My Final Entry !!!

Trip Start Oct 11, 2005
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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

I'm HOME !!!
It's been two weeks now, and i can say that not a lot has changed in the 7 months i was away. It's taken me this long to write the final update because of looking for work (which i still haven't found), but things look good, i have a few companies interested in me, Carlsberg being one of them !!!.
Also, i have been thinking about what to write for my last entry on the trip of a lifetime, and i still have no clue, so i figured i would just start writing and see where it takes me. So i'm sorry if i go on, i have no direction for this entry. Here goes!

October 11th 2005. I leave Manchester, Say goodbye to Jade, My Parents,Brothers and Mates. And head out with just a big daft bag full of clothes which will get wrecked in crap hostel washing machines, put through the paces with the varying weather conditions i encounter, and all the alcohol i spill on them !! hehe. Oh, and a skipping rope, which i used........ NEVER !. came in handy sometimes for a washing line though, needs must..
My travels through Thailand were insane, a world i never imagined existed, people, houses and ways of life which are so far from what i was used to in England. I think this has to be my favorite Country that i visited. I cannot wait for my next adventure there, and thats what it is, and adventure. Trying to learn the language, i actually impressed myself with that, i could manage limited conversations before i left. Trying new things like scuba diving, rock climbing, cliff jumping, climbing into lagoons, meeting the locals and, probably my favorite part, eating their food. imagine a homer dribble when he thinks about and kind of delicious meat! hhuuhhhuh

Malaysia wasn't so pleasant, but very eye opening, seeing all the poverty here was quite upsetting at times. Staying in a hallway of the hostel in Penang where people were freely walking by my bed was a weird experience ! the life of backpacking i presumed and later found to be true all over the world. Eating curry with my right hand with local Indians living on the island, whilst rats and cockroaches tickle my toes running across my feet, now thats a memory !!! Seeing people on the street in Kuala Lumpur with leprassy, sitting begging... Dyeing. My Digital Camera being stolen from me. grrrr

Singapore was a short lived experience, meeting Linus again who i met in Thailand and who i did my PADI with,was great, a real cool guy, and going out for beers in raffles (the famous Singapore sling place), and going for food at the night hawker centre, trying different food from different stalls. great memory.

And my Road trip through Australia. I struggle to find words to use when i am asked what was it like. Awesome seems to be my word of choice, but i think thats the surf hair i currently have taking over my brain ! It was INSANE, 10,000km, thats 6000 miles (ish) around half of OZ, in 2 and a half months. I have some lifelong friends from the trip, i have loads, and loads of personal memories, most of which come to me at the strangest of times, i think this could be another great part of the trip, now i am home, thinking about it all, and remembering the highs and lows, the beautiful places i visited,the countless desert i drove through! and so on . so I'll thank some dudes and chicks i met in OZ, Ben,Flipflop,Scouse,Kiwi,Romeo,Kristy,Seamus,Arnaud,Lukas,Sandra,David,Astrid & Lisa,Heike & Lisa,Steve,Kev,Thom. All great people, some i have since met up with again. you all helped to make my trip great and i have some sweet memories, and some bad hangovers, thanks ! if your ever in Manchester, Drop me a line.

New Zealand, the Kiwi experience ! i visited some interested places, some smelly places and met some cool people again, the world is full of them, i had a blast on the bus, got with a mint bunch of people and stuck with them, so Becky,Janine,Erin and Erin the crazy canucks,Chris(up the boro),Paul,Conor, keep smiling guys. Keep in touch.

Los Angeles, 1 night with Hans, ( never drink with a german ) , and the next day was a write off!, cheers mate ! LA is full of weirdos, every single person, invidually freakish. Its a crazy place. dont know whether i'll go again ! but ive been, so its off the list i guess !

And Canada, what can i say, Mikey, awesome mate, thanks for letting me mess up your apartment,thanks for the memories, sorry i failed at stopping you smoking, you need to work on that ! i'm still the king on the xbox.. Robbie and Des, thank you for the invite to the wedding, it was great to spend time with you guys, Montreal was a blast, i'm really glad you came along. Richy and Sue, the best parents in the world,with the cutest kids in the world, i now have an understanding of how tough parenting is, even if i did only take care of katelyn for 1 day, it was eye opening!!!, it was great to spend time with you, cant wait until next time. Jackie and Fred, thanks for the trip to Windsor and for spending time with me showing me the new farm and seeing the cottage again, and the sports show ! the pics look great, what a moose! All in all i had a memorable time, seeing the whole family for the wedding and ski week was great, and spending such a length of time in Canada with The Canucks, mint. And seeing David again, Frenchy! it was good to see you again, cant wait to meet up again, mikey has your shirt!he'll get it to you!

My trip has given different outlooks on life, and inspiration to learn, and a burning ambition to travel again ! I have met some great friends along the way, some i will stay in touch with, and look forward to meeting again. I will now forever keep my eyes wide open to take life to it's fullest. It has given added confidence, a feeling of self achievement, initiative and greater independence. People i've met, Places i've been, Things i've seen have made this adventure something which will live with me forever, and when i get round to having kids, something i can pass onto them.

And finally, thankyou for reading my travelogues, i know it must have been tough with my crap spelling, thats because mainly i'm crap at spelling and the fact that in internet cafes its dam expensive and the spell checker takes forever !!! (probably because there were so many mistakes!)

so for the last time on this travelouge,

Seeya Later !
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erinarmstrong
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You made it home!
Hey James! I just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed reading your journal and the last entry was a great way to sum everything up! I am so happy that you had such a wonderful experience travelling and I'm lucky to have met you. Make sure you keep in touch. We really did have a great time on KIWI didn't we! The four of us are having a blast here in Perth and are looking forward to heading over to the other coast in July. Paul is supposed to be coming to visit us pretty soon which will be awesome. If I'm ever in England, I'll look ya up! Take care, Erin Armstrong

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