THINGS WE’VE LEARNT IN ONE YEAR OF TRAVEL

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After spending one year in travel we would like to think we got something out of it. Here's a little sum up of what were the life truths we got out of being on the road :) 1. WATER WASHES EVERYTHING No, seriously. I know it may seem like a strange discovery but think about it. When was the last time you were washing something, your hands, dishes, clothes without a detergent of some sort? Water washes yak fat from metal pots and old milk stains from clothes, I can tell you that. It’s a simple thing, but makes you realize how many things we use we don’t really need. How much chemicals you put around you everyday you just can go without. (FIY after Mongolia, I still use soap).aaaand WATER IS A TREAT I remember on a chilly January morning having a shower on the rooftop of my hostel in Kathmandu. It was just after dawn, in beautiful stillness that lasts only moments in a city like this. I was pouring streams of steaming water over me. I knew it would last just  a few minutes and that I am very lucky, that at the time of the fuel crisis, when India closed gas pipes in Nepal, I was enjoying a 5 star luxury shower in an open-air rusty shed. I appreciate every shower with running hot water I have had since. 2. FRIENDS NOT FOES That’s  often the case you discover the most about your own culture being away. Many times I...

5 Must-do experiences in Korea

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South Korea is true discovery of this trip. A small country with a long history (I almost wrote huuuge). After spending 2 months on the peninsula we absolutely got hooked. On kimchi, spa's, soju, palaces and most of all, people! If you're thinking what to do in Korea, this is your must-do list: 1.  Get naked in Korea   Institution of jinjilbang is inseparable with the city life of Korea. My absolute number 1! Imagine 24h spa with saunas and pools, where you can relax as long as you want and then you just grab a blanket and go to sleep. And all of that cheaper than a normal hotel! Be aware though, spa's in Korea have complete nudity policy. So leave your clothes behind and get ready for the most relaxing night in your life! 2. Chase an octopus Foodies be prepared, is there more delicious seafood than in South Korea? Or at least more adventurous one?:) Stroll seafood markets, e.g. famous Jagalchi Market in Busan and enjoy the craziness of all kinds of underwater creatures. And when you're at it try San-nakji, a raw dish made from Korean Long Arm octopus. It tends to suck to things, including your cheeks. You've been warned. 3. Barbecue and soju Korean barbecue is one of the most recognizable of Korean foods. The food itself is delicious, but enjoy the process! Cooking on your own, talking and pouring soju, the most popular Korean alcohol, to your friends - that's the spirit of the Korean night out. 4. Be Korean, Go...

Travel Volunteering

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  Volunteering  while travelling Many times before travelling I was wondering how to travel properly. To be able to get to know the place and not to fall into the tourist bubble. I'm aware though that we're still tourists, but that should not stop us from really getting to know the new place, with all its highs and issues. That's how we started volunteering.   Hodowla jaków w Mongolii | Being a yak farmer in Mongolia For food and bed The idea is simple, in exchange of work you're being provided with a place to sleep and food. And definition of work here is very wide. That's how we spend most of our time in Mongolia, China and Korea. For a few weeks we transformed into yak farmers, we built chicken coops in an eco village and help with reconstruction of an old hanok-traditional korean house. We would have never shared this piece of someones elses life if not for volunteering. My i chińscy wolontariusze w eko wiosce, Chiny | Eco village in China   How to prepare? Firstly, just think what you have to offer. Maybe you can paint, or you're a handyman, or you can play with children? Or you can dig toilets ?:) It's important to know what you can do and what you would like to do, not to get disappointed later. Nasz kurnik| Nathan's new passion of making chicken coops How to find a host? Workaway, Help-x, Woofing... There are many sites through which you can find hosts. The one we use is workaway.info...

BEIJING: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY

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Beijing is home of delicious egg tarts, Forbidden City, Mao's gigantic portret, smog and scams. Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing Blue sky Beijing When we first arrived in Beijing from Shanghai we couldn't believe it. Blue sky, great visibility. And then the next day the same, and the next. Propaganda, we thought. Before coming  I have seen videos of smog blanketing Beijing in just half an hour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g1zAJS_C2k And although on all our photos the sky in as blue, as blue can be, we saw  smog arriving on the day of our departure. And it was scary. You could hardly differentiate shapes of buildings, all of them looking hazy and grey. Smog in China has many causes, including pollution from industries and traffic, but it tends to happen more often in the winter, when low temperatures cause electricity demand to soar. This pollution can come from many sources, but burning coal has been linked to the largest number of air pollution deaths in China, causing 366,000 premature deaths in 2013. Seeing smog like this, feeling how hard it is to breathe and knowing that pollution in Poland is at some days similar to that in China I can see what the apocalypse will be like. Aaaand now some more culture: So that's how it used to be And how it is now. Some truths are just international. Dougong : caps and blocks. They support they roof beside beams and columns. And make the temples and palaces look all fancy and Asian ;-) Nathan can't belive how much...
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Start a morning with a bit of sword swinging – Poranek w Kunming

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Tai Chi Training Session, Kunming, China We thought it will be a boring day the waiting for our train to China-Vietnam border. But then we got invited to a morning exercise routine in a park at 6 am, and that's how I discovered my great kung-fu talents and Nathan discovered you can actually behead yourself swinging the sword. But honestly, I have never met a man this age and size, so agile and strong. He was half Nathan's size but still could put him on the floor in a second with his kick ass tai chi moves. Mr. Panda - let's call him that, tried to teach me some self defence moves to bring Nathan to the floor. I like Mr....