We cannot believe that has been already a quarter of a year since we left Italy after having been there for 2 fantastic months of sunshine, seaside, great food, lovely wine and smiley people. Since then we have constantly been on the road, can you believe that?
It feels incredibly weird! If we really think about the fact that we literally haven’t got a home to get back to anymore, that all we own it’s our backpacks, that we don’t know where we’ll be in the coming days (you must have read somewhere that we are more of the casual and last minute decisions kind of travelers, and we love it that way), we just still cannot realize yet that we are actually traveling full time.
It feels good, don’t get me wrong. We have been learning so much about different cultures, way of living and thinking, manners, habits, art, architecture and music (we haven’t been that lucky with live music so far 🙁 ).
We will never forget when we visited the Beppu Contemporary Art Festival, when we bumped into a kids football match in the high street of Perugia which was surprisingly entertaining or when we needed to change our plans because we couldn’t get the Russian Visa in Kiev and we decided to go to Japan.
It is such an interesting way to discover things rather than just sitting in front of a computer or a book to learn about places that are kilometers away from you.
I’m pretty sure that you’ll agree with me when I say that the personal experience will always beat any knowledge you can get off books and/or other sources. Plus you get to meet people, to speak and share stories and point of views, and that is something that only by physically being in such places you can encounter.
We tasted so many delicious food and learned how to make a few small dishes.
We have done interesting activities as well, like when Dale went fishing in Nikko or when we experienced the Jjimjilbang – the Korean public bath – sleeping 2 nights there.
For us traveling has been so far a great way to gain knowledge and we wouldn’t change it for anything else even if we could. It is also a challenging way to learn more about yourself, in fact you’ll be surprised to see how you could behave in certain situations you never thought of, you can test your limits and understand what you are able to do and not do.
We think that 3 months it’s a good time to sit down, check some numbers, summarize what we have been up to and through some statistics.
So Here Is Our Three Months Summary:
Distance traveled: approximately 16,095 Km
Countries Visited: 9 (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan)
Cities Visited: 25 (Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Budapest, Krakow, Kiev, Tokyo, Yamadera, Utsunomiya, Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Osaka, Naoshima, Hiroshima, Sandankyo, Miyajima, Beppu, Nagasaki, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Seoul, Taipei)
Flights Taken: 4
Boats Taken: 2
Trains Taken: 62
Coaches Taken: 9
Taxi taken: 3
Beds we slept in: 24
Jjimjilbang (Korean public bath) slept in: 1
Museums and Galleries Visited: 25
Time being sick for Franca: 4
Time being sick for Dale: 1
Photos Taken: 2843
Live Music Bands Seen: 2
We are very looking forward to add up more crazy and interesting facts and experiences as we go and to share some good tips that will hopefully help to plan a trip or encourage to visit somewhere for other people.
Surprise, surprise, we aren’t sure yet where we’ll spend this Christmas. As we’re here in Taiwan, do you have any recommendations on where is the best place to be on the 25th of December and what to do?