2017 Travel Overview

Previous years-in-review – 2016, 201520142013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Some of our travel stats for the year:

  • 122k+ total air miles on 6 airlines: American Airlines, Southwest, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, WestJet, and Malaysian Airlines
  • 8 countries visited: we returned to the UK, Italy, Canada, France, Hong Kong, and China, plus we added first time visits to Malaysia and Vatican City.
  • Domestically, we made return trips to Chicago, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Florida, whilst (finally) visiting Minnesota.

2017 was a year of memorable food and art:

  • lime juice, curries and satay plus Georgetown street art in Malaysia
  • multiple pubs plus theater shows in London
  • amazing pasta and paninis plus the Uffizi Gallery and Vatican Museums in Italy
  • Speyside whisky festival in Scotland
  • big Midwestern portions plus the Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis
  • beef stew, wine and pastries plus the Fontainebleau Palace, Musée d’Orsay, and the Louvre in Paris
  • wine tasting in Oregon and Washington
  • xiao long bao and the circus in Shanghai

And as always, our annual end of year video, featuring “One Foot” by Walk the Moon. Enjoy!

Shanghai: Day 6 – M50 & Jing’na Sculpture Park

Today was to be the day for travel to the nearby ancient town Suzhou... but alas, we were thwarted! Though there are a reported 60 train trips available between the two cities, we couldn't get a train for several hours when we showed up at 10am to … [Continue reading]

Shanghai 2017: Nanxing

After a leisurely breakfast, we spent a couple of hours Friday morning on FaceTime with family and friends wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving back in the States (where it was still Thursday evening). After our calls home we took the subway … [Continue reading]

Shanghai: Thanksgiving Dinner

Before we left for our relaxing trip to Hangzhou, I had made a dinner reservation for Thursday night at Cucina at the Hyatt. Unfortunately, neither of us checked WHICH Hyatt the restaurant was located in and of course, we went to the Hyatt on the … [Continue reading]

Shanghai 2017: overnight to Hangzhou

Wednesday For the middle of our trip we decided to visit one of the nearby cities, Hangzhou, which is famous for its leafy West Lake. To get there we took the metro about 45 minutes to the cavernous Shanghai Hongqiao train station where we planned … [Continue reading]

Shanghai: Qibao Ancient Town + Shanghai Circus

Rain was in the forecast and arrived as promised on Tuesday morning. After breakfast, we waited a bit for the rain to let up then jumped on the subway for about 40 minutes to Qibao Ancient Town. Exiting the subway, we were greeted with misting rain … [Continue reading]

Shanghai: Yuyuan Gardens + Tianxifang

Our hotel was about a ten minute walk from the famous Yuyuan Gardens, so we decided to start there. After making our way through the maze of stores we found the small ticket counter, where it was all-cash. Unfortunately, purchasing our tickets to the … [Continue reading]