Manchester, United Kingdom
53° 30' N 2° 13' W
Jul 19, 2005 23:40
Distance 8369km

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Home Sweet Home

Well after 6 months it's all come to an end!! We spent our last day mooching round San Francisco with Em visiting Macy's one last time. Just to make sure it was still there.

The flight wasn't too bad but we had a long 4 hour wait in Heathrow as our Manchester transfer was delayed. It felt weird being back on British soil. After numerous trips wandering round the duty free we were soon on a plane to Manchester and despite everyone telling us what wonderful weather they'd been having, the pilot announced it was drizzling. Strangely comforting really.

After nervously waiting to see if our luggage had made the final trip, we headed for the exit. Our parents came to greet us and were very excited - mainly because they'd just seen David Dickinson (apparently wearing half-mast trousers no less).

So now our journey has come to an end, it has been the best experience. We have slept in 182 different places, taken 23 flights and sampled 35 types of beer (Monteiths Winter Ale was the best)!

We've covered almost 50,000 km, mostly by air, but other modes of transport have been fun including taxi, tuk tuk, songthaew, monorail, subway, motorbike, cyclo, bicycle, bus, night train, rubber tube, ferry boat, sail boat, barge, jet boat, campervan, 4WD, car, helicopter and last but not least, by foot!

Top twenty memories (tried to get it to ten but there were too many!)

1. Heli-hike on Franz Josef glacier, South Island, New Zealand

2. Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos

3. Whale and dolphin watching in Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

4. Snorkelling in the Yassawa Islands, Fiji

5. Hiking the Tongariro Crossing, North Island, New Zealand

6. Whizzing around Western Australia in our campervan, Australia

7. Visiting the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

8. Learning to cook local delicacies with Bup the chef in Hoi An, Vietnam

9. Hiking near the Burmese border in Northern Thailand

10. Watching the Lions rugby match in Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand

11. Partying and watching fire spinners in Hat Rin, Koh Phangan, Thailand

12. Getting off the night train in Hanoi then whizzing around the streets on the back of a moto, Vietnam

13. Watching Wales win the Six Nations Grand Slam, Vang Vieng, Laos

14. Relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Koh Samui, Thailand and Fiji

15. Watching the sun set over Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

16. Sipping cocktails with friends (Gav and Charlie) in Sydney, Australia

17. Getting tailored suits made for us in Hoi An, Vietnam

18. Wine tasting in the Barrossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia

19. Strolling through the night markets in Luang Prabang, Laos and Chiang Mai, Thailand

20. Chasing chipmunks in Yosemite National Park, California, USA

We've met so many people, locals and travellers, and have to say that everyone has been great. We've spent a few nights with people having a laugh, some who we'll never see again, others that we hope to stay in touch with. Hello to Gary, Liz, Stuart, Louise, Jen, Vicky, Steve, Emma, Jimmy, Clare, Andy, Rachel, Danny, Joe, Maria and Jeremy.

Well sadly all good things come to an end. We've had an amazing time, one we're sure to look fondly back on in many years to come and no doubt bore many people with our stories forevermore.

If you ever get the opportunity do it!!