Home Sweet Home (a naff but appropriate title)

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

I know it sounds stupid, but I almost thought we would never make it home.  I spose its because I was looking forward to it so much and wanted to see my family so much I thought it might never happen.  Was so relieved to land safely in Heathrow and only a bit late.

Somehow we managed not to get stopped at customs and saw my parents at the gate to welcome us.  I nearly cried.  Was so great to see them and they haven't changed at all.

Where do you start to talk about the adventure of a lifetime?  Obviously they have read ALL the blog (well nearly) so is not necessary to bore them with all the details. 

Back to Hammersmith to be met by my sis and bruv in law and Freddie and Lily (nephew and niece) who are both gorgeous and so big.  Then Dave's parents arrive and its all a bit too much for us having so many people to see in one day.  We have a great Christmas dinner (with all the trimmings) which is just a bit too much for us all and I fall asleep after dinner!  Is nice to be home but feel weird about being here and feel like I should still be on the go.

Felt a bit odd for the first couple of days, think it was mainly being with other people that was so close to other than Dave.  Sounds REALLY sick but missed being on my own with him in a way as we have done so much alone together over the last year. 

First couple of days literally unpacked, did washing, started to acclimatise, undo our mammoth post pile and catch up with family.

By Monday we had set up an unoffical office in my parents dining room with everything and have been very busy since sorting things out from post redirection to our Australia health tests.  Have settled in very quickly and everything still feels a novelty.  Traffic lights, traffic, the money (got our first UK pounds out - was weird), supermarkets, the PRICES!, being able to cook food and drinks whenever we want!  Having a mobile again (not great),  bills.

By end of first week had sorted all post out, eaten lots of lovely food, sorted out my parents IT requirements and seen all our family (except Daves sisters) which is pretty good going.  We never stopped.  I was surprised at how quickly we settled in and even more weirdly how much I havent missed travelling.    And we didn't watch ANY tv (until the rugby started anyway).

On Friday night we had a mini reunion with London based friends which was great to see people again and hear their news babies, pregancies, etc, despite their criticisms about our blog (not enough thoughts or feelings apparently - am trying to rectify it now!!) - I was very hurt as this has been my only job for the last year!!   I am a complete lightweight these days which at least makes me a cheap night out.

Felt awful since that night (apparently a virus but probably just lightweightedness!). 

Thing that has shocked us most since coming back is how little we have talked to the trip with anyone.  Spose everyone is just focused on what we are going to do next now.  Sometimes when I look at the photos (which we are currently sorting - watch this space for v exciting news!) I have to really think about what it was like there and if it really happened. It doesn't seem quite real to have done all that in a year and have experienced so many things and places.

Competition while I remember.  How many photos do you think we took in one year?
Special prize (a proper one this time) to anyone that gets it correct (ish)
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