After nearly 11 months, 13 countries and countless incredible experiences, we finally returned to England. Looking back, the whole experience seems quite surreal, but we feel incredibly lucky to have been able to do the trip. We have learnt so much about parts of the world we barely knew existed, met countless fascinating people along the way and have made memories that will last a life time.
In total, we travelled for 318 days and stayed in 148 different hotels, hostels and home stays. We took 22 flights and over 60 different modes of transport; from becaks to bumboats, tuk-tuks to toboggans and campervans to camels! Even when there was no clear information available on how to do it, we always got to where we wanted to go in the end. We managed to complete our journey without getting anything stolen (apart from half a block of cheese in a hostel in Australia and a bottle of half-drunk free water on the bus to Cambodia!) We had to communicate in 9 new languages, in many cases where no one spoke any English and became fluent in the art of pointing and gesturing!
In the end we found ‘Seoul.’ Certainly physically and we hope metaphorically as well. We want to thank all of you who have taken the time to read our blog and follow our ramblings(!) (Sorry, after spending 11 months with Alex, I have inherited his terrible puns!) Thank you for all of your kind comments and emails. It has been great to keep in touch with so many of you whilst we have been away. We are now back in the UK and hope to see you all again soon. Of course, if any of you want to hear more, there’s a 7000 picture slide show, ready and waiting! :o)
Kate and Alex xx