I’m writing this from Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. To quickly bring you up to speed, after China Alex and I travelled to South Korea by ferry. We really enjoyed our short week and a bit (18-26 October) in South Korea and I’ll write more about it as soon as I get a chance. From Busan we took another overnight ferry to Japan, which is where we’ve been for the last three weeks.
Tonight is a bit of a turning point in our five month world tour. We flew out of London to Croatia on the 24th of July this year and tonight will be our first flight since then. In four months we’ve travelled all the way from Croatia to Japan by surface transport only: rail, bus and ferries.
Our route took us up through the middle of Europe, across Scandinavia and the Baltics, then we had our Trans-Mongolian adventure across Russia and Mongolia, ended up in China, and from there we took the ferries described above to end up in Japan. Whew!
So where do we go from here? We have about a week and a half in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang), a week in Sri Lanka (Colombo and Galle), then a few days in Singapore before we finally fly back to Australia. By the time we get there we’ll have been away from our home country for nearly two and a half years.
And it doesn’t end there. ^_^; We’re not flying straight back home to Melbourne but into Brisbane where we’ll spend a few days with friends and family before hiring a car and driving down the east coast to Newcastle. It will take us about a week, stopping off in Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Seal Rocks along the way. We’ll have Christmas with our families (Alex in NSW, me in Vic), then New Year’s and some beach time in Newcastle, before finally returning home to Melbourne on the 10th of January 2013.