Home sweet Home!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
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Trip End Oct 04, 2012


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Well here we are 94 days after heading off and it is time to return home.  Michael has been really sick (poor kid - he has been well for the entire 3 months so it's a real shame he has crashed in the last couple of days) but will be well enough to make the flight home.

We have had the most amazing time.  I would probably use all the same superlatives I've been using throughout the blog to describe our trip so instead, here are some of the highlights the three of us have come up with:

In 95 days we have...
 
Stayed with 2 brothers, 1 sister, 3 in laws and 8 cousins
Stayed in 5 hotels, 1 French apartment, 1 beach apartment, I holiday house, 2 homes and a beach hut
Visited 11 countries & 16 cities
Travelled more than 50,000 kms 
Swum in 4 pools
Swum in 3 beaches in the Caribbean Sea, English Channel and South China Seas
Dined in over 70 restaurants and cafes
Climbed thousands of steps
Drunk hundreds of litres of water
Been on 4 different underground trains
Ridden quad bikes, Vespas, 'California Cruiser' bicycles, taxis, cars, buses, double deckers, ferry boat, speed boat, trains, underground train, Eurostar, planes
Taken 16 flights on 9 airlines spending over 60 hours in the air
Highest temp: 37 deg NYC
Lowest temp: 8 deg London
Communicated with people who spoke: English, Spanish, Jamaican, Embera, German, French, Malaysian, Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, & Singlish
Seen wandering on the side of the road: roosters, hens, goats, dogs, cats, water buffalo, cows
Written 58 blog entries with over 2,500 visitors 
Taken over 12,500 photos 
Had innumerable laughs, fun and fantastic new adventures.

 
Our top fun things we did out of a huge number were...
Quad biking in Siem Reap
Jet skiing in Cayman
Playing Foosball in Rawa 
Tuk tuks in Camboida
Jurong East water slides in Singapore
Playing spotlight in West Wittering

Our best experiences...
Watching SA beat England at Lords to take the number one test spot
Quad biking through the Cambodian countryside & villages
Playing soccer with the Embera Indian kids

Awesome things to have done...
Watch NY Yankees play Seattle Marriners at Yankee Stadium
Watch Chelsea play Newcastle at Stamford Bridge
Watch SA vs England at Lords (that made 2 lists!)
Moving country each time the moon was full!
Seeing the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe
Going to Disneyland 
Cruising on the Panama Canal
Westminster Abbey, Big Ben
Mary Poppins on NY Broadway
We Will Rock You and Lion King at West End, London
Statue of Liberty
Angkor Wat & Ta Promh temples in Siem Reap
Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam
London Dungeons     
Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills, Hollywood Sign etc in LA
Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge in NY
Stonehenge
St Pauls in London
Night Safari in Singapore
Playing cricket for Des's Cayman team
Playing Friday night football in Singapore
 
Unbelievable things we saw...
Stonehenge
Sacre Coeur
Roman ruins
Temple ruins from 1100
Temple reclaimed by the jungle
Vietcong tunnels
Panama Canal

Laughed the most...
Negotiating the huge puddles by tuk tuk up the road to our hotel in Siem Reap

Worst moment...
Philippa: 'losing' passpost in LA
Richard: Horrible jetlag in LA
Michael: stepping in a line of fire ants in the forest of the Embera Indians

Best food (big list - either we eat a lot or we love food!)...
Paris - baguette with camembert & fresh off the vine tomatoes
Paris - lemon meringue tart
Siem Reap - vegetarian dinner at Chamkar
Siem Reap - lunch at Peace Cafe
NYC - pizza
Greenwich Market - churro
Sim Lim Square -  naan bread
Ikea - hotdog
Cote (London) - croque monsieur 
Westin Hotel (Cayman) - buffet breakfast 
Timbuktuu (Cayman) - mango smoothie
Pineapple juice at Old House in Siem Reap
Creme brle on 25th floor Windsor Plaza Hotel (Ho Chi Minh)
Choc lava cake in Singapore pizza place
Tempura ice-cream in Singapore Sushi Tei
  
Most touching/impactful...
Cambodian children
Embera children
Cambodian living conditions
Cambodian child with missing teeth and white eye
Vietnam war museum
Agent Orange victim we spoke to
Michael helping the child with Down Syndrome face his fears on the water slide
Michael high fiving Cambodian kids from the quad bike  
Young NYC stallholder in Times Square who knew all about the EQs
Kindness and attentiveness of Siem Reap hotel staff 
How resilient people can be and how they adapt to all sorts of challenging situations
Watching the sun set and the full moon rise over the sea in Cayman
  
Weirdest things we saw...
Giant Turtle shells 
Croc skins hanging for sale
Cow hides lined up for floor mats
Pig heads at the meat market
Herbs, mushrooms and who knows what at a medicinal place in Vietnam

Loved seeing & hanging out with:
Ali, Des, Tameka, Josh; Matt, Julia, Henry, Finley, Lilly, Rebecca, Robbie, Dan, Hannah, Zac; Mum & Meg

Seems like this list could go on and on and perhaps we will add to it as time goes by and we reminisce about the fabulous times we had and things we did.

 
With mixed feelings, we said our final farewells and headed to the airport for our last flight home.  We were worried about the ridiculous amount of luggage we had to get on the plane but we breezed through and had an uneventful flight home.  

Arriving home it was fantastic to have a big welcome from Margaret and Peter and we oohed and aahed at the green and lush growth on the way home as well as at all the changes since we've been away.  The coolness was refreshing at first having been so very hot for so long although it didn't take long for us to get the fire blazing which adds to the surreal feeling of being home again!  A special thinks to our fab Travel Broker Elaine who had left delicious freshly baked cupcakes on the doorstep welcoming us home - what a gem!

Thanks to everyone who has been reading our blog, it was a real highlight have responses from friends and family back home.  We're keen to know who has been following our trip and so for our final blog we'd love you to leave us a comment.

Until next time, this is the Green Family, back from Around the World in 95 days and ready to start our next chapter!   :-)
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Comments

Kath on

Looks amazing - nothing could ever compare to such an experience. Jealous much - yes!!!!!!

Vicki on

I agree with Kath - and have so enjoyed reading all your blogs, felt like we were on holiday with you all (almost)

Ang on

I need to catch up on the last months blogs but what an amazing trip of a life time. You will have some fabulous memories and you have crammed heaps in.There are some wonderful photos too. Look forward to catching up soon. I hope Michael is feeling better. Ang

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