Saturday, March 22, 2008

 

Getting Rooted in the USA

Well folks, this is it. This is the final blog from our round the world trip. We know we were making a lot of people jealous and pissing them off with our travels so we decided to come home! We appreciate the faithful followers and readers who stayed with us, and for those of you who for some reason are reading this but didn't read the rest of our blog postings ... well you missed out on some great stories!

As for what's next, we have decided to put our roots down in Denver, Colorado. Troy got a job at Qwest (which is a huge communications company in Colorado) and will start in another week. He actually got offered the job while we were still in Vanuatu so that was one huge stress off of us. As for me, I will be working too although that will be hard after not having to for three years. (I know, I know I have had it so rough.) We are a bit stressed out having to get settled back in. We have no cars so we have to shop for one, we have to find a house, we have to get our taxes done, we have to cook for ourselves, we're not diving today and we have found that drinking at 10am is frowned upon.

Along our travels we accumulated a few interesting facts we would like to share with you:
  • Number of miles traveled: A crap load
  • Bottles of suntan lotion: 8
  • Pairs of shoes: 3
  • Shitty hotels: Lost count
  • Run ins with the law: 3
  • Lonely Planet guidebooks: 7
  • Pairs of underwear: 8 (thought that might interest you)
  • Hitch hiked: 7
  • Number of currencies: 15
  • Number of countries: 21
  • Number of nights slept at airport: 3
  • Lost: Camera lens cover, dive knife, dive safety sausage, rain jacket, 2 socks, wedding ring (I lost mine white water rafting in Costa Rica)
  • Not enough money to pay: 2
  • Deepest dive Troy: 205', Shelly 209' (and Troy is pissed I went deeper)
  • Number of dives Troy: 323, Shelly 320
  • Number of hours diving: 283 or 11.8 days
  • Most expensive internet: Vanuatu $15/hr
  • Cheapest internet: Cairns, Australia .90/hr
The most amazing things:
  • Missed flights: 0
  • Visits to doctor or hospital: 0
  • Lost luggage: 0
  • Bouts of diarrhea: 0 (thought you would like that one too)
  • Lost or stolen money, wallet or passport: 0

We have met some amazing people on the road, seen beautiful countries and have experienced some extraordinary cultures. All of which will be a few of the many things we will miss. But we will not miss the disgustingly long flights, the August heat of Egypt and bad hotel beds. But our travels are not over, they are just on pause. We just have to save our money again!

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4 Comments:

Nice work guys! I'm now going to have to find someone else to live vicariously through...

No worries, Troy. I'm sure that Qwest will allow flip-flops, pooka shells and grass skirts on Fridays.

Todd

By Anonymous Todd Ordal, at 6:26 PM  

I am soooo disappointed I will not get to read about your adventures any more... oh yes, I am jealous.. but loved all your stories.. and the diving!!

We are sorry you didn't get a chance to visit HK on your way back. Glad Troy has a job... sorry it isn't here.

Judi leaves at the end of May.. what will HK be like without the two of you!!

Kathy

By Blogger movedagain5, at 7:30 PM  

You rat bastards. I can't believe you didn't get ANY stomach issues. Were you staying at the Ritz or something? That's absolutely nuts.

Glad to hear you're back home in Denver.

By Blogger Mark Bryan, at 12:10 PM  

Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And dreamed of all the great things we would do

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I'd see you in the tavern
We'd smile at one another and we'd say

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh my friend we're older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days......

Greetings from Micha & Achim (back in "Good Old Germany")

By Anonymous jreul@hotmail.com, at 1:43 PM  

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