For almost 7 months, from November 2012 to June 2013, my husband and I backpacked through 11 Asian countries on an unforgettable, life-changing trip. It was something for which we planned and saved for a few years, and it was well worth the wait. When asked 'how was your trip,' it's hard impossible to sum up, but I can start by saying it was a collection of incredible experiences: most of the time awesome, sometimes challenging and frustrating and overwhelming, but altogether amazing.

Of course we left Cananda with expectations, plans, and some ideas of how things might go, and happily it did not all go as planned. We changed our minds about things, went places we didn't expect, climbed mountains we didn't anticipate, took yoga certification courses, and so many things that made for some incredible detours. Here is a map of our full route.

Here is a chronological list of blog posts from the trip.

1. Thereness. On the next flight out.
2. Half a world away
3. Welcome to Bangkok!
4. Bangkok time
5. It is most definitely Grand.
6. Wat Arun
7. Loy Krathong
8. Ancient Ayutthaya
9. Monkey butlers for all!
10. Cycling Sukhothai
11. A celebration fit for a King
12. Elephants!
13. Chilling in Chiang Mai
14. Endlessly changing horizons
15. Lesson learned...
16. Wat Rong Khun

Watching the ball drop on 2012
33. Huế
34. Hoi An
35. Mud puddles are awesome
36. Two trees away from relaxation
37. A bus ride
38. Mui Ne: sunrise yoga, interesting sea creatures, a shell rainbow, fairy streams and sand dunes...
39. Camera shopping in HCMC

47. Island living...
48. The open road
49. Bottle Beach
50. Thongsala
51. Maximum occupancy, maximum shmoccupancy.
52. Mountains and jungles and monkeys, oh my!
53. Baby on beach becomes instant celebrity. Couple plunge feet first into marriage. Scandal and drama in the Monkey World!
54. Lanta Animal Welfare
55. Koh Lanta
56. Back in Bangkok...
57. Kanchanaburi
58. Amphawa, the Venice of Thailand

59. Bangkok to Bali
60. Faces of Bali
61. Sacred Monkey Forest
62. Besakih, Batur, and Tegallalang
63. Ulun Danu Beratan
64. Uluwatu
65. Kuta’s beach is trashy
66. Tanah Lot
67. From Bali to Java
68. Bromo Birthday
69. A harrowing transit day, recounted thusly
70. Yogyakarta and the temples of Prambanan and Borobudur

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