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Welcome to Hopolla.
Meet the founders. A short interview with Matt, Bibi and Paul:
During a trip to the Philippines, the crew and I decided to grab a few local rums and watch some live music at a beach bar. The next thing I remember was waking up on the beach at 4am, face in the sand, no idea where I was. After coaxing three locals to guide me back to my hostel, I stumbled up the stairs and passed out. I woke up the next day, bed and body covered in sand, food hanging out of my ear, a rude hangover and no wallet, phone or thongs. We wandered back to the bar in search of my shit and unsurprisingly it was gone. I still had hope though, we went over to our friends’ hotel to find them in an equally bad state, but there sitting on their TV stand was my phone and wallet. For some reason, things always seem to work out for me!
I’m not a huge reader so I don’t have a lot to choose from here, but I’m going with The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It’s a great book about enjoying the journey and going with the flow.
Paul and I were exploring Cambodia by motorbike. We thought it would be an awesome idea to skip the usual route and go via a Cambodian national park. Not much later, we are completely lost and find ourselves stuck in a proper jungle. For two days straight we pushed a motorbike knee deep in mud, met the most amazing locals and got a lift from some young Cambodian dudes on a homemade oil truck (I have photographs to prove this). It was an intense couple of days and we had a lot of luck, but this experience has also become my favourite travel adventure so far. Lesson: don't just trust Google Maps and always bring lots of water with you...
Hard pick, but I will go with The Snow Leopard, a 1978 book by Peter Matthiessen about his two-month search in Nepal for the snow leopard.
My bucket list is very very long. I really want to go to Pig Beach, an island in the Bahamas, to swim with the pigs and my number one is definitely Antarctica.
I decided to drink myself into oblivion the night before my flight home from Tokyo. I woke up realising my alarm hadn’t gone off because my phone was flat and I’d lost my wallet. After diving over the ticket gates at the station I luckily managed to score the airport train. In my hungover state it took me over an hour to realise the train was going the wrong way. In a split second decision I jumped into a taxi to the airport. When we arrived the meter was sitting on $400 US and I had to use hand signals to explain I had no wallet. With the police chasing me I sprinted to the check-in desk just in time, but had to leave all my snowboard gear in a baggage locker. Running to my gate, my laptop flew out and smashed on the ground. Life lesson: don’t drink yourself into oblivion the night before an international flight. Oh and it cost me $650 US to fly my snowboard bag home.
That’s a tough one. I’ll go with Shantaram, although I hated dragging that massive book around.
I love riding motorbikes so for me it would have to be cruising across Mongolia.