Six months on the road!

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Saturday, November 20, 2010


Day : 190
Temperature : 20 degrees
Weather : Cloudy

Happy Six months travelling to us! Six months! Can you believe it? It feels like six weeks, really! So, to commemorate this landmark, I would like to fill you in on a few interesting facts. We've been keeping a little record of our travelling statistics, and now would be a great time to share them with you!

Number of countries visited :   13
Russia, Mongolia, China, Tibet (I know! Part of China, but for our purposes, it’s separate), Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, New Zealand

Number of times across the equator :   Five

Number of hotels we’ve stayed in :   72

Other places we have slept : Gers – 2, Buses – 2, Trains – 5, Tents – 2

Methods of transport used : Taxis – 39, Buses – 36, Bemos – 19, Tuk-tuks – 18, Planes – 17, Minibuses – 16, Boats – 13, Skytrains – 10, Trains – 10, Ferries – 9, Becaks – 8, Cyclos – 7, Cars – 6, Motorbikes – 4, Underground trains – 4, Bicycles – 3, Canoes – 3, Ojeks – 3, Horses – 2, Pick up trucks – 2, Jeeps – 2, Elephants – 1, Cement lorries – 1, Cable cars – 1, Flying Foxes – 1, Pedallos – 1, Mikrolets – 1, Speedboats – 1, Riverboats – 1, Campervans – 1……and many, many, many times on foot!

Number of hours on a : train – 195,  Bus – 153,  Plane - 37.5

Methods of crossing a border : By plane, by boat, By train, By foot

Nicest hotel : Asia Hotel, Bangkok

Worst hotel : Some dodgy guest house in Kathmandu – filthy!

Cleanest public toilet : Singapore

Dirtiest public toilet :  Yamdrok Lake, Tibet, a vomit inducing experience!

Most delicious local food : Chilli Bar, Pokhara, Nepal…the greatest curries in the world!

Most awful local food : The many restaurants at Mount Bromo, Indonesia, and the plantation hotel at Kawa Ijen, Indonesia….it’s always worrying when a restaurant tries to cook a pot noodle!

Most delicious western food : Via Via, Yogyakarta, Indonesia – great salads, great cheese, great bread, just great! And the Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia – awesome wraps, and great raw chocolate desserts!

Most awful western food : a tea house on the Annapurna circuit, Nepal – inedible pancakes, I’m sure made with flour and water, then fried in a gallon of oil…absolutely disgusting. 

Friendliest people : The muslim women on the minibus journey through Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia; the pilgrims of Tibet; but the Kiwis may be up there on top as well, it’s looking that way!

Unfriendliest people :  The city folks of Moscow and St. Petersburg, sorry Russians; and the market sellers in Thailand

Scariest Situation : The bus from Jakarta to the west coast….frightening!  and, being stuck in the middle of no-where 3,000 metres in the mountains of Nepal with Kevin and his disclocated patella, and night descending rapidly!

Most amazing sights : Mount Everest  and the Himalaya – Tibet;  Mount Bromo – Java, Indonesia; Kawa Ijen – Java, Indonesia;  Borobodur – Java, Indonesia;  The Great Wall – Beijing, China

Nicest beach :  Togean Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Best diving : Lembeh Straits and Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Most incredible animal encounter : Wild orang-utans – Ketambe, Sumatra, Indonesia;  Tiger cubs – Kanchanaburi, Thailand

So, there you have it…..a few of our stats.  Awesome huh?!

And there will be much more to come over the next six months.

Happy travelling to everyone, where ever you are.
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