Our Round the World Trip, So Far (June 17, 2009)
On August 31, 2007, we started our trip around the world by flying from San Diego, CA to Lima Peru. We spent 3 months in Peru which included studying traditional Ayacuchan arts, doing volunteer disaster relief work, taking Spanish lessons, as well as seeing Machu Picchu. After Peru we spent some time exploring the varied and spectacular landscapes of Bolivia, then got to Argentina in time to celebrate Christmas in Salta. We got drenched in Iguazu Falls and had a fairly uneventful New Years celebration in Buenos Aires before heading south to Patagonia then back north into Chile. We relaxed in Chiloe then explored the vibrant art scenes of Santiago and Valparaiso before scurrying back to Buenos Aires to catch a flight in February to Madrid.
We spent Valentine's Day on the Mediterranean coast of France and managed to experience the beginning of Spring in Provence before heading back to Spain. We marveled at Gaudi's cathedral in Barcelona and were blown away by the Alhambra in Grenada. After crossing the Straits of Gibralter, we threw ourselves into the heady contrasts of Morocco: peaceful mountains, mazelike medinas, crowded streets and the zen emptiness of the Sahara.
Back in Europe we visited friends in England, Berlin and Vienna. We wandered around Prague and hiked in Czech Paradise. Croatia easily became one of our favorite places in Europe thanks to the Dalmatian Coast (off season). We admired the Bosnian spirit (and international aid) that rebuilt Mostar and got "homesick" for Turkey in the Ottoman quarter of Sarajevo.
After about 3 months in Istanbul, (minus a quick trip to Romania and Bulgaria), where we caught up with friends and family, we flew to Kazakhstan.
We spent the next 3.5 months traveling around Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan) and then went to Iran to visit Rowshan's family. From Iran we flew to Nepal where we enjoyed both hiking in and views of the Himalayas.
From Nepal, we headed to South East Asia where we biked around the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, kayaked in Halong Bay in Vietnam, and enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere, green forests and friendly people of Laos. We arrived back in Thailand in time to spend more than a week being drenched during Songkran, then flew to the Philippines to meet several whale sharks. We are now back in the USA but still haven't finished our RTW trip because we are in Hawaii.
Articles by Tamia and Rowshan on the Web
- Matador, Emergency Travel Medicine: 5 Useful Remedies from Easily Found Ingredients.
- Matador, 10 Ways to Make Your iPod a Powerful Travel Accessory.
- Matador, 18 Essential Items for a Trip Around The World.
- Transitions Abroad, Study Spanish in Cusco with FairPlay.
- Associated Content, Studying Ayacuchan Arts in Lurin, Peru: The Artists of Ichimay Wari.