We’re going home tomorrow!!
Part 2 has been no less eventful than part 1. We are more confident and relaxed than at the outset but we have become a bit more touristy than we’d hoped. We’ve met some more fantastic people and had some great experiences in Asia. Now that the trip has been somewhat curtailed and we’ve got used to the idea, I’m looking forward to getting home and getting some structure back into our lives.
Asia was amazing and varied. The design of Singapore was stunning; the variety, the food and the welcome in Malaysia was wonderful. Thailand was disappointing but we had a warm welcome from Raewyn and Charlie, and seeing the Burma Railway and Bridge over the River Kwai and learning about the experiences of those who worked on it was unforgettable. The Taiwanese were lovely people and we enjoyed our scooter experiences there. And Japan was unpredictable, cultured and a bit mad.
Sean and I have been together 24/7 for the past 7 months and we’ve learnt a bit more about each others’ bodily functions than is probably ideal at this stage in a relationship. But we’ve survived. In fact, we’ve done better than survived. The highs have outweighed the lows sufficiently for us to set a date for our wedding and we’ve got lots of exciting plans to make when we get home.
These are some of the amazing people we’ve met since we left America:
John, Sarah and Rhys, Shade (Abdul Rashid), Pedro and family, Shade’s wife (Barakat), Antonio and Agnes, Peter and Arti, Mancunian guy (Cheadle), pink bus lady, NZ lad on bus, Korean girl on bus, Raewyn, Charlie, Polish family, Canadian/Hungarian honeymooners, young English couple on train, Rick, Alan, students on train to Taitung, Swallow, Linda and sons, Tom, Jim, Kiichi, Fumiki, Yumiko, Hana, Fu, Yuki, Chise, Adje, Filomena, Jack, Domenico and Vida, Johnny
These are the places we visited:
Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Dayang Bunting (Tuba Island, Kuah on Langkawi), Krabi, Koh Jum Bamboo bungalow, Koh Jum Freedom bungalow, Krabi (Railay), Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Yonghe New Taipei, Taitung, Hualien (Taroko), Tamsui New Taipei, Taipei New Mayflower, Kitamae (Chatan) Okinawa, Sakai, Nagoya (Inuyama), Tokyo, Podere del Buongistaio Fabro Ficulle, Arezzo, Florence, Pisa