18.08.2014 - 31.08.2014 30 °C
Well, as we said, our last week in the UK was expected to be a winding down time, but didn't turn out that way. Something happening on 8 days of the last 9, but all good stuff, mostly with meals and family involved.
We left UK on Monday, and one of us found the goodbyes harder than other did. Our flight left at 1.45 pm and took 12.5 hours, plus we gained 7 hours on the way, so arrived in Singapore at about 9.15 am. In spite of having an empty seat next to us, so more room to spread out, we didn't get much sleep, and were pretty tired by the end of the first day in Singapore - slept for about 11 hours! It was wet when we arrived, but cleared up later in the day to be very hot (30 degrees) and humid. Next day the weather was much the same, but today (Thursday) has rained all day - so unfortunately we had to shelter in a couple of shopping centres! It was tough, but we managed it. (2 umbrellas, Graham 2 shirts, Lesley a top.) We were planning to visit Sentosa Island, but hopefully the weather will be kinder tomorrow (though not looking promising) so we can go then. Talking to a taxi driver between shopping centres, he told us that it is the rainy reason so I guess we just have to accept that it might just rain a little from time to time!
We arrive back in NZ on Sunday 31st. However, we gave the tenant in our house the option of an extra month after the original 5 months was up, and she has chosen to take it, so we will be persons of no fixed abode for September, and then will have the fun of unpacking and getting our house in order. We look forward to catching up with everyone back home at some stage.
So to sum up - the 5 months has flown by, and the beginning of our trip almost seems like a dream. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to do this, to see some wonderful places, catch up with Lesley's family, meet old friends and make some new ones, and have a lot of fun along the way - so many memories when we sort through and weed out some of the 3000 photos we've taken. So those of you who wanted to see photos - how long have you got?? Would we do it again? Probably not for that long, but who knows - we'll see how we feel in a few years when we've settled down from this one.
So we'll sign off for this time, and thanks for reading.