Hello! Things are a little hectic in my life now (not a good hectic) but I’m posting at my Instagram @yqtravelling most frequently if you need a dose of YQtravelling.
There I recap my 2013 round-the-world trip daily and take snaps of things in life that amuse me. I also treat it like Snapchat, deleting some photos the next day to make way for the grid.
Some highlights from the few days:
#YQrtw recap 0526 Istanbul My mom joined in Turkey during #YQrtw. It was a coincidence that Malaysia Airlines started selling flights to Istanbul a few months before my trip. It was relatively cheap so I booked a flight for my mom. I am an advocate for solo travelling because I don't see the point of waiting until someone else wants to travel with you. If you really want to go somewhere, go alone. Still, it was nice having my mom as company after a month of travelling alone. I outsourced the Turkish trip to a local travel agency. I went into one of the offices and asked what would be good for a middle-aged tourist (I mean me, I have the soul of a retiree when I travel.) The agency picked a few routes and booked the night buses, hotels and tours for us. It wasn't all smooth sailing during the trip. We missed one of the buses and was yelled at by a driver for the hot air balloon trip. My mom is a saint in life and in travel. She rarely complains though would sometimes nag me to ask for directions. (I refuse to ask for directions most of the time.) She doesn't complain about food not suiting her taste or other stuff I heard elders like to do. She really is a best travel companion. She was the first person I announced my round-the-world travel decision to in 2011. Well, I didn't exactly announced it but it was more like the words tumbled out of my mouth while I was unfolding the futon in the Japanese guest house. She laughed it off but I was firm about my decision and started my planning then. I wonder where my mom and I will travel to next. #parent #Istanbul #turkey #bluemosque
#YQrtw 0602 Turkish rest stop on the way to #Istanbul My mom and I were at a rest stop on the way back to Istanbuk after visiting Troy. I was waiting for my mom when two Turkish girls stopped in front of me and their eyes went big. "Ohh!!" They waved their hands and ran off. After my mom and I had a meal, we were going back to the bus when I saw the kids again. This time, they ordered a boy with a large DSLR over. The blonde girl batted her eyelashes and the boy obligingly took photos of us. I asked them to take photos on my camera too but they ended up blurry. Suddenly their teacher came over. She shooed them away and apologized. I thought everything was really funny.
#YQrtw 0606 #BuenosAires, #Argentina After a long 17-hour journey, I finally reached South America for the second half of the trip. I spent two months in the continent, spending half of the time taking Spanish classes and the other half just walking around. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city because of the traditional European buildings. Not that non-European buildings aren't pretty but the aesthetic is better. One problem with a long trip around the world is the season. I absolutely detest the cold but it was winter in the southern hemisphere when I was travelling. My stockings didn't help with the cold at all in the morning. At night, I wore thermal and switched on the heater in the hostel. Brr… #travel