Denver Bound

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Last night, I carefully rolled, then crammed my underpants into our travel wine glasses for the last time for a little while. Today, right now, Mike and I are flying again. Only this time, we won’t get a stamp in our passports when we cross the border. After 2.25 years of travel, we decided to head back to Denver to reconnect with our people.

When we’ve told this news to people, they’ve usually asked “how long will you be there?” Not, “hooray you’re going home!” Ah we’ve trained you all so well! And to answer that question, Denver will be home base for the next 6-12 months. After that, we plan to go rogue again. There’s something about travel like this that makes it impossible to go back for good.

When we first set off, we told ourselves we could always go home — or in other words — press the proverbial undo button and go back to the lives we had before we left. You know, just in case we hated living in tropical climates for dirt cheap…

But as it turns out, we were wrong about that whole “undo button” theory. There is no going back. Even if we rented the same house, had the same furniture, and did the same jobs, it wouldn’t be the same. It couldn’t be the same. Because we’re not the same. And we’d be fooling ourselves if we believed that Denver and all of our people stayed the same while we were gone too. Just because we pushed the pause button on Denver doesn’t mean it stuck.

So really, we’re not going back to Denver. We’re going to Denver again. We get to reintroduce ourselves to a city we once loved and we’ll see if she’ll love us again.

Now for all of you stat nerds, here’s a recap of our travel experiences from December 2011 through April 1, 2014.

Travel Stats

Days Since Departure: 843
Americas Visited: 3
Countries: 7
Border Crossings: 19
Cities: 38
Hotels/Hostels/Apts.: 62
Days Spent in Transit: 63
Flights: 34
Bus Rides: 52
Boat Rides: 20
SIM Cards: 10
Checked Bags: 0 – oh snap!
Oceans: 2
Miles Traveled: 44,313 (71,315 km)

Notable Places Visited (roughly in order)

Nosara, Costa Rica
Greensburg, PA, USA
Ohiopyle, PA, USA
Cook Forest, PA, USA
Canadohta Lake, PA, USA
Washington, DC, USA
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Pittsburgh, PA, US
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Todos Santos, Mexico
La Paz, Mexico
Valladolid, Mexico
Ek Balam Ruins, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico
Antigua, Guatemala
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Granada, Nicaragua
León, Nicaragua
Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Liberia, Costa Rica
Samara, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Bocas del Torro, Panama
Boquete, Panama
Davíd, Panama
Panama City, Panama
The Panama Canal
Mazunte & San Agustinillo, Mexico
Medellín, Colombia

Skills Gained

More Spanish
Origami
Cutting our own hair
A little harmonica
Elements of responsive web design
Cooking in a sparse kitchen
Generally living with less
Cooking with dried beans
Pico & guacamole
Lots of new recipes
Agama yoga asanas
Talking with strangers
Snorkeling
Rip tide safety
Surfing
Making playdoh
Empathy
Water purification methods
Bathing in a bucket
Chasing pigs from the back yard

What Happened to Our Stuff

THINGS DONATED
volunteer hours
books
clothing and shoes
food
playdoh and games
furniture and kitchen supplies
THINGS REPAIRED
skort pockets
bra elastic
sun hat elastic
sweater holes
messenger bag strap
two umbrellas
kitty door
watch band
mosquito nets
some old relationships
THINGS LOST
an umbrella
a rain jacket
lots of fears

Things Created

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