A review of my round-the-world trip in numbers and pictures:

5: Number of countries visited on my trip

1: Number of unexpected layovers in countries I hadn’t planned to visit. Hong Kong was a lot of fun, though!

Hong Kong at night

3: Number of markets (Christmas and otherwise) I visited in Paris

Cheese wheels for raclette at the Paris Christmas Market in Place St Sulpice

565,345,234: Number of sheep and cows in New Zealand (could even be more, who can tell?)

Cows in New Zealand

0: Number of stores in New Zealand that stay open passed 3:30pm, even in the high season (what’s with that?)

6: Number of beaches I visited in Australia and New Zealand

Bondi Beach in Sydney Australia

7: Number of wineries I visited in Australia and New Zealand

Winery in Napier New Zealand

5: Number of friends I got to meet up with during my round-the-world trip

Too Many: Number of subway lines in Tokyo (underground metropolitan transport may be the only case in which I fully support state control of something)

2: Number of amazing brunches I ate in Sydney

Brunch in Sydney Australia

3: Number of dives I did at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia (wish it could have been more!)

Boat on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

0: Number of cassowaries I saw in Port Douglas, Australia even after all the signs to watch for them

Cassowary sign in Port Douglas Australia

3: Number of zoos or other animal-oriented attractions I visited on the trip

Sheep at a zoo in New Zealand

4: Number of Red Pandas I saw at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney

Red Panda at the Sydney Zoo in Australia

A whole bunch: Number of adorable kiwi birds I really really wanted to take home with me from New Zealand

Kiwi sign in New Zealand

1: Number of aritlces in the New York Times about round-the-world tickets while I was on my trip (apparently I’m a jet setter!)

5: Number of trips I made in 2007 using airline miles (Portland, Saint John, Mexico, D.C., London). I still made Platinum on American Airlines for 2007 without ever once flying for work. Let’s hope 2008 is equally full of adventure!

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