Our Favorites

Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Monday, July 30, 2007

We Said:

In sharing stories with others about our trip, inevitably people ask, "What was your favorite country/place/food/sight/etc". Since we've experienced so many really diverse places, peoples, cultures, and landscapes, these types of questions are actually very difficult to answer.

Sifting through about 5000 photos we picked our top 30, and after a few conversations we came up with the following list of "Favorites" and "Mosts..." Even after a lot of debate we found it impossible to choose a "#1" for any category (except "Favorite Continent"), so these are not listed in any particular order

Favorite Continent: AFRICA!!!

Favorite Nations to Travel Within:
South Africa

Favorite Really Big Cities:
Cape Town, South Africa
Hong, Kong, China
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Istanbul, Turkey
Seville, Spain

Favorite Smaller Cities & Towns:
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Marrakech, Morocco
Swakopmund, Namibia
Evora, Portugal
Brasov, Romania
Hanoi, Vietnam
Cusco, Peru
Yangshuo, China

Favorite Beaches & Beach Towns:
Anse Volbert on Praslin Island, Seychelles
Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue Island, Seychelles
Nungwi on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
White Beach on Boracay Island, Philippines
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Mui Ne, Vietnam
Palolem, India
Pantai Cenang on Palau Langkawi, Malaysia

Favorite "Backpacker Towns":
Yangshuo, China
Dahab, Egypt
Hampi, India
Hoi An, Vietnam
Livingstone, Zambia

Favorite/Most Beautiful Natural Sites:
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Dune 45, Namibia
Karst Hills of Yangshuo, China
Rock Islands, Palau
Anse Source d'Argent, Seychelles
Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Favorite/Most Amazing Human Constructed Sites:
Gal Vihara, Sri Lanka
Hagia Sofia in Instanbul, Turkey
Pyramids and Nile Temples, Egypt
Machu Picchu, Peru
Wat Pra Keaw in Bangkok, Thailand
Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Taj Mahal, India
The Palm Jumierah, United Arab Emirates
Stone Money "Banks" of Yap Island, Micronesia
Backwaters of Kerala, India

Most Bizarre Sites and Peoples:
The Sadhus of Varanasi, India
The Burning Ghat of Varanasi, India
The nightly India/Pakistan Border closing ceremony at Wagah, India
The giant Buddha outside the caves of Dambula, Sri Lanka
A ski area (complete with chair lift) inside the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, UAE
Haw Par Villa, Singapore

Most Thrilling/Death Defying Experiences:
Cage diving with Great White Sharks in Gansbaai, South Africa
High-speed drift SCUBA diving off Boracay, Philippines
Todd's 500' bungy jump in Pettenberg Bay, South Africa
Driving a car anywhere in Sri Lanka
Encountering huge ocean swells on our inter-island ferry in Seychelles
Walking safari in the midst of families of huge rhinoceros in Matopos Park, Zimbabwe

Some of our Favorite "Magic Moments":
Watching sunrise on top of Dune 45 in Namibia
The parting of morning mists on Machu Picchu to unveil the panorama of the city
A huge bull elephant wandering into our camp in South Luangwa Park, Zambia
All of our sunsets in Zanzibar
Visiting Namibia's Cape Cross Seal Colony only hours after thousands of pups were born
Walking the edenesque landscape of Praslin & La Digue Islands in Seychelles
Wandering the ancient labyrinthine streets of Varanasi, India
SCUBA diving with huge Manta Rays in Yap, Micronesia
Hanging out with a colony of Meerkats in Keetmanshoop, Namibia

Favorite National Cuisines:

Katie's Favorite Local Foods/Dishes:
Couscous (Morocco)
Fornetti (Romania)
Tzasiki (Greece)
Hummus & Pita (Egypt)
Snapper (Zanzibar)
Tibetan Momos (India)
Navrathan Korma (India)
Veg Thali (India)
Satay (Malaysia)
Pho Bo (Vietnam)
Udon Miso (Japan)
Pan Artisinal (Peru)

Todd's Favorite Local Foods/Dishes:
Souvlaki/Kebab Pita (Greece & Turkey)
Oryx (Namibia)
Biltong (South Africa)
Nan & Paratha (India)
Bun Ca (Vietnam)
Chow Keaw Tow (Singapore)
Mee Goreng (Malaysia)
Pao (China)
Pork Tocino (Philippines)
Asado (Argentina)
Alfajores (Argentina)
Chivitos (Uruguay)
Salsa Lizano (Costa Rica)
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