Where Are They Now?

“So what ever happened to that crazy couple that were going around the world? Where are they now?” The quick answer is, geographically we are back in the U.S. at home in Washington, D.C. where we are looking forward to returning to normal life and everything (good and bad) that that entails – Jobs, Mortgage, Health Insurance, Pets – bring it on.

This trip has been great, we are so thankful that we had the opportunity to do it, and we would encourage more people to do something like it. It’s really not as hard to do as it seems. We’re pretty much done now, but for anyone out there considering doing a big trip we are ready to help out in any way we can drop us a line.

And another answer to the question we started this post out with, “Where are they now?” – We’re still on the web. You can follow our continuing life adventures at davidhogge.com and leeanneadams.com respectively. So long for now, and thanks for everything.

Carbon Compensation

One more thing before we let you go – and I don’t want to get too Ed Begley Jr. here, but I think it does bear mentioning. When you travel around the world like we’ve done this year there are some unseen consequences, and I’m not talking about introducing Mongolian Nomads to iPods.

In jet-setting around the world LeeAnne and I have done a lot of flying that we normally we wouldn’t have done. And all of those jets (and buses and trains and rental cars and scooters) run on fossil fuels that are turned into CO2 and are in turn contributing to global warming. A quick estimate of our CO2 footprint leads me to believe that LeeAnne and I have contributed about 21.23 tons of CO2 emissions just from our Round the World Flights alone this year. So oddly, in trying to become better citizens of the world, we have become bad stewards too the world. A Catch-22 there.

Enter climatecare.org. This is a site that allows you to make Carbon Offsets for all of the emissions you are responsible for. The money you put in goes to fund sustainable energy projects around the world. The site has a Carbon Calculator where you can get an idea of your own carbon footprint, and you can then purchase your own offsets, or purchase them as gifts! Hey, just in time for Christmas!

On Top of the World!

So, since we’ve been back there have been a lot of questions about what was our favorite place, our favorite thing to do, etc. We’ll try and address that here. Some things stand out in our mind easily (like our favorite bathroom), others are a little harder to narrow down to just one thing (favorite place? too hard), so we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites. Without further ado, the big list:

Top Five Cities

  1. Dunedin, New Zealand
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Istanbul, Turkey
  4. Melbourne, Australia
  5. Cape Town, South Africa

Top Five Towns

  1. Litang, Sichuan, China
  2. Mussoorie, Uttaranchal, India
  3. Old Dali, Yunnan, China
  4. Burra, South Australia, Australia
  5. Kochi, Kerala, India

Top Five Sights

  1. Tiger Leaping Gorge | China
  2. Petra | Jordan
  3. Sossusvlei Dunes | Namibia
  4. Franz Josef Glacier | New Zealand
  5. Caves at Ellora and Ajanta | India

Top Five Places to Get Away from it All

  1. Anywhere in Mongolia
  2. West Coast of New Zealand
  3. Anywhere in Namibia
  4. Western Sichuan, China
  5. The Australian Outback

Top Five Markets or Bazaars

  1. Bai Market, Jingwai, Yunnan, China
  2. Main Bazaar (Paharganj), Delhi, India
  3. Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong
  4. Rogers Mall, Rogers, Ohio, USA
  5. Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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