We’re on the road again, at the beginning of our second overland journey – through India, Southeast Asia, China, Central Asia, the Middle East and East Africa – to our homes and families in Cape Town.
The journey did not begin smoothly. I missed my flight from Cape Town to Mumbai, which left Claire waiting at Hotel Samrat, irritated by my absent mindedness and wails from the karaoke bar downstairs. I have muddled up our transport arrangements before. We missed our first bus, from London to York, at the start of our last trip, but caught every other bus, flight, boat and train after that, all the way to Shanghai. I’ve chosen to interpret my error – mistaking the departure time of my connecting flight, from Johannesburg, for the departure time of my first flight, from Cape Town – as a good omen. Claire disagrees.
We’ve described this second journey as “Shanghai to Cape Town overland”, here and in conversations with friends. It’s a useful summary, but isn’t exactly true. A more accurate description of our route and still vague itinerary are now up. And if you haven’t read them yet, Claire and I have both updated our profiles, to reflect how our attitudes to travel have changed since we left the Spotted Cow, awkwardly carrying two clean, unfamiliar backpacks almost five years ago.
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