We’re home!

After 49 weeks of travel overseas, Peter and I are officially back home and getting settled in. A year and a half ago, it was hard to conceive of this time actually coming, when our trip would end. And despite counting down for the last three months on the road, the end seemed to sneak up on us nonetheless.

In truth, we were ready to come back home after a year away. We missed our family and friends, we missed stability and we missed some basic comforts (drawers and hangers and warm showers? yes, please). So in all those ways, it’s been a pleasure to be back home.

At the same time, we’re missing the constant new-ness of travel, and the excitement of not knowing what you’ll find around that corner or in that town. It really was an incredible experience to have the gift of time to explore this world together, and it’s fair to say that we’re a bit sad to close this chapter of travel for the time being.

Over the last few months, Peter and I have taken some time to enjoy our memories from the last year and talk about our favorite moments. And below is a run down of our final itinerary and some of our favorites and otherwise.

Our Final RTW Itinerary

RTW_RouteOur RTW Trip Summarized

Photographs:  11,873
Accommodations:  84
Countries:  19
Continents:  5
Flights:  33
Finger sticks:  2,897
Insulin Pump Fails:  2
Laundry Cost:  $178.75
Transactions over the year:  1,869
# of Books Read:  A lot

Favorite Destination:  Galapagos
Favorite Cities:  Mendoza, Argentina and Paris, France
Favorite Countries:  Namibia, New Zealand, Spain and Vietnam
Favorite Hike:  Drakensburg Amphitheatre Hike, South Africa
Favorite Beach:  Similian Islands, Thailand
Favorite Animal Interactions:  Shark Cage diving in South Africa / Walking Safari in
Zambia trying to track lions / Swimming with dolphins in 
 Kaikoura, New Zealand

Modes of Transport:  Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Subways, Ferries, Minibuses,
Buses, Vans, Taxis, Mopeds, Tuk-tuks, Bicycles…..and lots
and lots of walking

Longest Bus Ride:  25.5 hours from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Santiago

Sketchiest moment:  Winding up at a Chinese train station at 1 am, not able to find our hotel or communicate anything in Chinese

Most Expensive Single Day:  Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda ($1,800 for just one day!)

Hardest conversion rate:  Chile – 473,000:1

Favorite new food:  All things Vietnamese
Best meal:  Anniversary dinner in Paris
Longest stretch not cooking:  6 months

Articles of clothing:  28 pieces of clothing + 6 shoes + unmentionables, all 
 between both of us
Pieces of luggage:  2 carry-ons, 2 backpacks and 1 purse between the two of

Favorite guide catch phrases:  “Impossible!” – Our Great Wall of China tour guide, whenever she was trying to provide a simple “No”

“Danger! Danger!” – Our tour guide in Bali, whenever we 
tried to exit a car, walk down the street or pretty much do 
 absolutely anything where we could trip or hurt ourselves 
 in any way

“It’s just nature.” – Our Galapagos tour guide to the eight
-year old in our group who was watching a sea-lion die from starvation

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  1. Congratulations!

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