Now we’re “back”, people often ask us our favourite moments or places from the trip. Often it’s hard to recall from the hundreds of experiences just a few highlights. So, I’ve created a rough “top ten” experiences from the trip, listed here in chronological order. OK, I cheated, there are eleven, I just couldn’t bring myself to bump any of the following:
- The sunset camel ride towards our bedouin tents in the Sahara, Morocco.
- Enjoying the music, beer and craic in a pub in Doolin, Ireland
- Cruising the Fjords of Norway.
- Taking the trans-mongolian express – if I could have a block of 5 days of the whole 7 months to repeat right now, these are the days I’d choose.
- Enjoying street food with the locals at half-time during the world cup – Beijing, China.
- The memorial service for 75th anniversary of those killed in the Hiroshima bombing – in which locals and visitors can create paper lanterns and float them down the river, Hiroshima, Japan
- Enjoying the stunning views while trying the local fare at the wine farms just outside Cape Town, South Africa.
- Encountering a leopard on our self-drive safari through Pilanesberg Safari park, South Africa.
- Holing ourselves up for a week to watch the autumn colours and read books in Vermont, USA.
- The unmatchable food and festivities all over Mexico!
- Watching the clouds lift over Macchu Piccu, Peru.
But there are so many others: winning a (small) jackpot in Vegas; Karoking til the sun came up in Kyoto; sunset in the Sacred Valley, Peru; lying on the beach sipping Margaritas in Cancun; watching the Nile drift by; honing my bargaining skills in the Beijing clothing market; Sundowner drinks on the plain at Addo Elephant park; the Russian ballets and operas; “A little night music” on Broadway; “Blood Brothers” on West End; risking life and limb on the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland; hammock hanging in the jungle, Palenque, Mexico; snorkeling with the sea turtles, Tallum, Mexico; inching just a little closer to enlightenment in the temples of Nara, Japan; lobster munching in Maine, USA; learning to love the onsens in Osaka, Japan; soaking our cares away in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, the moments we were able to spend in a mosque in Morocco…
I really must sort out the photos.