Planes, Trains, Automobiles...
09.20.2007 - 12.15.2007
...Ferries, trams, buses, and one scary taxi ride through Istanbul that included more than 10 high-speed charges down one-way streets in the wrong direction.
This was such an amazing trip! We still can’t believe all the locations, sights, and things we‘ve been so blessed to experience. There have been too many things we’d love to share, but just don’t have the room (or discipline) to write. However, we did tally up the following:
In 3 months, we’ve:
- Visited 6 continents and 12 countries
- Traveled on 15 different long-distance transport providers
- 13 airlines, 1 overnight ferry, 1 sleeping train
- Eaten 34 meals in transit -- 28 airline, 2 ferry, and 4 train meals
- Rode in multiple short-distance transport providers, including: tour buses, shuttle vans, tuk-tuks, traditional taxis, motorcycle taxi, trams, monorail, local buses, subways, felucca (Egyptian sail boat), rental car, gondolas, ferries, long boat taxis, commuter trains, and a cable car.
- And walked too many miles to count
Amusing Travel Observations (in contrast to US experiences)
- Although we traveled on some of the busiest roads and experienced some of the worst traffic ever, we witnessed no road rage in any of the major cities we visited.
- We received meals on any flight over 50 minutes. At a minimum a sandwich, but most flights had a full spread for any flight over an hour and a half.
- We were also taken by surprise by the sincere apology for a mere 15-minute delay at one airport.