Celebrating 200 days of Suitcase (okay, Backpack) Livin’!

Happy 200 days of travel to us! As of July 20th we have officially been on the road for 200 days! On January 1st we left everything behind to start on our 20 country, 7-month adventure. We are officially in our last country of our trip and although every minute has been worth it; we are starting to feel ready to return to real life and get home (although we are still living out of suitcases and squatting with friends and family until September). For our 100-day post we shared some interesting (well we think they are interesting) facts and tidbits about our trip and for our 200-day post we updated some of those numbers, plus added a few more! We hope you enjoy reading!

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Pages and books read:

Logan – 15,449 pages, 21 books

Heather – 14,715 pages, 29 books (am I allowed to count pages written for the blog?…,I am however on pace to read a book a week!)

Beds slept in: 71

Miles traveled: 25,574 miles (approximate)

TOP 5’s (for the last 100 days)

Favorite Places

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Plitvice Lakes

  1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  2. Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
  3. Paris, France
  4. Lake Como, Italy
  5. Saltzkammergut (Lake Country), Austria

*There seems to be theme emerging here…we really like lakes.

Favorite Experiences

Me on a camel

Me on a camel

  1. Walking around Plitvice: Plitvice is like a magical fairy garden. It doesn’t even feel real, especially if you can get away from the crowds (which the rain helped us with). We went in spring, when the water is at its highest, and it was fun and adventurous to walk over flooded hiking paths, soaking wet from the rain, taking in the other-worldly surroundings.
  2. Camel ride in the Sahara: So unique, so amazing, so sandy. A must do for anyone who is interested in…well…living.
  3. Scooter day on Vis, Croatia: We rented a scooter and drove around the whole island, taking in beautiful views, endless vineyards, and amazing blue ocean water. Perfect way to spend a day.
  4. Top of Eiffel Tower at Sunset + Sparkles + Bubbly (Champagne): Need I say more? Ok, well there was a proposal while were up there too.
  5. Dinner boat in Budapest: 3-course meal, champagne, beautiful nightime views. Who could ask for more?

**Honorable Mention: Eating Lunch at La Champaneria in Barcelona: Cheap cava, cheap sandwiches, and a great hectic ambiance that always accompanies the best local eateries.

Things About America That We Miss

  1. No smoking in public places. Seriously, people smoke while they push their baby’s strollers, or in crowded rooms, or in doorways. Smoking kills. It says so right on the label.
  2. Space between you and other people. We are made fun of for it, but as Americans we prefer people stay out of our “bubble.”
  3. A wide variety of (fresh) vegetables. Maybe it’s because Americans use too many pesticides, maybe it’s just because our growing seasons are just better, but you are lucky to have a choice of more than lettuce and potatoes at your average European grocery store. Random Farmer’s markets have helped fulfill my veggie cravings…but it’s still hard.
  4. Big water heaters. I have too much hair for this continent and the hot water always runs out before I am finished showering.
  5. Regular business hours. I can’t tell you the number of times a random Wednesday holiday has closed restaurants or grocery stores. It is also hard to find an open grocery store after 8 pm (unless you are in a huge city). If I want spicy Cheetos at 11:30 pm then my 24-hour American grocery store has my back. Here, no dice.

Interesting Tidbits 

  1. It has rained in every single European country during our visit.
  2. Logan’s country count is 21, Heather’s is 25.
  3. We have both been to four continents now.
  4. We have only been on US soil for 17 days in 2014.
  5. If we had the opportunity to live abroad our first picks (in cities) would be Munich, Vienna and Paris.

 Overall Favorite Countries

  1. Austria
  2. Croatia
  3. Guatemala
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Spain
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One thought on “Celebrating 200 days of Suitcase (okay, Backpack) Livin’!

  1. I love the statistics! thanks… mom

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