Sunday, December 11, 2011

Update: Completed notes for post-New Zealand trip.

Just finished my handwritten notes about my New Zealand to San Francisco trip. After typing these notes up, I'll be back to updating this blog again. It wasn't easy, but I now have a cool hand-written journal for this 116 day long trip, and filled up over 160 pages!

I look forward to sharing my stories with everyone soon! There are some interesting stories from this trip I can't wait to share, such as:
- Getting reported and questioned about smuggling something out of North Korea.
- Hitchhiking in areas with rebel attacks within the past couple of decades.
- Being involved in a road accident in Laos and having to take bloodied people with broken bones and twisted limbs going into shock to a clinic.
- Getting stuck in the middle of nowhere and being invited to sleep in the tribe of some kids I befriended on the side of the road using my terrible French and charade skills, and finding out I was the first outsider visitor the kids had met.
- Visiting areas recently devastated by a tsumani and feeling the impact it had on the community.
- Hanging out and drinking kava from bowls made from old fishing floats with locals while their kids slept on straw mats beside us.
- Riding a bicycle through downpours through jungle roads with ancient ruins all around.
- Swimming over a dark bottomless hole to gurgling sounds in a cave filled with the clearest water I have ever seen.
... so many memories, and I've barely scratched the surface!

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