So, in order to keep my brain healthy and thriving, I decided to take a vacation. It used to be the case that my sister and I would be heading out to Guatemala, but that panned out and didn't happen. However, something else happened. Something else that I am excited for this trip.
So, what's in store for this trip? Well, it will increase my country count. This will be the 19th country that I will have visited. For that, I am excited.
Second, I have a travel buddy. Well, not exactly. We're overlapping, I should say. I'll be on vacation for a week, while he is on vacation for a longer period of time. If I remember correctly, we overlap for about 5 days. That should be fun: two Asians lost in a continent not their own.
Third, it's a cheap vacation. Thank you, Delta Air Lines! Well, technically, thank me, for flying Delta and its partner airlines (China Airlines and Avianca comes to mind) that I have enough miles to pay for this trip. So yeah, I only paid tax for the airfare, since I redeemed my miles instead. And since I am staying at a hostel, things are awesome!
So there, my Amazing Race backpack will be put to use again. And my camera as well. So there will be new photos to post. Oh I am so excited to be climbing pyramids in a place that is warmer than Buffalo. I'll get my dose of sun (and smog) for about a week before I head back to the lab. Since I'll be flying out exactly thirty days from now, and I will get back to Buffalo the day before my class starts (technically, I will get back on the first day of the semester, but I don't have classes that day).
So if you're reading this and are related to me by blood, do not panic. I know what I am doing, and I will try my best not to get kidnapped.
So, have you pieced the clues together to know where I am headed?
If one counts using Internet top-level domains, I have been to the following countries so far, in visiting order: 1) Philippines; 2) USA; 3) Japan; 4) Guam; 5) Qatar; 6) Austria; 7) Greece; 8) Italy; 9) Vatican City; 10) Taiwan; 11) Czech Republic; 12) Ecuador; 13) Colombia; 14) Peru; 15) Denmark; 16) Hungary; 17) Slovakia; and 18) Canada.