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Our Happy Tail

Our Happy Tail

Well, here we are… now just over two months removed from our unbelievable year on the road (gosh, it feels like just yesterday we were packing our bags to leave). Rather than wistfully typing from the stiff seat of a bus negotiating a rutted-out road through central Laos, or the reclining armchair of a 737 soaring sleekly above Australia’s eastern seaboard, I am instead clicking away from the tufted, slate gray cushion of my brand-new sectional sofa (does anyone else…

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Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks

After being back in the U.S. for about three weeks, we find ourselves regularly fielding the same few questions by family, friends, and strangers alike: what was your favorite place? were you ready for it to end? would you do it again? Sometimes I spew out an answer in a seemingly contrived tone, having responded dozens of times to the same query. Other times I find myself stumbling through my answer, often looking over at Stephan like a little kid…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

Here we are, back on U.S. soil 344 days after our eye-opening journey began. To celebrate its successful circumnavigation of the globe, the penny requested one last photo – from where it all began when my brother plucked it lovingly from a Boylston Street sidewalk in Boston. The penny would like to thank everyone for following it on its grand adventure – it truly was the trip of a lifetime, and something we will always hold dear. As this part…

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By The Numbers

By The Numbers

A scientist and a network engineer traveled the world. What did they bring back with them? Data, of course! Geeks to the core, tracking, trending, and generating spreadsheets are kind of fun tasks for the two of us. While we know we’re a little weird, we also know we’re not alone in our dorkiness. So for our fellow number nerds out there, below you will find some statistics from our trip (including our cost per day in each country we…

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Discovering Ourselves

Discovering Ourselves

Jenn: Now that our trip has drawn to a close, some of you are probably wondering what we learned about ourselves along the way, since packing up and abandoning everyday life is considered a little bit outside the box. What’s more, I’m not sure you can embark on a trip like this without a smidge of introspection along the way. And now that we’ve made it back, I suppose it’s time for some of that self-reflection crap. For those who…

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Discovering Our Destinations

Discovering Our Destinations

While we tried to mention some nuances from the countries we visited in our Fast Facts posts, we had a few unshared regional discoveries that we I (let’s not drag poor Stephan into this) also found important enough to want to pass on. Of course, the following entry primarily focuses on my two favorite topics – restroom customs and environmental awareness – so I guess it’s another one of those ‘blush and/or roll your eyes’ posts. Don’t let that discourage…

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Advice for Fellow Travelers

Advice for Fellow Travelers

Aside from some of the minor suggestions regarding sightseeing and saving dough, we thought we’d highlight a few of, what we considered to be, the most important tips to take with you when you head out for some long-term travel adventure: If you maintain some awareness of your surroundings and stay alert, it’s pretty easy to avoid getting yourself into a dangerous situation. Sure, there are corrupt people and risks everywhere, but there are also a lot of good people…

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1,000 Words

1,000 Words

It seems that all too often today, we watch the news or read the papers and perceive the world as a terrible, if not terrifying, place. In truth, though, the world is remarkably beautiful, and largely filled with love. Does every country, without exception, have its own set of flaws and challenges? Absolutely. Are some plagued with poverty or corruption, or still shadowed by historic turmoil? Sadly, yes. However, something great can be found in every corner of the world, and…

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The Best Of…

The Best Of…

As we roamed from country to country, zigzagging our way across three continents, we found ourselves constantly in awe of our incredible surroundings – both the breathtaking landscapes and the beautiful spirits of the people we met along the way. While there were many things we loved about each of the 32 countries we visited, we thought we’d create a list of superlatives highlighting something uniquely wonderful we discovered in each location. While some of our favorite things may seem…

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The Official Bird List

The Official Bird List

I started off with high hopes for a regular “Birders’ Digest” that would round up all of the mediocre-to-crappy-but-identifiable bird photos captured during our travels. That worked pretty well for our first few months, but once we hit Asia, it kind of fell apart. Lack of libraries and English field guides made self-identification difficult, and even if we managed, against all odds, to find an English-speaking bird expert, they may not know a useful English translation for the species. There…

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