2015 Highlights

Also Known as the Year Called:

Someone Please Save Me From Myself, I Am Out of Control

January

USA

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Family vacay to Disneyland

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Samantha let Ryder open all of her bridal shower gifts

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Regan and Samantha’s Wedding

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Reunion with best buds from Study Abroad. Where’s my baby?…He’s too big now.

Thai Rubys

Thai Ruby’s: Our original favorite restaurant in Provo

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Planned a future griff with the Bohmans, Reunited for the first time since Spain road trip, and met their kids

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I’ve now met with Bethaney in Christchurch, Sydney, and Orem

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My favorite professor

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Keller girls in Utah!

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Caught the Superbowl with Jared and Sarah, except I didn’t watch it at all

February-March

Tokyo

 

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Playgroup

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100 yen shops

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Couchsurfing Japanese friends

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Sanrio Puroland, Home to Hello Kitty

March

South Korea and North Korea

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UNESCO World Heritage Site Tombs in Seoul

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Friends from Mexico…Australia…and New Caledonia

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Romin Jacob Ryder

Romin showed us around, introduced us to the best Korean food

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On that side of the table, you’re still in South Korea. On my side of the table…

April

Tokyo

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Jacob and Fedor

Stalking Fedor Emelianenko, Jacob’s personal hero, in Harajuku

 

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Hanging with Ryder’s BFF

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Loved me some Grutto Pass, $20 for 70 attractions in Tokyo

 

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Grandpa came to visit

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Rick from Utah helped us ship our suitcase to China. Thanks Rick

May

Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, China

 

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Ryder and I both tried tarantula (it was his idea)

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Met the final two survivors of Tuol Sleng concentration camp (This caption is deceiving: Ryder is not one of them)

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Angkor Wat!

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Illegally tasty Vietnamese food

 

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Ran into a family we met in Ethiopia in Hanoi. She invited me over for dinner on Mother’s Day before I made the connection

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Met up with Ryder’s friend Brooke and my friend Jackie from Japan in Hanoi

Vietnam natural scenery

Took a boat through this scenery: a smaller version of Ha Nang

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These flowers were actually really tasty

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Tour of Vietnam battlefields

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Met this traveling family in both Vietnam and Cambodia

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Went on a food tour with an upset stomach with guide from our traveling families group

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Crocodile farm with a crowd of partying backpackers, me, Ryder, and about 5 bags of stuff

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Immaculate Hong Kong gardens

UNESCO Macau

Macau’s UNESCO World Heritage site Ruins of St Paul’s

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Traveling family friends Ashley and Colin in Malaysia!

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore

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International friends under one roof in Beijing!

June

Estonia, Latvia

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Tried a fantastic medieval restaurant in Riga

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The first time I ever saw my name in grafitti, it’s an Estonian name

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Visited a haunted former Soviet prison

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Had a traveling family, the Gourlays, come over for spaghetti! They said they hadn’t had a home cooked meal in practically years! Us poor permanent traveling folk

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I surprised Jacob with a sensory deprivation experience called “floating”

July

Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, USA, Peru

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Return to Heligenhaus. Friend Dussel is still there, but makes pizzas, not doners. Best pizza in the world shop is closed.

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Got more of a flavor of Duesseldorf: Amazing art museums here

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Ate reindeer meatballs in Helsinski

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Visited theme park of Astrid Lingren of Pippi Longstocking fame

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Nobel Prize Museum and a fantastic smorgasbord to follow in the fanciest restaurant in town

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Gorge Russian church

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Tchaikovsky’s grave

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Andrea drove two hours to Chicago with four kids to see me. I had Chicago pizza and finally got to see downtown after flying in and out of the city so often.

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Visiting family in Missouri

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Met new members of business partner Brenton’s clan

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Had Thai with my old soul sister

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Grandpa and Grandma Campbell’s 60th wedding anniversary

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High school friend now real estate agent met us for Chili’s at the airport on the way to Peru

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Petting llamas in Cocahuasi

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Dancing wildly at a baby shower

 

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Lima cathedral

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The best ceviche

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Resisted the dune buggies of Huacachina since Ryder was too young-but amazing sunsets nevertheless

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Saw seals in Paracas

Nazca Lines

Saw the mysterious Nazca Lines from above

August-December Peru 

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New friend from Lago de Atitlan and

camping for 7 nights in the middle of the Amazon-Ryder and I’s most daring escapade yet while Jacob had speaking engagements in Japan

 

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Jacob entered three fitness competitions

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Had a fellow traveling family Allens over for Thanksgiving leftovers

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Took Spanish lessons from a tutor in her home. I learned to like tea, no sugar or milk, here because Cusco’s climate is so dry I had a cough frequently.

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Attended Ryder’s school dance performance. He was in school every day from 9-1:30.

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Hosted Regan and Samantha

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Dressed Ryder up as a lion and a skeleton for Halloween

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Made dinner for six backpacking couchsurfers

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Finally made it to Macchu Picchu

December

Bolivia, Chile, Antarctica

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Grandpa’s second visit of the year

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Thanksgiving! with chicken. No pumpkin or cranberry sauce, we made do with arroz con leche and lima beans

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Friends Burton and Becky came to visit. This is the only picture I have of that which kinda sums it up. We discovered Burton and I are 4th cousins

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Crossed the border via Lake Titicaca

Christmas festival La Paz

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Christmas festival La Paz and seeing the city from above

 

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Laguna Colorada

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Ryder backpacked with 20 somethings like nobody’s business through Uyuni salt flats

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Lunar landscape of  Moon Valley in San Pedro de Atacama

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FLSR friend meet up with Carina, Ryan and kids in Santiago, Chile

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Santa Claus flew in to the cruise ship and gave Ryder a teddy bear

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UNESCO world heritage site of yellow wooden church in Castro, Chile

 

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Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia “The End of the World”

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Celebrated New Year’s Eve with this group of rascals on the cruise

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Rung in the New Year looking at sheets of ice in Antarctica, our final continent to visit.

The 7th Continent Complete After 7 Years of Full Time Travel!

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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