First of all, thanks to all of our generous and hospitable hosts – Jayme, Danny, and Jaime – for taking us around your respective cities. We owe you a foreign couch and a whole lot of cookies!
Also, thanks to all of you guys for following our journey and letting me know that the blog wasn’t a TOTAL waste of time…even though it went from a running blog to a travel/food blog!
Asia 2012 has come to an end, and it was an experience I think everyone should have. We were able to hit up 8 (9? Hong Kong?) countries – Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, and Japan. We saw some of the world’s most amazing sights – Angkor Wat, The Great Wall, and Mount Fuji. And we met plenty of amazing, nice, rude, polite, friendly, standoffish, and unique travelers and locals, and had an all-around great time.
I’m looking forward to showering without shoes, eating green vegetables, and burning the 4 outfits I’ve brought on this trip. I think Zac is looking most forward to surfing, and to using a real razor again. (You guys gotta see his homeless man scruff.)
We definitely learned a lot from our experiences! Don’t take overnight buses in Thailand. In addition to “thank you,” learn to say “no thank you” in Indonesian and Thai. Always buy your flight before you get to the airport, but never take money out of airport ATMs. Get used to your own body odor, but keep mouthwash handy. Take pictures, even when you don’t feel like it. And if you don’t like the picture, take another one because you won’t get that chance again. And never trust a Vietnamese discount travel agency!
Even though we’re done with Asia (for now) our traveling is far from being over! We touched down in San Jose, CA at night on Tuesday, and will spend the summer driving across the country. San Diego – Omaha, NE – St. Louis – New Orleans – Charlottesville, VA – New Brunswick, NJ – New York and then back to San Diego/San Jose! After four months in California, we’re off on our Next Big Adventure: Peru.
Instead of heading back to the daily grind in California, or going to grad school, we’ve signed up to teach English in Peru for 1 year. Starting January 2013, we’ll be in Peru until around the same time in 2014! And I expect each of you to visit.
Stay tuned for views from America as we start our domestic travels!