Summer Tour 2005

"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end." Welcome to my travel journal. As I depart the academic world of formalized learning and before I return again to the "real world" of work and responsibility, I embark on this journey around the globe. A chance to see new sights, step outside of my comfort zone, develop my understanding of other cultures, learn what isn't taught in school, and have a little fun. I promise to include entertaining stories about temperatures like hell, mosquitoes as big as birds, lions and tigers and aardvarks, oh my!, and reviews of unique travel items like disposable underwear and the psychotic effects of malaria medicine, as well as, exposé's on bathroom facilities around the world. It promises to be an educational experience for all involved. In all seriousness, this trip has been developing in my head for several years now I'd like to dedicate this journey to my parents and grandparents who instilled in me the desire to explore new destinations and gain an appreciation for other cultures. Thank you for your unconditional love and support, for motivating Mom&Pop's Moving Service for one last gig, for the boocoos of time and money you saved me on trip prep, and for stepping outside your comfort zone and embracing this journey. I'll see you with Captain Merrill Stubing, Isaac Washington, and Julie McCoy - please ask they have a hot shower and buffet extravaganza prepared. Also, thank you to my friends who supported me through school and listened with interest to the trip planning - I'll let you know how many people I meet along the way are interested in learning about the differences in operating and capitalized leases. Finally, special thanks to Andrew, Kate, and Cathy for your unending encouragement and travel/gear advice. To all the Atlanta folks, I'll see you on the flipside for some fun! A final challenge for all journal readers, there will be gifts for the friend/family member to communicate most often - winner TBD at the end of the trip! Please write early and write often! This is the story of my adventure...me, my backpack, and, as momma says, most importantly, my sense of humor.

  • 77 days (21 May 2005 - 06 Aug 2005)
  • 72555 km (45084 miles)
  • 17 countries
  • 76 entries (36129 words)
  • 387 photos
  • 3.7 ratings (387 votes)
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Day Journal date: Country Place Title Distance Media Rating
1 May 21, 2005 17:49 United States Nashville » Good-Bye Nashville, Hello Again Hotlanta! 0 km [*] (2) 4 (9 votes)
6 May 26, 2005 18:41 United States Atlanta » Under 48 and counting.... 347 km [*] (2) 4 (9 votes)
8 May 29, 2005 10:23 Japan Tōkyō » 25 hours of daylight 11395 km [*] (1) 4 (9 votes)
9 May 30, 2005 02:57 China Beijing » New Friends, The Great Wall, and The Ming Tombs 13497 km [*] (6) 4 (9 votes)
10 May 31, 2005 03:27 China Beijing » Temple of Heaven,Traffic,Tienamen,Forbidden City 13497 km [*] (5) 4 (9 votes)
11 Jun 01, 2005 15:30 China Shanghai » Bright Lights, Big City 14578 km [*] (4) 4 (9 votes)
12 Jun 02, 2005 10:21 China Shanghai » More Shanghai and old friend 14578 km [*] (4) 4 (9 votes)
13 Jun 03, 2005 10:44 China Nanjing » Nanjing 14846 km [*] (5) 4 (9 votes)
14 Jun 04, 2005 09:41 China Nanjing » Nanjing - Day 2 14846 km [*] (4) 4 (9 votes)
15 Jun 05, 2005 09:23 China Wuhan » Wu Han to Yichang 15306 km [*] (3) 4 (9 votes)
16 Jun 06, 2005 10:51 China Yichang » Yichang to Yangtze Cruise 15589 km [*] (4) 4.8 (6 votes)
17 Jun 07, 2005 10:52 China Badong » Yangtze Cruise - Badong and Gorges 16561 km [*] (12) 4 (9 votes)
18 Jun 08, 2005 11:32 China Fengdu » "Land of Bridges" & Tale of Two Cities - Feng Du 17176 km [*] (10) 4 (9 votes)
19 Jun 09, 2005 11:36 China Chongqing » Cruise to Chong Quing to Train 17295 km [*] (8) 4 (9 votes)
20 Jun 10, 2005 11:38 China Xi'an » Xi'an - Great Day! City Walls & Muslim Qtr 18657 km [*] (11) 4 (9 votes)
21 Jun 11, 2005 11:39 China Xi'an » Xi'an - Warriors 18657 km [*] (5) 4 (9 votes)
22 Jun 12, 2005 11:41 China Beijing » Back to Beijing 20037 km 1 (1 votes)
23 Jun 13, 2005 07:00 South Korea Seoul » Travel Time - Hello Seoul - Hello Bangkok 20995 km [*] (1) 3.8 (2 votes)
24 Jun 14, 2005 09:02 Thailand Bangkok » Bangkok 24723 km [*] (5) 3 (5 votes)
25 Jun 15, 2005 09:03 Thailand Chiang Mai » 19 hours of wet underwear, good morning Chiang Mai 25308 km 3 (2 votes)
26 Jun 16, 2005 17:14 Thailand Chiang Mai » I can cook Thai! 25308 km [*] (8) 4 (9 votes)
27 Jun 17, 2005 17:29 Thailand Chiang Mai » Wat a wonderful day! 25308 km [*] (10) 4 (9 votes)
28 Jun 18, 2005 10:26 Thailand Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep and new friend 25308 km [*] (3) 4 (9 votes)
29 Jun 19, 2005 06:55 Cambodia Siem Reap » Welcome to Cambodia 26104 km [*] (5) 4 (9 votes)
30 Jun 20, 2005 06:55 Cambodia Siem Reap » Sunrise at Angkor Wat & Naked Children 26104 km [*] (8) 2.2 (48 votes)
31 Jun 21, 2005 06:58 Cambodia Siem Reap » Another sunrise, more temples, and rest... 26104 km [*] (13) 4 (9 votes)
32 Jun 22, 2005 12:00 Cambodia Siem Reap » Cambodian countryside and return to Bangkok 26104 km [*] (8) 4 (9 votes)
33 Jun 23, 2005 12:01 Thailand Bangkok » I love Bjoern and Christian (and the Marriott)! 26468 km 4 (9 votes)
34 Jun 24, 2005 12:08 Thailand Bangkok » A great day in Bangkok? 26468 km [*] (6) 4 (9 votes)
35 Jun 25, 2005 12:08 Thailand Bangkok » Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and more sweat.... 26468 km [*] (10) 4 (9 votes)
36 Jun 26, 2005 13:23 Thailand Bangkok » The Weekend Market...and departure Bangkok 26468 km [*] (6) 4 (9 votes)
37 Jun 27, 2005 00:00 South Korea Seoul » 1 hour in Seoul 30196 km 4 (9 votes)
37 Jun 27, 2005 14:35 France Paris » 4 hours in Paris 39173 km 4 (9 votes)
38 Jun 27, 2005 23:00 Turkey İstanbul » Arrival Istanbul 41432 km [*] (7) 4 (9 votes)
38 Jun 28, 2005 06:38 Turkey İstanbul » Topkapi Palace, The Harem, and departure... 41432 km [*] (10) 4 (9 votes)
40 Jun 30, 2005 06:40 Turkey Ürgüp » Arrival in Cappadocia 42006 km [*] (10) 4 (9 votes)
41 Jul 01, 2005 06:40 Turkey Göreme » Monk's Valley and more cave houses 42383 km [*] (8) 4 (9 votes)
42 Jul 02, 2005 06:42 Turkey Ihlara » Hiking... 42703 km [*] (8) 3 (2 votes)
43 Jul 03, 2005 06:42 Turkey İstanbul » A perfectly Turkish Sunday.... 43256 km [*] (7) 5 (6 votes)
44 Jul 04, 2005 07:46 Turkey Istanbul » Happy Fourth and another overnight trip... 43256 km 4 (9 votes)
44 Jul 04, 2005 12:37 France Paris » Just passing through.... 45515 km 5 (1 votes)
45 Jul 05, 2005 12:38 South Africa Johannesburg » Johannesburg and James... 54256 km 4 (9 votes)
46 Jul 06, 2005 12:39 South Africa Hoedspruit » Kruger National Park - Timbervarti 54612 km [*] (4) 3.4 (5 votes)
47 Jul 07, 2005 12:40 South Africa Hoedspruit » Timbervarti 54612 km [*] (4) 4 (9 votes)
48 Jul 08, 2005 12:40 South Africa Hoedspruit » Dedication to Kristine.... 54612 km [*] (15) 4 (9 votes)
49 Jul 09, 2005 12:41 South Africa Hoedspruit » Timbervarti to Klaserie 54612 km [*] (4) 4 (9 votes)
50 Jul 10, 2005 12:43 South Africa Hoedspruit » Klaserie 54612 km [*] (10) 4 (9 votes)
51 Jul 11, 2005 12:43 South Africa Hoedspruit » Klaserie 54612 km [*] (8) 4 (9 votes)
52 Jul 12, 2005 12:44 South Africa Johannesburg » Johannesburg 54968 km [*] (1) 4 (9 votes)
53 Jul 13, 2005 12:44 France Paris » Just passing through again.... 63709 km 4 (9 votes)
53 Jul 13, 2005 12:46 Czech Republic Prague » Prague 64597 km [*] (4) 4 (9 votes)
55 Jul 14, 2005 19:03 Czech Republic Prague » Going around in circles... 64597 km [*] (7) 4 (9 votes)
56 Jul 15, 2005 19:04 Czech Republic Prague » Day of sin...and too much love to be alone... 64597 km [*] (4) 4 (9 votes)
57 Jul 16, 2005 19:10 Switzerland Zürich » Three countries in one day, and familiar faces.... 65127 km [*] (7) 5 (1 votes)
58 Jul 17, 2005 22:18 Switzerland Bern » Gurtenfestival... 65224 km [*] (6) 4.8 (6 votes)
59 Jul 18, 2005 22:19 Switzerland Zürich » Still Haven´t Found What I´m Looking For... 65321 km [*] (8) 4 (9 votes)
60 Jul 19, 2005 22:20 Switzerland Berg » Back to Berg...milking cows, fruit off the tree... 65374 km [*] (24) 3.4 (5 votes)
61 Jul 20, 2005 22:22 Switzerland Zürich » Good-bye to Switzerland... 65427 km 4 (9 votes)
61 Jul 20, 2005 22:25 Czech Republic Prague » Just passing through... 65957 km 4 (9 votes)
61 Jul 20, 2005 23:25 United Kingdom London » Waiting on home... 66994 km [*] (1) 4 (9 votes)
61 Jul 21, 2005 17:26 United Kingdom London » Family! 66994 km 4 (9 votes)
62 Jul 22, 2005 17:28 United Kingdom Land's End » Dolphins 67419 km 4 (9 votes)
63 Jul 23, 2005 17:30 Ireland, Republic of Dublin » Tour guide - 67786 km [*] (6) 4 (9 votes)
66 Jul 26, 2005 12:48 Norway Bergen » Seaside Splendor... 68839 km [*] (7) 4 (9 votes)
69 Jul 28, 2005 19:55 Netherlands Amsterdam » Amsterdam and Rotterdam 69735 km [*] (3) 5 (1 votes)
70 Jul 29, 2005 19:56 Belgium Brugge » Return to Brugge 69886 km [*] (4) 4 (9 votes)
71 Jul 30, 2005 19:59 France Le Havre » Normandy and D-Day Beaches 70300 km [*] (11) 4 (9 votes)
72 Jul 31, 2005 21:01 United Kingdom London » Day at the airport and arrival Madrid 70536 km 4 (9 votes)
72 Jul 31, 2005 22:55 Spain Madrid » Espana... 71802 km 4 (9 votes)
73 Aug 01, 2005 20:03 Spain Ávila » Beautiful Avila... 71893 km [*] (6) 4 (9 votes)
74 Aug 02, 2005 20:04 Spain Burgos » Viva Castilla! 72100 km [*] (8) 4 (9 votes)
75 Aug 03, 2005 22:03 Spain Burgos Los Huespedes, the Cathedral, Siesta... 72100 km 4 (9 votes)
76 Aug 04, 2005 20:52 Spain Bilbao » The shining Guggenheim 72217 km [*] (5) 4 (9 votes)
76 Aug 05, 2005 07:26 Spain Bilbao » More pictures of the Guggenheim? 72217 km [*] (3) 4 (9 votes)
77 Aug 05, 2005 18:22 Spain Salamanca » Salamanca, una ciudad muy bonita... 72555 km [*] (3) 4 (9 votes)
77 Aug 06, 2005 16:23 Spain Salamanca » My last day alone.... 72555 km [*] (5) 4 (9 votes)