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Trip Start Nov 13, 2012
38Trip End Apr 17, 2013
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Up north however we distanced ourselves, to a degree, from the enthusiasm in the capital, only matching our southern neighbours' exuberance when Manchester City finished the season in dramatic style and won the English Premier League.
We will probably remember the summer most though for the unrelenting dismal weather. Despite the adverse conditions, I stubbornly stuck to my routine of daily outdoor exercise, plodding along constantly muddy footpaths accompanied more often than not by the sound of raindrops hammering onto the hood of my waterproof jacket
Now it's time to set off once more on our winter adventure. South East Asia is a region that we have visited on a number of occasions previously and have always thoroughly enjoyed. Apart from booking a return flight to Kuala Lumpur, organising a couple of visas and picking up a large supply of anti-malarial tablets, preparations have been minimal. For the first time ever we don't even know where we are going to be for Christmas.
What has been decided upon though is that, after a day to thaw out in sultry Kuala Lumpur, we will travel to Yunnan province in China, an area that we don't know but are looking forward to exploring before the winter snows hit the mountainous western parts of the province in December.