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  • Life and death in Cambodia

    Life and Death in Cambodia // The Clueless AbroadIt was a great evening. For two hours, we watched the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus perform their acrobatic stunts, play with fire, jump around and make the audience cry with laughter – all of it for a good cause. People who could have ended up on the streets created their own community of entertainers in pursuit of...

  • Through Cambodia: Surviving bed bugs and Angkor Wat

    A day trip to Angkor Wat // The Clueless AbroadIf one day you wake up with a couple of mosquito-like bites trailing around  your arms or legs, you can feel a bit alarmed. But if the next day the amount of bites exceeds a hundred and you’re covered in red, itchy bubbles – you almost certainly have bed bugs. Initially, we thought it’s one of these...

  • Through Laos: Vientiane, the city of calm

    Through Laos: Vientiane, the city of calmWhile the title might be a bit of an overstatement (for example: when we arrived, there was quite a lively and loud festival going on), Vientiane does seem like an oasis of calm, especially if you come here from one of the biggest Asian cities. The pace of life here is much slower than in...

  • The Secret War and its painful repercussions – A visit to COPE Laos

    The Secret War in Laos // The Clueless AbroadDid you know that Laos is the most bombarded country in the world? We didn’t. Have you ever heard of the Secret War that took place here, in the middle of South-East Asia? It probably suffices to say that the name is well-deserved. Since not many people are aware of the terrors that this country...

  • A short guide to Vietnam

    A short guide to Vietnam // The Clueless AbroadIt’s not easy to introduce the whole country, especially if you only had a month to travel through it. Still, thanks to some minor mishaps and a couple of fortunate coincidences, we got a tiny grasp of how diverse this country can be – and here we’re attempting to put all our tips and advice...

  • Halloween abroad: Laos

    mainEven though Halloween is not exactly a Swiss, nor a Polish tradition, there’s nothing bad in a small spooky celebration to avoid getting caught up in the travel routine (especially if it involves dressing up, munching on a pumpkin cake and sipping fancy beverages). It’s also a good opportunity to unleash some creativity and get...

  • Through Vietnam: The tailors of Hoi An

    Through Vietnam: The tailors of Hoi AnOur next stop, the ancient city of Hoi An, turned out to be even more picturesque than Cat Ba. Set in the middle of a small village between the main city and a beach, our homestay was by far the best accommodation that we’ve stayed in during our Asian journey. We also gave in to the tailoring and...

  • Overcoming culture shock: Welcome to Vietnam

    Overcoming culture shock: Welcome to VietnamIt’s been two weeks since we first laid our eyes on the frantic, chaotic streets of Hanoi, and the culture shock has already worn off. Maybe it’s because we finally reached the Cat Ba island, a less touristy and more relaxed destination, or we simply got used to the entirely different vibe of this country. Still,...

  • Places change, and sometimes it sucks: the disappearance of our favorite bar

    mainHave you ever had a bar or a coffee shop that held a special place in your heart? A hangout spot, like the ones in Friends or How I Met Your Mother, where you’d always feel at home? For us, this place was the Hello Frankie bar in Las Palmas. We witnessed its opening, and we watched it...

  • Nightlife in Las Palmas: best places for a night out

    mainIf you like nightlife, Las Palmas is the place to go. We’re typical night creatures – if we’re not hiking or sightseeing, there’s no way anyone can wake us up early, and we probably get most social around midnight. Here it wasn’t a problem – most Canarians also go out late in the night and...