28.09.2012 - 29.09.2012
Day 365: Beijing, China 28/09/2012
OMG, we check out of the hotel for the last time this year. The last day of the trip has arrived, twelve months of sun, sea, sand, adventure, laughs, tears, exciting experiences, incredible food, new friends and one hell of a learning curve coming to an end, an experience that will never be forgotten and stories that will surely only get taller and taller as time goes on. Such mixed feelings on this - pride, sadness, happiness and a sense of achievement on so many counts. Even the last packing ceremony of the year - for so long the bane of my life - brings a tear to the eye.
We enjoy the Super 8 facilities for the day, go for a stroll and buy a few little bits for those few people back home we haven't got anything for. An average tea before we are back on the subway for the last time. Arrive at the airport at 8. Our flight is not until 2am. Long wait for check-in...time to replay the last 365 days over in our heads. Gemma gets a good four hours kip on a bench before we finally get to lose the bags and go through to the departures lounge.
Day 366: Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK 29/09/2012
A quick change at Doha effectively gives us our thirteenth country of the trip (though I don't think we'll count this one) and before too long we are back where it all started, London Heathrow, and in another mirror of the start of the trip we are greeted by someone holding up my name on a piece of paper. The taxi flies back home through the familiar environs of the M4 and a knock on the door from two world weary travellers could be perceived as a nice surprise by some. Shame my family don't think so...Everybody shocked, most of all us. Culture shock catches us out for the first time! Time for a well earned rest and a few beers. The Champers starts to flow and the realisation that we are back home finally starts to sink in. Which leaves us with one thought...
Some trekkers are good, some trekkers are bad, but some trekkers, some trekkers are unbelievable trekkers!