Seeing the world, one country at the time

Asia might very well be the most exotic continent on our trip. While Anna lived in Thailand five years in her teens, countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar were off limits to her as an American then, and are thus unexplored territory for both of us. Also, from a photographer’s point of view, the region should be one of the most vibrant, with India leading the pack in terms of bombarding our senses. India also stands out in the sense that all those who we have met and talked to either love India or hate it. We have yet to meet someone who didn’t have a very strong opinion on the country, one way or the other.

We will spend a total of nine months in the region, as we hope to do some volunteering in Thailand and India, as well as having the time to explore as much as possible of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, India and Nepal. We are flirting with the idea of Bhutan and Pakistan, but that depends on political circumstances.

Our trip begins with a few days in Singapore, a final transition point from the western countries of Australia and New Zealand to the smells, color and multitudes of Southeast Asia. Thailand will be a bit of a “homecoming” for Anna. We plan to spend Christmas, New Year’s and her birthday there, where she hopes to reunite with high school friends and introduce Lars to one of her favorite places and all her old haunts.

We will be in Asia starting in July. Singapore in the beginning of July, followed by Thailand for a couple weeks. From there we shall see where the wind blows us.