We stopped posting here abruptly. I wrote that we came back before Todd had the chance to post about running of the bulls, so it sort of just looks like we disappeared.
Time in Austin has been fun and comfortable - too comfortable. The first month or so was easy, but since then we've both been getting antsy.
All we talk about is other countries. We can censor ourselves when other friends are around (sometimes), but when it's just the two of us, the conversation is broken up by these sorts of non sequitiurs:
"Remember than Indian guy in Thailand who ripped off his shirt to show us his tattoos?"
"How much would you love to do this in Japan" ("this" applies to almost everything. Today it was frisbee throwing)
"Can you believe that just six months ago we were in Cambodia?"
Any fear I had of being complacent in Austin is gone. I love it here, but I can't wait to be out on the open road/sky again.
I've been tempering this wanderlust with short trips. LA, Vegas, Kentucky, and Boston so far. Toronto soon.
Nothing is final until it's over, but here are the rough ideas we're thinking for next year:
Trip #1 (Jan-Mar) - Panama, Colombia, maybe Peru (Incan trail to Macchu Picchu)
Trip #2 (May-Jul) - Trans Siberian Express from London to Moscow to Beijing
Trip #3 (Sep-Nov) - Japan (yay!) and Korea
We'll see what really goes down, but that's the general idea we have so far. I'm not sure if Todd has some different ideas for some of the segments.
Next year's blogs should be even better. More video, more pictures, and a surprise that I can't talk about until it's finalized.
One of the best parts last year, which we hadn't planned for at all, was that a lot of people were generous enough to put us up in their houses or show us around their countries. If you live outside the US and would like to put us up (even for a short time), show us around, or take us on some adventure, e-mail us!