12th July – Somewhere above America/London/Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

While I’m flying on this final flight as well as watching plenty of movies I have plenty of time to reflect on my round the world trip. I’ve been to 21 countries (some more than once) South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and USA, 25 plane take offs, a parachute jump, 24 plane landings, a helicopter, a sleeper train, an overlander, a canoe, a mokoro, a raft, a campervan, trains, cars, boats, 4×4’s, undergrounds, cars, bikes, buses (one on the roof), tuk-tuks, and even a camel, I’ve surfed, paddleboarded, and snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef, seen the big 5 most dangerous animals in Africa, came inches from stepping on a deadly puff adder, fought with a monkey, risked my life in a devil’s pool, white water rafted, hiked, swam with sharks, been wrapped in snakes, eaten caterpillars, kissed a giraffe, held a sea turtle, come face to face with an angry silver back gorilla, broken a phone, a camera, and a rib, been to see the tallest building in the world, the most beautiful building in the world, the Great Wall of China, watched opera at the most famous opera house in the world, played cricket in Goa, golf in LA, yoga’d on rooftops, visited Buddhas actual tooth, dined with a Japanese filmstar, climbed mountains with donkeys, bumped into Ursina and Emily from India in Sri Lanka, Tom and Kat from India in Nepal, and got recognised from India by a lady I didn’t recognise in Sydney, I’ve been snowed on, rained on, suntanned, watched the Affair in Sydney and spotted the star in Santa Monica, seen some of the world’s greatest art, architecture and cities, I’ve eaten magic cookies, I’ve been massaged in Bali, Reiki’d in Oz, palm read by a tour guide in India and given messages about my future from a flight attendant medium on this actual flight. I also turned 40. It’s been epic, amazing, breathtaking and emotional, I’ve met beautiful people and made friends for life especially my wonderful hosts – Jess in London, Vanessa in Dubai, the Heegers in Brunei, Rachel in Bondi, the Graingers in Brookvale, Simon and Kasia in Los Angeles and Joe in Santa Monica. I have had the best time on an adventure that has filled me with memories that will last my lifetime and would do it all again in a heartbeat.

Now to get me home where it all began. We touchdown in Heathrow. Mum and dad don’t have enough room in their car for me as well as all the luggage, luckily the lovely Sarah has come to collect me and as we push our luggage through “nothing to declare” there she is in the arrival hall holding up a Bab’s Cabs sign.

We drive home in the pouring rain that makes visibility almost impossible stopping for coffee in Reading. I’d forgotten just how green the countryside is. Crossing over the Severn bridge we finally arrive in Wales and it isn’t long before we get to Cardiff. Before driving to my house we stop off for a cuddle and a catch up with Gram, it’s so lovely to see her after 11 months and 17 days of travelling the world. The time has flown by and once I’m home it’s like I’ve never been away. Reunited with my brother and Lizzie we all tuck into good old British fish and chips.

Welcome home!

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