It's probably pretty apparent that my tour through Southeast Asia has ended. This blog has been stuck at a tantalizing 'part one' of the Malaysian leg of my trip for months. It doesn't get into Penang or the Malaysian highlands. It doesn't even touch on Sumatra, Bali, or Lombok. There's no mention of being pickpocketed on New Years, overstaying my Indonesian visa, or being stranded in Bangkok, unable to get money from my American bank account. Those stories aren't here, but it all happened, and there's pictures to prove it.
There was always a lag between where I was and where this blog said I was. It started out as a delay of only a few days, but eventually grew to over a month as I got swept up in traveling and the volume of events grew to the point where I couldn't find the time to write about them before the next big thing would happen. And then returning stateside erased all motivation to finish writing about months-old adventures on the other side of the globe.
Still, I feel like I can't just leave this series of posts dangling. The trip needs some kind of closure, not because you're out there hanging on the edge of your seat, but because I'm still processing the events myself.
Even though I couldn't keep up with the writing, I never stopped taking photographs. At the end of three months, I was left with almost 2,000 photos and video clips. So instead of distilling the experience into words, I'll cull the photos into a manageable collection and let you take from them what you will.
For now, cue the highlight reel.