Following Up With Saben and Lin

Well, nearly four months have passed since our return to the US. The trip seems more and more like a faint dream as the days pass by. We are both very glad we tracked our adventure here so we can remind ourselves of the life we lived as it is constantly being drowned out by the mediocrity of life back home.

Our return has been a challenge, not so much the practical stuff like lodging and jobs (although this has not been easy) but the return to the American environment. The over-indulgence, inflation of non-issues to epic proportions, rampant obesity, value placed on useless junk and the general disregard for how great life is here.

What will probably surprise everyone the most is that we have decided to part ways. As we were preparing to set up our lives here in the States again we realized that we wanted different things out of life and that our paths forward lie in different directions. Friends til death but lovers no more.

Saben:
Now lives in Washington, DC. Was able to find a great job but if he told you where he would have to kill you. Enjoys the life and action in DC but does not enjoy the burning smell coming from his debit card. Has a plant named Fred. Due to lack of enthusiasm his room looks like an IKEA showroom.

Saben would like to thank Lindsey for being a fantastic travelmate, sly parnter in crime, talented documentarian and most importantly an amazing woman. Also a big thank you to everyone for following along and taking this adventure with us. Your support was truly inspiring.

Saben’s Favorite Moments:
Shisha on the coast of the Red Sea, watching the lights in Saudi Arabia
Seeing a Sea Turtle for the first time, Diving in Honduras
Fish for lunch at the shack with Roger and his wife, Baliadas for dinner
Hitchhicking along the Pan American highway from town to town, Beach to Beach.
Learning to surf with the ever awesome Carlos
Candy apples and stale hot dogs at the Bolivian Circus
Weeks spent living in Hong Kong
Conversations about life, in 5 languages, in some little dive bar
Everything about Turkey
Eating at Hasims in Amman
Moped rides through the Lao countryside with nowhere to go and nowhere to be
“Vacationing” in Thailand
Being truly free

…One thousand moments that are mine to keep, never to share, and will fuel me through the darkest days of my life.

Not so good:
Nothing… The worst times make the best stories.

Plans for the future:
Definitely in DC for the next several years but after that who knows. I have tasted adventure, I have tasted freedom, and it is more addictive than anything imaginable. I see Africa in my future, I see a motorcycle ride down the Pan American Highway but beyond that I hope for adventure, I ache for freedom.

Lindsey:

Wow, can it really be that just a few short months ago I was lollygagging (technical term) around the world without a care in the world, where my biggest problem lie in the question: what do I want for dinner? Though some days I wished I could have just enjoyed my evening without having to write down the day’s activities, I am so glad now that I did. With time flying by so quickly and so many new things happening, the little things that I loved the most about the trip are fading. But I still love to go back and look at our photos and read posts–it reminds me what’s most important in life: doing what I want.

I want to thank Saben for being such an amazing travel mate, friend, and a generally awesome person. Even though we are now living on oppposite sides of the country, I would undoubtedly travel with him again anywhere in the world.  I would also like to thank all our followers and those who continue to discover our humble blog. We still appreciate your questions, comments, and support. Thank you all!

Lin’s Favorite Moments:

Falafel shop around the corner from our hostel in Aqaba, Jordan; Walking through a wildflower field in Cappadoccia, Turkey; Getting up one morning before everyone else and sneaking out of the hostel to enjoy the sunrise on the beach by myself in Paraty, Brazil; Driving through the desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan; New Year’s on Koh Samet, Thailand; Eating ice cream on a crazy bus ride between Paraty and Trinidade, Brazil; As much as India got under my skin, I still really miss eating thali; The sound of the marble being sucked into and crashed back onto the beach, Tinos, Greece.

Not so great: Scratching my eye, Nicaragua. Legitimately almost dying in Rishikesh, India from some wicked unidentified Indian flu thing. Being harassed in India. Even the not so fun times I would not trade because they made the great times even better and helped me appreciate life in a new way.

Current Location: Portland, Oregon. Busy with work but loving every minute of being in Portland! Have an amazing place to live and a great car to take on roadtrips. Glad to have finally stopped bleeding money and started making it.

Plans for the future: My sights are set on exploring my own country for the next few years but there are most definitely plans for more international adventures. Back to Turkey and Central America for sure but I am also excited to visit so many new places like Namibia, Russia, and New Zealand.

So, that’s the end for us. We truly hope that this blog can stand as a testament to the fact that you can accomplish your dreams. All things are possible if you are willing to put the work in.

May you all travel well, wherever the wind may take you,
Saben and Lin

The end of the road…

April 2, 2010 – In Transit, Somewhere over the Pacific

So this is it. The last 15 months of our lives come down to this day, the day we go back to our own country, the end. But it’s not just the end, only the end of this adventure. We may choose to be stationary for a few years but we have definitely not lost our love of travel. If this were a different era, maybe someone would put us down as explorers or adventurers. Still, we don’t mind to fade into the background for now. It can be our own secret, an inside joke to know what we have been through, to know that it really was something and just because it stopped for a time doesn’t mean that we won’t ever get another chance to get back out and keep doing what we what to do. So thank you to everyone who has followed along with us on our trip around the world. And a big thank you to those of you who sent us donations. We hope you enjoyed our trip with us and don’t worry, there will be more.

Thanks for following along!

Thanks for following along!

So until next time, this is Saben and Lin signing off. Happy travels!

p.s. Keep an eye out in the next couple of days for a trip wrap-up from us (our favorites, thoughts, and such from the trip) and a little about our future plans.

Vietnam Wrap-up

We are very happy that Vietnam is the last stop on our adventure. Not because we want it to be over but because it is the perfect place to transition us into our lives back home. While we wouldn’t consider Vietnam a spectacular place it has a charm and beauty that we have thoroughly enjoyed. The centuries old culture still thriving in an increasingly western country. This is truly one of the few places that gets the mixture right. A little old with a little new.

Sure the air is polluted, the beaches aren’t great, the traffic is horrible and the people can be rude and self centered but you quickly forget all of that while wandering down an old ally that looks like it hasn’t changed in the past 60 years. It has that foreign feel that everyone craves when they travel but balances that with western amenities and modern ideals. We love it here and we hope to return some day.

(Check out the Vietnam photo gallery here)

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Winding down

March 30-April 1 , 2010 – Days 460-462 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

You might expect the last few days of a trip like this to be stuffed with last minute sightseeing, shopping, and other culture seeking activities. We saw what we felt like seeing already and now we are under pressure to do some things that just must be done. Preparing to return to life in the States is as big a task as leaving it was, and just as stressful.

Saben washing the random road sludge off his feet

Saben washing the random road sludge off his feet

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Getting ready

March 26-28, 2010 – Days 456-458 – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

Well, the time has finally come. With our arrival in HCMC we have fully realized the ending of our trip…and the necessity to immediately being seeking gainful employment. Yikes!

Street side Pho

Street side Pho

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Poolside notes, from a small resort in Vietnam

March 24-25, 2010 – 454-455 – Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne is a tiny resort town on a Vietnamese beach. The beach is nothing much but every guest house boasts itself as a resort, no matter how small or large, and nearly every one has a divine swimming pool that is too inviting to refuse.

Poolside

Poolside

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Life on a city beach

March 22-23, 2010 – Day 452-453 – Nha Trang, Vietnam

With two hot, sweaty days and nothing of interest within the city to see or do, we spent two hot, sweaty days on Nha Trang beach soaking up the last bit of sun we can before we go home.

You can really taste the heart attack

You can really taste the heart attack

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Small massacre on Bus 346

March 21, 2010 – Day 451 – Nha Trang, Vietnam

It was a fierce battle. One that may just change how history books are written: the massacre on bus 312, Hoi An to Nha Trang. [insert ominous music here]

Sleeper bus

Sleeper bus

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Getting around

March 17-20, 2010 – Day 447-450 – Hoi An, Vietnam

The past few days we have been shopping and walking around in Hoi An’s seemingly endless array of shops.

Through the streets of Hoi an

Through the streets of Hoi an

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I would walk…20km

March 16, 2010 – Day 446 – Hue, Vietnam

Today we walked 20 kilometers. Why, you ask? Well, because….er….it was…hmm… all the way from downtown to the imperial tomb of Tu Doc.

Incense vendor on our walk

Incense vender on our walk

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