Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We are on our way to Ohio... I am actually writing this on the plane! Why don't more planes have free wifi? That definitely would have allowed me to write here more often.

Our trip has taken us to so many unforgettable places. I have to admit it's going to be harder and harder to make travel plans, because there are so many places I'd love to revisit - and my list of places to see continues to grow. Life is certainly too short!

I've neglected this blog, but for good reason. Our travels have just kept us too busy to write. The end of my day usually finds me uploading photos and then falling asleep very quickly. Between visits with friends, family, and tons of holiday parties I think we will go into hibernation mode in Ohio.

We're desperately missing lebkuchen, gluehwein, and of course our neighborhood Christmasmarkets, so if you are in Munich / Germany please enjoy some for us. We were happy to find some at the World Market, so that was a great surprise... but it's definitely not a replacement for the German christmas spirit.

I will write a more cohesive summary of the things we did and saw thus far when I get some more time. I promise that will come soon, because sadly our trip will end at the end of January. We visited cities, canyons, beaches, sand dunes, meadows, national parks, historical sites, and even an active volcano! Stefan and I keep reminding ourselves that it's not the end... it's merely a pause.

Since I last wrote we have seen so many phenomenal things and been to what feels like the ends of the earth and back. Some days it seems like forever ago and it's difficult to remember a life that's not constantly being on the road and flying from one city to the next.

Here's the laundry list of places we have visited that I will write about...
(feel free to leave a comment if there's something you're particularly interested in!)
Northern India
Hong Kong
New Zealand
The Cook Islands
The Southwest US

...and we are still going to visit New York City and the Southeast US coast in early January.


Bluefish said...

Wow wow wow...I'm very impressed with your laundry list. I'm looking forward to hear what you think of Japan, which is my favorite country in Asia.


Abby said...

Merry Christmas!

I've loved following your travels!

Have fun in the US, I've missed you! xxx

Troy said...

What's not to like about any of these locations. Honestly, just happy you've had an amazing journey and are making it back safe and sound. Enjoy your holiay in the states, and then I would be interested in hearing your personal experiences across so many unique locations. Any favorites? Any experiences stand out? Any place you would classify as truly different? Any big surprises? Any specific places all of us should know about (but actually don't)? Anyway. Looking forward to your stories and your return. All the best.

andrea said...

Welcome back! We are heading to Cambodia and Thailand in May, can't wait to hear about your trip! Are you headed through Atlanta? Let me know! And let me know if you have any questions!

Anonymous said...

Bravo to you! You've visited many countries in Asia. I have not been to half the places you've been..ha..ha..

Happy New Year to you and your hubby!

Oom (although I celebrated Xmas in Munich, i missed Gluehwine this year..just was not tempted enough..^^)

Emily said...

we had a great time in Japan, and I am sure I will have plenty to write about it - it was one of the most complex and fascinating!

I'm looking forward to getting back into the loop and catching up! Hope you're doing well.

We're excited to see you and the family once we're back. Hope the holidays treat you well! Give our best to your ladies.

The closest we'll be to Atlanta is Savannah. We are heading there next week! I think it's a bit far from you though.

I always think it's harder to visit places closer to home, because you probably spend your time with family instead. I had a great time in Asia + can't wait to get back! Hope you have a great time celebrating the new year as well!

andrea said...

Have a great time in Savannah, we were there a month ago and really enjoyed it! It is not as quaint as Charleston but definitely is a great city to visit!

P I N K said...

WOW...I'm simply amazed. I just saw your pictures in LA on Max's blog and followed the thread to your amazing adventure. I can't wait for you to blog more about your trip!!! And Munich is the best! My favorite city in Germany. :)

Emily said...

Thanks! Yes, we are thrilled with the beautiful photos that Max takes. I'll definitely be updating soon, sadly our time in the US will be ending this weekend - but going back to Munich isn't so bad. Have a great 2010!