Posts made in May, 2009

Is this really the end?

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Around the World, Thoughts on Life | 5 comments

Is this really the end?

Yes‚ we’re home. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was around the world in 365 days. We wandered around the desert metropolis of Dubai and played in what could be the world’s best water park; we saw the ancient ruins of Petra, spent a night in the desert, rode camels, shared a sheesha with a rescue team, floated in the Dead Sea, dove in the Red, all in Jordan; we ate Turkish delight, saw the peaks of Cappodocia, descended into the world’s largest underground city, saw the eternal flames of Mount Olimpos, played backgammon, cruised the Mediterranean, surveyed the...

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Space, the final frontier

Posted by on May 27, 2009 in North America, United States | 1 comment

Space, the final frontier

We spent the last week of our trip in sweet, sweet civilization with my brother and his family at their home in Orlando, Florida, USA. And yes, one of the first things I did was have a Starbucks coffee. I know, I’ve sold out to our North American culture… our delicious, coffee-driven culture, but if there is one thing I’ve learned having been around the world, there are a lot of great things about North America and, in many ways, we are very lucky to live here. Allison and I had Florida all planned out. We would relax, kick back by the pool, and not do a thing. My...

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Would you like a mugging with that?

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Brazil, South America | 0 comments

Would you like a mugging with that?

Last time we left you we had just crossed the border into Brazil at Foz do Iguaçu to take in a second helping of the gorgeous Iguazu Falls. That night, we hopped on an overnight bus that would take us to the massive city of Sao Paulo—a semi-cama bus (think airplane-style reclining seats), with no meals, no wine, no late night champagne, and no movies, all at a higher cost than the most luxurious bus we took in Argentina. Next time you get into a ‘my bus system is better than your bus system’ fight, side with Argentina. Seriously, we got into a few on our travels. It...

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Expenses: Asia, NZ, South America

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Argentina, Asia, Australasia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Easter Island, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South America | 1 comment

Expenses: Asia, NZ, South America

Well, we are back in Canada! Can you believe that a year went by so fast? I certainly can’t. Over the next week or two we are going to have a series of posts with lots of statistics about our trip – including the $64,000 question. This post is the third of three posts about daily costs around the world. This post includes: Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and several countries in South America. It doesn’t include Australia because of the nature of the family vacation we took there. If you need some help understanding this post, please see my Expenses: Europe and the...

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