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A (Statistical) Travel Snapshot – ASIA

Three months in Asia flew by, and I’ll never forget its sights, tastes, adventures and people.  But how do you sum up an entire experience?  What words do you choose?  What stories do you tell?

Here’s a shot at trying to digest a whole trip through pages of scribbled notes and tally marks at the back of a travel journal.
(I copied this journal idea from traveler extraordinaire Cressida Stolp.  Gracias, tia.)

COUNTRIES:  6
(Japan – airport only)
South Korea
Cambodia
Vietnam
China
(Hong Kong – kind of only sort of counts as separate “country”)
Malaysia
Thailand

CITIES VISITED: 38
Lake Forest -> Los Angeles -> (Tokyo) -> Seoul -> Phnom Penh -> Siem Reap -> Angkor Wat -> Phnom Krom -> Phnom Penh -> Saigon -> Cu Chi -> Nha Trang -> Hanoi -> Halong Bay -> Hanoi -> Guangzhou -> Hong Kong -> Shenzhen -> Shanghai -> Suzhou -> Hangzhou -> Tunxi ->Huang Shan -> Tangkou -> Wuhan -> Yichang -> Xi’an -> Beijing -> Kuala Lumpur -> Mersing -> Tioman -> Melaka -> Penang -> Hat Yai -> Krabi -> Railay -> Ton Sai -> Ao Nang -> Suruthani -> Had Rin -> Had Yuan -> Had Thien -> Had Yuan -> Had Rin -> Suruthani -> Bangkok -> (KL)-> (Taipei) -> Los Angeles -> Lake Forest.

NATIONALITIES MET:  43
South Korean   •   Serbian   •   Japanese   •   American   •   Cambodian   •   English   •   Swiss   •   Swedish   •   French   •   German   •   Canadian   •   Scottish   •   Welsh   •   Dutch   •   Vietnamese   •   Kiwi   •   Australian   •   Indonesian   •   Irish   •   Danish   •   Czech   •   Norwegian   •   Mexican   •   Israeli   •   Iranian   •   Spanish   •   Trinidadian   •   Indian   •   Singaporean   •   Argentinian   •   Russian   •   Senegalese   •   Algerian   •   Yemeni   •   Sri Lankan   •   Polish   •   North Irish   •   Maltese   •   Austrian   •   Thai •   Chilean   •   Paraguayan  •  and Filipino!

TRANSPORT:
Planes: 5
Trains: 7 (non-subway)
Buses: 15
Boats: 14
Motos and Tuk Tuks:  Countless.

PLACES:
Museums: 5
Beaches: 10
Rivers (swim or boat):  3
Lakes:  3

WEIRDEST FOOD EATEN:
Octopus on a stick   (Japan)
Red Ants w/ Beef     (Cambodia)
Duck Embryo    (Vietnam)
Frog Legs    (Vietnam)
Jellyfish   (Vietnam)

FAVORITE FOODS:
Indian sweet milk tea
Te Tarik   (Malaysian sweet milk tea tossed in the air)
Banh Xeo  (Vietnamese burrito)
Chinese eggplant
Sweet and sour pork  (It’s better than in the states!  I swear!)
Bamboo stirfry with pork
Kung Pao chicken  (Better than Panda Express!)
Uighur lamb dishes  (Muslims make the best food in China)
Thai curries  (All)
Fruit shakes  (Any)
Malay spicy chicken   (Delish!)
Malay 3-taste fish  (I think the three tastes are sweet, spicy, and sour?)
Nasi lemak  (Malaysian rice, peppers, anchovies wrapped in banana leaf for like 30 cents.  Obsessed.)

WORST FOOD:
This, from Shanghai:

WORST HOTEL:
This one, in Hong Kong:

OTHER:
Hangovers: Many
Pairs of Sandals Stolen by Close Friends: 1
Weirdest Nookie Locale: A crowded boat
Stuff Stolen From Me:  iPod speakers.
Wicked Sunburns: 2