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Thailand Trip Video

I made a video of the trip to Thailand we took in May 2016. We filmed everything using our phones and held them in our hands so unfortunately, there was a lot of shakiness. Now that I’m into making videos though I’m going to try my best to minimize shakiness for future videos! I hope to make this the last shaky footage we upload on Youtube.

We were in Thailand for one month and backpacked around visiting Bangkok, Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Koh Phi Phi, Railay Beach, and Chiang Mai. We didn’t have a plan when we got to Thailand except we had booked a weekend at Railay Beach and we had booked a hostel for our first night in Bangkok. The rest of the time we used airbnb to book places the day before we got there. It worked out well probably because May is low tourist season in Thailand. It was very hot, it rained a lot, but we had a fantastic time.

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T Minus Seven Days

Next Friday we move into our tiny RV full time. Are we ready? Of course not. Although, we got A LOT done today.

We spent the day filling a 10 foot Uhaul truck with the belongings we decided not to get rid of. This includes our beloved couch, our queen sized bed (which isn’t particularly dear to us), plastic bins of clothes, quilts, and some towels, a few boxes filled with sentimental objects, instruments, and other miscellaneous items.

This is a photo of ALMOST all of our possessions:

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We still have some clothes that we need to put in some plastic bins, some empty suitcases, craft supplies, and other odds and ends.

So we weren’t one of those couples who sold absolutely everything to live in an RV. I think the hardest things to give up were items that belonged to my husband’s late father. We also have an antique sewing machine that belonged to his late grandmother. I can’t see ourselves ever getting rid of those and we don’t live near enough to any of our family to leave it at their places temporarily.

I was thinking about it today though, and wondering if we will end up loving this lifestyle. If we do, I don’t think it would make sense to keep this storage unit, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it. I think one HUGE downside to living in the RV is having to pretty much dogsit my dog all day because we aren’t going to be getting doggy day care. It kinda limits what I can do during the day. Granted, most of the things I do are online or things I can do inside of the RV but I would like to be able to go out sometimes! Maybe sit in a cafe and do my work there or go to the library. My husband will be able to take the dog to work with him from time to time but I don’t know if it’s going to be enough.

In any case, we’re going to give it a shot. If this works out, we’ll be saving A LOT of money on rent. I hope it’s worth it.

 

First Youtube Video and MyFitnessPal

I decided I wanted to start a Youtube channel with my husband and I finally posted our first video yesterday.

I’ll be posting weekly videos, mostly about the RV and what we want to do with it. At least for now. I will probably expand it to include other topics as I go along. I’m excited to learn more about video editing.

In other news, I finally went ahead and downloaded the My Fitness Pal app and I’ve been using it for the past four days and it has been an eye opener! I’m happy with it and definitely recommend it. Seven weeks to lose 10 lbs! Let’s go!

Our Dwindling Possessions

I put up some more of our belongings on craigslist. I’m finding it difficult to get rid of the most random things. I have a paper towel holder that I put up on the letgo app and when I got a message from someone asking about it, I actually got sad. For a paper towel holder. You can get those at Goodwill all the time. But I can remember buying mine. I remember picking it up at Target. And then a few days later realizing I could have gotten it for cheaper when I saw one just like it at Goodwill.

The other day we sold our office chair. This was an office chair we got at Goodwill for around 20 bucks. The handle that moves the chair up and down had been chewed on by a dog, and it was a very obviously old chair. I spent many days sitting on it in front of my desk only to get back pain at the end of the day. It wasn’t the most ergonomic of chairs. I used to complain about it a lot. And yet, when the buyer hoisted it up into the back of his pickup truck, I felt a small tug at my heart. That was OUR chair. Now it’s gone.

I feel this way about almost everything that we are selling. It hurts. Especially if it was an item that was a steal or a rare find.

Today as I was working out in my apartment complex’s gym, I looked out the windows which point out to the street. There was an absolutely ENORMOUS moving truck parked outside and movers were unloading box after box. I have never seen such a huge truck for one family. It was kind of fascinating.

I’ve read accounts of people selling everything and embarking on different journeys, adventures, and ways of life. Stuff weighs you down, they say. I hope to feel lighter once most of our things are gone. I hope to feel a little bit more free.

Being Vegan in Thailand

I’m not going to lie. My husband and I found it a little difficult to be completely vegan in Thailand. If you are a raw vegan, fruitarian, or are okay just eating fruits and veggies all day, then Thailand is an amazing place for food. There is an abundance of fruit and amazing variety.

My husband and I are not those kind of vegans though. We stick to a vegan diet because we care about the environment and the way animals are treated. We eat anything as long as it’s vegan. I have tried being 80% raw before in the past but found it difficult and time consuming. I also just didn’t have any energy to do anything. In Thailand, however, we couldn’t eat out at tourist vegetarian restaurants every day because we needed to stick to a food budget. It would get expensive to eat out every day for a month. Especially since tourist restaurants are a lot more expensive than getting street food in Thailand and a tourist restaurant is where one would most likely find a meal that can be easily veganized.

The hardest thing about being vegan in Thailand for us was avoiding fish sauce. We learned that Thai people don’t cook with salt and use fish sauce to salt food instead. So, it is basically in every single dish. Walking around anywhere in Thailand, you will most likely smell fish sauce. So, we did eat a few meals that contained fish sauce.

We also found it kind of difficult to find instant noodles at 7-11 that didn’t contain any animals in them. So, we did eat a few instant noodle meals that were not vegan/vegetarian.

Our last week in Thailand we arrived in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai was by far the easiest place to be vegan. We found a restaurant called May Kaidee’s vegetarian/vegan restaurant and pretty much ate there every single day, budget be damned. It was the best restaurant we had eaten at during our trip. I’m pretty sure I gained 2 lbs that week.

We bought the cookbook and took the cooking class and I am excited to try out the recipes once I am over my cold.

Here are pictures of some of the food we ate there:

So, definitely, if you are heading to Thailand make your way to Chiang Mai. Bangkok has a May Kaidee too, but I liked the vibe at the Chiang Mai restaurant more. The food was excellent at both locations though.

Back from Thailand

So after over 40 hours of travelling I’m finally home from our trip to Thailand. Haven’t updated my blog since before I left but I would like to start writing regularly again. Sometime at around hour 20 of our journey back I started to get sick. It started with a runny nose and progressed to both a runny nose and a sore throat. I currently feel miserable. I’m confined to my little corner in the living room so that I avoid getting everyone else in the house sick. Can’t make my own meals, or do anything really to avoid contamination. Last time I was here at my mother in law’s I was also sick and everyone ended up getting sick too. It sucked.

I just want to feel better.

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Day trip to Miami

I lived in Miami for four years while I was getting my undergraduate degree at the University of Miami. They were some of the best years of my life. I haven’t visited the campus since I graduated 7 years ago.

We have been in a small town near Sarasota, FL for a couple of weeks now and we met up with one of my husband’s friends who said he was going to drive down to Miami for the weekend and offered to give us a ride. I jumped at the chance. My little sister lives there so it was a great opportunity to come down and see her.

Yesterday we spent all day going around to the places in Miami we wanted to see. We started off by going to Wynwood. When I was still living in Miami, Wynwood was not the up and coming artsy neighborhood it is now. It was actually a pretty rundown neighborhood that I never visited.

Now there is a lot of nice street art to see.

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After we met up with one of my husband’s old college professors, we went to check out a vegan bakery that I had found online.

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This place is SO GOOD. I got the flavors carrot, red velvet, key lime, and guava. My husband got the flavors key lime, passion fruit, vanilla on vanilla, and vanilla chocolate. We shared them among ourselves. They were ALL really good. My favorites include key lime and passion fruit. The chocolate frosting was also really good. I wonder what their secret is.

Next stop the University of Miami! We walked along US-1 a little bit and found a fancy dog park where we let our dog meet a few other dogs. Then we went on to the metro to head to the university.

So many memories rushed back when we got there. Things I hadn’t remembered until we were back there again. Even the smell as you walk on the breezeway. I don’t know how to describe it.

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This is the dorm my husband and I lived in senior year.

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This is us and our dog in front of our dorm :).

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The beautiful lake. So many memories of walking past this to go to class.

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This area did not look like this when we used to go to school here. I took this photo from the new university center. I was not a big fan of the new UC.

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My sister and I at this instagram spot :).

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I lived in the dorm on the right my freshman year. Also that bridge didn’t used to be there. There used to be a lot more lake on this campus. There was an alligator in the lake when I went to school here. He climbed out of the lake one time and was in the parking lot.

After that we visited the little shopping area near campus for some food and then we went home because we were really tired!

I had a lovely time. I actually kind of miss living here. That’s the thing about moving around so much. So many places can be thought of as home.