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Hope everyone had a Happy Hallowe’en!  Here are some spooky stats from our recent voyage!

Pumpkins!  Austria (photo by Lifelongfriend)

Pumpkins! Austria (photo by Lifelongfriend)

Countries Visited: 21

Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, France, Spain, Portugal, England, Wales, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland

Singapore Train (photo from Firstborn)

Singapore Train (photo from Firstborn)

Azuelo, Douro Valley (Portugal)

Azuelo, Portugal

Girls at Mount Snowden, Wales

Girls at Mount Snowden, Wales

Pests and Contagious Diseases Contracted:

  • Worms – Lastborn
  • Lice – Venice
  • Pink Eye – Venice
  • Really Bad Cold – Everyone

Bed Bugs Encountered: 0

Rats Seen: 5 (1 dead)

Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Weird Toilets:  Too many to count

Weird toilet in one of our least favourite accommodations, France

Weird hanging toilet in one of our least favourite accommodations, France (you need the step stool to get onto the toilet!)

Highest Elevation Reached by Car:  1250 metres above sea level (Albania)

Airlines Flown:  11

Air Canada, Air France, Singapore Air, Lufthansa, KLM, Tiger Airways, Air Asia, Vietnam Airlines, Tyrolean, Easyjet, Ryanair

View of Dubrovnik, Croatia

View of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Number of Nights Spent Sleeping in Alternative Accommodations: 88

  • Camping (Singapore): 2 nights
  • Ferry (England-Netherlands): 1 night
  • Traditional Wooden Junk (Vietnam): 2 nights
  • Canal Narrowboat (England/Wales): 14 nights
  • Official couch surfing through couchsurfing.org:  27 nights in 13 homes
  • Unofficial couch surfing through family/friends:  39 nights in 4 homes
  • Train (Vietnam): 3 nights
Upper deck, Treasure Junk

Our home for two wonderful nights.  Treasure Junk, Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Dank, Dark, Underground Places Visited: 6

  • Salt Mine – with wooden slides! (Austria)
  • Catacombs – with skulls! (Paris)
  • Vimy Ridge Trenches (France)
  • Wellington Quarry WWI Tunnels (France)
  • Matka Canyon Cave – with bats! (Macedonia)
  • Eurotunnel (France-England)

Brand New Washing Machines Delivered to Us in Beach Houses: 1

Five day installation adventure!  We take delivery of a new washing machine for our apartment owner, Greece

Five day installation adventure! We take delivery of a new washing machine for our apartment owner, Greece

Rights of Passage Experienced:

  • Lost baby teeth (Venice, Lastborn)
  • Pierced ears (Venice)
  • Solo travel (Firstborn)
  • Extreme teenage irritability (Onlyboy)
  • Living alone (Firstborn)
  • First beer (Onlyboy)
  • Climbing up Eiffel Tower (SWMBO, Paris, Onlyboy, Venice, Lastborn)
  • Flat tire (Everyone)
  • Marriage!  (Fahbio, SWMBO)
I do.

I do.

Money Spent on Public Toilets: Equivalent of $1.55 Cdn

  • Gas station in Germany: $0.75
  • DISGUSTING bathroom in Hanoi Train Station: $0.80
  • Answering the call of nature in stunning outdoor settings: Priceless
Onlyboy communes with ancient Druids, Castlerigg (England)

Onlyboy communes with ancient Druids, Castlerigg (England)

Lost Items:

  • Teeth (Thank goodness all baby!): 5
  • Brand New Prescription Glasses: 1 pair
  • Camera: 1
  • Hand Knit Hat: 1
  • Umbrella: 1
  • Cucumber, jar of jalapeño peppers, mustard (Fell into canal as we were loading narrowboat)
  • Favourite Hoodie: 1
  • Bathing Suit: 1

Trampolines Jumped On:  Many, Many, Many, Many

One of many, many, many, many trampolines with a view (Wales)

Trampoline with a view (Wales)

Distance driven by Fahbio:

  • Van (175 days in Europe): 18 000 km
  • Rental car Ireland: 800 km
  • Rental car France: 200 km
More driving…  We approach the Bosnian border

More driving… We approach the Bosnian border

Fellow travellers, Thessaloniki (Greece)

Fellow travellers, Thessaloniki (Greece)

Birthdays Celebrated: 6

Minion Cakes Eaten: 0

Minion Cakes Seen Around the World: Too Many

Minion Cake

Minion Cake (image from littlebcakes.com)

New Skills Learned:

  • Scuba Diving (Macedonia)
  • Narrowboat Captaining (England/Wales)
  • Mastering Locks and Drawbridges (England/Wales)
  • Flying (at Hogwarts, England)
  • Spelunking (France)
  • Sea Kayaking (Vietnam)
  • Couchsurfing (all over)
  • Crossing the Street (Malaysia/Vietnam)
  • Anger Management (well sort of learned anyways)
Fahbio steers narrowboat through canals of England and Wales.  Onlyboy chooses to walk the towpath.

Fahbio steers narrowboat through canals of England and Wales. Onlyboy chooses to walk the towpath.

Our spelunking equipment awaits us, France

Our spelunking equipment awaits us, France

Sea kayaking, Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Sea kayaking, Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Best Part of the Trip:

  • Hugging old friends
  • Making new friends
  • Learning stuff
  • Experiencing the natural and cultural beauty of planet Earth
Paris reconnects with a good friend (Netherlands)

Paris reconnects with a good friend (Amsterdam)

Table set for breakfast, Couchsurf Bonn (Germany)

Table set for breakfast with new friends, Couchsurf Bonn (Germany)

We trek in the misty mountains of Sapa (Northern Vietnam)

We trek in the cold misty mountains of Sapa (Northern Vietnam)