Year of Sarah Joy @ 9 months 5.10.17

I bought my airplane ticket home. I will arrive in early July, a little more than 11 months after I departed from MSP. In free time wandering through cities, laying on beaches and sitting in transit, my mind sometimes travels to Minnesota. I have begun thinking about how I will feel when I arrive home, what I want and need to do, and how to meld adventure with stability. The reality of resuming the life that is most familiar to me is approaching.

From the last 9 months there are too many favorite places, people, foods, experiences and moments to list. The collection of 10 numbers and pictures below help to tell part of the story.

8,500,000 sq km: The size of Brazil, the largest country in South America and 5th largest in the world after Russia, Canada, United, States and China.

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18,891: Amount of money in USD spent to-date.

275: Cost of the most expensive night of accommodation in USD, one night at the Railei Beach Club in Thailand.

91: Number of places visited.

75: Number of 100 rupee notes I withdrew in my most successful ATM transaction in India. This withdrawal required more than 1 hour of line waiting and 3 separate transactions for 2500 rupees each. 7500 rupees is about $115 USD.

19: Number of consecutive hours I spent on a train to travel from Zhangjiajie to Guangzhou, China.

10: Number of friends or former co-workers from Minnesota who flew somewhere to meet me. (Dana, Bryana, Kory, Justin, Parker, Brittany, Wendy & Mike, Amanda, Sevold)

9: Number of nights in Rio de Janeiro, which is the longest amount of time I spent in one place.

6: Number of friends who hosted me in their homes (Austin, Harsh, Bob & Paul, Ellen and Jake, Jenny & Jim, Greg)

1: Number of Indian weddings attended (Tarun & Sonal)


A highlight video created with 1SE starting January 1 and ending today. The first portion of this video is in an earlier post.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. mybicolblog says:

    Hello, you really did seem to have enjoyed your travels. More travels in future for you!

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    1. Thanks very much!

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  2. Kat says:

    I love the countdown of things! Hard to believe that you will be back in July. I will of course, ongoing, be interested to hear what new “normal” life looks like for you. Also, I need you to go on another adventure in September so I can do more maternity leave armchair travel!

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    1. Agreed – it is hard to believe I have a return date and July is not far off. I will be as invested to figure out what the new “normal” is also. We will find many awesome ways for you to rocking chair travel! Can’t wait for your little GIRL.


  3. Ellen says:

    This post is so fun! What interesting numbers to capture some of the experience. Also enjoyed seeing my cameos in the video :).

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    1. The first step to your next career as a YouTube star/Rockstar/general person of fame 😉 Thanks for watching the video and for your comment too.


  4. Linda Woessner says:

    Another GREAT video! Absolutely loved it.

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    1. Thanks for watching!


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