Never stop exploring

We thoroughly enjoyed writing about our day, each day. It made us think about what we saw, the people we met and the adventures we had. And now, we have wonderful memories, which we’re hoping to convert into a book.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be sorting a lot of photos. We’re also planning to post a few round ups (e.g. country highlights, booking information and new photos).

We’ve already decided to continue our Explorers of the World blog. Of course, it’s completely up to you whether you continue to follow our adventures. We hope you will; we’ve enjoyed the comments and the many reactions we’ve had so far.

To give you a taste of what’s to come. 2017 will see us taking a few city breaks (Stockholm, Berlin and Edinburgh); exploring Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia and going on a landscape photography trip to Harris (Scotland).

For now, it only remains for us to announce our competition winner. We’ve loved every single comment, and the discussions which ensued. We’ve loved sharing this wonderful world of ours with you all.

Our competition winner put a lot of work into it – with 135 comments, a mixture of information, stories, weather warnings to keep us safe and just the right amount of admiration.

Julian has blotted his copy book. The rum is all mine, all mine!

That’s right Chris. The rum is all yours. Congratulations! You just have to wait for our box to arrive in the UK (er, it hasn’t left Auckland yet).

It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling

“No more Customs
Burn the passport
No more packin’
And unpackin’
Light the home fires
Get my slippers
Make a pizza”

~ Frank Sinatra

It’s over. We’re home.

After all 12 of those countries, 137 days travelling and circumnavigating the globe, we’re back home.

The day started enjoying the tasty complimentary food and wine on offer at Changi airport, Singapore.

We boarded and settled in for our 14 hour flight to Heathrow. Florence was torn between watching Ryan Gosling  – La La Land –  or Idris Elba – The Take. I went for Idris, it was okay for a late night flight.

We’d chosen the Indian vegetarian menu option – curry for dinner and breakfast. The food was very good.

Our plan was to stay awake as late as possible to try and get a bit nearer to UK time. This worked up to a point and we both managed about five or six hours of good sleep.

The descent into London was a bit bumpy going through the layers of low cloud. Heathrow wasn’t very busy and we were in our taxi about half an hour after leaving the plane. London felt cold; cold for the time of year and cold after Singapore.

We were home around 10:00am. Jenny and Omar seemed to remember us and demanded lots of attention; this continued all day.

I have a strange combination of feeling we’ve been away for a long time and feeling it was no time at all. I think this will resolve itself over the next few days and weeks as we settle back in.

We’ve done a bit of unpackin, the heating is on, my slippers are still in the loft and there’s pizza for dinner – but no pinot noir.

Meet our best new friend

Xochipilli, our new BFF

Granted, we haven’t met him as such yet but I think we’re going to get along just fine.

We managed to find an hour spare today and used it to visit room 27 of the British Museum.

Call it research, call it getting in the mood. It was a good hour spent, and already we’ve learnt a few things about some of the places we’re going to travel through. And we’ve got a new friend.

Xochipilli was an Aztec solar deity, and the patron of feasting, music, dancing and poetry.

Bubbles and Sparkles

Bubbles and sparkles

What do you do when you have a week to go, you’re all packed and all the urgent items on your to do list have been ticked off?

Party!

We had our leaving drinks last night. We met up with friends in a local pub last night for a few drinks, and a few more.

It’s been pretty intense these last two months or so, and it felt like a real treat to be out and about… having nothing to do but catch up with people.

A big thank you to all you lovely people who made it last night. Thanks for making it a fun evening. Anyone else feeling a tad tired today?

Next stop: Auckland, New Zealand

Seven Seas box

Wow. This is really happening.

Our box is off to New Zealand. It left today, and should get there a week before us.

And whilst its departure fills us with a slight sense of panic ( ** this is really happening **), I am glad to see the back of it!

What do we need to pack? What will we want to wear in three months? Have we forgotten anything? How cold/hot will it be? Am I allowed to bring in a packet of mini cheddars?

And… you’d think it’s be easy to pack up a box. But to find the right box to put in the box, that’s another story.

Farewell box. See you on the other side.

And then… two weeks to go

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The first decision we made when we realised we were a ‘thing’ was to book a trip.

We went to Oban (Scotland) for a week. We followed that up with two weeks in Spain, two weeks in Greece and a long weekend in New York… and then a week in Yemen, two weeks in Cuba and three weeks in Vietnam.

And there you have it. The essence of us. Travel. This is what we do.

So… naturally, when we had a big anniversary coming up, we didn’t think about which restaurant to book for the occasion, or what gift(s) to get each other. We opted to take a career break and go travelling.

Our journey starts in Mexico City in two weeks time. But you could argue that it started many many years ago… when we realised we were a ‘thing’.