Small Comforts: Cool Weather!

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

We’ve been traveling in SE Asia since January, and with a few exceptions (most notably the first part of our trip in Myanmar), we have been hot. Now, I don’t mean hot the way our hometown of Denver is hot. It can get pretty high on the temperature scale, but thankfully, home doesn’t deliver on the humidity.

Since we hit Singapore back in late January, we have been dealing with off the charts heat and humidity. We went through what was locally described as unseasonably hot weather in Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, and in the middle parts of Vietnam.

We had even planned our trip throughout the region with heat in mind. We purposefully left Vietnam for our last stop because we knew that central and northern Vietnam would be cooler. When we hit Hoi  An and Hue and we were still sweating through our shirts, we were a bit disappointed.

However, when we got to Hanoi, we finally got the weather we needed. Normally we are not thrilled with cloudy, dreary weather. But we got it every single day in Hanoi and we loved every second of it!

This was us in Hue. Yes… we were a bit gross…

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This was us in Hanoi. Cool, cloudy weather, yay!

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Small Comforts: Our Own Bags and Soap

As we mentioned in our post about getting from Denver to Bangkok, we had a tight connection in Beijing. Fortunately, we made the connection… Unfortunately our bags did not.

We always keep a small bag of toiletries with us in carry on for plane use, but this mostly consists of toothbrushes and lotion. We were very thankful to have that for our first night in Bangkok!

Thai Airways promised us that they would deliver our bags the following day, and lucky for us, they did. Our bags arrived about 5pm the day after we did. It seemed like a smooth process, but we had help from our hostel owner who had dealt with this before…

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When we received our bags!!

 

It is so nice to have access to soap again! Especially in a sticky, humid environment!

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Small Comforts: You throw the toilet paper where?

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

So, this may a bit more information than you all want to know… However, this was huge. When we hit Dublin, we were back to the land where we could throw our toilet paper in the toilet… and flush it! We hadn’t been able to do that since Montenegro! Yes, it really does seem like a first world kind of problem, but still! There is something excellent about not having to toss the toilet paper in the trash after use and constantly sitting next to full bins while doing your business!

Here is a picture of a super cute baby seal, because we are definitely not going to show you a picture of dirty toilet paper!

Here is a picture of a super cute baby seal, because we are definitely not going to show you a picture of dirty toilet paper!

Small Comforts: Drinking Tap Water

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

It hadn’t really been that long, but we didn’t drink the tap water in Turkey without purifying first. A lot of people buy water, but we normally use our Steripen to make the water safe to drink. This is really a simple and easy process, but still gets tiring after awhile.

We were excited to be able to drink straight tap water starting when we passed through London on our way home for the holidays.

Enjoying a FREE tap water at a restaurant at Heathrow

Enjoying a FREE tap water at a restaurant at Heathrow

Small Comforts: A Standing Shower

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

We mentioned in a post awhile back about how we find it a little strange that many of the showers in Europe were not what we were used to. The shower heads most often were about chest or waist level. Even if they were above your head, they were clearly meant to be taken down and used in your hand, because they were angled so that they would spray all over the bathroom. We also experienced a lot of showers without shower curtains or showers with no lips to prevent water from getting everywhere. There were also a fair amount of showers where the shower heads were just right over the toilet and you knew that you would just use the whole bathroom as your shower (see example below).

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Notice the shower head just sitting on the wall!

 

This changed when we came back to Istanbul for the second time. In our Airbnb, we had a lovely shower with a stall and a shower head that stood tall above our heads! The water was even warm! It was excellent! (OK… Full disclosure: this was not the ONLY situation where we had a nice shower. But, this one was great AND we hadn’t written about it yet!)

OK, so we didn't get the whole shower in the picture... Oops. But take our word for it that it was good and the shower head was above our heads!

OK, so we didn’t get the whole shower in the picture… Oops. But take our word for it that it was good and the shower head was above our heads!

 

Small Comforts: Conditioner

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

There are certain normal comforts that I chose to give up while traveling. One of them was hair conditioner. It just didn’t seem practical to carry large bottles of conditioner around the world and it didn’t fit easily in our toiletry kit (especially after we decided to try shampoo bars). Instead, I chose to bring one small, travel bottle of conditioner which I would use sparingly.

I have gone without conditioner quite happily for most of the days on the trip, however, there are some days when it is just fantastic to use it! Smooth, unknotted hair, easy to brush right out of the shower – that’s a true small comfort!

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*In case it wasn’t clear – this was a Della post. =)

Small Comforts: Family

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

OK, so I actually think this counts as a large comfort. After hours of traveling, more than a month in a new continent, it is an amazing feeling to get off a plane in a foreign city and find your family there waiting for you!

We were so fortunate that Eric’s parents were able to take a holiday and meet us in Prague for 10 days. Because of our long layover in Munich, they actually arrived before we did and were waiting for us at baggage claim! How wonderful!

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Small Comforts

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

Small Comfort 1: Clean fingernails!

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As you can imagine, camping for 25 days is sandy, dusty, desert-y climates can make you dirty! There was almost nothing better than those first few (unfortunately, very few) minutes after a shower when the fingernails were clean!

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