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Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

Divided as follows...

  • Tour 1 — 05-Dec-2000 to 05-Dec-2001 (365 days)
  • Tours 2-4 — 28-Dec-2001 to 02-Oct-2006 (1685 days)
  • Tours 5+ — 23-May-2007 and beyond (2846 days)
Tour 1
Hottest Place:  Jaisalmer, India - 45°C (113°F) (view photo) Coldest Places:
Enclosed:  Eisriesenweld, Austria;
ice caves - 0°C (32°F) (view photos)
Open-Air:  Mont Blanc, France/Italy;
3842m (12,600ft) - 2°C (35°F) (view photos)
Camping:  Norway - 3°C (37°F)
Highest Point:  Mont Blanc, France/Italy;
3842m (12600ft) (view photos)
Lowest Point:  Koh Tao, Thailand - scuba diving; -22m (-72ft) (view photo)
Northern-most Point:  Flötningen, Sweden;
62° 18' N. Latitude
Southern-most Point:  Singapore;
1° 17' N. Latitude
Best Exchange Rate:  Vietnam;
14,500 Dong to 1 USD
Worst Exchange Rate:  Malta;
.40 Pound to 1 USD
Least Expensive Country:  Vietnam (followed closely by Thailand) Most Expensive Country:  Japan (followed closely by Norway)
Least Expensive Day(s):  We actually had several very cheap days - spent at the homes of friends we made during our journey... namely: Ayako in Friedburg, Germany; Curt and Helen (and family) in Ljungby, Sweden; Helmut in Berlin, Germany; Heidi in Oslo, Norway; Andy and Sue in Laudinie, France. Most Expensive Day:  The train ride from Butterworth, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand
on the Oriental Express; a 30-hour trip for $1000(US) each! (view photos)
Tours 2-4
Hottest Place:  Melbourne, Australia;
42°C (108°F) (view photo)
Coldest Place:  Furano, Japan - skiing at 3000m (9850ft); -10°C (14°F) (view photo)
Highest Point:  Furano, Japan - 3000m (9850ft) (view photo) Lowest Point:  Hobart, Tasmania to Melbourne, Australia aboard Yoko - sea level (read story)
Northern-most Point:  Furano, Japan - 43° 20' N. Latiude (view photo) Southern-most Point:  Maatsuyker Island, Tasmania - 43° 43' S. Latitude (read story)
Best Exchange Rate:  South Korea - 1165 Won to 1 USD Worst Exchange Rate:  Australia - 1.53 AUD to 1 USD
Least Expensive Country:  Philippines Most Expensive Country:  Japan
Least Expensive Internet:  Shenzhen, China - I got online at China Telecom, for as long as I wanted, for free!... though they did exercise their right, granted by the Chinese government, to monitor everything I did online. [Update: I know free Internet isn't so amazing these days because most public places have free WiFi, but in 2002, it was quite rare indeed.] Most Expensive Internet:  Tokyo, Japan - $5(US) per hour
Tours 5+
Hottest Place:  Abu Simbel, Egypt; 50°C (122°F) (view photo) Coldest Place:  Busan, South Korea; -5°C (23°F) (view photo)
Highest Point:  Kunming, China - 1920m (6300ft) (view photos) Lowest Point:  Diving at Dahab, Egypt;
-18m (-60ft) (view photo)
Northern-most Point:  London, England;
51° 30' N. Latitude
Southern-most Point:  Hobart, Tasmania;
42° 54' S. Latitude
Best Exchange Rate:  Laos;
10,000 Kip to 1 USD
Worst Exchange Rate:  Australia;
1.20 AUD to 1 USD
Least Expensive Country:  Laos Most Expensive Country:  Greece
Least Expensive Day:  Any of the many days spent hanging out at Joma Bakery in Vientiane, Laos, working on my websites. Most Expensive Day:  The day (or, rather, two days) I traveled from Taiwan to France to help Andy and Sue move out of their 12th Century Villa.  The airfare to London was expensive enough, but when I missed my connection to France, I had to stay one night in London and take a train instead of flying (with NO refund on my flight ticket).  All totaled, that trip cost me $1300(US).
Least Expensive Internet:  Vientiane, Laos - Free!  (at Joma Bakery) Most Expensive Internet:  Bangkok, Thailand - $4.50(US) per hour (at Starbucks)