BEST of 2006 Trip
18 Dec 2006
|Hell of a good fun my last night away. I feel too old to dance on pool tables, but had a bit of a thrash around nevertheless..."pretty fly for an old guy"! Then two hours drunken sleep and a scary 100 mph (literally) taxi ride to the airport, weaving in and out of traffic and feet behind the cars in front. This was doing both my hangover and my head in, so in the end I told him to slow down, which I normally never do. And then what seemed like days later, I was waiting interminably at Heathrow (which looks really shabby compared to Bangkok Airport) for my luggage. The lovely Erica was there to drive me to her rural idyll outside Bath and some catching up. And now here I am back at home in Bristol. Son Shea has managed to end up homeless and unemployed again, and is back living at home, and I now don't have a working shower, so its back to the real world with the usual bump.
Its taken me a while to sort out my pics, but I have. I've updated the blog, hopefully correcting all the spelling mistakes, and redone virtually all the pictures now that I can access all of them, not just the ones small enough to post. Therefore I would hope that visually it is an even better experience than before. Unless you are really keen though, just look at the three 'BEST of country' pages, or even this last 'BEST of trip' page. The best of the movie clips - for those who can access them - are on the relevant 'BEST of country' pages. This was a new departure for me, and basically I recorded nearly all of them wrong, hence only a small choice of not that great vids, but I now know what works best for next time.
I got a cold almost as soon as I got back, and it is cold here! And dark, and wet...and frankly a bit depressing after travelling, though I know from experience that is partly a question of adjustment. Shea is a worry, but hopefully we can have an OK Xmas before I rack up the pressure on him to get a job and a life. It was nice to be back with Erica again though. But where to next? Possibilities for two or three months away next year - not necessarily in order of preference (that list starts with the Moon and the South Pole) - are:
Malaysia to Australia overland
Japan, Korea, and? (Shea is meant to be saving up to do this one with me)
Central Asia - a circle through the 'Stans' (may include North-West China and Mongolia)
Russia (as above re Mongolia, etc)
What an attractive range of options: Grab the passport, money and plane ticket, unpack the sense of adventure, and off we go!
Hasta la vista!