103. Big Bad Africa

Moving on to this second continent was much to our relief and also, especially, to my surprise. The exotic, the dangerous… the quite unexpected Africa is very unlike what I’d imagined – granted I’ve only seen a small part of two countries. The final and loooong 24hrs we spent in Asia also happened to be the…

97. The Long Awaited Return

It’s not to say that we are not thoroughly grateful to all those who have hosted us, but we are feeling restless and through with WWOOFing… For the moment. One lesson I will take with me from this travel, is that no matter how exciting and exotic something seems from your mundane spot in the sofa,…

94. Volunteering is a made-up word

Written on the 9th of April The light manual labour we have been exposed to these past weeks are finally starting to pay off – my arms are sore and I can feel my muscles swelling. The work that has been required of us here have been limited to burying our feet in mud which…

91. Construction for Dummies 2.0: From Bamboo to Mud

Written on the 6th of April It was a surprisingly relaxing and easy journey… for me at least. Louise however, as the one in charge of the only working phone, found it a bit more stressful. After a final breakfast at the bamboo farm, we packed up our stuff, said goodbye to Milk and Batman…

89. A Sudden Melting Pot

On Saturday night we were 7 people on the property – by Sunday morning we were about 15. As the family is heading off for a long-needed vacation on the beach, the extended family were due to arrive in the middle of the night by minivan. They will be spending the next week or so replacing the…

86. Bloopers and Birthdays

With a sudden deadline breathing down our necks we have been busy the past couple of days – hint the overdue blog post, but having an actual project turned out to be just what we needed to get our lazy asses moving – now let’s see if we can keep them going… So, today is…

82. Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days

With the heat comes laziness, and so here you have a couple of pictures to help you imagine the last few days at the bamboo farm. We had two amazingly tropical storms… The thunder was deafening. We spent a lazy Sunday at the river, where we attempted to swim against the crazy current, ate some Thai…

78. Construction For Dummies

After three days of working with bamboo, Louise and I feel our ambitions soaring… We can see it before us: two independent women independently building a bamboo house with their strong and very capable bodies. On our second day here, our Australian host arrived from Bangkok. We eagerly listened as he explained everything we needed to…

75. Walking Clichés

As our trip draws on and the days accumulate I see increasingly more similarities appear between us and the friends we made along the way who have been on the road for years and years, they now seem almost like mirrors of what we’ll become at the end of this trip – weather-beaten, precocious hippies who will…

71. Tropical Rains on St. Paddy’s Day

The days at Tantai farm have become monotonous in a much needed way. The routine and chilled-out atmosphere allows me to really catch my breath, reflect over everything we have experienced so far, and (most importantly) really live and feel everything that is thrown in my direction. I know, I know, the hippies have gotten…

69. Backpacker’s Holy Grail

What is a better combination than the hostel and homestay feel as well as gardening? If you ask me, I think we might just have stumbled upon a sorta backpacker’s holy grail here at Tantai Organic Farm. We are an interesting mix of people from all over the world and most are travelling with a…

66. Networking with Hippies

With our stomachs full and the chores tended to, we set out on the supposed 5 hour drive to Buriram, where we were hoping to find a new farm. We were less than an hour in when Rao, our host, decided it was time for the first break. We ate lunch and chatted for a…