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Trip Start Oct 17, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2008

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

So here we are back in cold, rainy England and after nearly three weeks we've managed to catch up with most of our friends and family and bore them silly with some of our 7000 photographs. Everyone's blown a few raspberries down our beautiful didgeridoo and we've been out and about hurling boomerangs all over the Norfolk countryside.

After a year of vivid colour everything here seems to be in various shades of grey and brown - no colourful parrots, red dust or turquoise water. Occasionally the sun comes out and we peel off one of our three jumpers, look out at the Autumn leaves and tell ourselves it's not all bad, we only have to fight off the sniffles, find jobs, buy a house, buy a car and get used to living in the real world again.

Some of the things we're missing most from our travels are:
2. Being on holiday
3. Gorgeous beaches and the sea
4. Friendly Aussie locals
5. Interesting (if deadly) wildlife
6. Colourful landscapes and huge open spaces
7. Always seeing something new
8. National pride
9. Places (shops etc) closing at weekends so that families can spend time together
10. Taking pictures, writing Travelpods and sharing our experiences

And the things we're not missing in any way, shape or form:
1. Backpackers!
2. Hostel kitchens
3. Living out of a suitcase
4. Long drop outback dunnies
5. Nasty eight legged things
6. Lack of pavements - nobody walks anywhere!
7. Incredibly expensive fresh food
8. Excessive drinking culture
9. Being thousands of miles away from family and friends
10. Cold water top loading washing machines - they're rubbish!

For the boffins among you, over the course of our trip we've flown roughly 38713km (23228miles) and travelled over 16000km (9600miles) by road which works out at an average "movement" of 150km (90miles) every day. That doesn't include any distances covered by helicopter, boat, train, hovercraft, motorbike, foot, cable car, bicycle, canoe, toboggan, camel, body board or parachute. No wonder we need a holiday to recover!

As you've probably noticed we had an absolute blast and we loved being able to let you all see what we were up to. Thank you so much for sticking with us and not forgetting about us while we were so far away.

We'll leave you with a quote from John Lennon that we found in one of our camper vans
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Enjoy.
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Margaret on

I have so much enjoyed watching your fantastic trip. What a wonderful time you both had. Watching your video's,looking at your pictures, and reading your diary of travel, has been great. And what a wonderful way to end your trip, with your 'jump' from the plane. Fantastic

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