A Few Supposedly Awesome Adventures I Might Do Again
May 9, 2010 § 2 Comments
Streetside Penang Char Kway Teow (fried noodles)…. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
One of my favourite travel authors, Rolf Potts writes this about the idea of “adventure travel”
“… but any salty vagabonder can tell you that true adventure is not an experience that can be captured on television or sold like a commodity. Indeed, tour companies may have standardized “adventure travel” into set categories – rafting, mountaineering, skydiving, and so on- but this doesn’t mean you have to buy into it (literally or figuratively). There’s nothing inherently wrong with extreme sports and organized expeditions, of course, but real adventure is not something that can be itemized in glossy brochures or sports magazines. In fact, having an adventure is sometimes just a matter of going out and allowing things to happen in a strange and amazing new environment- not so much a physical challenge as a psychic one.”
With that thought in mind, I lay out my top adventures of the past 12 months:
1. Argued with a Hungarian man in his late 30’s during my stay in a backpacker hostel in Kuala Lumpur. It was regarding the air-conditioning in the dorms. I thought it was too cold, he thought it was just fine. Turns out we had the love of travel in common, had a good chat, shared meals. Also found out he’s the author of Lonely Planet Indonesia
2. Bought a child-category railway ticket to Kuala Lumpur by accident (half the adult fare) and got away with it.
3. Spent the wee early hours of the morning in Melaka taking pictures of Chinatown with an American-Vietnamese college student backpacking Asia.
4. Made my entire English class in Hanoi watch ten minutes of Casablanca, and had them learn vocabulary from it. They loved it!
5. Cycling solo around the entire city of Hue, Vietnam, on two wheels, exploring everything from the Tomb of Tu Duc to the Imperial Gardens of the Citadel. And getting ripped off for a glass of green tea along the way.
6. Swimming in a public swim complex in Hanoi with a female friend – except we couldn’t swim together at all. Men and women are not allowed in the same pool… at least in Hanoi!
7. Honey glazed waffles on the peak of Mount Ophir, having spent the entire previous night freezing to death in a hammock at the basecamp.
8. Having rice wine and vodka with some Hanoi village elders, and politely declining their invitation to marry a Vietnamese girl.
Here’s to more madcap adventures in 2010!