The End of the Road: By the Numbers

Lila and I have been home for just about a month now. Setting up house, buying cars, paying bills, and visiting with family and friends. Getting back into this so-called “real life” has been taking up most of our time, so there has been little time to work on finishing up our blog. How do we summarize our thoughts about a whirlwind trip that took us through 22 countries in thirteen and a half months? What did we learn about ...

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Hong Kong: One Foot in China

Hong Kong was our final destination, so Jeff and I decided that, even though we were practically out of funds, we were going to splurge and go out with a bang. After traveling for thirteen months we needed to make ourselves presentable for our return home. We checked into a nice hotel, located in the financial center of Kowloon, and set to work dispensing of our old clothes and purchased a couple of ...

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Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Endless scooters – Hanoi, Vietnam

We landed in Hanoi in the afternoon and took a taxi through the countryside and into the city center. Passing miles of lush green countryside, water buffalo wallowed in the mud, workers in pointy hats were bent in half tending to the rice patties that stretched before us. My first thought was that this is exactly what I had ...

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Northern Thailand: The Land of the $4 Massage:)

Josh and Lila, while trying to avoid incoming bottle rockets, release a lantern for good luck

Though home for six weeks now, Lila and I have vowed to finish writing about the countries that we never got around to blogging about while on the road – if for no other reason than to have a record for ourselves someday when my memory starts to fade. Below is ...

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India Part III – Rajasthan

From Goa we caught a flight that took us further north into the Indian state of Rajasthan, the India that I had imagined in my mind when I first started dreaming about the trip. Old forts, lake palaces, elephants, spicy curries, and amazingly colorful people in beautiful costumes make Rajasthan one of the most unique places that we visited all year.

Our first stop was the lakeside city of Udaipur. The city is situated around a shallow lake ...

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

Our view from the sun deck.

After making our way from Northern Thailand and through a good part of Laos, Lila and I are currently in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. We just returned from a three day boat trip on Halong Bay, located about three hours south of Hanoi, and one of the most spectacular places that we have been all year. Watch this ...

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India Part II – From the Temples of Tamil to the Beautiful Beaches of Goa

After a few weeks in Kerala Lila and I decided to head east to the French inspired city of Pondicherry (Pondy to the locals), located along the Bay of Bengal on the far side of the state of Tamil Nadu. We boarded our first of many buses that would eventually get us there, stopping off first in the temple town of Madurai.

First of all, taking the bus in India is always a death defying experience. Apparently the buses only ...

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