I must admit, I went to school for Accounting, why – I have no idea.
“Hello my name is Sherry and I’m a bean counter.”
Yeah – it never quite fit me, nor my personality, which is probably how I ended up in Information Technology. However, there was something about numbers that I liked which seems to fit with my Type A personality.
As I spend my days reuniting with old friends in New York, I am constantly asked to summarize my 16 months for everyone. This is not an easy task – therefore I started to actually prepare for this question in advance. I made lists…lists of countries, airlines, money, experiences, and anything else I could anticipate being asked. It provided me a summarized look at my travels through numbers…and I love numbers. So here it is – my around the world travels by numbers.
Number of countries I’ve visited: 23
Number of pictures taken after editing (throwing out the bad shots which were too many to count!): 11,868
Number of stories/posts I’ve written on my website: 167
Number of airports I’ve flown into/out of: 46
London, Nairobi, Dar e Salaam, Johannesburg, Capetown, Hong Kong, Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, Bali, Singapore, Lombok, Chiang Mai, Mae Hon Song, Bangkok, Krabi, Borneo, Hai Noi, HCMC, Siem Reap, Phnom Phen, Athens, Santorini, Rome, Dubrovnik, Madrid, Dubai, Marrakech, Casablanca, Cairo, Aswan, Geneva, Jordan, Delhi, Udaipur, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Lankawi, Beijing, Kunming, Shangri-la, Tokyo, Mombassa, Lamu
Number of cancelled flights: 1 - see the agonizing post here
Number of times my luggage was lost: 0 – miracles do happen
Number of times I lost something: 1 – a luggage lock which was easily replaceable in Morocco. Trying to communicate with the shopkeeper to find/buy the lock was definitely the hardest part!
Number of treks and mountains climbed: 13
Mt. Sinai, Egypt
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (I was just about there…I’m counting it!) – 8 days
Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo – 2 days
Tiger Leaping Gorge, China – 2 days
Atlas Gorge, Morocco
Milford Trek, New Zealand – 3 days
Mt. Vesuvius, Italy
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Hill Tribe Trek, Thailand – 3 days
Hill Tribe Trek, Vietnam – 2 days
Great Wall Trekking, China – 2 days
Dali Trek, China
Color Canyon Trek, Eygpt
Longest number of simultaneous days I spent in one country: 60 days – Italy
Number of ferries taken: 10
Zanzibar to Dar e Salaam
Vietnam – Cat Ba to ?
Split Croatia to Ancona Italy
Ischia to Naples
Sorrento to Ischia
Sorrento to Capri
Egypt to Sinai
Dubrovnik to Miljet
Mykonos to Athens
Santorini to Mykonos
Number of times I was sick: 1 – in Vietnam
Longest number of days without a shower: 7
Number of overnight trains: 10
Hanoi to Sapa – Vietnam
Sapa to Hanoi – Vietnam
Hanoi to Hue – Vietnam
Hue to Nha Trang – Vietnam
Nha Trang to Saigon – Vietnam
Tangier to Marrakech – Morocco
Beijing to Xian – China
Xian to Beijing – China
Bangkok to border of Laos near Vientiane – Thailand
Number of memorable places I’ve run: 19
S. Africa Capetown along the waterfront
Sorrento – on the cliffs outside of town and down the cobblestone streets
Rome – getting lost along the river
Tuscany/Siena – amongst the grape fields and rolling hills of a country road
Singapore – in the oven and in the jungle
Mossel Bay S. Africa – along the harbor and through the city
Pai Thailand – over the river and into the villages
Hanoi, Vietnam – around the lake in the old quarter. People looked at me as if I had 3 heads!
Hue, Vietnam – along the river – people made me stop to take pictures of me with their cell phone!
Greece Mykonos along the ridge against the freezing Mediterranean winds
Croatia Split along the harbor
Croatia Dubrovnik along a rocky beach path on the cliffs
Hong Kong dodging tourists at the peak – an amazing view of the city below
Venice Lido along the beach trail
Ferrara Italy on top of the old town wall surrounding the city
Geneva Switzerland along the lake
New Zealand Queenstown – in the freezing cold near the lake – it snowed later that day and I was out in shorts!
New Zealand – Te Anau along the lake front.
New Zealand – Wellington along the harbor
Number of Cipro pills I took: 0 – what can I say, I got lucky or I have a stomach of steel. However, I did have my share of Pepto!
Number of times I slept in a bunk bed: Too many times to count. Let’s just say, I’ve been in a bunk bed more often than a regular bed.
Number of friends and family who traveled with me on an individual basis: 9
Marcy/Mike…ok – I kind of crashed their honeymoon – not sure if that counts!
Number of new friends I made for life: 6 – you know who you are
Number of wine regions visited: 4
Yara Valley Australia
New Zealand South Island
Tuscany/Chianti…the granddaddy of wine
Most number of countries in a one month timeframe: 6 in April 2007
Number of books I’ve read: 10 – ok, so this doesn’t seem like a lot. However, when I was living in the US, I’d maybe read 2 books a year if I was lucky!
Number of times I thought I might not make it to tomorrow: 5 - all having to do with terrifying drives in buses, mini-vans, dilapidated cars from the 70’s, and one very angry taxi driver in Naples.
Number of emails sent: 3600
Number of bodies of water that I dipped my toe or whole body into: 10
South China Sea
Number of dollars I spent: The obvious answer here is ‘priceless’