It isn’t every year one can say that they’ve been around the world.
Well, 2014 was a unique year for me. I made my way around the world, with a couple extra crossings of the Atlantic Ocean and Equator thrown in for good measure. Many photos were taken (around 50k) and the passport never got cold. Here is a bit of a round-up in numbers and superlatives.
Countries visited: 18 (In order of appearance….Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, England, Denmark, Sweden, Ecuador, France, Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico.)
Number of airplane take offs and, thank goodness, landings: 45
Trains taken: 8
First class Mexican buses taken: 1
Favorite modes of alternative transport: horse, tuk tuk, Indian houseboat, Burmese bicycle taxi, zodiac boat, cable car
Miles sailed with Semester at Sea: 23,379.5 nautical miles
Number of days spent living on a ship: 143 (115 on the MV Explorer and 28 on the National Geographic Endeavour)
Amount of college students stuck on a ship with me (and me with them): over 500
Time zones crossed: all of them
Most interesting geographic coordinate: zero degrees longitude and zero degrees latitude in the Gulf of Guinea (yes, there is a buoy out there)
As I write this from Paris, I already know 2015 will be filled with more travels and many more photos. Stay tuned for adventures from France, Spain, South Africa, Ecuador, and who knows where else. Happy 2015!