Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday five: things we've learned over the past 880 days.

Yes, yes - we've learned that people are generally good, and that the world is much smaller than one might think, and that we are capable of handling more (physically and mentally) than we ever imagined. And we've learned a heck of a lot of world history and geography.

Here are five other things we've learned since April 21, 2013, in no particular order...

1. Goats. Are. Awesome.

Wakefield, Quebec
June 2013

2. "Suggested routes" are usually easier, but "alternate routes" are always more interesting - and always have fewer people.

Uzumlu, Turkey
December 2013

3. Eating where the locals eat is always a good idea, no matter where in the world you are.

Hanoi, Vietnam
April 2014

4. You really can survive 19 months with one pair of jeans, four t-shirts, a few layers, and a week's worth of underwear. Really. You can.

Luang Prabang, Lao
May 2014

(We've since learned that it's possible to survive in general with about twice that much clothing.)

5. Bill Murray was right. Nothing teaches you more about your partner than 24/7 togetherness during countless stressful situations, endless months of decision-making, and numerous bus stations where no one except you speaks English.

Portland, Oregon
July 2015

Well, he was probably right. We didn't actually land at JFK so we didn't take his final piece of advice, haha. (But if and when that will happen is definitely a very frequently asked question... and when we have an answer, we'll be sure to let you know.)


  1. The meal part is so true. I use to always ask travelers their top tips and they took it one step further and suggested having a meal in someone's home. learn how families live

    1. Yes, we were able to do that a lot during our community service and farm work exchanges. I definitely recommend that too!

  2. lol.. you with the goats again!!! But, goats are pretty cool. And yep, all the above are absolutely true.

  3. Aw, we love goat here at home, too! They ARE pretty awesome.

  4. Such an awesome list! Goats are awesome, and yes to eating where the locals do!