|The whole 11-country trip|
At long last, I sat down with the 3000 photos from my trip and went through the arduous task of captioning and figuring out what the heck I was doing in all my pictures. Good thing I had the blog to reference!
The 500 or so best pics can be found on Facebook in 4 albums:
New Zealand and Australia
Shanghai and Hong Kong
Singapore, Phuket, Malaysia, and Dubai
Istanbul, Croatia, Ibiza, and Barcelona
With four months behind me since returning to the US, I now realize just how busy I was this summer. Unless you're flying on Air Force One, 11 countries in 63 days is pretty hectic. If I were to embark on a similar trip I would take it much slower, maybe spend a couple weeks in each country before leaving.
The around-the-world trip gave me some good talking points when I met international students during my first days at Darden. Classmates from Dubai...hey, I've been to Dubai...it's hot! Classmates from China...look, here's the three words of Mandarin I picked up in Shanghai. The ESADE exchange students from Barcelona...your city can be a little sketchy.
My passport expires in about a year and it is definitely a keeper. I only have two full unblemished pages left, sort of what I imagine happens if you're an international pop star or a super spy (though those guys tend to have the suitcases of fake ones).
I'll keep this blog active as a travel blog, and just FYI I have a couple more international trips in the works, so stay tuned...