100+ Things

By , April 5, 2011 10:49 am

Now that our trip has finished, and after living out of a backpack for so long, we’ve been lucky enough to have traveled to many countries, but more importantly, extensively within those countries and we’ve now been exposed to a wide variety of experiences. There have been so many that just happen due to every day activities, but others are constructed through tours, trips and pilgrimages. As we continue traveling, we’ll keep updating our list. This is by no means all inclusive, but these are some of the experiences that have made this an adventure of a lifetime.

 

Northern Ireland

Visited Iris, Sharon and Emma
Walked the amazing city walls of LondonDerry
Went to Giant’s Causeway
Stopped by the Bushmills Distillery
Went to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (four Eruos! – didn’t cross)
Drove the beautiful countryside up the eastern shore of Lough Foyle
Saw Maude in Moville
Walked through the Bogside to the Free Derry monument
Reflected at the Bloody Sunday memorial in LondonDerry
Drank a beer in a private booth at the Crown Bar, Belfast
Spent a morning wandering the isles of St George Market in Belfast
Toured the magnificent City Hall in Belfast
Saw the many murals around Belfast and the Peace Wall signed by the Dahli Llama, among others

 

Ireland

Two words – GUINNESS BREWERY!
Saw Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin
Got to see Barb and Jordyn again
Saw Michael Collins’ grave at Glasnevin Cemetery
Dte homemade savoury pies at the weekend market in Docklands, Dublin
Won money betting at the Greyhound racetrack in Dublin
Walked through many castles and cemeteries
Took a day trip on the train to Malahide and Howth
Touched the bullet holes in the General Post Office in Dublin
Saw a hotel that Bono owns
Watched some beautiful sunsets in Allihes, Dingle Penninsula
Walked the extremely touristy area of Temple Bar
Listened to amazing Trad music in a bar in Doolin
Drove for 13 days around Ireland
Loved both the Dingle and Beara Peninsulas
Avoided the Ring of Kerry . . . and was very happy
Went to the Cliffs of Moher
Drove through amazing scenery in The Burren
Walked through the Rock of Kashel
Walked through the Waterford Crystal factory
Saw Hook Head Lighthouse – one of the oldest active lighthouses in the world (800ad)
Amazing breakfast in Dunmore East, looking out over the Irish Sea
Drove across breathtaking Healey Pass, Dingle Peninsula . . . twice
Saw Mathhew Brodrick/Sarah Jessica Parkers home in Donnegal
Couchsurfed
Went to the cable car at Dursey Island, Dingle Penninsula
Drank lots of Guinness, Beamish and Murphy’s

 

Belgium

Attended the “National Day” parade (no balloons or clowns – just tanks and guns!)
Went to the Atomium
Hung out with Dirk and Aimee
Day trip to Liege
Day trip to Ghent
Took the train out to Oostrand and played in the water of the North Sea
Held jellyfish in my hands without getting stung

 

Greece

Walked along the volcano in Santorini
Watched the sunset amongst heaps of people in the town of Oia in Santorini
Watched the sunset the next night from a wonderfully isolated spot instead
Saw the Acropolis and the Parthenon
Watched the sunset from Mt. Lykavittou in Athens
Paul went to his first black sand beach on Mykanos
Christine got busted touching an artifact from 4,000BC!
Fell in love with Baked Feta
Got caught up in a port strike at the ferry port in Athens
Got caught up in an Air Traffic Controllers Strike in Athens
Fell in love with the island of Anafi
Finally got some good coffee again (the best since Melbourne)
Saw the clearest most strikingly blue water ever around the islands
Went to Knossos in Crete
Walked the colorful tiny cobblestone streets of Mykanos Town
Saw the blue domed churches of Santorini

 

Egypt

Rode camels through the desert
Visited the Pyramids of Giza
Saw the worlds oldest pyramid in Saqquara
Snorkeled Blue Hole outside Dahab
Rode Quad bikes in the Desert
Climbed Mt Sinai in an overnight hike to watch the sunrise from the summit
Saw Saudi Arabia (if we couldn’t go there, at least we could look at it!)
Got lost walking the streets of Cairo
Rode the Cairo subway
Saw the Sphinx
Sailed on the Nile at sunset
Walked through the National Museum and witnessed the history of the Pharaohs
Got caught up in a art scam, but luckily – we didn’t pay a dime!

 

Cambodia

Went to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and reflected on the brutality of destructive rogue dictators
Walked through the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum of S-21 in Phnom Penh
Went to the Angkor Archeological Site and walked amongst Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayan
Bodysurfed in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand
Spent an afternoon sailing off the coast of Sihanoukville
Had amazing Indian food at Chi Cha in Phnom Penh
20 minute fish spa and a beer . . . $4 – We love Cambodia!!
Rode across one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world – The Tonle Sap
For $8US, stayed in a hotel room that was only 20 feet from the surf on Otres Beach
Visited a Land Mine Museum outside Siem Reap and learned that there are still 5 million active landmines throughout Cambodia killing over 700 people per year
Rode the Bamboo Train in Battambang
Christine got massages on the beach for only a few dollars
Learned to properly make Amok and Loc Lac while in a cooking class in Battambang

 

Vietnam

Learned how to properly make “cafe sua da”, or Vietnamese Iced Coffee, in De Lat
Slept on a Junk in Ha Long Bay
Survived traveling the twisted highways of Northern Laos and Northern Vietnam
Slept in the storage room of a hotel on a bed frame with no mattress in Nha Trang
Visited a floating fishing village in Ha Long Bay
Paul sold silk paintings on the street in De Lat
Got massages by blind people in Nha Trang
Went to mud baths in Nha Trang
Went to the DMZ in Vietnam
Walked (crouched) through the Cu Chi Tunnels northwest of Ho Chi Minh City
Rode three on a moped through downtown Hanoi traffic
Saw the embalmed and mummified body of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi
Went to Ho Lao Prison; better known as “Hanoi Hilton” in Hanoi
Ate wonderful street vendor meals on small plastic red and blue stools throughout Vietnam
Peddled a cyclo in Hue
Took our first overnight bus
Kayaked in Halong Bay
Ate Cao Lao on the streets in Hoi An
Hand dyed my own silk scarf at a silk factory in De Lat
Watched the sun rise over the White Sand Dunes in Mui Ne
Said prayers with monks while visiting hill temples

 

Laos

Visited many hill tribe communities and bought many handmade scarves, purses and other handicrafts throughout Thailand and Laos
Participated in the early morning alms for Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang
Watched our laundry being washed in a river, next to lettuce being washed, next to women bathing, next to a boy squatting, taking a poop – all on the same river bank in Northern Laos
Spent an afternoon playing in the Nam Khan River with locals children in Luang Prabang
Saw a rooster have sex with a duck in a hill tribe community in northern Laos
Walked through the serenity of rice fields in Indonesia, Thailand and Laos
Spent several days in a hill tribe community in Northern Laos
Watched women spin silk by hand from silkworm cocoons
Accosted by Ahka women selling bracelets in the hill tribe community
Our bus went off the road twice in one trip because of reckless driving and twisted mountain roads
Ate Blood Soup (blood, garlic, cilantro, chiles) for the first time . . . and most likely the last

 

Thailand

Saw the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
Christine spent an afternoon chatting with a monk in Chiang Mai
Watched live Thai kickboxing in Chiang Mai
Took a cooking class in Chiang Mai and learned how to make Pad Thai and Pad See Ew
Paul kissed two ladyboys – one in Bali, Indonesia and one in Thailand at Patong Beach, Phuket
Visited many hill tribe communities and bought many handmade carves, purses and other handicrafts
In one day of travel we took: taxi/ferry/sagentheaw/bus/taxi to get to Bangkok
Took our first overnight train
Learned to really love the beaches in Thailand
Walked the Chiang Mai Sunday market and loved it

 

Malaysia

Skinny dipped in Pulau Perhentian Kecil
Two words . . . Fish Spa!
Went on a night jungle hike and saw huge spiders, scorpions and other creepy insects
Went up the Patronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
Rode a river long boat to Taman Negara National Park in Central Malaysia
Walked through the worlds oldest rain forest in Taman Negara National Park
Took the Jungle Railway up the center of Malaysia
Swam with Hawksbill turtles and black tip reef sharks off of Pualu Perhentian Kecil
Lived it up in Kuala Lumpur

 

Singapore

Christine survived Dengue Fever
Went to the Botanical Gardens
Ate at amazing hawker stalls around the city
Shopped at Mustafa’s in Little India

 

Indonesia

Went to Borobudur and Prambanan on the island of Java
Peddled a cyclo through the streets in Jogjakarta
Avoided cheeky monkeys in Ubud, Bali
Saw traditional puppet shows in Jogjakarta
Paul kissed a ladyboy in Seminyak
Went to the best Italian restaurant in the World . . . . aptly named “Ultimo” in Seminyak
Learned how to do the art of Batik in Java
Drank Lewak/Civit (Cat Poop) coffee on a coffee plantation
Took a mountain bike tour of the Bali countryside, through rural villages and rice patties
Stayed at a five star hotel in Jakarta (thank you very much Aaron!)
Got $4US body massages . . . often and everywhere
Walked through rice paddies, enjoying the peace
Made new friends and lived like a local in Bali
Snorkeled through seaweed farms and coral reefs in Nusa Lembongan

 

Australia

Licked green ants that tasted sour like citrus
Didn’t swim in the ocean in Queensland for fear of stingers and crocodiles
Sailed a 74 foot wooden ketch in the Whitsundays
Rode a hot air balloon over the outback at sunrise, watching kangaroos hop below
Drank amazing coffee while in Melbourne
Swam at Whithaven Beach
Went four wheeling and camping on Fraser Island
Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Had great times with good friends in Melbourne
Saw Koalas in the wild in Noosa
Slept in a swag under the stars in the outback
Hiked around Ayers Rock
Went to the Sydney Opera House
Dove the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns
Rode a camel in the outback
Had 15 birds perched on me while on Magnetic Island
Brunch on Lygon Street in Melbourne
Browsed the shoppes and galleries in Salamanka Square in Hobart
Hung out at Fed Square in Melbourne
Took Sonya to Costco
Ate Kangaroo
Went to an amazing post Christmas/pre new years party in Foster (love the Bali Bar!)
Watched the New Years Eve fireworks in Sydney Harbour from our private rooftop in Kings Cross (thank you Michelle!)
Went on a ghost tour of a penitentiary in Hobart – with a really, really, really creepy guide.
Saw a Platypus swimming in the wild in Yungaburra
Saw a Cassalwari in Queensland
Enjoyed the “four seasons in a day” in Melbourne

 

New Zealand

Walked up the steepest street in the world at 35%: Baldwin St, in Dunedin
Saw the Guy Fawkes Day fireworks celebration in Wellington
Dug our own hot pool on Hot Water Beach in Hahei Beach
Learned the “Haka” and “Poi Ball” Dance
Went to a rugby match in Christchurch (Christchurch beat Hawkes Bay)
Dune surfed in Cape Reinga
Went to the Tongararo National Park
Bungy jumped 134m (440ft) in Nevis Canyon outside Queenstown
Two words: FERGBURGER, Queenstown
Saw vehicles swallowed up by the surf on Ninety Mile Beach
Went on a nice ghost tour in Dunedin
Saw the Southern Cross constellation for the first time
Stayed in a 100 year old miners work camp outside Milford Sound
Kayaked with Blue Penguins in Abel Tasman National Park
Went to Tongararo National Park
Surfed the worlds longest left handed break in Raglan
Swam with wild dolphins in Kaikoura
Hiked around Stewart Island
Saw Burt Munros’ motorcycle “The Worlds Fastest Indian” in Invercargill
Learned to hug the Kauri Tree in hopes of sunshine

 

Cook Islands

GOT MARRIED on the beach at sunset in Aitutaki
Snorkeled in Aitutaki Lagoon
Got our passports stamped while on One Foot Island
Paul ran a race across the island of Rarotonga with the Hash House Harriers
Enjoyed the Saturday Market in Avarua, Rarotonga
Walked endless stretches of beautiful beaches without seeing anyone else for hours
Saw humpback whales breaching off the beach on Rarotonga
Snorkeled on Honeymoon Island
Went Jet Blasting at airport in Rarotonga – (and the jet happened to be carrying the Maori King of New Zealand)
Saw the Maori King of New Zealand at his welcoming celebration in Rarotonga
Went to some cool hula shows and fire dances
Paul crossed the equator for the first time while flying from Los Angeles to Rarotonga
Got a bottle of really nice “honeymoon champagne” from the stewardess on New Zealand Air to replace the glass of crap they originally served us at dinner
Learned how to husk and crack open a coconut by hand

 

United States

Departed from the best city in the US: Seattle
Gambled in Las Vegas – and even won a few!
Stayed in a “Honeymoon Suite” in Las Vegas, complete with mirrors over bed and hot tub in living room
Walked along the Santa Monica Pier, in California
Watched a full moon rise over the Grand Canyon
Rode bicycles along Venice Beach, in California
Rode the Light Rail in Seattle . . . FINALLY!
Drove along Route 66 through Arizona and California in 110*+ heat
Bodyboarded at Malibu Beach, California
Hiked in the Grand Canyon in Arizona
Saw Cirque Du Soliel in Las Vegas, Nevada
Built our first webpage
Battled motion sickness driving through Malibu Canyon in California
Fed wild burros in Oatman, California
Rode one of only three rotating aerial trams in the world, with a 6000ft+ elevation gain in Palm Springs

7 Responses to “100+ Things”

  1. LOVES IT! what a great way to reflect and share your fun times….. You guys are just two big kids having fun in the playground of the world…. These experiences will keep you young forever.

  2. Patty says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, I am printing this out so if we ever get to one of these countries I will have my list 🙂

  3. Paul says:

    Thanks Patty – I’m glad that you liked the list. We’ll be adding more as we travel and also adding more to each country as we recollect the things we’ve done.

    Check back and see the list as it grows.

    Paul

  4. Paul says:

    Hey Michele –

    So many days, we do feel like big kids, just exploring the world. It’s a great adventure and I’m so happy that we met you and your family. It’s experiences like that which really make our trip worthwhile.

    Paul

  5. Regina says:

    Absolutely love you guys! This is what living is all about. Sharing and experiencing in other cultures. We’re all connected. Enjoy traveling and wish you both the best in your transition to Seattle!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    in greece you miss the part when you met the most wonderfull chilean girl jejeje

  7. Paul says:

    We’re excited for the time when we can hang out with you again!

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