Jambo! (That’s hello in Swahili.) Traveling really makes you lose track of time. We had no idea that November ended and December began. Internet wasn’t available on our actual travelversary, which is why this post is coming a few days later. We hope you enjoy reading our stats and superlatives. If you have any ideas for some you’d like to see in future posts, just let us know.
Days we’ve been gone: 184 (June 6 – December 6)
Countries we’ve visited: 18 (Iceland, Finland, Russia, Turkey, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania)
Number of photos taken: 13,574
Hours of video taken: 50
Number of books Tara read: 10; Mike: 7
Adrenaline activities: 4 (cage diving with Great White Sharks, gorge jump over the Zambezi River, jumping into Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls, Zambia, driving a scooter along Zanzibar’s coast and getting shaken down by cops)
Best African beers for Tara: Castle Milk Stout (South African), Zambezi (Zimbabwean), Mosi (Zambian) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzanian); Mike: Black Label (South African), Zambezi (Zimbabwean) and Serengeti (Tanzanian)
Deserts visited: 2 — Sahara Desert (in Morocco and Egypt) and Namib-Naukluft Desert (in Namibia)
Different currencies used: 14
Times we’ve paid to do laundry: 1 (in Olympos, Turkey)
Number of visas purchased: 6 (and we’ve pre-purchased our Indian visa, giving us 7 in our passports)
Days we’ve had accommodations on the beach: 27
Number of days camping: 30
Days Couchsurfing: 22
Meat we cheated on our pescetarian diet to try: reindeer, mustamakkara, kebab (in Turkey, Morocco and Egypt), Francesinha, oryx, biltong, warthog
Best sunrise: Rising from behind sand dunes, as seen from the top of a 270-meter-high dune in the Namib-Naukluft Desert.
Best sunset: Setting behind mountains, seen from a canoe in Lake Malawi.
Most-used item brought: iPhone. From maps to notes to Triposo, it’s been an extremely useful travel companion.
Least-used item brought: Steripen. The first time we went to use it, the indicator told us the lamp was already broken. A great disappointment.