• Days gone: 185

  • Countries visited: 7
  • Photographs taken: 9,303
  • Average photos taken per day: 50
  • Cartwheel photographs taken: 42
  • Novels read: 16
  • Days sick: 3
  • Number of love letters received from monks: 1
  • Favorite country: Myanmar
  • Least favorite country: Vietnam
  • Place with biggest culture shock: Beijing, China
  • Place with least culture shock: Thailand (overall)
  • Biggest culture shock: Chinese people spitting everywhere
  • Surprisingly not a culture shock: Squat toilets
  • Best sights: Great Wall of China & Angkor Wat temples (Cambodia)
  • Favorite place to live: Tokyo, Japan
  • Least favorite place to live: Chengdu, China
  • Most overrated town: Vang Vieng, Laos
  • Most underrated town: Beijing, China
  • Most interesting culture: Tribal people in Myanmar, Laos & Western China
  • Least interesting culture: Thailand
  • Most sanitary country: Japan
  • Least sanitary country: China
  • Place most like how I pictured it: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Place least like how I pictured it: Xiahe, China
  • Hardest culture to understand: China
  • Best souvenirs: Kengtung, Myanmar
  • Nicest people: Myanmar
  • Meanest people: Vietnam/China (with China it’s a cultural thing)
  • Hardest country to travel in: China
  • Easiest country to travel in: Thailand
  • Worst roads: The border around China and Laos
  • Best local food: Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Worst local food: Muang Sing, Laos
  • Best hamburgers: Saigon, Vietnam
  • Best skills learned: Eating with chopsticks & bargaining with Chinese hand signals
  • Most awe-inspiring moment: Looking out over The Great Wall of China
  • Most frustrating moment: Trying to find a shirt that fits me in Xi’an, China

Money Matters

  • Total money spent: $10,188.29
  • Total money spent on all transportation: $2,642.24
  • Total money spent on flights: $1,468.32
  • Total money spent on lodging: $1,463.92
  • Total money spent on souvenirs: $745.92
  • Cheapest hotel: $1.22 (Damenglong, China)
  • Most expensive hotel: $30 (Hoi An, Vietnam)
  • Average hotel in China: $4.31
  • Cheapest meal: $0 lunch at a monastery (Kyaukme, Myanmar)
  • Most expensive meal: $25 set menu (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Cheapest postage stamps: $0.05 (Myanmar)
  • Public toilet in Lanzhou, China: $0.03
  • Entrance to view Mao’s body–Beijing, China: $.86
  • Bribe to Cambodian border guard to cross by river into Laos: $1
  • Wooden conical hat–Kengtung, Myanmar: $0.33
  • Movie–Hsipaw, Myanmar $0.33
  • Entrance to Shan palace in Hsipaw, Myanmar, meeting the prince: $1.10