Sunday, February 21, 2010

If this is Tuesday, it must be......

Summary of our three and a half week trip through southeast Asia: We were cold, cool, warm and hot. We caught the communal cold and recovered. We traveled approximately 11, 900 kilometers (7438 miles) by plane, bus, horse cart, tram, cable car and boat through 17 cities and towns, 3 countries (4 if you count Hong Kong, as we had to do a border crossing to go there and back into Mainland China). We went from sea level to 2400 meters (7900 feet). We saw fabulously modern buildings and shacks, wonderful and dreadful museums. We boated to a floating village and stood on a plexiglass platform 90 meters above the ground. We had monkeys on our heads, a python over our shoulders, a hive of bees on hand, crocodiles underfoot and birds overhead. That doesn't count the water buffalo, cattle, pigs, dogs, chickens, goats, elephants, turtles, crabs, shrimp, lizards, bats, geckos and fish we also saw (and sometimes ate). We walked on beaches, floated rivers and bays, explored caves and rode the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour. We learned how to say hello in Naxi, Vietnamese and Cambodian (we already know how in Mandarin). We somehow found time to sleep at least a few hours every night. It was quite a trip!

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