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In a few hours, we’ll be boarding a series of flights and headed home after 10 weeks of crisscrossing the globe. The itinerary is brutal:

  • Ferry from Moorea to Tahiti: 30 minutes
  • Layover in Tahiti: 8 hours
  • Flight from Tahiti to Auckland: 6 hours
  • Layover in Auckland: 3.5 hours
  • Flight from Auckland to Sydney: 3.5 hours
  • Layover in Sydney: 4 hours
  • Flight from Sydney to San Francisco: 14 hours
  • Layover in San Francisco: 6 hours
  • Flight from San Francisco to Portland: 2 hours

Just thinking about it makes be want to stay put on this beach!

We’ve spent the last few days contemplating all the things we’ve done, all the places we’ve seen, and all the people we’ve met. We’ve compiled our Best and Worst:

Activities

Best audio tour: Killing Fields, Choeung Ek, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Best cultural encounter: Village Visit, Kompheim, Cambodia
Best museum: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Best nature encounter: Safari in the Serengeti, Tanzania
Best temple: Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best thrill: Leap of Faith, Aquaventure, Dubai

Activities that we wish we’d have skipped

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, England
Safari camping, Tanzania
Snorkeling, Zanzibar
Dune bashing, Dubai
Trekking, Nepal
Muay Thai Boxing, Bangkok, Thailand
Scootering, Moorea, French Polynesia

Airlines

Best food: Air New Zealand
Worst food: Bangkok Airways
Best service: Thai Airways
Worst service: (tie) United and Air New Zealand (check-in & weight restrictions are ridiculous!)
Best airport lounge: Istanbul, Turkey

Food

Best coffee: Himalaya Java, Kathmandu, Nepal
Best dessert: Chocolate Mousse at Deck One, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best ice cream: Blue Pumpkin, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best pizza: La Dolce, Kathmandu Nepal
Best sandwich: Albert Heijn (grocery store), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Best meal:

  • Indonesia lunch, Sama Sebo, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Shellie)
  • Margarita pizza, La Dolce, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Neerav)
  • Pasta, Maze Grill, London, England (Nathan)
  • Banana Crepe, Tahiti, French Polynesia (Aidan)

Worst meal: Monsoon Restaurant, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Least expensive food: Pokhara, Nepal
Most expensive food: Moorea, French Polynesia
Most adventuresome bite: Red ants with fish paste and rice, Kompheim, Cambodia

Hotels

Best breakfast buffet: Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
Best room: Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, Moorea, French Polynesia
Best service: Golden Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best swimming pool: Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
Best value: Golden Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Other

Best day: Neerav’s arrival in Bangkok, Thailand
Worst day: Aidan’s vomiting 20 times in one day, Pokhara, Nepal
Second worst day: Shellie crashing scooter, Moorea, French Polynesia
Best country stay: Cambodia
Worst country stay: Nepal