Sadly, this will be our final blog entry. We are home from our trip and are trying not to get overwhelmed with unpacking our bags, moving back into our house, going to work, and all of the other responsibilities we have avoided for the past 8 months. And besides, our life is a lot less interesting now and not noteworthy enough of a blog!
Every once in a while when I think of something new in our lives, I think, "I should write about this in our blog!" And then I give my head a shake and realize that I'm back in Canada doing what normal Canadians do and whatever I was thinking about is really not that interesting to anyone else, just me. So we would like to end on a high note and not bore you with the less interesting comings and goings of our lives.
But for those of you who want a little more, we are planning to do a slide show sometime early in June to tell our stories and show our pictures, all 7,000 of them. Just kidding, I promise that it will be no longer than an hour. I'll send a message out on facebook and a message here on our blog once we have a time and place selected. We are also doing a slide show at the Unitarian Church Sunday, June 27th for our Unitarian followers (ie. Dave's mom's friends) and I'll be doing a lunch-time slide show at work June 11.
I did a numerical summary of our trip that I think you will find interesting.
Adding it all up
Number of nights away from home = 250
Number of countries = 7
Number of towns visited for more than 1 day = 35
Number of hotel rooms = 42
Number of beaches visited = 29
Number of beaches surfed= 21
Number of buses taken = 21
Number of buses rides shared with a chicken = at least 2
Number of boats = 13
Number of flights = 23
Number of photos taken = about 7000
Number of yoga classes = 54
Number of doctor visits = 6 (4 were to the Optometrist for pink eye)
Number of migraines = 5
Number of vomit episodes = 10 (8 were car or bus related)
Number of things lost = too many to count but nothing important
Number of things stolen = nothing as far as we know
Number of blog entries = 105
Most popular blog entry had 878 hits
Average number of hits = about 500
Page views = 25,442 (this is a count of the total number of times the blog was opened)
How much did it all cost?
International flights = $11,000
Day to day travel costs = $29,000
Our experiences = priceless
This may sound like a lot to shell out but it is pretty close to the amount that we would have spent just living in Edmonton for the same period of time. I went shopping yesterday to restock our fridge and to buy a lawn mower and spent over $600! That is equivalent to 1 week of living expenses or 2 months rent in Nicaragua!
We would like to thank everyone for following our travels. Counting the number of people who read our blog, inspired us to write about more things more often. We spent hours each week uploading photos and drafting stories. We do intend to take the blog and turn it into a book (for a keepsake, not for sale) though it would be nice to find a way to fund another trip one day....
Here is our contact information if you would like to get in touch with us. We are also on facebook.
Peace and love,
Dave, Audrey, Taro and Kiyoshi
I will leave you with some final photos that were taken by a friend that we met along the way.