This adventure started somewhat haphazardly and spontaneously. In March, our springtime, I was thinking of what I should do during the summer. The Summers in Texas can be brutally hot, ranging from 95 to 105 degrees Farenheit (35 to 40 Celcius). I'm a native Texan so I can tolerate the heat. But then I thought that it might be nice to escape the heat and try a change of scenery. As time pased, nothing really materialized, the spring crept into summer, and I really didn't have anything lined up. But then there was a catalyst.
I periodically rent out my guest room or entire house on airbnb.com to earn a little extra travel money. About four weeks ago I received an inquire about renting my house for a weekend from a nice couple that were planning to visit Austin to evaluate if they wanted to move to the city. It just so happened that the particular weekend that they requested my place wasn't available, but I mentioned to them that I might consider renting my house out during the summer. Well, one thing led to another and we eventually agreed upon a time period and price that would work for both of us. But since I rented out my house... now I really needed a place to live.
I quickly came up with a short list of possibilities... Western America, Eastern Europe, The Baltics, South East Asia, East Asia and The 'Stan's. I actually had one friend invite me to join her and a group on a tour of North Korea. It sounded interesting, but it didn't come together in time for various reasons. I put out some feelers about Europe and it just didn't feel like it was the right time or place.
So about three weeks ago one of my other friends sent me a message that he was quitting his job and was interested in traveling. He dropped a few suggestions of places he wanted to visit and we both just gravitated toward South East Asia (SEA). So two weeks ago I booked a flight using airline mileage, and now the adventure begins... SEA to shining SEA.
With only two weeks to plan this trip, I decided that it would not really be worth the anxiety to plan it. I just decided that I would go quick, go light, pick up things along the way and simply have a flexible budget to make it happen. I'll write a post about what gear I'm taking later.
I did find this map online and the route looks like a good meandering line to follow.
So yesterday was the day...
I departed out of Houston. The airline that I would be flying was Korean Airlines.
consist of beef, vegetables like mushrooms, greens, bean sprouts, rice and of course I had to add the hot chili paste. It was not the best bibimbap that I have eaten, but it was a nice change from the regular airline meal.
I landed in Seoul, Korea some 14+ hours later.
And so, the adventure begins...