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Blog Trip Summary

  1. 1. The Romaniacs World Tour Aug 2008 – Apr 2009<br />Executive Summary <br />
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  4. 4. Left US on Aug 17, 08 – returned to Romania Mar 1, 2009 195 days<br />11 countries<br />52,000 miles (FYI: Earth circumference is 25k miles)<br />In the air: 38,200 miles – 16 flights<br />Land: 13,400 miles – 2 vans, 1 car, 1 jeep, 2 scooters<br />Water: 614 miles/550 nautical miles – 6 ferries, 3 kayaks, 1 canoe<br />Hiking: 156 miles<br />Used up 1560 liters/404 gallons of gasoline<br />62 hotels, motels, campgrounds, friends’ houses, resorts, campers, etc.<br />Total expenses average ~$400/day<br />Some Numbers<br />
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  6. 6. Bought 26 music albums of local music<br />Bought 31 pieces of jewelry for L<br />Tried 100+ types of new drinks (not counting the non-alcoholic ones) – poster to come<br />Recorded 380 GB of videos (2/3 in hi def)<br />Took 35 GB/17,700 photos<br />More Numbers<br />
  7. 7. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  10. 10. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie (Jodhaa Akbar) at outdoors cinema on the beach<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  12. 12. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie at outdoors cinema<br />Australia: Katherine Gorge<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  14. 14. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie at outdoors cinema<br />Australia: Katherine Gorge<br />Australia: Devil’s Marbles<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  16. 16. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie at outdoors cinema on the beach<br />Australia: Katherine Gorge<br />Australia: Devil’s Marbles<br />Australia: Night sky at Uluru/Ayers Rock<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  18. 18. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie at outdoors cinema<br />Australia: Katherine Gorge<br />Australia: Devil’s Marbles<br />Australia: Night sky at Uluru/Ayers Rock<br />Australia: Valley of the Winds at KataTjuta<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  20. 20. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie at outdoors cinema<br />Australia: Katherine Gorge<br />Australia: Devil’s Marbles<br />Australia: Night sky at Uluru/Ayers Rock<br />Australia: Valley of the Winds at KataTjuta<br />Australia: Sunset in the desert at Coober Pedy<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  22. 22. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie at outdoors cinema<br />Australia: Katherine Gorge<br />Australia: Devil’s Marbles<br />Australia: Night sky at Uluru/Ayers Rock<br />Australia: Valley of the Winds at KataTjuta<br />Australia: (Pedestrian) wine tour at Clare Valley<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  25. 25. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie at outdoors cinema<br />Australia: Katherine Gorge<br />Australia: Devil’s Marbles<br />Australia: Night sky at Uluru/Ayers Rock<br />Australia: Valley of the Winds at KataTjuta<br />Australia:(Pedestrian) wine tour at Clare Valley<br />Australia: Cheese platter w/ Shiraz at Chateau Tanunda<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  27. 27. Singapore: Eid al-Fitr in the Geylang market<br />Australia: Indian movie at outdoors cinema<br />Australia: Katherine Gorge<br />Australia: Devil’s Marbles<br />Australia: Night sky at Uluru/Ayers Rock<br />Australia: Valley of the Winds at KataTjuta<br />Australia:(Pedestrian) wine tour at Clare Valley<br />Australia: Cheese platter w/ Shiraz at Chateau Tanunda<br />Australia: The desolate Southern Ocean on the Great Ocean Road<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  30. 30. Australia: The solitude of the Melanesian Beach<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  32. 32. Australia: The solitude of the Melanesian Beach<br />Australia: Petting a Koala at Port Macquarie<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  34. 34. Australia: The solitude of the Melanesian Beach <br />Australia: Petting a Koala at Port Macquarie<br />Australia: Turtles laying eggs at Mon Repo beach<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  37. 37. Australia: The solitude of the Melanesian Beach <br />Australia: Petting a Koala at Port Macquarie<br />Australia: Turtles laying eggs at Mon Repo beach<br />Australia: The Great Barrier Reef<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  41. 41. Australia: The solitude of the Melanesian Beach <br />Australia: Petting a Koala at Port Macquarie<br />Australia: Turtles laying eggs at Mon Repo beach<br />Australia: The Great Barrier Reef<br />Fiji: Kayaking at sunset on the lagoon<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  43. 43. Australia: The solitude of the Melanesian Beach <br />Australia: Petting a Koala at Port Macquarie<br />Australia: Turtles laying eggs at Mon Repo beach<br />Australia: The Great Barrier Reef<br />Fiji: Kayaking at sunset on the lagoon<br />Fiji: Laid back on the beach<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  45. 45. Australia: The solitude of the Melanesian Beach <br />Australia: Petting a Koala at Port Macquarie<br />Australia: Turtles laying eggs at Mon Repo beach<br />Australia: The Great Barrier Reef<br />Fiji: Kayaking at sunset on the lagoon<br />Fiji: Laid back on the beach<br />Fiji: Drinking kava with the villagers<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  47. 47. Australia: The solitude of the Melanesian Beach <br />Australia: Petting a Koala at Port Macquarie<br />Australia: Turtles laying eggs at Mon Repo beach<br />Australia: The Great Barrier Reef<br />Fiji: Kayaking at sunset on the lagoon<br />Fiji: Laid back on the beach<br />Fiji: Drinking kava with the villagers<br />Fiji: Hidden waterfall in the jungle<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  49. 49. New Zealand: Maori Show at Rotorua<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  51. 51. New Zealand: Maori Show at Rotorua<br />New Zealand: Facing off with seals at Kaikoura<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  53. 53. New Zealand: Maori Show at Rotorua<br />New Zealand: Facing off with seals at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Chasing whales<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  55. 55. New Zealand: Maori Show at Rotorua<br />New Zealand: Facing off with seals at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Chasing whales<br />New Zealand: Snow peaks over the grapevines at Kaikoura<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  57. 57. New Zealand: Maori Show at Rotorua<br />New Zealand: Facing off with seals at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Chasing whales<br />New Zealand: Snow peaks over the grapevines at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Kayaking in the rain on Doubtful Sound<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  60. 60. New Zealand: Maori Show at Rotorua<br />New Zealand: Facing off with seals at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Chasing whales<br />New Zealand: Snow peaks over the grapevines at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Kayaking in the rain on Doubtful Sound<br />New Zealand: Hiking the Fox Glacier<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  63. 63. New Zealand: Maori Show at Rotorua<br />New Zealand: Facing off with seals at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Chasing whales<br />New Zealand: Snow peaks over the grapevines at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Kayaking in the rain on Doubtful Sound<br />New Zealand: Hiking the Fox Glacier<br />New Zealand: Sailing quietly through the Glow Worm Caves of Waitomo<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  65. 65. New Zealand: Maori Show at Rotorua<br />New Zealand: Facing off with seals at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Chasing whales<br />New Zealand: Snow peaks over the grapevines at Kaikoura<br />New Zealand: Kayaking in the rain on Doubtful Sound<br />New Zealand: Hiking the Fox Glacier<br />New Zealand: Sailing quietly through the Glow Worm Caves of Waitomo<br />New Zealand: Climbing Mt Roy<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  67. 67. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  70. 70. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  72. 72. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Tahiti: Tahiti seen from Moorea<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  74. 74. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Tahiti: Tahiti seen from Moorea<br />Tahiti: Full moon over the palm trees<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  76. 76. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Tahiti: Tahiti seen from Moorea<br />Tahiti: Full moon over the palm trees<br />Tahiti: Snorkeling in the MooreaLagoonarium<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  79. 79. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Tahiti: Tahiti seen from Moorea<br />Tahiti: Full moon over the palm trees<br />Tahiti: Snorkeling in the MooreaLagoonarium<br />Easter Island: The giant Moais<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  83. 83. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Tahiti: Tahiti seen from Moorea<br />Tahiti: Full moon over the palm trees<br />Tahiti: Snorkeling in the MooreaLagoonarium<br />Easter Island: The giant Moais<br />Easter Island: The Tapati Festival<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  86. 86. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Tahiti: Tahiti seen from Moorea<br />Tahiti: Full moon over the palm trees<br />Tahiti: Snorkeling in the MooreaLagoonarium<br />Easter Island: The giant Moais<br />Easter Island: The Tapati Festival<br />Argentina: The little cafes of Buenos Aires<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  88. 88. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Tahiti: Tahiti seen from Moorea<br />Tahiti: Full moon over the palm trees<br />Tahiti: Snorkeling in the MooreaLagoonarium<br />Easter Island: The giant Moais<br />Easter Island: The Tapati Festival<br />Argentina: The little cafes of Buenos Aires<br />Brazil: A beleza do carnaval…<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  95. 95. Hawai’i: The telescopes of Mauna Kea<br />Hawai’i: Swimming with the giant turtles<br />Tahiti: Tahiti seen from Moorea<br />Tahiti: Full moon over the palm trees<br />Tahiti: Snorkeling in the MooreaLagoonarium<br />Easter Island: The giant Moais<br />Easter Island: The Tapati Festival<br />Argentina: The little cafes of Buenos Aires<br />Brazil: A beleza do carnaval…<br />Brazil: The Sambadrome parade<br />Memorable moments<br />
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  100. 100. New Zealand staring cows<br />Leonardo da Vinci had exquisite taste in beer<br />Gas at 20 c/gallon in Qatar<br />Dinner at Juta<br />No laundry for 3 weeks<br />Chased by a crazy bee<br />Bus ride from hell in Rio<br />Being locked out at our friend, Richard<br />Luana’s first “contact” with an electric fence<br />Being stared at by a gang at the Papeete ferry dock<br />(Increasingly not so) Funny Moments<br />
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  107. 107. Our (very subjective) Guinness Book<br />Food:<br />Best: Singapore<br />Worst: Australia (esp. in the Outback)<br />Drinks:<br />Best beer: Max’s Gold (NZ)<br />Best wine: Chateau Tanunda (AUS)<br />Best looking:<br />Men: NZ Maoris<br />Women: Tahiti Polynesians<br />Best native art: NZ<br />Most interesting indigenous culture: NZ<br />Most ubiquitous tourists: the Germans<br />Most annoying tourists: the French<br />
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  110. 110. Wireless Internet (almost) everywhere – Not in Tahiti<br />McDonalds: everywhere, incl./esp. Qatar<br />Garrison Keillor on Australian Public Radio<br />American pop culture – everywhere<br />American apples – same as above<br />Romanian music – Easter island <br />Romanian cars – Tahiti and Argentina<br />European Union school – Fiji<br />Debit card worked EVERYWHERE (OK, the same exception as above)<br />We Live in a Global World<br />
  111. 111. G: not getting a Maori tattoo<br />G: not flying a powered hang glider<br />G: Rugby out of season Down Under<br />L: not being more relaxed in the beginning<br />L: not doing whitewater rafting<br />Biggest regrets of our trip<br />
  112. 112. Stay tuned for new adventures<br />

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