Location: Canberra, Australia
Sorry for the delay, I have finally posted up the final few shots of our trip! Spain, Portugal, Singapore and Bangkok. I hope you like them.
Life is good back in Canberra. It's nowhere near as cold as we expected, so not too much of a shock to the system. We had a couple of weeks in Tassie which was nice and relaxing, this week we have been moving into our place and getting ourselves sorted out. If there is one thing we have learnt, it's that we have a lot of stuff! At least now is a good chance to get everything organised and under control.
Mick is going back to work on the 28th, and then I'm back at work on the 18th of September. So a few more weeks of freedom then it's back to reality!
Location: Canberra!, Australia
Just a very quick message to say that we have arrived back in Canberra, safe and sound. Our flight from Singapore was fine and on time, as was our flight from Sydney to Canberra. We had about an hour in Sydney in which time we caught up with Micks parents Peter and Krys, and his brother Richard. Peter and Krys are off tomorrow on their own European adventure for about 6 weeks so it was good to see them in transit and wish them a bon voyage!
Will write a bit more later when I do finally get around to posting up some photos.
In the meantime thanks everyone for your interest in our travels! I hope you have enjoyed reading the updates and looking at the photos as much as we have enjoyed bringing them to you. It has been an adventure to say the least, but after 10.5 months and lots of countries, we were well and truly ready for home.
It is good to be back.
Till next time,
Location: Changi Airport, Singapore, Singapore
Here we are at Changi Airport, Singapore. It is about 1am local time on Monday 31 July. We arrived just after 11pm Sunday 30 July on a Jetstar Asia flight from Bangkok. We are cruising the airport tonight...didnt have any accommodation booked and we have to be up early for our morning flight to Sydney. Plus everything here seems to be open 24 hours a day, so we are going to have no trouble entertaining ourselves for a night! Also this internet is free, and there are a few hundred computer terminals around the place, we we could just surf the net all night if we wanted to.
We are lucky actually, because after going through immigration and collecting our baggage from the Jetstar flight, we went directly to the Qantas check in counters. There had been a flight delayed earlier so there were still people around to help us out - if that other flight had not been delayed, there would not have been anyone at the desks to help us. They were able to open the flight and check us in for tomorrow mornings flight. Therefore we got our boarding passes, and we were able to go through immigration and to the good side of the airport! You cant get through to all the duty free shops and restaurants without a boarding pass. Lucky!
We headed straight to Subway to get a bite to eat, we hadnt eaten since lunch time. So here we are typing away some emails and updates whiling away the time.
I am trying to think when I last wrote and what we got up to in Bangkok.
The day we spent at MBK we went to the Pat Pong night markets which was about a 30 min walk from the hotel. We picked up about 20 DVDs and got a good selection of new titles, hopefully they are good quality so we can actually watch them when we get home! We caught a Tuk Tuk back to the hotel...crazy 3 wheeled motor cycles, a bit of fun and its nice to feel the breeze in your hair when its so humid!
The day after MBK we had a big sleep in (the maids woke us up at 11.15am!) and then had lunch with Aidan's uncle in the hotel restaurant at 12 noon. That was nice to meet Aidans uncle and say a big thank you for putting us up in such a nice room for a good rate!
In the afternoon we got a cab up to Khao San Road markets. We cruised around there for a while. Mick picked up a couple of dodgy student cards...he is now a student at Canberra Uni for the next few years! I bought a couple of pairs of silver hoop earrings and that was about it. We negotiated the traffic and walked to the nearest boat station, and caught the ferry boat back to the Sheraton. We had a quiet night at the hotel, watching TV and chilling out.
Yesterday we got up early for once! We got a cab up to the Grand Palace. It turned out everyone else had the same idea, there were people everywhere! And the sun was out too, making it for stinking hot weather, as if the humidity is not bad enough! Mick lined up to borrow some trousers, he only had shorts on and you cant get into the temples without appropriate attire. So that was OK, we wandered around the grounds, went into the royal regalia museum and of course into the temple of the emerald buddha. From there we got another cab (they are quite cheap if you take the metered ones. One guy wanted to charge us 200 baht from the hotel to the palace, it turned out to be 60 baht with the meter that we demanded he turn on!) up to the Chutuchak weekend markets. This is a huge open air market held on weekends. You can buy anything from food to clothes to pets...its crazy! We wandered around for a while, but we did not buy anything (except lunch!) as we really didnt need much and we have no room in the bags!
On the way home we stopped at MBK shopping centre again to pick up a couple more DVDs we could not get the other night, and then back to the hotel. We picked up our now finished, tailor made suits on the way. They turned out very well, we cant wait to wear them back home! We spent the afternoon/evening by the pool, swimming and reading and dozing. So relaxing. Last night we went out for a very nice meal...finishing with sticky rice with mango and ice cream for dessert...yum!
This morning we slept in again, and spent the morning packing and organising ourselves. We even watched a bit of AFL on TV, direct from Manuka Oval in Canberra! We did not have to check out till 2pm, which we did, and then headed straight to the airport. We had a bit of a wait there, but it was not so bad. Our flight left on time bound for Singapore, and here we are at Changi aiport.
I think this is probably one of the better airports you could spend the night at...so much shopping! The terminals are huge, there are duty free shops everywhere, we might have to do some 'midnight shopping' or at least browsing to make the time tick. Of course we might actually sit down long enough to have a snooze as well. Dont want to stuff the body clocks up too much, the transition from London to here was pretty much painless, so we have done OK.
We are so excited to be coming home tomorrow night! Cant believe that this day has come...finally! It will be so good to see everyone back home. We only have a quick 'hi' to Peter and Krys Rowell at Sydney airport, they are off on a European adventure of their own for 6 weeks leaving on the 1st...have a great time guys, and we will have a lot to catch up on when you get back to Oz!!!!
Not much else to report really. As expected I have been lazy with the photo resizing so that will have to wait a few more days...might get onto it when in Tassie!
Hope all is well with everyone.
See you soon wherever you may be!
Suse and Mick
Location: Bankgok, Thailand
Here we are in Bangkok, Thailand.
We flew in from Singapore yesterday afternoon, we flew with Jetstar Asia and the flight only took 2 hours so it was a quick trip over. We landed at around 7pm but then it took about an hour to get through immigration (the lines were so long!) and then it was another hour or so on the bus into town.
We are staying at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers right on the river here in Bangkok. We have a swish room on the 26th floor with beautiful views over the river. Mick's mate Aidan managed to swing us great rates for this hotel for 4 nights, Aidan's uncle is a manager here. So we are loving it! I had a bath for the first time in ages last night, and then relaxed in my fluffy bath robe in front of TV. It was great!
This morning we were up and going at about 9.30am, we headed along the street near the hotel to a tailor, we both got measured up for some tailor made business suits. We picked some nice fabric and we are each getting 2 suits. Hopefully they turn out well. We have another fitting this evening.
After our fitting we got the Sky Train to a shopping mall called MBK. It is massive! We had a quick scout around for an hour or so, earmarking places to go back to later. We then headed to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch! We ordered our usual...we each get the same thing every time we go to an HRC. Mick has the Nachos and I get the Haystack Chicken Salad! Today we had Buffalo Wings for starters too. Lunch was great, but I think from now on we will be eating Thai food...much cheaper and very easy to come by, there are food stalls everywhere. It will be great to try a bit of the local cuisine.
We spent the rest of the day at MBK. I let Mick head off to peruse the electrical goods while I looked at clothes and handbags etc. I also went and had a pedicure, for only $12 Australian! So cheap. I am going to have a Thai Massage at some stage too, they are just as cheap and I have heard so much about them.
We didnt make any purchases but we want to get some DVDs at some point, plenty of places that sell them so we will stock up before we leave on Sunday.
The weather here is OK...overcast and very humid, but not too hot without the sun, so its bearable. It was much worse in some parts of Spain when it was over 40 degrees some days.
In other news, a big congrats to my cousin Donna and her finace Raff who got engaged last weekend! Another day, another engagement!
Well thats about it from me for now. Time to go scope out the swimming pool etc at this hotel!!
Till next time,
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Here we are in Singapore, we arrived yesterday evening from London, it was a great flight with Qantas, only 12 hours and very quick and comfortable. It was great to fly with Qantas after so many discount airline flights!!!
We stayed here last night, we headed to the Raffles hotel for the obligatory Singapore Sling, and then to China Town for dinner.
This morning we walked Orchard Road and then did a sightseeing bus tour before a quick bite for lunch (again at China Town - our hotel was nearby!) and then we were on the train out to the airport.
We are now waiting for our flight to Bangkok which leaves soon. We have 4 nights there before we come back to Singapore for our flight to Sydney on Monday.
Our weekend in Paris with Bec and Rog for the end of the Tour de France was great fun. We took it easy and wandered the streets and markets of Paris. We lined the Champs Elysee on Sunday and got a glimpse of the riders as they did 8 laps of the street in the final leg of the Tour. It was all very exciting!
It was a bit sad to leave Europe after 10 months over there...still plenty of shopping to be done in Bangkok though! We may need to purchase an extra bag as our carry on cases and back packs are chockers. We did well to fit everything in!!!
Anyway my free internet here at the gate lounge is about to run out so I must dash...
Hope all is well and I will try and write again before we get home. Only 5 more days to go! Very exciting.
Till next time,
PS will try and get pix up soon but that may have to wait till we are home.
Location: London, England
We are back in London for a day, we arrived from Madrid last night.
We had a nice couple of days in Lisbon, we didnt do heaps, we were quite happy to take it easy and chill out for a while. We even went to the movies on Wednesday to see Da Vinci Code. All the movies were in english with Portugese subtitles, so that worked out quite well!
We got the overnight bus from Lisbon to Madrid the other night which was the best ON bus we have had...lots of room on the seats and we had 2 seats to ourselves! They even gave us bottles of water as we hopped on board.
So we got to Madrid at 6.30am and headed to the airport to drop off our stuff. We got the Metro back into town and cruised around for a while. We headed back to the airport and checked in for our EasyJet flight to London. We arrived on time and got the tube to Veronica and Geraints place to pick up our stuff. There we had a lovely BBQ dinner with them in the back yard of their place, it will look so different next time we are there as kitchen renovations are due to start in a couple of months time.
We managed to fit all of our stuff into our back packs and we got the tube round to Bec and Rogers in Notting Hill, arriving just after 11pm. Another full on and very busy day!
Tonight we are going to Paris for the weekend with Bec and Rog. We are looking forward to a fun weekend cruising around Paris, and cheering the Aussies over the finish line on the Champs Elysee...the Tour de France finishes this weekend. Should be good! Look out for us on the TV!
Also some very exciting news just in...a big CONGRATULATIONS to my brother Gerard and his FIANCE Cathie on their engagement in Hong Kong the other day!!!!!!!! Gerard popped the question whilst at dinner in Hong Kong, I haven't had a chance to speak with them yet but have got the info from Dad and Caroline...guys if you are reading this congrats and we cant wait to see you and catch up on all the gossip!!!!
Not much else to report, we are in the middle of getting ourselves organised to come back home...our flight to Singapore leaves on Monday night so not long to go now!
Hope all is well with everyone, will try and put up a few more snaps in the next few days.
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
We made it to Lisbon safe and sound on the overnight bus this morning.
I just wrote a big diary entry and stuffed up on the computer so lost the whole thing!
We are having fun and seeing the sights. Our hostel is nice but a bit out of town. However the internet is free!
Being the suckers for punishment that we are, we have booked another overnight bus to Madrid tomorrow night. We fly from there to London on Thursday.
Will write more later when I have time, we have a limit of 30 mins so I have to get going!
Hope all is well with everyone.
Till next time,