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We had the time of our lives

sunny 19 °C

Well we have been home nearly forty eight hours and we are still on a high.

The trip back from Delhi to Heathrow, which was an eight hour flight, and was the first flight in many years I didn't take any Valium before flying. I suspect I may have had food poisoning (some iffy Indian cheese) and spent the whole night before the flight been sick, so the next morning feeling very poorIy, my main aim was to get on the flight (without been turned away), which I did and then slept for six of the eight hours. I woke up feeling much better and with no Valium quashing the fear, I had a horrendous time landing. It was good to land in a country where we knew the rules and understood the language, certainly makes for an easier life.

When you are away for a long time and go from one brilliant thing to another, it is hard to have time to sit, internalise what you have seen and remember it. We have seen soooo many things, met so many people and done so many things, that we are looking forward to having the time to remember them. For example, I was in the hairdressers yesterday and was chuckling about the Thai massage that Bill had from the women from the prison in Thailand and Bill was talking yesterday about how proud he was of him and Natalie climbing Palitana in such bad weather.

We have so many of memories; the traffic in Hanoi, the man walking out of his house and straight in the river to have a bath before going to work in Cambodia, the beautiful red soil in Cambodia, Island hopping in a Thailand, Bill eating Thai green curry for every meal in Thailand, monkey watching in Langkawi, meeting John's relatives in Malaysia, playing in the pool in Singapore and our 'anniversary' meal, leaving Thailand because of the curfew, Bill sharing a pudding with the lady in Singapore, Sri Lanka how we loved you, India and all it's madness, beer in a tea pot, monsoon rain, the traffic, cows, camels and shopping. We could go on and on, not forgetting all the wonderful people, we only ever saw goodness from people and all the beautiful beautiful temples.

We are asked the same questions quite often by people:
1. How did we get on? We argued all over the world as we do at home, but became much closer and as Bill was always quoting at me when I was moaning about organising everything "we are a team".
2. Has it changed us? Bill especially feels that he has learnt so much about people and their different cultures and has more compassion. I think I have learnt not to stress about everything, life takes you where you are going. I have also learnt that Bill has no patience at all.
3. Favourite place? Has to be India. Everyplace we went to we would not have changed, but may not go back, but we know that India is calling us to return (I must see the faces of the beautiful cows again). I feel like a little bit of me is still there, as my terracotta horse is on the side of the mountain in Poshina (I just remembered the town drunk!) waiting for my return.
4. Best food? Bill has put a lot of thought into this and can quote individual meals, but again it has to be the food in India, which is so different from the India food we get in England.
5. Money? Yes, we overspent but have no regrets and my haggling surely saved money!
6. Did we have fun with Natalie? We had great times, we laughed a lot, Natalie and I coughed a lot and drank a lot of gin (but not enough).
7. Are we going to do it again? You bet your bottom dollar we are. Our next plans are to travel in South America as soon as we can. We just have a little matter of finding jobs and saving, but we will do it.
8. Did we miss home? We missed the people we left at home. We didn't miss home at all.

Thank you to everyone for reading our blog and your thoughtful responses, it made us feel we were not alone.

Posted by mulliganward 02:09 Archived in United Kingdom

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