Staying put for a while

Trip Start Jul 11, 2005
Trip End Apr 04, 2006

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Sunday, April 9, 2006

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list

- Susan Sontag

And now we've reached the final curtain
Well, I'm back in Canada. Yep, via another trip to Korea, an overland odyessy through China, Mongolia, Russia & Eastern Europe and a trip home back, I find myself back in the land of hockey, milk in a bag, minivans, annoying don't-forget-the-taxes pricing and supposedly polite Canadians. And now that I'm back I can safely say I'm not going anywhere for a while. Well, at least not for the foreseeable future. I guess that means this truly is the ending of this trip? Boo hoo... no more entries, no more pictures to upload, no more HTML tagging. It's kinda sad really (I can handle the no more HTLM tagging part though). It's been a hell of a trip. I feel like I've been through so much that I have difficulty believing it has only been 9 months since this adventure began. It has and, the ending of it aside, I can't complain.... I've been pretty lucky. I got to see how amazing a country Japan is (and it is), got in 2 more visits to Korea (one in summer, one in winter), retraced my steps from part of a previous trip by returning to South East Asia (and with familiar company), had an unplanned detour to Canada (eh), got to see eastern, northern & southern parts of China (getting back to China is always a treat) and I got to finish my East Asia 2004 trip which saw me finally getting to Mongolia, Russia & Eastern Europe. I did most of this in the company of two different travel buddies; Cal, the $6,000 Canadian, who was with me in the heat of Korea, Southern China & South East Asia, and Henk, the "why-must-I-always-be-waiting-for-you" Aussie, who was with me in the cold of Korea, Northern China, Mongolia, Russia & Eastern Europe. I even got to touch base with family in London and got to escort The Henkster around my homeland (at my pace!) ..... and somewhere in amongst all that I even found time for love. How sweet. What I didn't get to do, and was part of the original plan, was return to India and visit Nepal & Tibet. But not to worry; Canada substituted for that little section and it did so amicably. They'll simply join the list, you know, the "must-go-there-before-I-die" list everyone has. I look forward to reporting on them someday. For now however I'm going to say my final goodbye. No, I'm not going to produce a trip summary similar to the one I did for my rtw trip because, quite frankly, that took me forever to do and I'd rather not try to replicate it. Plus, as I noted in that summery, nobody gives a damn about the travels of others so why bother go to the trouble when nobody is gonna read it anyway? Exactly, just what I thought. So let's just say the whole trip was a high and we'll leave it at that, okay?

Hope you enjoyed the ride? Until next time. Contact me if you have any questions or feel like I'm the sort of person you'd take advice from. God bless you if you are. I love people like you.

Kingston, Ontario. April 9th 2006
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