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The round up: Our trip in stats and some 'hairy' moments

In which we sign off

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So that's that. After a week visiting family and friends, we've finally made it back home to sunny (OK... not so sunny) Brighton. We've had 'Merry Marchmas' in Leicester - our belated Christmas in which it actually snowed...

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... and surprised Marcus' mum on her birthday...

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So it's been a good week, and it's given us time to reflect... and bore everyone with stories... about what we've done in the last five months. And because we do love a good list, and some exciting stats, we thought we'd leave you with a few of those...

We have taken twelve flights, visited eight countries and (according to our blog map) travelled 31,422 miles. We've stayed in 48 different places (including hotels, hostels, boats, a tent, our lovely campervan and even a raft) and travelled by too many means of transport to count, including car, bus, train, plane, horse, bike, ski lift, moped, helicopter, cable car, motorbike, junk ship, ferry, elephant, campervan, kayak, paddle board and catamaran. And of course a fair few miles on foot too.

We have experienced temperatures from -15 to a scorching 43 degrees celcius and altitudes from sea level all the way up to 5545 metres. Between us we lost a stone and a half in weight in the first few weeks... and spent the next few months more than putting it back on again.

I have written 32 blog posts... and loved every minute of it.

Some random facts we are proud of. I haven't used a hair dryer, hair straighteners or worn make up for the entire trip. I haven't switched on my mobile phone, or checked my work emails. Not once. And on the EBC trek, we went thirteen days without a shower (and survived). I've sung live at the Hard Rock Cafe Sydney, and Marcus survived an hour lost in the Andean desert with only a horse for company.

But of course, some things can't be quantified. Perhaps the greatest achievement of our whole trip is the excessive amount of hair Marcus has managed to grow. You may have noticed. Just in case it's not clear enough... here is the first photo of Marcus on day one in Kathmandu:

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And here is the last photo of Marcus, back in Hull...

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When we landed back in the UK, we used the electronic passport gate. I waltzed straight through. It took a whole two minutes of scanning to recognise that yes, this hairy Robinson Crusoe lookalike really is the same guy who left the country in November. You can understand why.

In all seriousness, if we take anything away from the trip (other than that we really do still make each other laugh after 5 months of 24/7 togetherness) it's that the world is an incredible place - full of beauty, surprises, kindness and really as much alcohol as you can drink. We have seen some unbelievably beautiful sites (the whole of the New Zealand south island, the Himalayas from the top of Kala Patthar, Torres del Paine at sunrise), been amazed by so many historical and cultural sites (Angkor Wat, Boudhanath Stupa, Tengboche Monastery) and been blown away by the strength and generosity of spirit of people we have met everywhere. We have been truly blessed.

And that brings us to the end. Final thanks go to you all for reading and supporting the blog and our travels while we've been away. It has been so lovely getting all of your comments and emails while we've been away. I hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it. Until the next trip...

Adios y muchos besos xx

Posted by teamgb 09:46 Archived in United Kingdom

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What a wonderful last blog Rach. Keep those memories with you always xxxxxxxxxx

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