After an obscenely early morning and an unusual bus trip from Battambang, we were ready to crash for the night at 2 pm when we pulled into Siem Reap. The weather made that simple aspiration laughable, though, as we hauled our bags out of the bus and directly into a monster pre-monsoon rain storm. Our […]Read More To Siem Reap, Part II: Tuk Tukking it
We said goodbye to Battambang at the crack of dawn. We had to catch a tuk tuk to the bus station and our reserved seats for Siem Reap. We bid adieu to our gracious host Jen and a couple of cooks that were up at this hour and hurried to make the departure time our […]Read More To Siem Reap, Part I: A Very Long Ride
(This film is a complement to our last essay from the Transfagarasan Highway in Transylvania, a route made famous by the UK’s Top Gear. Stax shot the driving footage (GoPro Hero Black 3 and Canon 60D) and Beej shot much of the scenery with his trusty Lumix GH2. Edited by Stax, who found very cool […]Read More VIDEO: Tackling the Transfagarasan Highway: Transylvania, Romania
Story by BEEJ. Photos by STAX. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu pushed through construction of the Transfagarasan Highway in 1970. By all accounts the construction was hellishly difficult and brutal. Legend said he was spooked by the Soviet invasion of the former Czechoslovakia and wanted to build a military route to head off any similar invasion by […]Read More Taking on the Transfagarasan Highway: Transylvania, Romania
Continued from Part II: After we attended the practice wedding in Oncesti, we sat down over coffee with our unofficial fixer, Bud. Bud told us there would be a traditional wedding in the village of Budesti the next weekend, and that he would even be bringing Japanese tourists there to catch the festivities. (Japanese tourism […]Read More Wedding Crashers, Part III: Maramures, Romania
The sound of music and dancing grew louder. We were going to crash this wedding of complete strangers and worse, we were going to invade the proceedings with cameras and try to get some footage.Read More Wedding Hunters!: From Wedding Hunt to Wedding Crash
by Stax I think Beej and I should start calling ourselves “The Wedding Hunters.” After decompressing for a couple of days at the Avenue Hostel in Budapest, we made our way by train to Cluj-Napoca, a comfortable 8 hours across the Hungarian border in Romania. The train was delayed so we didn’ t arrive until […]Read More The Wedding Search, Part One
We arrive finally in Maramures County and are immediately plied with food and strong drink. What are they trying to do, kill us?Read More Breb, Romania: Welcome to Maramureş
Ek Phnom Temple The ancient ruins of Ek Phnom Temple are quiet most days of the week. Monks peek curiously out of their bare wooden stilt houses at travelers. Dogs sleep in the sun, leaves rustle and families from surrounding villages picnic upon giant blocks of weathered and chiseled sandstone. It is an impressive, but […]Read More PHOTO ESSAY: Ek Phnom Temple or Can I get a wat?
Ivana and Gianni, from the great digital nomad travel website Nomad is Beautful , interviewed us about our travels, our web series project and everything under the sun for their series Love on the Road ! We were thrilled to be featured and show off some of our photography, and Ivana’s questions were really thoughtful. […]Read More Read Our “Nomad is Beautiful” Interview!