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The long way home After 3 years in the UK we're off back home to NZ, but not before attempting to rid ourselves of the dreaded travel lurgy.

We're off!

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 6 August 2007 | Views [1015] | Comments [12]

Yeah!..finally the day has arrived. Tommorow Vien and I start our 8 month trip around Europe and Asia. We're a few days late setting off but now everythings been sold, shipped and packed so there's no turning back. The build up was busy but we've had a good week with Ran (my brother) and have piled on the calories in preparation of living off cheese and tomato baguettes!Yummy!

We'll use this journal to keep in contact with you all as often as we can..you can't get rid of us that easy!!

If you have a dying need to contact us, our emails are as follows, otherwise you can leave comments on our journal:

[email protected]
[email protected]

I'm sure you can figure out whos email is whos.

A big thank you to everybody for the great send off and good laughs we've had over the last 3 years, check out the pics. We'll miss you all.

First stop: MONTENEGRO!!

 :) Vien and Sharan

Here are our plans although knowing us and plans you can guarantee it's going to change a lot:

Zadar, Croatia August 6, 2007
Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina August 7, 2007
Dubrovnik, Croatia August 11, 2007
Split, Croatia August 14, 2007
Zadar, Croatia August 17, 2007
Pula, Croatia August 20, 2007
Ljubljana, Slovenia August 21, 2007
Salzburg, Austria August 24, 2007
Vienna, Austria August 28, 2007
Krakow, Poland August 31, 2007
Tatra mountains, Poland September 2, 2007
Warsaw, Poland September 4, 2007
Berlin, Germany September 6, 2007
Amsterdam, Netherlands September 9, 2007
Dresden, Germany September 12, 2007
Hanau, Germany September 14, 2007
Munich, Germany September 23, 2007
Lucerne, Switzerland September 28, 2007
Bern, Switzerland September 30, 2007
Colmar, France October 2, 2007
Dijon, France October 5, 2007
Paris, France October 8, 2007
Blois, France October 10, 2007
Bayeux, France October 12, 2007
Saint Malo, France October 13, 2007
Quimper, France October 15, 2007
Bordeaux, France October 16, 2007
San Sebastian, Spain October 18, 2007
Madrid, Spain October 19, 2007
Sevilla, Spain October 23, 2007
Granada, Spain October 24, 2007
Cordoba, Spain October 25, 2007
Valencia, Spain October 26, 2007
Carcassonne, France October 28, 2007
Avignon, France October 29, 2007
Nice, France October 30, 2007
Italian Lakes, Italy November 2, 2007
Verona, Italy November 4, 2007
Venice, Italy November 6, 2007
Dolomites, Italy November 9, 2007
Bologna, Italy November 10, 2007
La Spezia, Italy November 12, 2007
Florence, Italy November 14, 2007
Rome, Italy November 19, 2007
Naples, Italy November 24, 2007
Pompeii, Italy November 26, 2007
Amalfi, Italy November 28, 2007
Mt Stromboli, Italy November 30, 2007
Palermo, Italy December 1, 2007

end of part I

London, United Kingdom December 3, 2007

Bangkok, Thailand December 9, 2007
Kanchanaburi, Thailand December 11, 2007
Ayutthaya, Thailand December 13, 2007
Phitsanulok, Thailand December 15, 2007
Lampang, Thailand December 17, 2007
Mae Hong Son, Thailand December 21, 2007
Phimai, Thailand December 25, 2007
Khao Yoi, Thailand December 27, 2007
Battambang, Cambodia December 29, 2007
Siem Reap, Cambodia December 31, 2007
Prasat Preah Vihear, Cambodia January 4, 2008
Phnom Penh, Cambodia January 6, 2008
Kampot, Cambodia January 8, 2008
Kratie, Cambodia January 16, 2008
Si Phan Don, Laos January 20, 2008
Vientiane, Laos January 28, 2008
Luang Prabang, Laos February 3, 2008
Huay Xai, Laos February 9, 2008
Hanoi, Vietnam February 21, 2008
Halong Bay, Vietnam February 23, 2008
Hue, Vietnam February 25, 2008
Hoi An, Vietnam March 2, 2008
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam March 12, 2008
Koh Samui, Thailand March 18, 2008
Phuket, Thailand March 20, 2008
Bangkok, Thailand March 25, 2008
Auckland, New Zealand March 26, 2008 HOME!!!!!

Tags: The Planning Phase



Hi Guys!

Well from your extensive plan I can see that perhaps we will be in Munich at the same time... Not planning to attend the Oktoberfest are ya? Because I am!!! yay for german beer and sausages.. Will let you know where I'm staying closer to the time...


  Komal Krishna Aug 6, 2007 8:10 PM



Sounds like you guys are going to have lots of fun.....or should I say are having lots of fun....shame switzerland dates don't match mine...would have loved to meet up...still looking forward to photos.....Enjoy and take care

Rubina x x

  Rubina Aug 6, 2007 10:47 PM


Hi Guys

So finally you're going back? I can't believe it's been 3 years since you first came. Well everyone will have enough of England at some point with the lovel weather, people etc... Anyways enjoy you're trip, but I didn't see a drop off to me?
C Ya

  Samina Ghori Aug 7, 2007 1:44 AM


Hey you two,

Wow! You've got quite the itinery there! Have loads of fun, which I'm sure you will! Just remember to take a break at times, travelling can be full on and it's ok to take days off and not do anything but laze around. You don't have to see it all. I find that having days off really makes me appreciate what I see more! Oh I'm so jealous, you are heading to some exciting destinations!
Keep us up dated!
lots of love and hugs

  Mun Aug 7, 2007 2:18 AM


I think it's a little drastic that just because Chelsea won nothing of note last season (and even failed to life the Community Shield!?) that you have decided to run back to NZ with your tail between your legs under the smoke-screen of a trip around the World!... sigh :)

As you may have guessed I too am being visited by the Green-eyed monster.

Seriously have a fantastic time the both of you and keep in touch.

Take care,

  Ed Aug 7, 2007 3:11 AM


Hi Guys, fab travel plans! You sure, you wanna come back to tiny NZ? Saw, you'll be visiting Hanau in Germany. Say 'hello' to the people there, and take some good photos....it's the place I was born. :)
Have a great time, and we gonna see you then next year, aye? Cheers, Holger

  Holger Aug 7, 2007 6:34 AM


I'm soo jealous...ha...hope you two have heaps of fun.

  Jean-Murray Aug 7, 2007 7:15 AM


Hi Guys!
Lets meet up at Xmas, I may have a visitor from Florida (where I am as we speak-yum!) you might like to meet. Have lots of fun, don't be afraid to change your route if you fancy- be spontaneous its fun!xxxBev

  Bev Aug 7, 2007 11:20 AM


Hello Vien
Good to hear you come back to Thailand. I miss you so much. It will be good to see you again. Me love you long time.
Yours forever

  Ladyboy Aug 8, 2007 11:18 AM


Hey, i had a quick look at your plan and have seen i will be in Rome the same time you are! i'm going with family for a weekend to celebrate my cousins 21st birthday. i know your dates may vary still but if you are there anytime between 23rd-25th Nov, let me know and i'll try to find you for a drink...or 2 :-)

  Hamster Aug 15, 2007 12:55 AM


Finally going home then Sharan?! WoW what will the UK do without you?!!!
I'm sure you will both enjoy yourselves immensly (SP?) on your round the world trip (not 80 days like will fog then ?:P ). Keep up with the txt and the photo's....for those of us who will never get to go around the world, we should at least be able to see it in pictures :)
Have fun!

  Mandie Aug 16, 2007 5:31 PM


Oh my gosh, you look like backpacking bums. Can't wait till you come home AND could you be anymore bloody organised with the list of countries you are going to??? Don't die and don't turn into hippy freaks x

  Eleanor Aug 17, 2007 6:28 AM

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