One of the greatest parts of living and traveling abroad is the chance to interact with and meet new friends who share the same passion for travel and adventure that you do. When you live abroad as a couple, getting to know other couples living the same crazy lifestyle is a must! We were excited to get connected with Peanuts or Pretzels recently and wanted to post our quick interview with them to get to know them better.
Sharing the same passion and dedication to adventure and world experience that we do, read below to hear their fun and unique answers to the questions we asked them and then head on over to the Peanuts or Pretzels FB page, give em a like and also follow them along with their adventures on their website.
Latitude 34: First off, we LOVE your name, it sums up traveling so perfectly. How did you come up with the name?
Peanuts or Pretzels: Well, we actually went back and forth with name ideas for weeks. We brainstormed with pages and pages of names written down, just writing down anything we could think of. We were trying to think of something unique that didn’t include our personal names, because the blog is about more than just the two of us. We wanted something that would make people think for a moment, hopefully make them laugh, and stick in their head. What’s funny is that now every time we fly on a plane and the attendants ask us if we want “peanuts or pretzels” we look at each other and laugh!
L34: What is the scariest thing you have done while traveling? It doesn’t have to be extreme sports or anything, just something that really pushed you out of your comfort zone. Do you regret it?
PP: Well, during our first day in Cambodia Josh got acquainted real quick with their “squatty potties” – he was not prepared to handle that. The tub of water and metal pot next to him really threw him off too!
For Liz, it was a few years back when she went to Hong Kong for a week by herself. It was her first time in Asia, and her parents were not pleased that she was going alone. But it turned out to be one of the most exciting and inspiring trips that she had ever taken – and only fueled her love for travel more!
L34: Whats one country you HAVE to visit before you die?
PP: We agree, Antarctica! We figure if we’ve made it there, then we’ve already been everywhere else.
L34: What was the longest day of travel you guys ever did together. How long did it take, what was it like and where were you going?
PP: One of our longest days of traveling was our Journey to Siem Reap from Seattle. Even though it took a couple days (and we had a short nap) – it really felt like one continuous day! First, we flew from Seattle to Tokyo, then to Bangkok – arriving about 1 o’clock in the morning. After getting through immigration, we went to a nearby hotel for a quick snack, 3 hour nap & shower. Then we headed to the train station.
We hopped on the 6 am train for a 4 hour train ride to the border of Cambodia. The border crossing took another 4 hours of standing in line after line, and playing their little bribing games. Once we finally collected our awesome stamp on our passports and entered the country, a bus took us to nearby a taxi station. We decided rather than taking the bus to Siem Reap that we would split a private cab with a couple that we met during our border crossing adventure. Then we were off on the final leg of our journey, on one of the most terrifying 3 hour cab ride of our lives!
When we arrived in Siem Reap, they transferred us to a rickshaw to take us to our hostel. This seemed like the easiest part of the trip; however, on the way to the hostel we nearly collided with a scooter and our driver almost flipped our rickshaw as he avoided the accident. With a few bumps and bruises, we finally arrived at the Siem Reap hostel. Ah, it was time for a foot massage, a beer, and a bed!
L34: How has traveling changed your life the most and what is one thing you learned about yourself you never knew until you left the comfort of home?
PP: [Josh] I have learned that people are kind all around the world. If you respect them and their cultures they will be kind and respect you as well. On that train ride to Cambodia we met a lady that was paying respect to the monk riding in our train car. She gave the monk an offering of food, then turned and gave Liz some food to give. Once Liz gave her offering she then turned to me and gave me food to offer. These are the experiences that I love and stick with me around the world.
[Liz] Traveling has opened my eyes to our global society. I have such a better understanding of what goes on outside our own country and the real issues that we are all dealing with. The more I travel, the more I believe that it is imperative for people to travel to truly understand the world that we live in. My eyes have been opened in a way that non-travelers will not understand until they experience it themselves. Also, I’ve become a lot more confident in my ability to solve problems and I’ve become a lot more outgoing. Travel is an amazing thing!
Special thanks to Liz and Josh for taking the time to share their thoughts with us and we hope they had fun answering our questions and keep posting great articles and photos from their travels.
Stay tuned for more Traveler Check-ins in the coming weeks and keep traveling!