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February 2012 | The Opera House, Sydney

February 2012 | The Harbour Bridge, Sydney

March 2012 | The Forbidden City, Beijing

March 2012 | The Great Wall of China, near Beijing

March 2012 | The Big Buddha, Hong Kong



CROSSING THE DATELINE was created to chronicle my travels around the world from February to May 2012. I flew on seven different airlines across 38,000 miles through nine cities on four continents. While crossing the dateline on the first leg of my journey, I made my way West through Asia, down to South Africa, back up north through Eastern Europe into Russia, then across Scandinavia, and back through Western Europe before ending my trip where it all began in Washington, D.C.

The International Date Line is an imaginary line sitting on the 180º line of longitude in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, running between the north and south poles, that demarcates one calendar day from the next through various timezones. As I crossed the international dateline to begin my trip — making my arrival 2 days later than when it began — it only made sense for this to be the title of my adventure.

While my trip ended in May of 2012, the memories, the new friends, and the adventures will forever remain the most exciting and life-changing experience I could ever have. As I have said many times, I am extremely lucky and incredibly fortunate to have had this rare opportunity.

I created this site for my friends, family and colleagues to stay current with my what-nots and where-abouts — and for all the new friends I make along the way to learn about me and my adventure. I hope and encourage you to read through my posts and adventures and view the amazing pictures that I took along the way. Feel free to follow me on twitter and instagram @kriseisenla, grab my RSS feed, and post comments on my blog about my adventures and pictures.