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The “6-Month” Ramblings & Ticking The Bucketlist

Today marks 6 months since we left home with only one backpack each to explore the world! It doesn’t feel that long, yet thinking back to our first destination, Iceland, it seems ages ago.

2016 world departure

Off we go to explore the world

We’ve visited 14 countries so far and still have a few more to go. We get asked the question, “what was your favourite place?”, and personally, I have a really hard time answering that question as each place has been special in one way or another. If I had to choose one, it would be Iceland. It was destination number one and felt as though we landed on a different planet. We were in awe from beginning to end and enjoyed every second of it. Our Iceland trip ended on such high as we hiked a crazy steep mountain to soak in a hot spring river and was it ever worth it! The one hour hike felt like an eternity with bugs swarming around our head and driving us absolutely batty but once we got the top and stepped into the river, the bugs were forgotten and it was pure bliss!

Baharak & Kasm - Hot Spring River

Baharak & Kasm – Hot Spring River

 

Iceland was followed by a month in the UK. Fowey, Cornwall won our hearts and is by far our favourite place we visited in England. It has been the only place so far that every single person you passed on the streets said, “how you doing today?”

View of Fowey from Polruan, Cornwall

View of Fowey from Polruan, Cornwall

 

Coastal Trail near Fowey

Coastal Trail near Fowey

 

Selfie on our last day using Patio door at Hope Barn

Selfie on our last day using Patio door at Hope Barn

After the UK, we boarded our very first RyanAir flight and headed to Sweden for a visit with Rick Smith. It’s always great to meet up with friends on the road and this definitely was another highlight. If you were to ask Bruce, he would tell you that sitting on Ricky’s sofa and chatting was one of his highlights of the trip so far.

Oh and the only place so far, we found my favourite wine! How I miss Kung Fu Girl! – Christine, we’ll have some catching up to do 😉

Nice to see old friends

Nice to see old friends

 

Look! My favorite wine in Sweden!

Look! My favourite wine in Sweden!

 

It's made out of Legos!

It’s made out of Legos!

 

The Kids having some fun.

The Kids having some fun.

We headed towards Eastern Europe after a great week in Sweden and slowly made our way to the Portugal in the west and covered a total of 12 countries in Europe.

Budapest

Budapest

 

Budapest

Budapest

 

Enjoying a glass of Champagne at És Bistro - Budapest

Enjoying a glass of Champagne at És Bistro – Budapest

 

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

 

Stari Grad, Croatia

Stari Grad, Croatia

 

Stari Grad, Croatia

Stari Grad, Croatia

 

Panther Contrada getting ready for their March through Siena

Panther Contrada getting ready for their March through Siena

 

Enzo Ferrari Museum Italy

Enzo Ferrari Museum Italy

 

Colorful flags of Contradas

Colourful flags of Contradas

 

Bologna Italy

Bologna Italy

 

Bidart beach, Baharak and Kasm

Bidart Beach France

 

Going for walk in Saint-Jean-De-Luz

Going for walk in Saint-Jean-De-Luz

 

Marquis de Riscal Bodegas

Marquis de Riscal Bodegas

 

Watching The Surfers at Zaroutz Spain

Watching The Surfers at Zaroutz Spain

 

cudillero spain

Cudillero Spain

 

Kasm feeding Momo an apple - Basque, Spain

Kasm feeding Momo an apple – Basque, Spain

 

Boys being boys - Ziaberna, Spain

Boys being boys – Ziaberna, Spain

 

Monestary La Rioja Spain

Prudencio Monastery La Rioja Spain

 

Movie Set? Nope just a store-front in Santo Domingo, Spain

Movie Set? Nope just a store-front in Santo Domingo, Spain

 

Nazare, Portugal October, 2016

Nazare, Portugal

 

haircut Nazare Portugal

Haircut in Nazaré Portugal!

 

Porto Fall Colours

Fall Colours in Porto!

 

Porto Lanterns

Porto Lanterns

 

Liveraria Lello Porto Portugal

Liveraria Lello Porto Portugal

 

Nazare Dried Sardines

Dried Sardines anyone? – Nazare, Portugal

What a glorious time we had for 4.5 months in Europe! There was still so much more we wanted to see but the rest of the world was calling so we boarded the plane bound for India at the end of October.

India was an incredible experience! Good and bad. Living in North America and travelling in Europe, it was such a culture shock. We landed in Delhi possibly at the worse time, with Diwali coming to an end and the city being engulfed in one of the worst smogs they’ve experienced. Measurements that were taken at the US Embassy, put the city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 999 at one point. The standard chart finishes at the “hazardous” level of 500!

The pollution and garbage that litters the streets were definitely the lows of our visit to India, to a point where we actually considered leaving but I’m happy we stuck it out. We met some amazing people, whether being locals or travellers and enjoyed some incredible sites in Rajasthan and not to mention the delicious food! Our goal was to step out of our comfort zone and have Kasm experience a different culture and we certainly achieved that.

Tiger Lake Udaipur India

Tiger Lake Udaipur India

 

Showing the girls pictures of snow

Showing the girls pictures of snow

 

jodhpur india

Jodhpur, India

 

jodhpur india

The goat giving us the oh-so-famous Indian head bob

 

Chillin' at the restaurant

Chillin’ at the restaurant – Singhvi Haveli, Jodhpur

 

Kasm was asked to have his picture taken with a few different families :)

Kasm was asked to have his picture taken with a few different families 🙂

 

shimla india

The foothills of Himalayas – Shimla, India

And that brings us to our current location, Chiang Mai, Thailand. We’ve been here just over two weeks. It’s been a great relaxing stay and we connected with some amazing travelling families here. It’s been nice for Kasm to be around other kids and make new friends.

Chiang mai thailand

First time riding the Songtaew in Chiang Mai

 

Chiang mai thailand

Beautiful night market near our apartment

Where to next? We’ll be heading to the beach with my parents for the rest of this month. Taiwan, Indonesia are next for Asia. We head to Australia followed by New Zealand in February. The plan was to circle the globe and head to South America to make our way home but the pull for Japan was too strong. That’s the beauty of not having any set plans. We’ll be Japan-bound early March for about 2-3 weeks and after that… who knows 😉 We’ll most likely head to Kuala Lumpur for a week and back to Europe to finish off the adventure.

The force is strong today! Can you guess what we’ll be doing? 🙂

Darth Vader instructing the crew

Darth Vader instructing the crew

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  • LW December 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Iceland is definitely up there for us too. I am so looking forward to hearing all about New Zealand!

    • Baharak Ghorbani
      Baharak Ghorbani December 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      We are very much looking forward to New Zealand!

  • Joanne O'Reilly December 18, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Awesome! Love the picture of Kasm enjoying the world! BTW, your little kitty sits on my lap every night to watch netflix with me 🙂

    • Baharak Ghorbani
      Baharak Ghorbani December 24, 2016 at 3:11 am

      I don’t think she’ll want to come back to us 😉 Does she have a favourite show ? 🙂

  • Marlene Greene January 7, 2017 at 1:49 am

    What a unimaginable family experience together and creating such strong memories for you son. No doubt he will have the travel bug as he gets older