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Additional Fun Facts

November 22, 2016

A lot happens while we are traveling. We hope you enjoy our additional fun facts:

Lost/Damaged Items:
Gisela: 2 underwear (found them); Broken sunglasses, 2 ripped tank tops, 2 holes in a pair of pants (sewed), lost gloves, lost towel, lost earrings, zipper pants broke twice (fixed), 3 holes in pants (sewed), 2 pair of pants damaged, lost two bras, raincover ripped (fixed), damaged bra
Sal: lost belt, lost chapstick, 3 holes in an underwear, broke backpack clip, lost camera battery and charger (recovered), lost electric adapter, ripped shoe, broke shaving machine, hole in shirt (sewed), sandal sole coming off, hole in pants
Both: damaged camera, damaged several tripods, lost hard drive, broken tent cover zipper (fixed), holes on tent cover, tent poles broken (replaced), phone battery died, daypack ripped (fixed), replaced zippers of camping tent, tablet cover damaged (replaced), broken camera, lost laundry bag

Longest Train Rides:
101 Hours on the Transiberian from Ulaanbatar, Mongolia to Moscow, Russia
2 days from Adelaide, Australia to Darwin, Australia

Longest Boat Trip:
2-day Ferry from Shanghai, China to Osaka, Japan
2-day Felucca trip from Aswan to Kom Ombo, Egypt
25 hour ferry from Monkey Bay to Likoma Island, Malawi
4-day Ferry from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt, Chile
36-hour Ferry from Belem to Santarem, Brazil
14-hour Ferry from El Rama to Big Corn Island, Nicaragua

Longest Bus Ride:
11 hours from Storms River, South Africa to Mthatha, South Africa
12-hour-bus ride + 4 hours waiting in immigration from Johannesburg, South Africa to Masvingo, Zimbabwe
13 hours from Mbeya to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
12.5 hours from Arusha to Mwanza, Tanzania
14 hours from Khartoum to Wadi Halfa, Sudan
15 hours from Cordoba, Argentina to Mendoza, Argentina (5 hour delay due to bus breaking down)
20 hours from Mendoza, Argentina to Bariloche, Argentina (2.5 hour delay due to bus breaking down)
22 hours from Bariloche to El Chalten, Argentina
23.5 hours from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
16 hours Chiclayo, Peru to Guayaquil, Ecuador
20 hours, 7 buses from Loja, Ecuador to Chachapoyas, Peru
21 hours from Chachapoyas to Lima, Peru
15 hours from Campo Grande to Sao Paulo, Brazil
17 hours Brasilia to Seabra, Brazil
13 hours from Salvador to Recife, Brazil
14 hours from Recife to Fortaleza, Brazil
13 hours from Sao Luis to Belem, Brazil
17 hours from Medellin to Santa Marta, Colombia
14 hours from Cartagena to Medellin, Colombia
24 hours from La Paz to Tijuana, Mexico

Longest Flight:
17 hours Los Angeles - Nadi - Auckland
20 hours Frankfurt - Dubai - Cape Town
20 hours Casablanca - Dubai - Buenos Aires

Roughest Bus Ride:
10-hour-ride from Sunuali, India to Varanasi, India
8-hour-ride from Luang Prabang, Laos to Vientiane, Laos

Roughest Boat Ride:
Ko Tao Island to Chumphon, Thailand
Likoma Island to Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Countries Without Coins:
Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Mongolia

Countries Without Their Currency:
Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Panama, El Salvador

Countries with Two Currencies:

Added 48 pages to our passport at the US Embassy in Vientiane, Laos
Gisela obtained a new Colombian passport in Lima, Peru
Sal renewed his Salvadorian passport in San Salvador

What Countries Gave us Trouble at the Border or to Request Visas:
China, Russia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan, Jordan, Israel, United Kingdom, Morocco, Bolivia

Countries Where We Did CouchSurfing:
New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Ireland, Morocco, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico

Countries Where We Did WWOOFing:
New Zealand, India, Japan, Tanzania, Ireland, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Honduras

Illnesses we have Experienced:
Gisela: Cold, Gastroenteritis, Bronchitis, Scabies, Head Lice, Skin Fungus
Sal: Cold, Gastroenteritis, Altitude Sickness, Scabies, Head Lice, Dry Eye, Eye Infection

Doctor Visits and Medication Expenses:
Sal: $3.30 USD (Thailand) + $3.80 USD (India) + $1 USD (Jordan) + $6.9 USD (Ireland) + $8.25 USD (France) + $20.78 USD (Spain) + $6 USD (Argentina) + $9.70 USD (Colombia) + $12 USD (Chile) + $8 USD (Bolivia)
Gisela: $10 USD (Myanmar) + $4 USD (India) + $1 USD (Jordan) + $6.9 USD (Ireland)+ $8.25 USD (France) + $20.78 USD (Spain) + $6 USD (Argentina) + $9.70 USD (Colombia) + $3.80 USD (Bolivia) + $9.35 USD (Honduras) + $3.4 USD (El Salvador) +$6.78 USD (Guatemala)

Nationalities We Have Been Confused the Most With:
Sal: Hindu, Arabic, Israeli, Pakistani, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Colombian, Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, Argentinian, Spanish, Peruvian, Chilean, Bolivian
Gisela: Israeli, Spanish, Colombian, Mexican, Lebanese, Italian, Argentinian, Japanese, Brazilian, Chilean, Chinese

# of Times Sal Cut his Hair

# of Times Sal Shaved

# of Times Gisela Cut her Hair

Countries we have Scuba Dived:
Australia, Thailand, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Egypt, Ecuador, Cuba, Nicaragua

Books we have Read:
La Hija del Sepulturero - Joyce Carol Oates, Vivir Para Contarla - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Aleph - Paulo Coelho, Dreams of my Father - Barack Obama, A Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela, Just Kids - Patti Smith, History and Country References in Many Guidebooks, The Fault in Our Stars, Escape from Camp 14, Wild Swans, Cataclismo de Damocles - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, El Cuento de Mi Vida - Andres Caicedo, The Next Thing on my List - Jill Smolinski, The Hidden Summit, White Oleander - Janet Fitch, El Olvido Que Seremos - Hector Abad Faciolince, The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein, El Llamamiento del Dalai Lama Al Mundo, Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Movies we have Watched:
Genghis Khan Discovery Documentary, Underground - Julian Assange Story, We Steal Secrets - The Story of WikiLeaks, A Long Walk to Freedom, 12 Years of Slave, John Akaii Bua - An African Tragedy, Nairobi Half Life, Many Ted Talks, Django, Village at the End of the World, Big Fish, Que Hice Yo Para Merecer Esto, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Omar, Lucy, The Good Lie, The Fault in Our Stars, Camp X-Ray, Midnight in Paris, Goten Tag, Ramon (Good Day, Ramon), Gifted Hands, Untouchables, Los 33, Beast of No Nation, El Abrazo de la Serpiente, The Jungle Book, Spotlight, Ella Es Ramona, The Danish Girl

Common Questions We are Asked:
Where are you from? How long have you been traveling for? Where have you been? How much longer you plan to travel for? Are you working along the way? How much is the trip going to cost? What has been your favorite country? Of the countries you have visited, which one you would like to live in? When are you going home? What are you going to do after the trip? Do you have children? Do you juggle at traffic lights for money? How long has Sal had his beard? What weird food have you ate?

Do you have any other Fun Facts you are wondering about? Please feel free to make suggestions.


# MrsSol 2014-03-22 08:27
Have been able to read while you're traveling? I would be cool to share the books you discovered from/about the countries you've visited or that have shared and colored your beautiful trip :)
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# Buena Idea!Sal and Gisela 2014-03-23 09:23
Hi Sol, thanks for your message and suggestion. We will definitely add this suggestion on our next update. Thanks again! We hope to see you soon! Abrazos!!
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# MrRudy 2014-06-20 10:20
Hi guys. In small villages, have you encountered any villagers that are just completely unaware of modern or Western civilizations?
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# Hi Rudy!Sal and Gisela 2014-08-08 11:35
Tough question, modern and Western, in our opinion, are two different things. But all the places we have been, and for that matter probably everywhere in the world, we saw things such as cell phones, TV's, cars, etc, which we would probably consider modern. There were many "modern" places where people try to act "Western" and others where they avoid acting "Western." Not sure if we answered your question?
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# Love thisBrittney 2014-10-31 12:51
This is awesome. I especially enjoyed reading the nationalities that you have been confused with. ;)
Book recommendation. ..The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Love you guys!
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# Thanks Brittney!Sal and Gisela 2014-11-01 14:09
It has been a lot of work keeping track of all these facts along the trip but it is definitely something we always enjoy looking at, so glad you are enjoying it with us :) Thank you for the book recommendation, we love you too!
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