Though there are still a few countries to go…it feels like this particular round of locations is drawing to an end. I’m at least in the lesser half of my travel year, and, as a reflective person, it has made me think about the many things we’ve seen and experienced.
All the tallies.
Items lost in transit somehow: Nikon D40 lens, USB mouse for laptop, white skirt, gray “drop Tom’s not bombs” shirt, white Adidas shirt, pair of boxers (taken by the wind off the clothes line…), a pair of swim-suit bottoms, a pair of sandals, one pair of goggles
Animals spotted along the way: Monkeys galore, geckos galore, chickens galore, a few elephants, a few monitor lizards, a mongoose, a half dozen peacocks, a crocodile or two, one very obscured leopard, far too many banana spiders, nearly a hundred or more dolphins, one very stubborn mahi mahi, many tropical fish, and what I believe was a small octopus.
Countries visited: China, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Japan, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Singapore, New Zealand and Fiji
Countries I breezed through for the visa stamping or to say a quick hi: Myanmar, South Korea, Australia
Coutnries yet to visit before this leg of travels is finished: New Zealand, Australia (?), Cook Islands, Chile, (and Easter Island!), Peru
Border crossings or flights that required the most negotiation or that almost didn’t happen: Thailand to Sri Lanka, China to Indonesia, Cambodia to Vietnam, Australia to…anywhere outside the airport…or even anywhere within the airport…
Flights missed: Sri Lanka to Thailand
Total flights flown: 34
Hours flown: 101.54
Odd foods eaten: Caviar (Drew), Sea Urchin (Drew), Ice cream with corn in it (Carrie), so many bean curd things, (….wow…we sorta failed in this category.)
Most “rustic” locations: the train in Sri Lanka, the restrooms in the Wuhan train station, REAL Chinese restaurants
if you think of any more tallies…tell me because like so many writers/thinkers/travelers/jokesters, I love lists!