Our friends in Tehran…for your instant friendship and your openness; you took us around for shisha and to see the sights ontop of Bome Tehran. You left us with an unforgettable last day in Iran. 04/14/12.
Saman…for you being you, for stepping up to the whiskey ghelyoon challenge, and for giving me another excuse to come back to Iran. See you at Kish Island! 04/14/12.
The Revolutionary…for teaching us more than you will ever know. 04/12/12.
Narjes…for being the brave 11-year old that you were when you approached our group and then took us around in the paddle boats in the Esfahan river. May this be the first of many stories to come. 04/11/12.
Mostafa…for not being just a tour guide, but also a friend and our brother in Iran. You went above and beyond in showing us what your country can offer and we only hope we can be just as hospitable as you were when you come and visit us in the States. 04/07/12.
Gerard Butler…for running into us twice; once in the maze of Marrakech’s medina and the second time at the airport. Thank you for your down-to-earthness in asking us how our trip was going, being gracious enough to take a group photo and for following up on our blog afterwards! 01/02/12.
Our hosts at Waka Waka Hostel in Marrakech…for teaching us how to make couscous and singing along with us to Jason Mraz and Cheb Khaled. 12/31/11.
Caty Zhao…for trusting us with advice on where to eat and see flamenco in Sevilla even though we were probably there for less time than you were. Then you offerred to host us in Switzerland, which I will be taking you up on in April. See you in Bern! 12/28/11.
Alvaro of AIESEC…for showing us around the beauty of Seville, sharing our love for internet memes, putting up with with our games of “vacation!” 12/28/11.
Tere Gomez, Nushin Jamikhah and Yolanda Sanchez of AIESEC…for picking us up from the bus station as early as 6:30am and showing us around all of Granada, including seeing Alhambra from the famous viewpoint and introducing us to the addictive vino tinto & free tapas! 12/27/11.
Siyu (April) Liu of AIESEC with her friend Michel…for recognizing my “American accent” when you ran into me at Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, and for being great company when we ate a few days later in Madrid at the oldest restaurant in the world. 12/24/11.
Lucas, Diego, and the rest of the people in our room at Kabul’s Hostel of Barcelona…for starting an impromptu dance party with us before we even introduced ourselves to each other. 12/23/11.
Ines…for staying friends since we first met in Mysore back in Summer ’10 to showing me around your hometown of Barcelona 2 years later! See you in NYC! or our next trip to India! 12/23/11.
Sir Moses…for teaching us English Creole, telling us about your amazing father, being a Harlem native, and making our drive to Belize International airport quite a memorable one. 11/28/11.
Dits Restaurant in Belize City…for being a homey and pleasant group of people who not only cooked us delicious chicken stew, but also let us have free coffee and a discounted breakfast when you refused to take $20 USD bills for the sake of our convenience. 11/28/11.
The Good Samaritan of San Pedro…for picking us up and driving us to the Water Taxi terminal when we had only a minute to spare. You helped us make our flight back home and you didn’t even charge us a cent in making it happen. Thank you for your random act of kindness. 11/28/11.
Milton of Tikal Inn…for being so accommodating with providing us insider’s advice on how to best save money in Tikal, especially with the double entrance tickets for the sunrise tour. 11/26/11.
Billy Kaderli…for running into us in Panajachel and directing us the cheap way to Antigua via an unforgettable experience on the chicken buses. Although your traveling style is opposite from ours, your philosophy on “dropping everything and travel” resonates with ours. 11/25/11.
Richard Morgan…for going out of your way in upgrading us at no cost in another homestay (despite after being double-booked at yours!), showing us where real coffee beans grow from, and driving us around town in Panajachel. 11/23/11.
Danielle, our friend from Columbia….for helping me adjust back to the USA with our annual road trip in California. 08/25/11. -steph
Jan and Andy…for helping us eat that delicious leg of mutton! 08/23/11. -steph
Morgane…for wandering around the hutongs and accompanying me through Beijing’s neighborhoods. 08/22/11. -steph
Cody and Rebecca…for providing a place to crash on their couch and bringing me to the most delicious food in Beijing. 08/21/11. -steph
Ephrain and Tim…for the poker game at the bus stop, where ripped luggage tags were money and i was winning. 08/19/11. -steph
Len…for holding the rope and not letting me fall as I climbed Diamond Cave and Escher World, and making me want to come back for the climbing. 08/16/11. -steph
Vianney…for providing a place to crash when we discovered termites in my bungalow, rock climbing, swimming, and justin beiber songs. 08/15/11. -steph
Martin and Rozenn…for teaching me how to play YAMS! and sharing some blissfully relaxed days in Ko Pha Ngan. 08/12/15. -steph
Sophie and Leo, for the full moon party to rooftops bars, to the fun that don’t stop with you two. 08/12/11. -steph
“Team Awesome”…for all the games of Asshole, the casino runs, the illegal visits to piso cinco, and the late-night parties in our North Korean hotel. Release the Kraken! 08/09/11.
My fellow travelers of Young Pioneers Tour…for surviving 4 unforgettable days in North Korea with me. 08/08/11.