• Days gone: 425

  • Countries visited: 17
  • Photographs taken: 27,230
  • Average photos taken per day: 64
  • Cartwheel photographs taken: 109
  • Novels read: 24
  • Days sick: 10
  • Favorite country: Tajikistan
  • Least favorite country: Tanzania
  • Place with biggest culture shock: Moynaq, Uzbekistan
  • Place with least culture shock: Amman, Jordan
  • Biggest culture shock: The yak smell in Tibet, crippled beggars in India
  • Surprisingly not a culture shock: Shared taxis in Kyrgyzstan, buses in Ethiopia
  • Best sights: Petra, Jordan; Mt. Abu & Madurai, India; Samarkand, Uzbekistan
  • Favorite place to live: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Least favorite place to live: Northern India
  • Best sunset: Kendwa, Zanzibar
  • Best sunrise: Tsiribihina River, Madagascar; Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • Most overrated town: Khajuraho & Pondicherry, India; Stone Town, Zanzibar
  • Most underrated town: Kampala, Uganda; all of SW Ethiopia; Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Most interesting culture: Southern Ethiopia, Tibet, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
  • Least interesting culture: East Africa
  • Most sanitary country: Jordan
  • Least sanitary country: India
  • Most mosquitoes and cockroaches: Ethiopia
  • Place most like how I pictured it: Varanasi, India
  • Place least like how I pictured it: Lhasa, Tibet
  • Hardest culture to understand: Egypt
  • Best souvenirs: Bukhara, Uzbekistan; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Nicest people: Tajikistan
  • Meanest people: Tibet, Uzbekistan, Northern Kenya
  • Hardest country to travel in: Ethiopia, Tajikistan
  • Easiest country to travel in: China, India, Jordan
  • Worst roads: Mongolia north of Moron, Northern Kenya, D.R.C.
  • Best local food: Ahmedabad, India; Jordan
  • Worst local food: East Africa; Tibet; Tajikistan
  • Best meat on a stick: Uzbekistan
  • Best bread: Kyrgyzstan
  • Most fun-sounding McDonalds items: McArabia, Jordan & Egypt; McAloo Tikki Burger & Chicken Maharaja Mac, India
  • Most cheerful border guards: Uganda
  • Most creepy border guards: Kyzl Art Pass, Tajikistan
  • Most visited country: Kenya (4 times)
  • Prettiest visa: Tajikistan
  • Best skills learned: Taking a bucket shower, when to give up and when to persevere
  • Most awe-inspiring moment: Potala Palace, Tibet; Climbing above Petra, Jordan
  • Most frustrating moment: Finding transport in Tajikistan, applying for an Uzbek visa, figuring out when the Chinese border would open

Money Matters

  • Total money spent: $21,625.45
  • Total money spent on all transportation (incl. flights): $6,762.81
  • Total money spent on flights: $3,900.42 (13 flights)
  • Total money spent on lodging: $3,271.28
  • Total money spent on souvenirs: $1,205.61
  • Cheapest hotels: $0.69 (Marpha, Nepal); $2.27 (Tingri, Tibet); $2.63 (Dahab, Egypt); $2.84 (Dessie, Ethiopia)
  • Most expensive hotel: $34.32 (Jambiani, Zanzibar)
  • Shockingly overpriced hotels: Mumbai, India
  • Guesthouse at Mount Everest base camp: $4.94
  • Six pieces of meat on a stick: $0.31 (Tanzania)
  • One banana: $0.08 (Kenya)
  • Thanksgiving dinner: $6.18 (Pokhara, Nepal)
  • Metro ride in Seoul, Korea: $1.04
  • Metro ride in Tashkent, Uzbekistan: $0.13
  • Metro ride in New Delhi, India: $0.35
  • Metro ride in Cairo, Egypt: $0.18
  • Metro ride in London, England: $3
  • Cheapest postage stamps: $0.16 (Uzbekistan); $0.22 (Tajikistan)
  • Entrance to Taj Mahal (Agra, India): $18.75
  • Entrance to Registan (Samarkand, Uzbekistan): $3
  • Student translator for Uzbek visa in Kyrgyzstan: $5.09
  • Yoga instruction, room & board–Southern India: $11.25/day
  • Movie–Bangalore, India (Music & Lyrics): $3.25
  • Movie–Nairobi, Kenya (Spiderman 3): $4.41
  • Movie–Kampala, Uganda (Oceans 13): $5.45
  • Permit to visit mountain gorillas in D.R.C.: $300
  • Number of Rangers protecting me in D.R.C.: 7

6 Comments

  1. Nancy
    June 3, 2006

    Good luck!

  2. stu thompson
    June 18, 2006

    Envy sets in

  3. ali
    October 1, 2006

    Woo hoo de hoo!

  4. Jeffrey
    October 23, 2007

    Will there be a phase 3?

  5. Megan
    November 4, 2007

    Eventually, Jeffrey, but probably not in the near future.

  6. Kimberley
    November 28, 2007

    Wow I still can’t believe you went and did all that. Life back home must be soooo boring!