20.03.2012 9 °C
The Asian chapter of our magical journey has come to an end and both Charlie and I feel more than a little melancholy about this. We have no reason to feel sad as we are heading onto Central and South America and, no doubt, both destinations will provide equally interesting and also varied experiences. However it does feel rather symbolic that the first part of our trip has ended especially as Hong Kong was our last destination and one which left us both feeling so enthused about the city/country. I know that Charlie had always yearned to visit Hong Kong and the fact that it fully lived up to her expectations acted as an amazing footnote to the first four months on the road.
However, to try and summarise the seven countries we have visited in this entry seems rather futile. There have been so many great and wonderful experiences - as well as the not so great at times! We have learnt that our own experience has been tailored by our own decision-making. Our journey is unique in the sense that no other individual or couple would/will ever have the same experience as us! How amazing is that? So whilst, in theory, anyone can visit the likes of the Taj Mahal, Bangkok, Hanoi Opera house, Singapore, Hua Hin beach etc. and as great and wonderful as they all are it is the journey that you take for yourself that really adds the 'colour' to the overall adventure. The tiny, vile, and ridiculously hot room (with no air conditioning or fan) that was our home for four nights in Mumbai, the ten year old dented maroon and ant infested Proton that we drove through Malaysia, or the use of a kitchen for seven nights at Jack and Odette’s flat in Singapore are the daily elements that glue the whole thing together. Sure, all the aforementioned sights that I mentioned are great and I am really pleased to have seen them but I do find myself thinking and talking to Charlie about the small, others would suggest possibly insignificant, details much more. For me this has been as important as seeing as much of the world as I have seen so far.
The trip has been mind blowing there are no two ways about that and Asia has certainly been an amazingly educational place to kick start the adventure. I sincerely hope that the Americas can offer us half as much - which I am sure they will!
Oh, I forgot to mention earlier that on our last night in Hong Kong we went to Happy Valley racecourse. Charlie picked the winner in the first race and I picked the winner in the second...
...The next two races did not go quite as well but we still ended the night £1 richer!
Ross and Charlie