Tempus Fugit: Our One Year Tripiversary

On September 15, 2014 by Oren and Cassie

Wow. Tempus fugit. Time flies. One year ago today, we left on our grand adventure. We boarded US Airways 718 from Philadelphia to Rome and began the trip we’d been planning for months. What an amazing experience to look back upon.

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Cassie asked me once, after we got back on the road following my diagnosis, if I felt that it was worth it. Seeing everything we got to see and visiting all of the places we got to visit, was it worth getting diagnosed with diabetes? I told her the truth. Unequivocally, yes.

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Our first picture together from our trip…

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…and our last picture together from our trip.

There is no price tag you can put on all the memories we made and the experiences we shared. Theoretically, you can say it’s just the cost of the trip. But it’s so much more than that. The people you meet, the cultures you see, the ups and downs, the flights and buses and trains, all of the little things we never wrote about – all of that goes into making this our trip as opposed to just a trip.

We’re home now, hanging out with friends and family, catching up on everything we missed, and already saving for our next trip. We don’t know where it will be or when, but we know it’s coming. For us, travel isn’t just something we do on vacation. It is a way of life; it is part of us now.

It’s crazy to think of the places we’ve been over the past year. 30 countries. 5 continents. 1 world. But we have so much more to see. Our list of places to visit has only grown longer. Every time you cross one place off the list, you add two more.

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Back on the road in Bangkok, Thailand, sporting some crazy pajama pants to cover up at the palace.

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Cassie and me in Angkor kindling the light of the holy… or just a crack in the wall.

Our 33 flights took us through a total of 39 airports: Philly, Rome, Sevilla, Paris, Dublin, Hungary, Prague, Naples, Catania, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Abu Dhabi, JFK, Newark, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Saigon, Da Nang, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, San Francisco, El Salvador, Lima, Cusco, Santiago, Mendoza, Buenos Aires Aeroparque, Buenos Aires International, Houston, Keflavik, and Washington, DC.

I believe the longest flight was Newark to Hong Kong direct. I wasn’t sure if we’d go east or west, since Hong Kong is almost exactly halfway around the world. Turns out we went north, over the polar icecap.

On our trip, we experienced 24 different modes of transportation: car, bike, motorbike, taxi, tuk-tuk, train, metro, subway, skytrain, tri-bike, longboat, ferry, water taxi, airplane, cable car, funicular, mini-bus, ascensor, escalator, automated walkway, horse, junk boat, legs, and bus. That’s always kinda neat to think about. My favorite was probably a horse!

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Horseback riding in Argentina.

I know I’ve thanked everyone before, but thank you again for everything along the way. It’s the people that make an experience, both at home and on the road, and all of you certainly helped make our experience awesome.

We’re working on a few things right now, including a free trip to Atacama, so stay tuned!! And, as I signed nearly all of my emails while traveling… See you on the road!!

-O.L.

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