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Sri Lanka | 04 December 2017

Acquaintance with Sri Lanka began at the airport of Colombo, where we landed at 7 am on 04 December 2017.
The visa was received on arrival, right at the airport, filling a small customs declaration and paying a visa fee at a bad rate, we had only euro.

We did not have a local currency, and we stayed there, all that was possible for two night flights, so we decided to go to the reserved hotel as usual. He was at the nearest town to the airport, Negombo.

The path was along a very busy road, there was dust, there was a smell of exhaust gases, it was very noisy and hot, everyone was buzzing, overtaking, passing drivers Tuk Tukov did not give passage, offered to give a ride. Everybody greeted each other. There were no pedestrian paths.
The day promised to be cheerful.

The weather really pleased. It was hot even to us, accustomed to living in warm countries. The path was not so close. In reality, the distance was a bit larger than it looked on the map. We had to bypass almost the entire airport, our hotel was on the other side.

After a couple of hours along the noisy highway, we turned into our small town Negombo.

We got to the Christian part, on the way saw the school and the church, the houses of local residents, who were very surprised by the Europeans, wandered to them to the outskirts. Everyone, absolutely everyone, greeted, waved, whether they were schoolchildren or passing, people passing by.

Find a hotel was not difficult, though with a GPS navigator. Besides him in the neighborhood there were a couple of small hotels, a family type.
We reached it in 4 hours, I think we are the only ones who did it on foot.

The family hotel was pretty nice and quite cheap, especially after Dubai. Even breakfast included in the price list. The room had its own shower and toilet. True, there was no electricity, they said work on the line, but after a couple of hours, electricity appeared.

After two night flights, we decided to rest and go in the evening to see the surroundings, the beach, the city.
In the evening, trying to find the way to the ocean, went straight, again along the roads, all unchanged, each Tuk Tuk strives to give a lift, each local to say hello.
Local, trendy disco.

Trying to get to the ocean, wandered into the territory, as it turned out to be a closed church.

Wandering along the small houses located on the shore, we tried to find an outlet to the ocean. Checking with the navigator, it became clear to the nearest good place, a normal beach, a couple more kilometers. In this place all exits to the ocean, as it is not sad, were littered with garbage. After wandering a little more around the town, we went back to the hotel.

In the morning, having breakfast, as it later turned out, dishes of national cuisine, these are local pancakes, on Tuk Tuk, went to the bus station. There we bought a ticket, very cheaply by the way, to Kandy. Buses on Sri Lanka are very exotic, inside many different posters, many deities are depicted.

The path took a couple of hours, there were a lot of people on the bus, the road was up and down, then to the right, to the left. We left at the bus station, immediately felt how polluted the city was, the fat of the Tuk Tuk are bustling around, cars, it’s difficult to breathe. Something else was expected from the city located on the top of the mountain, especially since this is a paradise island, Ceylon is a tea island, but this is a separate story.

Our hotel, again a family house, was on top of the mountain, the distance was small, only two kilometers. Checking the direction of the navigator, we went to his search. The road lay like a road serpentine, then they stopped to rest for a while, the heat, the total gas content, and may be discharged air.
Nevertheless, the city opened a very nice view.

After wandering along winding roads, a couple of times we got confused and found a hotel. A few nice houses that belonged to the same family, they turned them into a hotel. The view was beautiful.

After dinner, we went to see the city, its sights.

The next morning, we went by train to Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka. We took off on the train, it was not a good idea. There were a lot of people, people went even on the bandwagon, clinging to the windows. By the car, beggars went on and on and on, they sold endlessly some kind of food, betel leaves, soup in sachets. The road took 4 tiring hours.

Colombo, it seems, tries to produce the impression of a developing city, builds a lot, a new block on the coast, a communication tower, in a few years it will be quite a pretty city.

The central square and the embankment in the photo can be seen pouring into the ocean, a new quarter.

We had lunch, contrary to our habits, at McDonald’s.

We decided to check the choice of tea in local stores, nothing special was found, only Dilmah, took a pack, on trial. Surprisingly, the Sri Lankans themselves are not tea lovers, you will not find tea here almost anywhere, there is none in the cafe or in restaurants, very rarely, it can be brewed, but from the sachet …

Then we went to the city center, to see the sights that were found on the map.

from Dubai to Muscat, Oman | 03 December 2017

It was just a short transfer to Muscat, Oman. From there we had the next plane to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Oman Airlines was pleasantly surprised by the efficiency, cleanliness of the cabin and punctuality, we had a transfer for only 50 minutes.

On board, for a flight lasting less than an hour, we managed to feed, a sandwich with juice and water.

Muscat, from a bird’s eye view quite a pretty city, as it seemed in white blue tones. We did not have a visa and time, so we studied the study of this beautiful country for our Second Around The World Trip in 2018/2019.

The airport, we were put in the old terminal, the new one was far away and apparently in the process of opening.

The next flight was longer, almost the rest of the night and early morning we will be in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On this voyage, we were already fed thoroughly.

While Oman, see you in 2018!

Dubai, UAE | 27 November – 03 December 2017

The plane landed in Dubai late, the last bus, on which we could leave to the metro train station, left.
We already had a local currency with us, so we immediately bought plastic cards for payment in local public transport.
Until the next bus to Deira, there was about an hour of waiting, it was warm outside, settling down at the bus stop, we waited for the bus.
There was an idea to get to the city on foot, about 25-30 km, but supposing that we would not find a normal footpath in the city, the idea was abandoned.

Reaching the bus to the terminal station, it turned out that our hotel in Deira, and the ferry is no longer working. It was impossible to walk along the underground tunnel. Therefore, after asking the local location, they began to look for a bus stop, the next one to Deira.
Having finally arrived at the hotel, in anticipation of the rest and some kind of food, we were a little upset by the lack of normal rooms, the time was about 2 nights. We were given a room on the first floor, with one window facing the inside of the building, where the cat mewed assiduously.

Leaving things, we decided to find food, the closest institution was KFC, I would not call us fans of such food, but we had no choice.

The next morning, having moved to another bright and spacious room, on the top floor, with a witness to the central street, we went to the center.

Having reached the nearest metro train station, we went to the center of Dubai.
All trains are automated, there are no machinists in them.

It was already getting dark, so we decided to go outside the Burj Khalif, see the tower and the evening fountain show. We went to the Dubai Mall, a very large Shopping Center, from which not just get out.

The way to the hotel was again through the Dubai Mall, it is the metro station.

In Dubai Mall found a mock-up of the structure, which will be erected in Dubai, again higher, again more.

Walked along the Aquarium, did not enter inside, according to the description it is less than that we already were, in Istanbul.

For the first day was more than enough and we went to the hotel.

The next day, according to the previous plan, he’s the last one in Dubai, we started with Dubai Marina. Got the same way, metro train.

The water was cool enough, however, this did not stop some of you from still swimming. But we decided to go along the shore to The Palm Jumeirah. But, as it turned out, many beaches are private, private, we bumped into a dead end, there was only one way out, to return almost to the point from which we started.  Its Exit from The Beach:

Before The Palm Jumeirah got partly on the tram, partly on foot. We reached the place of departure of the monorail, we did not go to the palm tree, it is very expensive and too much Chinese tourists, there is nowhere to go.

Our next point is Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The path was chosen on foot, you go, you look, you admire. The only negative, it became very hot, so periodically make stops under the palms in the shade or inside the closed air-conditioned stops.

A few hours later, we saw Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The entrance was again private, so admired from afar. The whole territory, including the beach around it is built up, the only place, a paid bar-cafe on the beach or … watch from afar, as most tourists have done.

Further we moved on foot to the nearest metro station, the plans were to get to the center, to the tower. Our path, and this is a few kilometers, lay in a block with pretty nice mansions.

Having passed on the metro, we again went out on the square of fountains, near the tower.

After watching the next show of fountains, they began to walk along the evening city center.

The next morning, according to plan, we had a flight to India, the Golden Triangle, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. But this time, getting to India was not destined …
In the morning, having evicted from the hotel, we went on foot to the airport, simultaneously looking at the city, there was plenty of time. We walked along the Dubai Deira Creek.

Before the flight to India, there were about 6 hours left, so it was time to relax while walking to the airport.

We arrived at the airport on time, stocked up with provisions for the night flight to Delhi. But, exactly when the boarding for the plane was to begin, it was found out that the flight was postponed the next day, and we needed to stay for 24 hours or return to Dubai and spend the night there. The airline refused to provide anyone with a hotel, people were very unhappy.

In our case, everything turned out to be worse, our visa to India operated only until the morning and therefore, when the flight was carried over to the next evening, we could not get to Delhi (to extend or get a visa on the spot was not real either, so we were answered at the Indian Embassy and in the border service in India, where we called)

The airline advised us to receive a new electronic visa, usually it is issued for 2 days. Time was. But we all did not consider that the national day was in Dubai, everything was closed and the date on the electronic visa was far beyond our dates (our route Delhi, Agra and Jaipur already had an air ticket to Singapore), so we were severely restricted by Yes, there.

We decided to wait until the end of the holiday and go directly to the Embassy of India in Dubai.
Because of the holidays, the hotels in Dubai were all busy and only the most expensive remained. Therefore, the night spent the night, or rather, they were sitting at the airport.

In the morning, when it was light, we moved towards the city on foot.

The weather was very hot, so stayed in a cafe, cheer up a cup of coffee and book a hotel.

After booking an inexpensive hotel, we went to sleep, did not sleep more than 48 hours, in the morning – the Indian Embassy.

In the morning, visiting the Embassy of India, we learned that we will not have time to get any visa, so we decided to go to the airport the next day, get a ticket for the ticket and choose another direction, in the course of our trip, any country where we do not need a visa.
After the Indian embassy, on the subway train, we went to the city center.

Dubai Frame accidentally saw passing on the subway, decided to stop, see.

In the park, there were many walking, in honor of the national holiday, was the Fair.

In a nearby park, which can be accessed by a pedestrian bridge, for a fee, you can find dinosaurs.

On top of the day, walked from the photo frame to the city center.

In the morning, when you were evicted from the hotel, you saw an amusing sight, the hotel staff tried to decorate the tree, but it was evident that there was not enough experience.

Dined before a big walk to the airport, again in the same way, again on foot, again McDonald’s.

Arriving at the airport, we met with the representatives of the airline IndiGo, we made a full refund of the unfulfilled flight and helped to find the next segment of our trip.
We stayed in Sri Lanka, with a transfer in Oman, a visa for both countries was not needed for us. The transplant was kotortkaya, only 1 hour, but we must make it, there is no choice.
Flight night, again the night does not sleep, while enjoying the view from the window to the flying Emirates aircraft.

Instead of the planned 4 days, we spent 7 days in Dubai, it was a difficult time, situations that could question our Circumnavigation at the very beginning, but everything was resolved successfully and we are still moving to the East, following the Sun.

Dubai left a unique impression, be sure to come back here again.

from Burgas to Sofia | 26 – 27 November 2017

Before Sofia we decided to get by car and leave it on paid parking, so it seemed to us more convenient, faster and more mobile, and more economical.
We set off on our way, one day before our trip.
The weather was wonderful, warm.
The next day, when our flight to Dubai, UAE was expected, a snowstorm began in the city, it got colder, everything was covered up with snow.

Having finished the necessary business, sending the orders to our customers from the online store, we took a taxi and drove to the airport.
All the warm things we left in the car. We went on the lung.

At the airport it became clear, we will fly out late, if we take off at all …
We were put on the plane on time, but as the captain announced, the flight is delayed, the strip is cleared and our board is on the 6th line for processing by the composition against icing.

As a result, we took off late in one hour. This did not make us very happy.
Now we could not go on a subway from Dubai Airport.
But, the main thing that flew and the flight was not canceled.

Second Around The World Travel 2018/2019

We start from our home town, Burgas. From March of 2018 our city have low cost company Ryanair, sometimes we can take flights only for 1 euro 🙂

11 October of 2018 | Burgas, Bulgaria to Warsaw, Poland
We will fly with Ryaniar to Warsaw Modlin.
Ticket price is 57 euro, two peoples, one way.


12 October of 2018 | Warsaw, Poland to Bergen, Norway
We will arrive at Warsaw at 20.40, stay one night and will have next fly to Bergen, Norway with WizzAir.
Ticket price is 87 euro, two tickets, one way.


12 October of 2018 | Bergen, Norway to Newburgh, USA
In same day, we will fly from Bergen to New York Stewart Airport at evening with Norwegian Airlines.
Ticket price is 216 euro, two tickets, one way.


12 October of 2018 | Newburgh to New York, USA
From airport we will go to New York, next few days we will be in NY.


12 – 16 October of 2018 | New York, USA


16 October of 2018 | New York to Niagara Falls, USA
From NY we will go to Niagara Falls, without Canada at this time.
Our trip from New York to Niagara Falls by Megabus, 9 hors and 24 USD.


16 – 17 October of 2018 | Niagara Falls, USA
We will stay with one family, from Couchsurfing.


17 October of 2018 | Niagara Falls to New York, USA
by Megabus only for 20 USD, for 2 peoples


17 – 18 October of 2018 | New York, USA


18 – 19 October of 2018 | Washington, USA


19 – 20 October of 2018 | Wilmington, USA


20 – 21 October of 2018 | Savannah, USA


21 – 22 October of 2018 | Orlando, USA


22 – 26 October of 2018 | Miami, USA


26  October of 2018 | Key West, USA


27 October of 2018 | Miami, USA


27 October of 2018 | Miami to Orlando, USA


27 October of 2018 | Orlando to Jacksonville, USA
with Megabus


27 – 29 October of 2018 | Jacksonville, USA


29 October of 2018 | Jacksonville to Denver to San Antonio, USA
with Frontier Airlines, 87 USD (two tickets and year discount) 2 people.


29 – 30 October of 2018 | San Antonio, USA


30 October to 31 October of 2018 | Dallas, USA


31 October – 04 November of 2018 | Phoenix, USA


04 November of 2018 | Phoenix to Las Vegas, USA


04 – 05 November of 2018 |  Las Vegas, USA


05 – 07 November of 2018 |  Grand Canyon, USA


07 – 08 November of 2018 | Las Vegas, USA


08 November of 2018 | Las Vegas to Sacramento, USA
with Frontier Airlines


08 – 10 November of 2018 | Sacramento, USA


10 November of 2018 | Sacramento to San Francisco, USA
with Megabus


10 – 12 November of 2018 | San Francisco, USA


12 November of 2018 | Oakland to Honolulu, USA
We have flight to Hawaii with Alaska Air.


12 – 19 November of 2018 | Hawaii, USA


19 November of 2018 | Hawaii, USA to Osaka, Japan
Flight with Air Asia.


19 – 21 November of 2018 | Osaka, Japan


21 November of 2018 | Osaka to Okayama, Japan


21 – 23 November of 2018 | Okayama, Japan


23 November of 2018 | Okayama to Kitakyushu, Japan


23 – 25 November of 2018 | Kitakyushu, Japan


25 November of 2018 | Kitakyushu to Fukuoka, Japan


25 – 27 November of 2018 | Fukuoka, Japan


27 November of 2018 | Fukuoka, Japan to Busan, S.Korea
Flight with Air Busan.


27 November – 02 December of 2018 | Busan, S.Korea


02 December of 2018 | Busan, S. Korea to Hong Kong


02 – 05 December of 2018 | Hong Kong, China


05 December of 2018 | Hong Kong, China to Chiang Rai, Thailand


05 – 09 December of 2018 | Chiang Rai, Thailand

09 – 12 December of 2018 | Chiang Mai, Thailand

12 – 13 December of 2018 | Phitsanulok, Thailand

13 -15 December of 2018 | Sukhothai, Thailand


15 December of 2018 | Phitsanulok to Bangkok, Thailand
flight with NokAir


15 – 16 December of 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand


16 – 17 December of 2018 | Ayutthaya, Thailand


17 December of 2018 | Bangkok to Krabi, Thailand
flight with NokAir


17 – 19 December of 2018 | Krabi, Thailand

19 – 21 December of 2018 | Ao Nang Lake, Thailand

21 – 23 December of 2018 | Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

23 – 25 December of 2018 | Ko Lanta, Thailand

25 – 27 December of 2018 | Phi Phi, Thailand

27 – 29 December of 2018 | Phuket city, Thailand

29 December to 02 January 2019 | Rawai, Thailand

02 – 03 January of 2019 | Phuket city, Thailand

03 – 04 January of 2019 | Penang Airport, Malaysia

04 – 05 January of 2019 | Penang, Malaysia

05 – 08 January of 2019 | Penang, Malaysia


08 – 10 January of 2019 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


10 January of 2019 | Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to Bali, Indonesia


10 – 12 January of 2019 | Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

12 – 14 January of 2019 | Legian, Bali, Indonesia

14 – 16 January of 2019 | Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

16 – 18 January of 2019 | Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia

18 – 19 January of 2019 | Bali, Indonesia

19 – 21 January of 2019 | Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

21 – 24 January of 2019 | Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia

24 – 27 January of 2019 | Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia

27 – 28 January of 2019 | Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

28 – 29 January of 2019 | Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

29 January – 03 February of 2019 | Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia

03 – 05 February of 2019 | Kuta, Bali, Indonesia


 05 February of 2019 | Bali, Indonesia to Darwin, Australia


05 February – 08 February of 2019 | Darwin, Australia


08 – 14 February of 2019 | Darwin to Brisbane, Australia


14 – 16  February of 2019 | Brisbane, Australia


16 – 18  February of 2019 | Brisbane to Sydney, Australia


18 – 20  February of 2019 | Sydney, Australia


20 – 22  February of 2019 | Sydney to Melbourne, Australia


22 – 24  February of 2019 | Melbourne, Australia


24 – 26  February of 2019 | Melbourne to Adelaide, Australia


26 – 28  February of 2019 | Adelaide, Australia


28 – 05  March of 2019 | Adelaide to Perth, Australia


05 – 07  March of 2019 | Perth, Australia


07  March of 2019 | Perth, Australia to Colombo, Sri Lanka


March of 2019 | Sri Lanka


March of 2019 | Sri Lanka to Dubai, UAE


March of 2019 | Dubai, UAE to Poland


March of 2019 | from Poland by car to Bulgaria


Our things for Around The World Travel

Day 6 before the beginning of Our Around The World Travel.
We decided to put all our things together, which we will take with us.

Based on the experience of our previous trips, it was decided to minimize the list of things.
Very often, taking something with me, like many T-shirts, I did not have time to put them all on.
Especially since we are the beginning of our journey in Asia, where a very creative and not expensive jersey.
Last winter we bought some good T-shirts in Thailand, for a year of active use in Bulgaria, their color did not change, the pattern was not worn and they did not weed.

The most important thing in a long journey, do not be afraid to part with a thing that you do not need. Do not bother your back, give it to the local, give it to someone it needs more.

Most of our things, we bought via the Internet, on Ebay and Aliexpress. For those who are interested, the links below are in the description.

In our backpacks:
1. Action Camera GoPro Session 4
2. Selfish stick for GoPro Session 4
3. Apple Notebook
4. Case for GoPro
5. Backpack Adidas
6. Backpack WillPower
7. Post Cards and different Souvenirs (magnets, Bulgarian ceramics, Bulgarian spices and Bulgarian Rose Oil) from our Ebay Store
8. Sleeping Bag
9. Chargers for Phones
10. Charger for Apple Notebook
11. Samsung J7 Prime
12. Samsung A3
13. Charge Adapter different Types of Keys
14. EBook Amazon Kindle
15. Air Pillows
16. Wallet
17. Passport
18. Baseball Cap
19. Uno Cards
20. Sunglasses
21. Space Blanket – the perfect thing for a Traveler
22. Belt
23. Tar and Aleppo Soaps from our Ebay Store
24. Cosmetic Bag
25. Flip Flops
26. Oranges 🙂
27. Best Chines Tea

International Driving Permit

Driver’s license.

Think about it, and whether you will have to drive a car on a journey. Whether you drive on your car or hire a car for that, you need a license for driving a vehicle.

Say: “I even got it at the age of 18!” Good. But not all countries have signed the convention. Not in all countries of the category coincide, and in what language are written your data in the license.

For example, in the European Union the internal form of the driving license is the same and with the Norwegian Driving Permit you can ride in Greece. In the United States of America, each state has its own kind of plastic rights. And in Asian countries in general can be a cardboard with incomprehensible symbols. In the post-Soviet space – the Cyrillic, in Europe and Latin countries – Latin, in Arab countries – Arabic ligature from right to left, in China and Japan – hieroglyphics.

How, in the case of verification, violations, the police will understand that you have the right to drive a car or how will the rent car give you a vehicle for hire?

For this purpose, international rights have been invented. In fact, your acting rights are only issued in the form of a booklet in which the data is translated into the main languages ​​of the world.

They will actually look less seriously than a plastic brother: they can get wet, tear or crumple, but they will be very useful.

The manufacturing time for us took half an hour.
For manufacturing, basic rights, identity cards and photos were required as a visa.
The fee was 2.5 €.

Money, paper, coins, cash

Money, paper, coins, cash – all these are opportunities, this is moving forward.

Do not be afraid to start your journey with some money.
After all, a shortage or a limited amount of money always makes you wiggle your brain and get out, come up with income options.

On a trip, make sure you make copies of your bank cards. If VISA is issued to the main account, then order an additional MASTERCARD and vice versa.
As shown by the practice of travel: in Europe (for example, Germany) can not accept VISA for payment, and in Asia (for example, Thailand) – European cards.
Despite this, it is always worthwhile to have a little cash in your wallet: euro for the European Union and dollars for the rest of the world.

Another useful tip, if possible, change some of the currency of the country you are eating. As a rule, it can be done in the central large banks of your city. Well, or at the airports on arrival but with a less favorable rate. And having a local cash you will easily and without loss get to the city center or hotel by taxi metro or bus.

Our journey runs from Europe to Asia, Australia and the United States of America. And if in the latter you can manage non-cash and already contactless payments from bank cards integrated into the smartphone, then in Asia, as before, trust in the physical cache with watermarks.

We prepared and exchanged:
100 AED – Dirham of the United Arab Emirates
500 INR – Indian Rupee
20 SGD – Singapore Dollar
300 – Thailand Bahts
500 000 VND – Vietnamese Dong
40 AUD – Australian Dollar
And 50 USD – American dollar at 1 dollar

Mayanmar Visa

To visit Minmar you may need to get an electronic visa or or obtain a visa directly from the embassy of the country.

The process of obtaining a visa is not so complicated.
You need to go to the e-visa registration site, fill in the necessary data, passport details, your accommodation, the airport through which you enter the country, upload a photo and pay a fee of $ 50.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a beautiful country on the Balkan Peninsula – forests, seas, fields and mountains, ancient Greek and Roman cities, markets and bazaars with a variety of goods and of course cozy, Bulgarian villages.

Bulgaria is located in South-Eastern Europe and occupies the northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its territory is between 44 ° 13 ‘and 41 ° 14’ north latitude and between 22 °22 ‘and 28 °37’ east longitude. This is the European, Balkan, Black Sea and Danube states. Such a geographical position puts it between Europe, Asia and Africa.

Bulgaria is closer to the equator than to the pole and enters the southern part of the temperate climatic belt with the influence of subtropics. This location on the transition from one climatic zone to another is reflected in the climate, soils, vegetation and fauna. And for all of them there is a significant diversity.