- strangers living across the US in july 2008 to some of the best of friends by november 2008
- a recent high school graduate, a college junior, a travel nurse, and a business professional in 2008, to a college senior, a civil engineer, a travel nurse, and an RN in 2012
- we met each other in bangkok, ready to begin a journey backpacking across southeast asia. we spent the following two months hiking, volunteering, eating delicious food, drinking delicious drinks (sometimes TOO many drinks... trust me, it's no fun when your friends have to get your drunk behind home on a tuk tuk), exploring ancient ruins and world-record-holding waterfalls. we learned the vast history of thailand, laos, vietnam, and cambodia, we learned that the people of the area have some of the biggest hearts (yes, even to americans, who destroyed many of their worlds to pieces just a few decades ago), and we learned that we will never ever get $5, hour-long massages again so we took full advantage of the opportunity.
hiking in laos, and shopping
couldn't get enough of this little cambodian chubs, and the snake on a stick was actually pretty tasty!
ancient ruins in the former capital of thailand, and famous faces of angkor wat, ancient ruins in cambodia
- after the trip we went our own ways, back to our own lives, meeting up maybe once or twice with one or two of us, but never all together until just a few weeks ago, when we all traveled to mexico. we relaxed in the mexico sun, reminiscing the good times in asia and catching up on each others lives from the past 4 years (with a little eating delicious food, drinking delicious drinks, "hiking", and dancing thrown in there too :P)
"hiking"... on a paved path, in bikinis and flip flops
the trip was well overdue, and we've decided we can't go for so long again before a trip is in the plans. next year is easy, we've got a wedding to celebrate!!!
miss you girls already, see you next year!!