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Now that the 13-week Destination Adventure special has come to a close, it's time to wrap things up. Short of throwing some kind of tickertape parade or an international potluck for the whole community (although we're totally in support of this idea), we thought it would be fun to reflect on a few interesting things we came across. You can't eat this post, but hopefully you'll enjoy the stories and maybe even learn a thing or two.
1. You can go surfing in Munich, Germany. Viola Hsueh of Taipei, Taiwan, shared some awesome photos of wetsuited people catching a river wave right in town. There is more to Munich than beer and Oktoberfest, and you can see it by sun or snow. Still, that's not going to stop us from trying some of that tasty German brew.
2. Yes, there are restaurants and even a foodie scene in the Galapagos Islands. And people do live there. iReporter Janet Manosalvas shared photos of her home, and iReporters gave us tips on where to go to eat. The main drag on Santa Cruz island is named after Charles Darwin and features lots of upscale eateries. Many iReporters suggested hitting up the street food vendors just a few blocks from there.
3. If you're on a safari in Kenya's Masai Mara, be prepared for close animal encounters. Like in Brandon Harris' video of cheetahs chilling out on the hood of the jeep in which he was riding. But don't be alarmed. They're just trying to get warm. You won't have that issue if you travel by balloon instead. And if you happen to be wandering around South Africa, beware of penguin attacks.
4. Seaweed is a big deal, and the portion of Argentina that is part of the Patagonia region is home to one of the best-known harvesting hot spots in the world. (And you thought Patagonia was just a rugged outdoor clothing brand?) iReporter Jane Teas of Columbia, South Carolina, went to Argentina specifically for this seaweed and saw some penguins there as well.
5. The horses in Iceland are simply gorgeous. Mark Bergner of Chicago, Illinois, was just one of many iReporters to show us these beautiful animals. (Unrelated: Those folks have pretty strong stomachs, as Halldor Sigurdsson of Reykjavik showed us.)
Thanks for participating in these assignments, and for reading and commenting on these stories. We look forward to even more adventures in the future. If you've got travel photos and stories of your own to share, we encourage you to submit to our travel photo of the day assignment. What are your favorite adventure destinations? Be sure to comment below.