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For the last few months Marisa and I have been trekking around Taiwan and Southeast Asia. We’ve hiked the Caolin Trail in the rain, spent the night at a temple in Dali, been attacked by monkeys in Kaohsiung, swam in the 6:00am sea at Nha Trang, met Vietnam’s most celebrated photographer, helped an elephant take a bath in Mondulkiri , been tuk-tuked around Angkor, driven a “moto” around Pulau Pinangtraversed the world’s longest jungle canopy walkway, heard Justin Bieber play after the Muslim call to prayer, and stayed with some of the nicest strangers we’ve ever met. I’ve also read thousands of pages of history, watched many hours of local cinema, written a few blog posts, had lots of inspiration for making games, and actually released far fewer games than I would have liked.

It turns out that making computer games while traveling isn’t the easiest (or most realistic) thing I’ve ever attempted. I’m behind, but that’s okay: I’m going to keep making things as I can, and then plug away at my backlog once I have some place to call “home” again. For now though, my funds aren’t quite depleted. Amazingly enough I’ve managed to survive the last eight months on less than $10 a day, thanks in no small part to the generosity of the many people who have hosted Marisa and I along the way. Even with transportation costs and everything else thrown in, there’s still about $1000 left in the GameTrekking fund.

With that money I’m going to visit Europe, for a different perspective on the world from the Asian one I’ve been immersed in for some time. Partly to compare and contrast two very different parts of the world, and partly to go back to a few countries I’ve already been to in the past, in order to try and gain some inspiration for a game about revisiting a place, something that one of my most generous backers is particularly interested in. 

$1000 isn’t enough for a leisurely trip through the most expensive continent in the world. But with the help of some savings, and a lot of generous couch-surfing hosts, it’s enough for a mad dash train trip between capitals that looks something like this:

This mad dash tour is clearly in a different style from the wanderings Marisa and I have taken around Southeast Asia, and that’s part of its appeal. I generally prefer slow and meandering to fast and furious, but I think there’s value in all forms of travel, and the goal of this trip is to revisit some cities I’ve been to before (about half of those shown above), and to get just the tiniest taste of Europe as a whole… a taste that can hopefully be built upon later. I won’t be reading individual books about every country that we travel through, nor making games for every country, like I’ve been doing (and plan to continue doing) for Southeast Asia… rather, I will be looking for themes and ideas and impressions that span the continent, and thinking over the concept of “revisitation.”

Another interactive travel map from my beautiful wife. Click on the circles to see pictures or read blogs posts.

Penang Photos Butterfly Garden Photos Top 10 Penang Photos Cameron Highlands Top 10 Cameron Highlands Photos Aviary Photos Ipoh Photos Kuala Lumpur Photos Taman Negara, the Jungle Line Malaysia Top 10 Photos Malaysia: From Bird to Bieber and Facebook Signs Attacked By Parrots 3 Stinky Food Rules to Live By

Another interactive travel map, courtesy of Marisa:

Top 10 Photos from Phnom Penh Photos from Kompong Cham Photos from Sen Monorom Angkor Wat Day 0 Photos Angkor Wat Day 1 Photos Angkor Wat Day 2 Photos Angkor Wat Day 3 Photos Kompong Cham Top 10 Photos Angkor Wat Top 10 Photos Top 10 Cambodia Photos Crossing the Street With Dumbledore Uncontrollable Surprise Cambodia: Like No Place I've Been 5 Interesting Things About Cambodia Jordan and Marisa are Posers II: Angkor Wat

Another “journey in review,” this time courtesy of my lovely tech-savy wife :).

Vietnam Scrapbook Top 10 Photos of Vietnam On Vacation Off Vacation in Hanoi Blog Post Top 10 Mekong Delta Photos Nha Trang Top 10 Photos Top 10 Hue Photos Top 10 Ninh Binh What Happens to Presents When You Live At School Blog Post When Santa Arrives By Motorbike Blog Post A Day in Ninh Binh Blog Post Sightseeing: The Imperial Tombs of Hue Blog Post Travel Woes: The Night Bus Blog Post Vietnam: Yin and Yang Blog Post Boat to Cambodia Photos Mekong Delta Photos My Tho Photos Ho Chi Minh City Photos Nha Trang Photos Top 10 Travel Top 10 Hoian Hoian Photos Hue Photos Ninh Binh Photos Top 5 Perfume Pagoda Perfume Pagoda Photos Top 10 Hanoi Hanoi Photos Christmas in Hanoi Photos

A little interactive map of our Taiwan journey. Click on green circles to go to the corresponding photo album on flickr; blue circles will take you to their corresponding blog post.

If you find this interactive visualization interesting or helpful, please leave a comment, so that I can better decide whether or not to make similar maps for future countries—thanks!

Viewing Kaleka in Taipei - Blog Post Traversing Taipei - Blog Post Taipei Highlights - Photos on Flickr Taipei Day 1 Taipei Day 2 Taipei Day 3 Taipei Day 4 Taipei Day 5 Jioashi to Nanao Photos Jioashi to Nanao Photos Caoling Trail Photos Dali Tiengong Temple Photos A Day in the Life... Camping in the Rain - Blog Post Taroko Gorge Photos Hualien to Taitung, East Coast Walk Photos A Day in the Life... on Taiwan's East Coast - Blog Post Kaohsiung Photos Kaohsiung - Blog Post Lotus Lake Photos Monkey Mountain Photos Kaohsiung Harbor Photos Tainan Photos Changhua Photos Lukang Photos Taichung Photos Taiwan: Touch Your Heart - Blog Post Sanyi Photos