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08
May
10

Southeast Asia By Numbers

Hello again,

On April 18, the one-month anniversary of my return to Canada, I decided to start compiling some interesting statistics from my trip. I’ve seen people do similar things when they come back from long, epic trips such as mine, and I’ve always found them entertaining and interesting, so I thought I’d do the same. From the number of books I read to the number of pineapples eaten (just kidding), here is my trip by the numbers:

# of countries visited: 6
# of modes of transportation taken: 9 (plane, bus, train, taxi, truck, tuk-tuk, jumbo, motorbike, boat)
# of days away from home: 75
# of nights spent in transit: 9
# of days spent on a beach: 27
# of days spent in transit: 24 (this means we were in transit for 1 of every 3 days we were away from home!)
# of flights taken: 4
# of trains taken: 4
# of boats taken: 13
# of temples visited: 14
# of elephants ridden: 2
# of scuba dives completed: 2
# of nights spent at a local home: 2 (Vietnam and Cambodia)
# of islands visited: 7
# of new friends on Facebook: 29
# of photos taken: 2693
# of packages sent home: 2
# of cockroaches found in rooms: 5
# of postcards sent: 7 (please don’t be mad at me if you didn’t get one, I had the best of intentions!)
# of books read: 12 (including travel guides: 15)
# of tattoos received: 1
# of buckets drank/banana pancakes eaten: too many to count!
# of Canadian dollars spent overseas (approx): $2900
# of blog posts written: 32
# of Kilometers traveled (approx.): 27,374 (9142 km overland in Asia, 18,232 km in flight)
# of sisters bonded for life: 2

If anyone can think of anything else they’d like to see added, please let me know.

I’ve added the links to my photo albums on Facebook, where I’ve posted some of the highlights of my 2500+ photos taken in Asia:

Cambodia
Vietnam
Laos
Northern Thailand and Bangkok
Southern Thailand
Singapore
Southeast Asian Shenanigans

As always thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed the final post of my journey. Thank you to everyone who supported and encouraged me throughout my trip, thanks to all who wrote me countless emails and who commented on my posts. This blog was as much for all of you as it was for me, and I’m happy to have been able to share this amazing opportunity with the people I love the most. THANK YOU!

The End

Alexis

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17
Mar
10

I’m Coming Home!

As the date of my flight approached, I started to get somewhat excited about the prospect of returning home. There are definitely things that I have loved about Southeast Asia, but there are also some definite dislikes, and some things that I miss from back home. I have been asked often what I miss the most, and Courtney and I have taken to saying “man, I’m really gonna miss such-and-such when I’m back home…” in the past few weeks.

To give you an idea of what I mean, here is an example:

Things I am looking forward to back home:

  • seeing family and friends (duh!)
  • having clean feet
  • TV shows
  • whole grain bread
  • a nice bowl of cereal with milk
  • shoes that aren’t flip flops (looking forward to wearing heels again!)

Things I will miss about Asia:

  • warm weather and sunshine
  • not needing to wear much clothing, even at night
  • getting a good meal for under $5 (breakfast, lunch or dinner)
  • fresh fruit juice
  • not needing to wear socks
  • living out of a backpack

I know this last one sounds a bit strange, but I find it oddly comforting to know that I can survive on what is in my pack and that’s it. I don’t need to have 20 dresses, or 50 tank tops, or 10 pairs of jeans. It feels a little like when I wore a uniform in high school: there are only so many combinations of things to wear, so getting dressed is a breeze! Sure, sometimes I’ve wished I had something from my closet back home (damn, I wish I brought that dress!) but after a while it was just convenient and you don’t really notice that you’ve worn the same pair of shorts three days out of the last four.

Things I will NOT miss about Asia:

  • toilets (can’t put paper in them, which is weird)
  • not being able to drink tap water
  • lack of English channels
  • not being able to trust what ANYONE tells you (unless you are in Singapore 🙂

I want to acknowledge all my friends and family (yes, you!) who have been with me this entire trip, through my blog. I can’t say how much it has meant to me to hear all the encouragement from everyone who has been reading and following my every move. Your thoughts and support has helped me get through this trip and all the difficulty in the weeks before, and for that you have my sincerest thanks!

Well, the call for boarding has come, and it’s time to get on my flight and go back to the Western World. I just keep telling myself that although the tan will fade, the memories will last forever!




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