Ask me anything!

My youngest sister now has her university degree. The whole family’s been staying together in a rented house on Seneca Lake, doing vacation-y things like hiking gorge trails and visiting wineries, and tonight we hosted her boyfriend’s family for dinner. It’s been awhile since we were all in the same house for so many days, and even longer since our last family vacation. We step on each other’s patience a bit, but by and large, it’s been a very enjoyable time. The day after tomorrow we fly back to the Bay Area, and there Erik and I will remain until July, when we return to New York (Manhattan, this time) for a short stay.


I notice that since our return to North America (via Toronto), my travel eyes have been determinedly in the “off” position — much like when we were in Hawaii earlier this year. I don’t make plans, I don’t bring my camera with me, I barely care what I eat, and I don’t even look out the window sometimes when we’re in the car. My travel eyes are on break, and I like it that way. I’m resting.

I was thinking, though, I don’t mind talking about our travels — not in the least. You surely have questions: about the places we’ve been, about what it felt like to travel for so long, about how we’ve changed. Ask me in the comments! I will answer anything within reason, no matter how insignificant, goofy, philosophical, or personal (that’s the “within reason” part).

Just to refresh your memory: Erik and I have been traveling since April 2012, working as we go (thus generating income). Here’s the list of our destinations, with links to the relevant posts:

two months in Canada
1. Toronto, Ontario: April 24 – June 25, 2012
1B. Montréal, Québec: June 14-17, 2012

six weeks in Scotland
2. Glasgow: June 25 – July 5, 2012
3. Edinburgh: July 5 – August 4, 2012
4. West Highlands: August 4-9, 2012

seven weeks in Iceland
5. Reykjavík: August 9 – September 27, 2012

five days in London
6. London, England, UK: September 27 – 2 October 2012

one month in Istanbul
7. Istanbul, Turkey: 2 October – 1 November 2012

one month in Paris
8. Paris, France: 1 November – 3 December 2012

almost three months in the USA
9. Boston, Massachusetts: 3-17 December 2012
10. (home) San Jose, California: 17 December 2012 – 24 January 2013
11. Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaii [the Big Island], Hawaii: 24 January – 22 February 2013
12. Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii: 22-28 February 2013

one month in Kyoto
13. Kyoto, Japan: 1-31 March 2013

ten days in Singapore
14. Singapore: 1-10 April 2013

one month in New Zealand
15. Auckland, North Island: 11-26 April 2013
16. Christchurch, South Island: 26-30 April
17. Oamaru, South Island: 30 April – 3 May
18. Invercargill, South Island: 3-6 May
19. Dunedin, South Island: 6-8 May
20. Arrowtown, South Island: 8-11 May
21. Wellington, North Island: 11-12 May
22. Ohakune, North Island: 12-14 May
23. Tauranga, North Island: 14-15 May 2013

return to North America
24. Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada: 15-24 May 2013
25. Burdett (Finger Lakes region), New York, USA: 24-31 May 2013
26. (home) San Jose, California, USA: 1 June – 7 July 2013
27. New York, New York, USA: 7-23 July 2013

So go for it — ask me anything! Depending how things go, I’ll either reply in the comments, or will save the questions for a future post.