To meet a dinosaur-traveller like Martine and her friend Fabienne is a gift for every backpacker. With 30 years of experience they were a treasure on tips and tricks for us.

We met them actually twice. After seeing each other in Mandalay the sparks finally came in Kalaw were Martine and her companion Fabienne were our neighbours at ‘Golden Lily guesthouse’. Both became our senior teachers in topic ‘how to pack a proper bag’. After carrying our sumo-overweight luggage we got enlightened by these 2 french ladies.

Sumo luggage

With open mouths we listened and witnessed Martine’s 6kg backpack for 1 month traveling through Myanmar. Melted to ok-comfortable, ultimate necessary items we became speechless. Inspired by her we started to check our packing list and hope to be soon lighter too.