1. At 1:30 a.m. on July 4, 2011, I left for a trip of a lifetime. No set itinerary. No plan. Just thoughts of places I wanted to experience and people I wanted to see.

    This chronicles my trip around the world (which reads in reverse order). I visited 16 countries and 35 locations in 80 days. A journey I will never forget. 

     
  2. Day 80, made it! What an amazing learning experience. Thank you to all those I had a chance to visit, stay with, and meet on this trip. Also, thank you to everyone who followed me online. I could not have done this without everyone’s encouragement and support. I’m so grateful for all of you! San Francisco, California!

     
  3. Stateside. Glad to see my friends and family here. Not home yet, though! New York, New York.

     
  4. Not Paris. Inside one spire of the High Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Mary. It’s the world’s tallest Catholic church, at 157 meters. Cologne, Germany.

     
  5. Oktoberfest 2011. Colorful and hip, the tent to be in for the world’s biggest fair attracting over 5 million people annually. Munich, Germany.

     
  6. Fred and Ginger. One of the nicknames for this “dancing” building designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić, completed in 1996. Prague, Czech Republic.

     
  7. Charles bridge. A view from it. Prague, Czech Republic.

     
  8. Still working. At 5 p.m., a trumpeter marks the time with music, the Astronomical Clock. After 601 years, it never looked better. Prague, Czech Republic.

     
  9. Almost 100. This German coffee institution has about 57 years on Starbucks. Frankfurt, Germany.

     
  10. King stone. This 12th century castle sits above an idyllic residential town near Frankfurt. Königstein im Taunus, Germany.