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A (Statistical) Travel Snapshot – SOUTH AMERICA

2012:  Six months in Colombia and five months backpacking through South America.

How does one sum a year abroad?

I threw it all into one big list when I got back from Asia.  Here it goes with South America.

COUNTRIES:  6
Colombia • Peru • Argentina
Ecuador • Chile • Uruguay
bienvenidos

PLACES VISITED: 67
Los Angeles -> Bogotá -> Cali -> Tumaco -> Medellin -> Rionegro -> Florencia -> Caquetá countryside -> Tuluá -> Buenaventura -> Golfo Tortugas -> Cartagena -> Villa de Leyva -> Santa Marta -> Tayrona -> San Gil -> Bogotá -> Quito -> Canoa -> Montañita -> Guayaquil -> Máncora -> Zorritos -> Chiclayo -> Chachapoyas -> Kuelap -> Gocta/San Pablo -> Trujillo -> Huanchaco -> Lima -> Ica -> Huacachina -> Nazca -> Andahuaylas -> Pacucha -> Pampachiri -> Bosque de Piedras -> Abancay -> Cuzco -> Aguas Calientes -> Machu Picchu -> Puno -> Lake Titicaca -> Arequipa -> Arica -> Iquique -> San Pedro de Atacama -> La Serena -> Santiago -> Valparaiso -> Viña del Mar -> El Yeco -> Buenos Aires -> Bariloche -> El Bolsón -> Lago Puelo -> Mendoza -> Maipu -> Mina Clavere -> Nono -> Córdoba -> Puerto Iguazu -> Iguazu Falls -> Rosario -> Colonia -> Montevideo -> Punta del Este -> La Barra -> Piriapolis -> Montevideo -> Los Angeles.

NATIONALITIES MET:  39
Colombian  Venezuelan  Filipino  German  Austrian  French  Australian  American  Canadian  Peruvian  Ecuadorian  Chilean  Belgian  Danish  Dutch  English  Scottish  Finnish  Italian  Spanish  Croatian  Bosnian  Irish  Icelandic  Mexican  Japanese  Argentinian  Brazilian  [Basque]  [Quebecois]  Uruguayan  Paraguayan  Portuguese  Swiss  Ukrainian  Israeli  Malaysian  Costa Rican  Chinese

TRANSPORT:  
Airplanes: Dozens while working in Colombia, none afterward.
Boats: 8
Buses: I’d like to forget.
Trains: Are there any in South America?
Road Trips: 3
Bicycles: 3
transport

LANDSCAPES:  
Mountains:
13 different parts of the Andes.
Beaches: 19 (20 if you include an Argentinian river beach)

PROBLEMS:  
Things lost/stolen/magically vanished:

Frisbee.  Camera.  Swim trunks.  Towel.
Weight lost/stolen/magically vanished: 10 lbs.
Stomach issues: Lots.
Mosquitos killed with hotel bibles: 137.

COOL ANIMALS:  
Toucans. Llamas. Guinea Pigs. Birds with, um, blue feet. That big strange rodent that runs around Iguazu Falls.
animals

SOUNDTRACK:
Mumford and Sons – “Babel”
Noah and the Whale – “Last Night on Earth”
Jorge Drexler – Various
Kele Goodwin – “Hymns”
Passion Pit – “Gossamer”
Radical Face – “Family Tree”
Gustavo Santaolla – “Diarios de Motocicleta”

BEST JAM SESSIONS:
Irish singalongs with Irishmen in Huacachina
Teaching Peruvian kids in Chachapoyas
Playing with indigenous instruments in Argentina

music

HOLIDAYS SPENT:  
Oktoberfest in a beer-hall in Lima
Halloween in hostels and streets and bars in Cuzco
Thanksgiving with a real turkey in Santiago
Christmas with vegetarian food and gifts and la novia in the cold Andes of Argentina
New Years with local wine and besos from the novia in Mendoza

WEIRDEST FOOD EATEN:
Fried large-butted ants (Colombia)
Fried guinea pig (Peru)

food

FAVORITE FOODS:
Fresh fish with coconut sauce (Pacific coast Colombia)
Ceviche (Peru)
Fru-fru Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurants (Lima)
Fruit I’ve never heard of (Colombia)

FAVORITE DRINKS:
Pisco sours (better in Peru than in Chile, sorry!)
Coca tea (Peru)
Red wine (Chile)
Canelazo (Colombia)
Any juice in Colombia (try: Guanabana, Maracuyá, and Lulo for starters)
drinks

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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