We haven’t decided yet how much to write in the blog about our settling in, what its like to finish the trip and settle into the UK. In a way we think the trip is over so maybe the blog is over and on the other hand people have been asking how it is, and the trip ending is part of the trip. It also feels such a different and significant time that maybe it is worth saving the memory for us and sharing a bit with others, anyway we’ll see. This may or may not be the last blog ~
A few stats to share:
Days travelled: 498
Kilometers travelled: 75,962 (47,200 miles)
Countries visited: 30
Borders crossings: 29 (doesn’t count the ones we didn’t have to stop at through Europe)
Road blocks we were stopped at: 81 (but waved through countless more! Namibia came out on top with 15)
Bribes solicited: 2 – but in hindsight one of the times we think he thought we were offering one so that may not count as he didn’t really ask
Bribes paid: 0 we didn’t intend to pay any but weren’t absolutely dead against it, we just didn’t come across it as often as expected! It affects locals much more from what we could gather. This doesn’t include Egypt. God only knows how much of what we paid went to whom and for what?!
Times we got properly stuck: 3 (two in mud and one in sand)
Wooden bridges we drove over: 44
Bites from march flies, tsetse flies and mozzies: about a billion
Health problems: a few grumbly bellies, the odd head cold, I had a bad eye infection in southern Africa, Olly got very ill in Cairo for a few days otherwise all good. Nothing you might not experience over that period of time anyway!
Things stolen: 2 A walking stick Olly used for the Gorilla trek (literally a stick the guide cut for him while walking) that we had on the outside, tucked in the sand ladder in Egypt and a small mirror in Ethiopia
Times we felt threatened: 0 – even in big bad Africa
Number of brilliant, generous, warm, kind people: too many to count – especially in big bad Africa
We don’t really know how to end this so….. we wont. We may be back on the blog but if we are not we can be in touch anyway as we now have phone and internet!!!
Thanks for ‘listening’ and letting us share this with you, for your comments, your thoughts, prayers, encouragement and for coming along with us. For anyone who has stumbled on this as a dreamer- DO IT!!! Whatever your “it” is. Don’t worry about work, money, houses, practicalities- well you will worry a bit about that, but all of it will disappear once you are on the road. We are happy to have questions as others have helped us and besides any excuse to talk about it we will take! 🙂 We are so so lucky and grateful to have been able to do this and not a day has passed that we havent felt it. We have been moved, touched, inspired and changed.
Lisa and Olly