When I told my dad we were going to Egypt, his reply was this: “Will you learn how to walk like one?” Oh, Dad. But the answer was yes. Our camel guide at the pyramids made a joke about walking like Egyptians afterwards, and I thought he meant some version of being bow-legged. Now I … Continue reading Walking Like Egyptians
Before arriving to Sri Lanka, The Lawyers Without Borders told us we needed to climb Adam’s Peak at sunrise if it was a scavenge. Lo and behold, it was. I’ve only hiked one other mountain (volcano, technically) at sunrise, and it was an amazing experience. But man, it was tough hiking the cone of a volcano in … Continue reading Sri Lanka at Sunrise (and other moments)
Our trip to Sri Lanka lasted five nights, the longest of any of our challenges so far, and it was considered a “Par 6.” The scoring for the Global Scavenger Hunt is not straightforward and isn’t worth explaining, but basically, over the course of 23 days, there are two Par 6’s, and they’re worth a whole lot … Continue reading Sri Lanka, “The Past is a Bucket of Ashes”
Yesterday we did a layover challenge in Thailand. We landed in Bangkok at 1:30pm, were handed a scavenge booklet with ten scavenges, and told not to miss our 10pm flight. With a renewed vigor following a day of rest (see Halong Bay), Mark and I set off with determination to kick some scavenger butt. Thanks … Continue reading 7 Hours in Thailand
*if you read Joyful, this will be largely repetitive Seven years ago, visiting Halong Bay was a scavenge on the Global Scavenger Hunt, but because of our limited time in Vietnam, Bill decided not to include it this year. Unfortunately, it was the only thing I could think about from the moment we received our … Continue reading Part II: Halong Bay
ICYMI: the answer to yesterday’s riddle was Vietnam. Our second leg of the journey takes place in Hanoi, Vietnam. But before I talk about the country, I need to set the stage for why I’m the most horrible teammate in the world. An hour after we arrived, our score sheets were tallied and we learned … Continue reading Good Morning, Vietnam!
We arrived to Hong Kong at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Monday. I knew absolutely nothing about Hong Kong, such as the fact that they celebrate Easter Monday,* but the eerily silent streets and closed shops tipped us off that something was amiss on a Monday morning. *when we inquired at the hotel, the bellman said, … Continue reading Day 2-3: Hong Kong Heroes