The Final Post by The Beers: an Oddly specific list of things

We have been back in the UK now for four weeks and it’s hard to believe that we travelled around the world for three months… was it all a dream? Luckily we have hundreds, thousands(!) of fantastic photos and our blog to remind us that we did actually do it and what an amazing time we had. Our last post records our random highs and lows along with other notes of significance (recorded mainly for our benefit so that we don’t forget them!):

Travelling around the world has been a great experience for a ten year old girl. My highlights have got to be swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, a dream I’ve had since I was little, holding a koala in Australia Zoo, the home of Bindi Irwin (the girl I took a shine to  as a toddler) and watching “The Magic Flute” in Sydney Opera House. Most of all, I’ve loved being with my family for three months. (Josie)

I had a fantastic time travelling to different countries around the world. My favourite part was riding and washing elephants in India, flying in a helicopter to the top of a glacier in New Zealand and white water rafting in New Zealand. I am looking forward to visiting more countries like Spain and Italy next year. (Morgan)

The trip fulfilled and exceeded my expectations. I would pack my rucksack and do it all again tomorrow, with alot less worrying. Thanks to my family for being top travel companions and sorry about the swearing! (Gilly)

All of it. (Ian)

Most jaw dropping places: the Grand Canyon, the temples in Maduria India, Lake Tekapo NZ

Best rooms with a view: apartments in Kaikoura NZ and Sydney

Top snorkelling beaches: Mantanani Island and Turtle Island (Borneo)

No 1 place to eat: The Boat Shed, Nelson, NZ

Scariest moments: The House of Horrors (Josie and Ian), Rickshaw rides in Delhi, walking around the (wide open, mile-drop o certain death) rim of the Grand Canyon (Gilly)

Grumpiest waitress: “Yippee-ei-o! Steakhouse”, Tusayan, Arizona

Coolest moments: Watching the Tandem surfing in Noosa, Australia, cruising Palm Springs in the Mustang (with the roof down of course!), watching the skateboarding on Venice Beach, LA.

Bruises, scrapes and bumps: grazed nose and chin from being dumped surfing in Noosa (Josie), pecked by a parakeet in Sydney (Morgan), bumped head in the playground NZ (Morgan), bruised shin from running into a tree stump after one too many glasses of wine in Punakaiki, NZ (Gilly)

Biggest annoyances: Losing clothes in Hawai’i, Sandflies in New Zealand, Morgan waking everyone up most nights with his sleep talking!

Worst swearing: Gilly (mainly at laptop and Ian’s driving in Borneo)

Tastiest burger: “Woodys” in Palm Springs

Top experiences for kids: riding, feeding and washing elephants in India, swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura, NZ (Josie),

Top family experiences: watching green turtles lay eggs on a moonlit beach in Borneo, white water rafting in Queenstown NZ, watching wild seal pups playing in the water in NZ

Biggest thrills: helicopter ride to the top of Franz Josef glacier (Morgan and Ian), rides at Universal Studio, rollercoasters in Las Vegas

Comfiest bed slept in: 7 Springs Motel, Palm Springs

Best nights out: Sydney Opera House to watch “The Magic Flute” (Josie and Gilly), stargazing on top of Mt John in Lake Tekapo, NZ

Best nights in: disco dancing in the sitting room at Jelly Mold in Marlborough Sounds NZ, watching the amazing night time view from our apartment in Sydney

Noisiest night: staying in a Yurt on the Big Island, Hawai’i (cockerals crowing and dogs barking)

Best airline (by far): Air New Zealand (just check out their in-flight safety videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm37fEYZ0L4  or even better: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM6EHG_NbEc )

Worst airline: Hawaiian airlines (expensive, bad service and terrible food)

Funniest moments: teaching the kids to toss a coin at the only restaurant open in Carmel Junction America, Morgan tasting some white ‘milk’ from a rubber tree, looking for a pair of skateshoes to buy Morgan in America and when we finally found a pair he wanted to know where the wheels came out!

Most unique and tranquil homestay: Manayath Heritage Residence in Chellarkovil, India. Thank you Mr Thomas and family!

Hottest food: spicy chilli pineapple (sorry Josie!) at “The Billiardiers”, Delhi

Most eco-friendly homestay with delicious home cooked food: Sans Souci in Golden Bay, NZ

Biggest suprise for the kids: meeting their Aunty Sue and Uncle Darren at the top of “The Stratosphere” in Las Vegas

Teeth lost: 2 in America (Josie)

Countries where they drive on the correct side during our trip: 5

Countries where they drive on the wrong side:  1 (US was the only one on this trip, bless them. And they decided to drive on the left by the toss of coin. Muppets.)

Hire cars with two pedals: 2

Hire cars with three pedals: 1 and what a slug – the Perouda Viva 660

Flights taken: 14

Aircraft manufacturers: 2 (Boeing and Airbus. How dull air travel has become.)

Weight of kids rucksacks: 4.5-5.4 kilos depedning on which airport scales they were weighed on.

Mum’s rucksack: 14kg

Dad’s rucksack: 17.8kg

Population and denisties therein per km2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states_and_dependent_territories_by_population_density

India: 1.2bn at 386 people per km2

Borneo: 19.8mn at 26 people per km2

Singapore: 5mn at 7148 people per km2 (a city state!)

Australia: 23mn at 3 people per km2 (they all live round the edges. The centre has NOTHING so it’s a bit misleading is it not?))

New Zealand: 4.3mn at 16 people per km2

UK: 62mn at 255 people per km2

USA: Who cares per km2

First Cousins visited: 1

Bowls of noodles consumed with distant Cousins in Singapore: 1

Numbers of cousins by marriage who have written illustrated guides to the Birds of Borneo: 1

5.11PM 24th March 2012, 11 Duncan Street, Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand: kids experience their first earthquake. No damage done.

Rugby matches attended: 1

Points the Canterbury Crusaders beat the (South African) Free State Cheetahs by at the inagural game at Christchurch Stadium: 7 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10794401

Months since the Crusaders played at home (due to earthquakes): 22 In days: 680

6 Nations Grand Slam champions 2012: Wales. (We were in Toowoomba at the time.)

Happy Birthday Sydney Harbour Bridge: 80 on 19th March 2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-17439925

Highway code changes in host country during our visit: 1 (New Zealand)

Jupiter and Venus in unusual conjunction: March 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/interactive/2012/mar/13/venus-jupiter-conjunction-interactive

Time to sign off for now. As for future adventures for The Beer family, well, watch this space………………

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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3 thoughts on “The Final Post by The Beers: an Oddly specific list of things

  1. Debbie

    Lovely last post and great momento for you guys. Very pleased (and not surprised) to read that New Zealand scores very highly in all your ‘best of’ categories. It does take some beating. Shame it’s so far away, or maybe that’s why it stays so unspoilt………….

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  2. G/Pat.

    Excellent final post as were every one of the previous posts. They all brought a smile to my face as I read them. Gilly should make this one into one of her pictures then it would always be on show for the four of you to chat about. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Where next?

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  3. Sam

    Love the ANZ safety video!!!! Amazing to see how much you did in 84 days – what a trip!

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