Sadly tonight (Friday) is officially our last night before we head back to South Africa, and bring this trip to a close. We are currently on a flight from Bali, Indonesia to Singapore. After strict luggage restrictions over the past three months, I can finally let loose and shop till I drop in Singapore. If I have energy left! Andy has decided that we should “go out with a bang” and booked us into the Ritz-Carlton for the night – to make up for all the “roughing it” we had to endure lately. (Not really!) Hotels (even 5 star) in Singapore are much cheaper than their Western equivalents. That’s how we are rationalising it anyway.
We have also arranged to have dinner with Andy’s brother this evening. He lives in London, but is in Singapore on business. We tried to meet up with him on our way through Heathrow at the start of our trip, but to no avail. Attempt number 2 should work! We are going to start the evening off with Singapore Sling cocktails.
With the trip winding down, I thought I’d compile a quick spreadsheet (Excel is like riding a bicycle I discovered) of some the numbers of the tour:
95: Total number of tour days
33: Number of flights (we were flying about every 3rd day of the tour – crazy!)
22: Number of different hotels we stayed in
5: Number of self-catering apartments we stayed in
2: Number of home stays (Denver and Auckland)
2: Number of boat stays (Caribbean Cruise & Great Barrier Reef Live-aboard)
2: Number of bus trips
5: Number of train trips
6: Number of cars we hired
I started counting the taxi rides, but gave up!
We arrive in OR Tambo airport on Sunday morning. Apparently South Africa has been experiencing freezing temperatures – so that’s what we to look forward to! Oh well, this tropical holiday can’t last forever. Watch out for probably one more post after this….