
|T surfing in Bali|
me: Take time for yourself if you're traveling in a group! And try to learn as much of the local languages and cultures as you can. You'll get much more out of your trip by interacting with local people, especially out of the city centres. Seat61.com is amazing if you plan to travel by train, especially in China. Thorntree, the Lonely Planet's online forum, is a great resource, as well!