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Trip Start Nov 21, 2007
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Well, we have been home for a few months... many people have asked us some great, thoughtful, interesting questions. We have both enjoyed getting to share some of the answers to those inquiries. We have TRIED to get some of them down in writing to share with everyone! ENJOY!

Favorites Things

Places

1. New Zealand - where else can you find glaciers, fjords, beaches, mountains, lakes and awesome beer within 600 miles of each other!

2. Laos (SE Asia) - seeing the friendly smiles light up when we would shout "Sabaidee!" (hello) made this country a fav.

3.Jana's 3rd is Bulgaria and Layton's 3rd is the old Yugoslavia (Montenegro, Sarajevo, and Slovenia)

Foods

-ALL Thai food,
-Beef from Argentina
-Pork knuckle/shoulder sandwich (Layton's #1)
-Bulgarian Shopska salad (like a Greek salad but better)
-German and Czech beer
-Anything (beef, chicken, fish) the "Siberian way" which was a baked dish with sour cream, cream cheese and cheese...rich and yummy

Regions


-SE Asia
-Balkans (Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Bosnia Herzegovina)

Religious Places

-Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
-Ranakapur, India
-Ephesus, Turkey

Favorite Hikes

-Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru (40 km from Q'oriwayrachina to Machu Picchu)
-Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile (19 km)
-Ice Hiking on Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina
-Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand (18.5 km)
-Great Wall of China, China (10.5 kilometers of the wall from Jinshangling to Simatai)
-Bansko, Bulgaria

Favorite Photos


-Rock Formation, Bolivia
-Mountains and Lakes, New Zealand
-A view from a Hostel, New Zealand
-Dancing Indian lady, India
-A day at the beach, India
-Solitaire Ladder, Poland

Best Experiences

-Riding bikes down the World's Most Dangerous Road
-Walking along the Great Wall of China while learning Chinese from a farmer's wife
-Playing with locals during Songkran, Thailand New Year celebration
-Jumping rope with a local family in Cambodia
-Seeing a Manta Ray while Scuba Diving (TWICE) in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Favorite Phrases Along The Way

-Oy choy oy - oh my gosh in Vietnam
-Nyet schpishshshsh (sound coke makes when you open it) - how Nellie taught us to ask for still water in Russia
-Wall eye knee - I love you in Chinese
-Sawadee pi mai - Happy New Year in Thai
-Sabaidee - hello in Laos
-Ausfart - Exit in German
-Naomi's nickname in China was "sticky rice" because No mi IS how you say "sticky rice"
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