Another milestone! As of March 29, 2012, we’ve been on the road for seven months.

We celebrated this auspicious occasion (while Ken recovered from a bout of food poisoning in India), by taking the plunge: we booked our flights back to Milwaukee for our summer travel break.

We will depart Beijing the morning of June 5, 2012, and 20-odd hours later we’ll be in Milwaukee. With India taking a toll on us- and China looming on the horizon- it felt good to see good ol’ MKE on an airline ticket.

The Homeland

Things certainly look different to us today than they did seven months ago. In each of the eight countries we’ve visited, we’ve met wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) people, eaten fantastic (and not-so-fantastic) food, and probably gotten ripped off at some point (whether we knew it or not).

When I realize where we’ve been and what we’ve done in ‘just’ seven months, I know it’s been worth it. Every now and then, when things get bumpy and our patience is tested, I turn to Karen and say, “Sure beats working.” And although travel is work, blazing our own path for these many months has been truly eye-opening.

OK, ready for the Next Stop…