We were getting ready to leave Yosemite (after hanging out with Family Trek for a couple of days) but of course, not before we hung out and used their free wifi! I think everyone should be proud of me, and probably more proud of my sister Kate, for not using wifi the whole time we stayed there. Seriously, we should get medals that say “Resisted Lure of Internet due to Waterfalls and Mountains” – hang on a moment while I Google and see if we really could have medals made…

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If you missed part one of this post, feel free to read it here to get the full story of the overnight train from Butterworth to Bangkok. 

I didn’t sleep much in the night, but when I did it was a decent nap. Listening to my music helped to drown out the noises of the carriage, but we were right near the door so it was a lot harder to fall asleep. We also had the fan on all night, so I nearly froze to death! I tried to roll over a little, and got a bit freaked out because I nearly fell out of the top bunk! I’m an average-sized 17 year old and even I was pretty much too big for that bed. More »

We recently came to Bangkok after staying for two weeks on the lovely island of Penang. What nobody told me about Penang was that it’s a long way away. An overnight train is needed to get there, and to get back from there as well. I won’t reiterate the trip from KL to Butterworth, because my mother posted about it here and she pretty much got it all down. Except for the bit where because we waited so long to book tickets, we had first-class seats and not sleepers. That meant a whole forty minutes of sleep for me the entire trip! Not cool.

Always book your tickets ahead if possible. Don’t think it’s lame, don’t tell yourself you’ll be spontaneous and whatever happens, happens. Because if you know you need a sleeper in order to be in any kind of human state the next day, getting seats will not make you happy. Not even first-class seats! Book ahead!

Also, it’s freezing on that train. If you get seats, take a blanket or something similar to wrap yourself in. Trust me.

So, after a really lame time on the first train, we still had issues convincing my mother that we should book the train tickets as soon as we got to Penang. You’d think she’d agree. But no. She’s adopted this “we have all the time in the world” attitude which leads to no plans, arguments, disarray and the urge to smack her. More »

So we’ve recently arrived in Thailand, and so far, it’s been alright. I weirdly got sick on the way here, and I can’t decide whether to be freaked out that I’ve caught a mutant disease that will eventually end my life, or to just wonder how I caught A COLD in 40 degree heat! So not impressed. But moving on.

And speaking of moving, we recently took a lovely little ride in a Thai Tuk Tuk. Look at that perfect alliteration. Say it out loud, it sounds just too cute! Something that is so asthetically pleasing to look at and say aloud should not now instill me with an intense fear! It’s highly unfair. More »