Places We’ve Been

We’ve been bouncing around a bit on this adventure.  Here’s a relatively chronological list that just includes where we’ve slept, not every single city we’ve seen:




  • Freiburg, Germany
  • Annecy, France (for two whole months!)
  • Chamonix, France
  • Clamart, France (At my Gustavus friend Chad’s home with his family)
  • Turku, Finland (Visiting some awesome family friends)
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Hastings, England
  • Wendover, England
  • Buxton, England
  • Edinburgh, Scotland (yes, technically England and Scotland are both in the UK, I know)
  • Stirling, Scotland
  • Airth, Scotland (stayed on the grounds of a haunted castle – hotel with pool, spa, etc.)
  • Pitlochry, Scotland
  • Inverness, Scotland (for Christmas)
  • Fort Augustus, Scotland (on the Loch Ness, in a cool Abbey, for Hogmanay)
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Fulham (essentially London), England
  • Saint-Foy-Les-Lyon, France (just outside of Lyon’s old town)
  • Dijon, France
  • St. Kilda (part of Melbourne), Australia…yes, AUSTRALIA!
  • Elwood (also a beach suburb Melbourne), Australia
  • Walmer (middle of nowhere), Victoria, Australia
  • Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia – on the Great Ocean Road
  • Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia – on the Great Ocean Road
  • Elsternwick (part of Melbourne), Australia
  • St. Kilda (back again for the beaches, food, fun, and friends), Australia
  • Prahan (another Melbourne area – near St. Kilda and Elwood), Australia
  • Pegasus Town, New Zealand (just a bit outside of Christchurch, South Island)
  • Akaroa, New Zealand (South Island)
  • Hanmer Springs, New Zealand (South Island)
  • Wakefield, New Zealand (South Island – Nelson Area)
  • Rai Valley, New Zealand (South Island, Marlborough)
  • Picton, New Zealand (South Island, Marlborough, to catch the ferry to North Island)
  • Waikawa, New Zealand (South Island, next Picton, stayed extra days due to Cyclone Cook)
  • Plimmerton, New Zealand (North Island, just outside of Wellington)
  • Lake Taupo, New Zealand (North Island)
  • Rotorura, New Zealand (North Island)
  • Hamilton, New Zealand (North Island)
  • Ramarama,  New Zealand (North Island – near Auckland, from where we leave NZ)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (chant with me “USA, USA, USA”)
  • Naalehu, Hawaii USA (southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii)
  • Kailua Kona, Hawaii USA (used my Marriott points to get us a fancy beach-side Marriott, west side of the Big Island)
  • Kailua Kona, Hawaii USA (house off the beach, west side of the Big Island of Hawaii)
  • Pahoa, Hawaii USA (on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii)
  • Kona (downtown), Hawaii USA (back to the west side of the Big Island)
  • Kailua Kona, Hawaii USA (used up the rest of my points for a final night in the fancy beach-side Marriott)
  • SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, USA – the trek around the world is complete and we’re home again.  Our house is the same, but we’re all different.
  • Middleton, WI (for a family wedding)