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And we’re done.
Complete.
Over.
Done.

On Jan 5th, we left Phoenix for Bangkok and on Nov 5th we will return to Seattle. It has been 10 months of being on the road living out a trip that we had planned for two years. The money is gone (more than we expected!) and the adventure is over. I can’t believed it has been that long. Traveling around Thailand seems like ages ago. We saw some amazing sights including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Aya Sofia in Istanbul, the rice fields of Bali, the sheep and mountains and everything of New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the Tibetan Plateau of China (or Tibet depending on who you ask), the mountain villages of Laos and Thailand, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the beaches of southern Thailand, the children of VIetnam returning home after school dressed up in their beautiful white uniforms, the karst formations rising from Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, the 300 monks accepting their daily alms in Luang Prabang, the Vietcong tunnels of Vietnam, the green mountains of Northern Spain, the shanty towns of South Africa, the crystal clear water of Zanzibar, the small town life of Provence, the giant wildlife (think lions, zebras, giraffes and hyena) of Kruger National Park, the vineyards of France, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, Spain and Australia and most importantly, the people and food of the world. What an amazing year it has been!

While it is a bit sad that it is all coming to an end, we’re also excited to be returning home.

Home. Where our friends and family are. Where we have our own place. No more hostels. No more hotels. No more sleeping on the (very appreciated!) couch of a friend or the (very appreciated) dirty floor of a stranger.

Home. Where there are 400 channels of TV. Where the snow is starting to fall in the mountains and the snowboard is waiting to be taken out for a ride. Where we have cars and can go wherever we want whenever we want.

Home. Where our jobs are…

Wait.

That last one isn’t so stellar but it ain’t so bad either. Being productive is nicer and being able to afford a meal and the power isn’t bad either.

It’s our last night here in Paris. Just in for 20 hours to catch our flight home. We got in a great meal and picked up a few kitchen supplies but that’s about it. We have to be up at 6am to catch the flight home and we will be back in our second home (Charlie and Emy’s) by 3pm.

See you soon!

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3 Responses

  1. Who the Hell is Viola? :)

    Congratulations. Speaking for everyone… we’re all very jealous of what you guys did… and very impressed!

  2. can’t wait to see you guys. what a great post. so inspiring that you guys were able to travel the world for a year. maybe someday we will be able to follow your lead. Safe travels home! xxoxo

  3. so jealous…so sad it’s over…how will i live vicariously through you now? thank you for doing it – for all of us.

    and PS nath and hermum are coming to ny in april so you must come out then.

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