My blog hasn’t always been in order, so here is where I’ve been for the past 22 days:
LA, USA; Shanghai, China; Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam; Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia; Kuala Lampur, Malaysia; Kathmandu, Nepal; Doha, Qatar; Frankfort and Hamburg, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Iceland connection, Toronto, Canada.
Many of us expected to fly out of Paris or Amsterdam when we hit Frankfurt. Going north into Scandinavia was a surprise. While I was hoping for either, was pleased to have a chance to head north. However, I found northern Europe to be very expensive, especially Norway. The train from the airport was reasonable, the cab from the train station, maybe 7 minutes was $50. Meals were just as ridiculous, $200-400.
Other than North America, everything was new for me. I would go back to any (well, maybe skip Norway) and would move to Cambodia, Nepal or Viet Nam if I could.US money goes far and the people are so gentle. At breakfast, a fellow GSHer suggested Cost Rica for retirement. Haven’t done Central America at all, maybe that should be where I head next.
This trip has given me new ideas about travel and “seeing” a country. I did choose to take some tours, but a lot of interaction with locals made it more meaningful.
I’m sorry to say, I have misplaced my camera on my journey from Norway. Am hoping it will turn up, but fear I may have lost all my photos. Will be able to get some from others, but my focus was not “doing” things, but rather people and nature. I was lax about downloading each night, thus only have a couple ‘legs’ of the trip on my tablet. I can’t explain how I feel.