Holy wow. Prague is mind boggling in such an amazing way. The city is littered, covered in graffiti in a lot of places, quirky with it’s random sculptures and absolutely beautiful. The buildings, the parks, the general landscape of it all… it is so wonderful. When I originally booked Prague, I had nine days scheduled in the city. Then I decided it was too much, so I looked for cheap flights to another location for a few days and eventually settled on a total of five days in Prague. This gave me more than enough time to see the city, do some research, settle in with a few books and whatever else I wanted to do. I arrived in Prague mid-day on a Saturday and immediately said “wow”.
I had a quick visit to The Netherlands after Stockholm. I had visited before, so I wanted to take this trip to see a lot of the great museums in the city and spend some time out of the city center. In my two full days I did my best to squeeze in as much as I could while also trying to catch up on sleep at my Airbnb. What did I do? Here’s a quick rundown…
I arrived in Stockholm on a Friday morning with high hopes, a long to do list and immediate disappointment. The area around Central Station was far from attractive, the sky has opened up and the ground was bizarrely sticky. I hustled to my hostel, checked in and settled in for an uneventful afternoon.
We arrived at Narita airport exhausted from lack of sleep in our dorm the night before, but quickly caught a second wind and got super excited for our four nights in Tokyo! We caught the train into the city and exited at Shibuya Station. Shibuya was a highly recommended part of the city to stay in and it also is one of the largest metro stations we’ve ever seen. Shibuya is also home to Shibuya Crossing, which is said to be the busiest intersection in the world! It was so crazy to see everyone walking in every single direction when the traffic lights ALL went red, and the walking lights lit up!
The Philippines won us over in so many ways, from the friendly people to the beautiful scenery, but of course we also loved the foods offered in this country. Let’s take a look at what ended up in our bellies…
Z Hostel Cafe (Manila, Philippines)
We devoured a traditional Filipino breakfast at our Manila hostel before skipping town and starting our island hopping. Yum!
Happiness Bar (El Nido, Philippines)
This place had amazing Greek food and 2-for-1 girlie cocktails, so of course we had to try them!
Boat Food (El Nido, Philippines)
All of the day trips and dive trips in El Nido included lunch on board or on the beach. Every time they were somewhat similar but always amazing!
Pasta King (Dumaguete, Philippines)
After an island day trip we were ravenous and ready to dominate some pasta. So where else to go other than the king of pasta!
Veranda (Moalboal, Philippines)
Whenever this restaurant actually agreed to serve us we stuck to the same meal for every breakfast. Their Farmers Breakfast was legit and always left our bellies stuffed and happy. It came with coffee or tea, a fruit juice of the day and a big mound of potatoes with onions, bacon and fried eggs on top. We also hit this place for lunch and dinner and it was pretty delicious, but nothing compared to breakfast!
Ven-Z Kitchen (Moalboal, Philippines)
Jenny had witnessed a fellow traveler consuming a delicious looking local Filipino dish called sisig. We agreed we had to try it and then became addicts. We tried a few different varieties – pork and chicken – and from different places. But Ven-Z Kitchen made our favorite version!
Little Corner (Moalboal, Philippines)
Another delicious restaurant in Moalboal was Little Corner. We heard about this spot and it became our daily after-diving stop. The food was cheap, delicious and consistent. Some of the offerings on the menu sounded a bit odd (for example: chicken steak with mixed vegetables) but they were always amazing! And those homemade french fries… mmmmmm! We also had chicken curry, chicken schnitzel and of course some Red Horse and San Mig Light.
Basically everywhere in the Philippines
Kerry grew majorly addicted to fruit shakes in the Philippines. Banana shakes remain the favorite, but all kinds of flavors were readily available and easily consumed!
~ Kerry & Jenny
It’s more like what didn’t we eat in Vietnam. There’s a very good chance we ate more food in Vietnam than we have in any other country so far. We loved the fact that there was tons of fresh produce included in every meal… we had missed our greens! While we ate almost every meal out at a restaurant (except the free breakfast included at all hostels), we definitely had a large variety of different types of foods. There was one point where we were burnt out on Vietnamese food so we devoured burgers, pizza and Mexican food. Here’s some of the many places we chowed down at…
We left Hanoi for the final time on a Thursday night, cozily tucked in to the back of a sleeper bus. Our main mode of transportation throughout all of Vietnam were these buses. The first experience on a sleeper bus was to Sapa and it was not terrible, so we agreed to buy an “open bus” ticket for Vietnam. That meant we could travel between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with stops in Hue, Hoi An and Nha Trang, for $34 each. And we could stay in each stop for as long as we wanted.