2013 by the Numbers

2013 by the Numbers

2013 is coming to an end… and the funny thing is that, at the end of 2012, Ambra & I solemnly promised each other we would have spent less time traveling. These are our travel numbers for 2013 and, below, a gallery of pictures from the places we visited:

  • COUNTRIES VISITED: 14 (Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong, United States, Indonesia, Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, France, Spain, United Kingdom, United Arabian Emirates, Malta, Slovenia)
  • FLIGHTS TAKEN: 18 (8 of which international)
  • NIGHTS IN THE AIR: 8
  • BEST AIRLINE: Cathay Pacific
  • WORST AIRLINE: Ryan Air
  • CITIES VISITED: 45
  • MOST BREATHTAKING SIGHTS SEEN: 1) Sunrise in the Jungle, North of Thailand; 2) Rice Terraces in Bali; 3) Sunset on the Pacific Ocean from the cliffs at Shelter Cove, California; 4) The London Eye from the bridge on the Thames; 5) Sisitin Chapel, Vatican Museums, Rome.
  • COUNTRY WHERE WE SPENT MOST OF OUR TIME: Macau (121 days)
  • LONGEST WE STAYED IN THE SAME PLACE: 38 days
  • NIGHTS SPENT IN HOTELS: 67
  • NIGHTS SPENT IN APARTMENTS: 81
  • TIMES WE GOT FOOD POISONING: 5

Some other relevant facts of our 2013:

  • COOLEST THING: Getting Married
  • GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1) Playing the biggest games in the world; 2) Getting sponsored by Pokerstars.it
  • BEST PURCHASE: 1) Debussy Spa Treatment at ‘Semara Resort’, Seminyak, Bali; 2) Macbook Pro Retina Display; 3) Vitamix Blender; 4) Vibram Five Fingers (see my post about them here); 5) Air Miles for flying business
  • BEST DECISION: 1) Missing our flight to Australia and the WSOP APAC to take a month off in the French Riviera; 2) Stop eating gluten and dairies
  • LIFE CHANGING MOMENT: Watching this documentary
  • MOST TILTING MOMENT: When they stole my suitcase and computer on the street in Barcelona
  • BEST MEALS: 1) The ones we cook at home; 2) Dairy & Sugar-free gelato at ‘Gelarmony’, Rome; 3) Raw food at ‘Radiance Organic Restaurant’, Chiang Mai, Thailand; 4) Vegan food at ‘Mother’s Market, OC, California; 5) Vegan food at ‘Vegan Bar’, Aosta, Italy; 6) Fruit & Nut Bread in Aix-en-Provence, France; 6) Roasted rabbit with Champagne, Valletta, Malta.

Also, I have this weird habit of keeping track of little facts about my life. It’s mostly for pleasure and curiosity, although there is some practicality to it. When I’m trying to reduce a bad habit (say for example drinking coffee) or increase a good habit (exercise), I find that merely keeping track of the activity increases my desired result.

Here are some minor facts I kept track of:

  • Glasses of Wine: 97
  • Glasses of Hard Alcohol: 30
  • Cigarettes/Cigars: 10
  • Coffees: 102 (none since September 1st)
  • Workouts: 168
  • Miles Ran: 79
  • Movies Watched: 23 (12 of which were on planes)
  • Hours spent watching TV: 52 = all 4 seasons of ‘Mad Men’
  • Books Read: 10

Definitely, a good goal for 2014 is to lower my alcohol and coffee intake and have NO cigarettes at all.

… And you? What are your most relevant facts for 2013? Any tilting/life changing moments that’s worth sharing? Tell us about them in a comment!

Lunch at 'Samaya Resort', Udud, Bali (February)
Lunch at ‘Samaya Resort’, Udud, Bali (February)
The Cliffs at Shelter Cove, Northern California (January)
The Cliffs at Shelter Cove, Northern California (January)
The Jungle around Chaing Mai, Thailand (January)
The Jungle around Chaing Mai, Thailand (January)
The Skyline of Hong Kong (September)
The Skyline of Hong Kong (September)
The Medieval Village of Eze, French Riviera (April)
The Medieval Village of Eze, French Riviera (April)
Mae Sa Waterfalls, Northern Thailand (January)
Mae Sa Waterfalls, Northern Thailand (January)
The View from the Papal Castle in Avignon, France (November)
The View from the Papal Castle in Avignon, France (November)
Monaco by Night (April)
Monaco by Night (April)
The Most Amazing Apples Store: IFC Mall, Hong Kong (June)
The Most Amazing Apple Store: IFC Mall, Hong Kong (June)
Lanterns for Mid-Autumn Festival, Macau (September)
Lanterns for Mid-Autumn Festival, Macau (September)
The Beach in Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia (FebruaryI
The Beach in Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia (February)
The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong Lit Up at Night (September)
The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong Lit Up at Night (September)
Palau Nacional, Barcelona, Spain (May)
Palau Nacional, Barcelona, Spain (May)
The Uluwatu Peninsula, Surfer's Paradise, in Bali (September)
The Uluwatu Peninsula, Surfer’s Paradise, in Bali (September)
The Lake of Lugano, Switzerland (April)
The Lake of Lugano, Switzerland (April)
Double Rainbow on the Mediterranean Sea in Antibes, France (April)
Double Rainbow on the Mediterranean Sea in Antibes, France (April)
Skyscrapers in Cause Way Bay seen from the Pool at the 'Regal Hotel', Hong Kong (September)
Skyscrapers in Cause Way Bay seen from the Pool at the ‘Regal Hotel’, Hong Kong (September)
Rice Terraces in Tegalalang, Bali (February)
Rice Terraces in Tegalalang, Bali (February)
Monaco for the EPT Finals (May)
Monaco for the EPT Finals (May)
A sight of Valletta from the Beach in Sliema, Malta (July)
A sight of Valletta from the Beach in Sliema, Malta (July)
The Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona, Rome (July)
The Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona, Rome (July)
'Yoga Barn', Ubud, Bali (February)
‘Yoga Barn’, Ubud, Bali (February)
Eze, Vence, Valbonne & Cagnes Sur Mer, French Riviera (April)
Eze, Vence, Valbonne & Cagnes Sur Mer, French Riviera (April)
'The Sherlock Holmes', London, UK (May)
‘The Sherlock Holmes’, London, UK (May)
Sunrise in Antibes, French Riviera (November)
Sunrise in Antibes, French Riviera (November)
Sunrise in the Jungle at ‘The Spa Resort’, Thailand (January)
Sunrise in the Jungle at ‘The Spa Resort’, Thailand (January)

 Photography by Alec & Ambra Torelli

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6 Comments

  • James December 30, 2013 12:18 am

    Alec, you never disappoint with your douchebaggery. Always good for a laugh! Thanks for sharing.

    • Alec Torelli January 1, 2014 11:32 pm

      Hey James,
      isn't kinda sad to waste time reading the blogs of people you don't like? I am sure the Web is full of websites you enjoy, so you should just focus on those. Negativity is bad for everyone.

  • Randy December 30, 2013 7:22 am

    Great post. I'd be interested to know what 10 books you read.

    • Alec Torelli January 1, 2014 10:30 pm

      Hi Randy,

      Thanks for that. I should have kept specifics but off the top of my head a few of them are:
      Boomerang, Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Time Keeper, The Power of Now, Walking on Water and the Longest Way Home.
      They were all great & different, but if I had to recommend I'd say, in order:
      Power of Now, Walking on Water and Boomerang.

      Next year I'll keep better track!
      Alec

  • Steve Beyer August 25, 2014 8:17 am

    Getting to this one a bit late but it was inspiring so I thought I'd comment anyway. GREAT YEAR! Planning on my 2015 to look something like that.

    Oh and the books… Power of Now is a great one. Reading Motorcycle Maintenance again. Read it about 10 years ago but most of it flew over my head. I caught just enough of it to know I should hang on to it until I grew spiritually.

    If I may I'd recommend "Autobiography of a Yogi"

    Keep enjoying the journey,
    Steve

    • Alec Torelli August 27, 2014 8:17 am

      Hey Steve,

      Why wait until 2015? … start now, on August 27th!

      Anyway, great stuff on the books. I always appreciate the recommendations and I'll definitely check out the Yogi one.
      Cheers,
      Alec

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