We are now into the second month of our round the world adventure, meaning that: 1) this trip is flying by and 2) I’m behind in posting this. I blame our whirlwind travel schedule for 3 straight weeks and the terrible Internet in East Africa.
Regardless, I’m posting it now because I thought it would be fun to track some numbers during our journey and do a little summary each month.
The beginning of Month 1 saw us hopping on a plane in our hometown of Birmingham, AL to begin our big trip.
We were in Slovenia for a total of 3 weeks. During that time, we also took a little 3-day trip over to Croatia with our friends, Dane and Randi, who were there on vacation. (And I’ve got a post coming about that if I can get the Internet to cooperate.)
- Feeling like a local in Ljubljana. Our love for that town has already been well-documented on this blog. We’re so glad we stayed there long enough to feel at home. We quickly learned how to get around, got comfortable riding bikes (a favorite means of transport for locals), and found our favorite coffee shops and restaurants.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park with friends. This wasn’t in our plans at all but we ended up tagging along with our friends. The park was amazing.( I can’t wait to share some of my photos!) And it was so nice to have buddies to enjoy it with.
- Driving around Slovenia and Italy with my family. Getting to travel through Europe with my mom, step-dad, and siblings was so exciting for me! Of course, with that many people to please, it was stressful at times, but I’m so glad to have had that opportunity.
- RAIN. We have seriously had the worst luck with rain on this trip. (And our bad luck continues to this day. We are currently in Arusha, Tanzania during the dry season and it has rained most days we’ve been here!) Probably the worst rain was in Venice where we got caught in a torrential downpour on our way to pick up our rental car. There was nowhere to change so we were all stuck in our soaking wet clothes for the 3-hour drive to Tuscany.
- Ant infestation. We loved our apartment in Ljubljana except for one little thing: ants! On our second day in Ljubljana we bought some bread that came in a plastic bag with little holes in it. I put the bread (quite logically, I thought) in the breadbox on the kitchen counter. The next morning, it was absolutely covered in ants. Yuck! We had to super careful with food for the rest of our time there because if something got left out for more than about 10 minutes, ants would appear. We got to where, if we didn’t feel like washing a dish immediately after use, we would stick it in the refrigerator where the ants couldn’t get it.
- Family stress. This was mostly my fault. I did most of the planning for the time when my family was traveling with us, and I put so much pressure on myself to make everyone happy. Which, of course, wasn’t really possible with 7 people including two teenagers. I wish I had relaxed more.
Most Popular Instagram Photo:
This photo of Amalfi town in Italy was my most liked photo on Instagram this month. I’m not at all surprised that one of my Amalfi Coast pictures was the favorite. That is a truly stunning place.
By the Numbers:
- Dates: May 10-June 9, 2016
- Continents: 2 – North America, Europe
- Countries: 4 – United States, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy
- Cities: 21 – Birmingham, AL USA; Ljubljana, Bled, Ribcev Laz, Ukanc, Bohinjska Bistrica, Škofja Loca, Škocjan, and Piran, Slovenia; Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes, Croatia; Venice, Bologna, Certaldo, San Gimagnano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Civita di Bagnoregio, Rome, Salerno, and Positano, Italy
- Currencies: 3 – U.S. Dollars, Euros, Croatian Kuna
- Languages: 4 – English, Slovenian, Croatian, Italian
- Distance Traveled: 8948 miles
- # of Flights: 4 (totaling 7501 miles)
- # of Shuttles: 1 (124 miles)
- # of Rental Cars: 3 (1261 miles)
- # of Ferries: 2 (62 miles)
- Beds Slept In: 11 (including 1 plane, 3 guest houses, and 7 Airbnb apartments)
- # of Different Coffee Preparations We Tried: 8
- Servings of Gelato: 16 per person (When in Italy, you must eat gelato at least once per day.)
- # of Museums or Archeological Sites Visited: 11
- # of UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited: 6 (Plitvice Lakes National Park; Skocjan Caves; Venice and Its Lagoon; Historic Center of San Gimignano; Historic Center of Rom; Costiera Amalfitana)
- # of Travel Buddies Who Joined Us: 7