Annnnnd we've arrived

Trip Start May 28, 2012
Trip End Oct 24, 2012

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

42,673 kilometres, 12 countries, 10 time zones, five months, 15 flights, too many to count near death bus trips, 800 bowls of fried rice, 100 million rank toilet discoveries\, 1 million photos (thereabouts!), zero sickness, zero things stolen. New friends, old friends and a whole 'lotta memories.

The end of our amazing adventure was finally drawing to a close as we got on the train to our last destination. In four short hours we would be in Edinburgh, Scotland where we hoped we would be able to start a new chapter of our lives. As soon as we passed the English/Scottish border it was obvious, blue sky and even some sunshine glared down from the heavens through the train windows. As soon as we got off the train Liz, Jason's long lost cousin instantly found us - the two mid twenties with massive bags weren't too hard to find apparently. We stepped outside into this amazing little city and just knew this was where we were meant to end up. It's absolutely stunning. It gave us an instant vibe and we just stared with bright eyes out the window as Liz drove us back to her house.

First look at the house was pretty cool - looks like a house in Edinburgh should look. Old. Like four stories in a massive block of identical houses. We were very excited at our room that Liz had waiting for us. She so kindly gave up her house to us and in the end allowed us stay for the following month. It was a dramatic increase in size than we were accustomed to. Biggest room we have had the whole trip with large bay windows, a fireplace and more importantly drawers! I think that was the most exciting thing for Jamie and she promptly unpacked her bag into the dresser. We had some dinner with Liz and got settled and caught up on the all the goss of the past 19 years.

The first couple of weeks in the Burgh we were in heavy job hunting mode, sending out masses of CVs for very little love. We secured tickets to the upcoming All Black vs Scotland game which ended up being an amazing weekend catching up with friends who had made the journey up from London. We won too which made it all the better being in the 60,000  strong crowd of Scots. We have slowly gotten accustomed to living in Edinburgh - putting up with the everlasting roadworks (installing tram tracks - major job) throughout the entire city, the accents - especially on the phone are interesting, the giant hmmmm I dunno.. CASTLE that's located smack bang in the middle - which is stunning and, of course, the change in temperature! Our first shopping trip consisted on buying socks, ugg boots, slippers, dressing gowns, winter PJ's and a hot water bottle! All in all it hasn't yet been too bad weather wise. Getting used to seeing puddles frozen over, but walking on them and hearing that glass shattering crack is weirdly satisfying! We were expecting it to be a lot colder, but we've just put it down to it being a different kind of cold than NZ as well as having amazing 24/7 heating in our new flat. We've had a few dustings of snow which really didn't eventuate to anything. That being said though, we are still not through the thickest of winter months yet.

After we both finally locked down some jobs, we moved into the 1st flat we looked at. It's on the cusp of a suberb called Leith and is not too far away from the ocean. Our flat has a sauna and a spa bath and a lot of room everywhere. Although our initial plan was to live by ourselves we decided to bite the bullet for a few more years and live with others to again, cut down the price. Therefore we live with a Spanish couple, an Aussie couple, an Irish lass and an English bloke. We have also had a half Polish half Italian couple come through but they didn't last long! Very cultural around here as you can imagine.

We've tried Haggis, climbed Arthur's Seat and even experienced Hogmanay - one of the most popular New Years Eve events in the world! There will be more of this touched on in the first entry of our new blog 'Taking on Europe' which can be found here:

So from here we continue to get our lives back on track and we're back to bloody saving. It's been really hard to get into work again after six months off and really crazy at how normal it is again once you get back into a routine. But here we are anyway, saving, saving and signing off on this blog and looking forward to the next chapter where we, as you might have guessed, take on Europe!

Here is the obligatory bests of our trip... although trying to get it down to five was hard as we loved every minute!!
Our top five places:
New York
Perhentians (Malaysia)
Middle of nowhere on a scooter/bike (Nam/Laos)
Kampot (Cambodia)
San Francisco
Honourable mention: The whole of Vietnam, Islands and the North of Thailand

There is actually too many favourite places.... this list is getting ridic.
Our Best food:
Bun cha (Hanoi)
Kaya toast (Singapore)
Cao lau (Hoi An)
Baguettes (Nha Trang)
Fried Rice (Vang Vieng) 
Honourable mention: for all the dumplings we ate and the New York deli sandwiches, felafel and Porchetta.
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James on

I have spent the last several days reading your blog. Your travels sound wonderful and should give you great memories for a life time. The times you have had and the adventures you lived. May you have many more through out your coming years! Never stop the travels and the living.

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