February – April 2001

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Intro

Name one thing potential employers don’t want to hear during a first interview.  “I was fired from my last job for being lazy and inefficient” is probably up there, and so is “I don’t really work well with other people”.  How about, “I have a seven-and-a-half week vacation planned in a few months, is that okay?”   Yeah, so I said that.  Luckily, I still got the job!  Though I eventually quit (12 years later), mostly due to complaints about my taking too much vacation time…

Anyway, this ‘around-the-world’ trip was something I was definitely not going to change, job offer or not, and it was incredible!  With such a heavily-Western European trip in 1999, it was now time to hit the wonders of Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

Starting off across the Pacific, I landed in Singapore where I spent a few fun days before heading to see the world’s tallest buildings (at the time) in Kuala Lumpur.  Continuing on through Malaysia to Thailand, I spent 3 days eating the best pad thai on earth from Bangkok’s street vendors before catching a flight over the Bay of Bengal to Delhi.  10 days in India were enough, as it can feel quite overwhelming traveling through it for the first time, alone – but it was beautiful… with crazy Delhi, Agra’s Taj Mahal, the joy and color of Holi in Jaipur, and Mumbai’s stately architecture topping the list of highlights.

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1San Francisco, United StatesFebruary 23, 2001February 23, 2001
    2Incheon, South KoreaFebruary 23, 2001February 24, 2001
    3Singapore, SingaporeFebruary 24, 2001February 26, 2001
    4Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaFebruary 26, 2001March 1, 2001
    5Butterworth, MalaysiaMarch 1, 2001March 1, 2001
    6George Town, MalaysiaMarch 1, 2001March 2, 2001
    7Bangkok, ThailandMarch 2, 2001March 4, 2001
    8New Delhi, IndiaMarch 4, 2001March 6, 2001
    9Faridabad, IndiaMarch 6, 2001March 6, 2001
    10Ballabgarh, IndiaMarch 6, 2001March 6, 2001
    11Palwal, IndiaMarch 6, 2001March 6, 2001
    12Hodal, IndiaMarch 6, 2001March 6, 2001
    13Mathura, IndiaMarch 6, 2001March 6, 2001
    14Sikandra, IndiaMarch 6, 2001March 6, 2001
    15Agra, IndiaMarch 6, 2001March 8, 2001
    16Fatehpur Sikri, IndiaMarch 8, 2001March 8, 2001
    17Bharatpur, IndiaMarch 8, 2001March 8, 2001
    18Dausa, IndiaMarch 8, 2001March 8, 2001
    19Jaipur, IndiaMarch 8, 2001March 10, 2001
    20Rewari, IndiaMarch 10, 2001March 10, 2001
    21Jhajjar, IndiaMarch 10, 2001March 10, 2001
    22Rohtak, IndiaMarch 10, 2001March 10, 2001
    23Jind, IndiaMarch 10, 2001March 10, 2001
    24Narwana, IndiaMarch 10, 2001March 10, 2001
    25Ambala, IndiaMarch 10, 2001March 10, 2001
    26Chandigarh, IndiaMarch 10, 2001March 11, 2001
    27New Delhi, IndiaMarch 11, 2001March 11, 2001
    28Mumbai, IndiaMarch 11, 2001March 13, 2001
    29Navi Mumbai, IndiaMarch 13, 2001March 13, 2001
    30Mumbai, IndiaMarch 13, 2001March 14, 2001
    31Muscat, OmanMarch 14, 2001March 15, 2001
    32Seeb, OmanMarch 15, 2001March 15, 2001
    33Sohar, OmanMarch 15, 2001March 15, 2001
    34Dubai, DubaiMarch 15, 2001March 18, 2001
    35Abu Dhabi, Abu DhabiMarch 18, 2001March 20, 2001
    36Doha, QatarMarch 20, 2001March 21, 2001
    37Manama, BahrainMarch 21, 2001March 22, 2001
    38Kuwait City, KuwaitMarch 22, 2001March 24, 2001
    39Beirut, LebanonMarch 24, 2001March 24, 2001
    40Jounieh, LebanonMarch 24, 2001March 25, 2001
    41Byblos, LebanonMarch 25, 2001March 25, 2001
    42Harissa, LebanonMarch 25, 2001March 25, 2001
    43Jounieh, LebanonMarch 25, 2001March 26, 2001
    44Beirut, LebanonMarch 26, 2001March 26, 2001
    45Kaslik, LebanonMarch 26, 2001March 26, 2001
    46Jounieh, LebanonMarch 26, 2001March 27, 2001
    47Jeitta, LebanonMarch 27, 2001March 27, 2001
    48Chtaura, LebanonMarch 27, 2001March 27, 2001
    49Zahle, LebanonMarch 27, 2001March 27, 2001
    50Baalbek, LebanonMarch 27, 2001March 27, 2001
    51Anjar, LebanonMarch 27, 2001March 27, 2001
    52Masnaa, LebanonMarch 27, 2001March 27, 2001
    53Damascus, SyriaMarch 27, 2001March 29, 2001
    54Palmyra, SyriaMarch 29, 2001March 29, 2001
    55Damascus, SyriaMarch 29, 2001April 1, 2001
    56Daraa, SyriaApril 1, 2001April 1, 2001
    57Ramtha, JordanApril 1, 2001April 1, 2001
    58Amman, JordanApril 1, 2001April 4, 2001
    59Fuheis, JordanApril 4, 2001April 4, 2001
    60Amman, JordanApril 4, 2001April 4, 2001
    61Damascus, SyriaApril 4, 2001April 4, 2001
    62Istanbul, TurkeyApril 5, 2001April 8, 2001
    63Zagreb, CroatiaApril 8, 2001April 9, 2001
    64Ljubljana, SloveniaApril 9, 2001April 11, 2001
    65Vienna, AustriaApril 11, 2001April 13, 2001
    66Petrzalka, SlovakiaApril 13, 2001April 13, 2001
    67Bratislava, SlovakiaApril 13, 2001April 14, 2001
    68Budapest, HungaryApril 14, 2001April 17, 2001
    69Frankfurt, GermanyApril 17, 2001April 17, 2001
    70San Francisco, United StatesApril 17, 2001April 17, 2001

    Featured Image

    Taj Mahal, Agra, India

    Everyone who see this picture says, “it looks fake” or “you look photoshopped in” or “it looks like you’re in front of a mural.” To all of you I say… “This photo is real!” 1). It was taken pre-sunrise, so the sky’s a bit hazy. 2). Flash was on, making me look even more super-fake compared to the background. 3). This was pre-digital camera era, so it came out a teensy bit blurry. And there you have it. It’s real, folks! (But, yeah… I have to agree it does look pretty fake.)

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