One of the major things I was looking forward to on this trip was to experience some travel “firsts” with my boyfriend. No view or experience is EVER as magical as your first. And Eric’s firsts (and seeing his reactions) are not disappointing. First time flying over an ocean, first time seeing a foreign sea, first time waking up on an island… Its that Christmas-morning-like magic and excitement that has us awake a mere 4 hours after getting to our bungalo following 24 hours of travel and hitting the pillow at 3am.

He is very excited, to say the least. Here’s the view we woke up to:

Now, don’t get me wrong- I have some firsts too. I have never been to Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam. This is the first time seeing (and hopefully sailing) the Andaman Sea,  and its the very first time I got to see arctic ice as we flew over the Bering Strait- the divide between the Chukchi and Bering Seas.


Will continue on with the firsts and enjoy the experience with “newbie” eyes.