|Richard & Stacy's Round the World Trip 2001|
And that was the end of the Round-the-World Trip 2001.
Here are some statistics:
And what was waiting for us when we got home? The sunny late spring of the Lower Mainland, and some happy children.
In hindsight, this may not have been the most practical of trips - we could have spent two or three times the amount of time we spent in each location we visited. But it was fun, practicality was barely a factor.
We know we'll be back to the Netherlands - we've been at the SDGN conference every year for the past three years, and it doesn't seem like its letting up any time soon. We guestimate that to thoroughly explore Turkey, we'll need three weeks. And you could easily spend that much time and more in Australia, although current events on the horizon seem to indicate that travel down there is going to become more frequent.
New Zealand offers a special case, since, in a way, its home. There's a plan in the works to bring the whole family down soon - so that the girls can meet their great-grandmother, and some serious archiving of family history can be done: recordings of the family stories, and digital copies of the amazing photographs that document both sides of Richard's family. There are details to be worked out, but the window of opportunity is small, and preserving the legacy of a family is too important.