itinerary

london (quit august 1, 2008) → amsterdam → cork → lisbon → prague → freiburg → duesseldorf → zurich → einsiedeln → munich (oktoberfest) → berlin → shanghai → bangkok → phuket → tokyo → san francisco → las vegas → missoula → polson (flathead lake) → boston → new york city → london (once around) → paris → freiburg → shanghai → manila → angeles city (manny's new house) → hunchun (jilin province) → haerbin (heilongjian province) → russian border (crossed from china) → north korean border (couldn't cross) → singapore → shenzhen → hong kong → macau → shanghai → taipei → shanghai → bali → gili trawangan → singapore → bangkok → hong kong → boston → bangkok → boston → new york city → buenos aires, argentina → colonia del sacramento, uruguay → boston → san francisco → las vegas → hong kong → san francisco → boston → new york city → washington, dc → san francisco → boston → austin, texas → san francisco → bangkok → pattaya (andrew's wedding) → boston (started new job july 11, 2011, which took me to ...) → new york city

highlights

studied mandarin for two years in shanghai ⋅ traveled completely around the world twice ⋅ finally visited all 50 US states ⋅ saw the southern cross ⋅ spent a month in bali learning to surf ⋅ read 100+ novels ⋅ attended oktoberfest in munich ⋅ made a pilgrimage to borges' home, studied spanish, and danced at a tango milonga in buenos aires ⋅ visited family in california, montana, boston, and london ⋅ had pastéis de nata in both lisbon and macau ⋅ piloted a sailboat under the golden gate and bay bridges ⋅ saw the hong kong sevens rugby tournament ⋅ prepared for the world expo in shanghai ⋅ attended the barrett-jackson auction in las vegas ⋅ improved my cooking skills ⋅ revisited my student days in freiburg (thanks, imme!) ⋅ celebrated one birthday in five cities on two continents and an island in the space of a week ⋅ took a sleeper train across china ⋅ was best man at andrew and liliyan's wedding in pattaya ⋅ celebrated all three of our shared birthdays with my nephew ⋅ returned to the US after 14 years abroad