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We made it!!!

Posted on 24 Dec 2013 | 20 comments

You may be concerned that we are still in Iran, but we are happy to report that we have made it safely back to our families in time for Christmas.

We hope you have a fantastic time with your loved ones too and want to wish you all a

Merry Christmas!

But if you were getting addicted to a weekly story don’t despair, we still have a few more adventures to share with you in the next few weeks to keep you entertained in the New Year.

Thanks for all your comments and ‘likes’ in the past 10 months. We have really appreciated each and every one of them.

We’d like to share a few photos with you of our emotional home coming. Sadly, not a white Christmas – but you can’t have everything.

we arrive in Holland!!!

we arrive in Holland!!!

we forgot to grab the camera when we first arrived, but this is at Jude's nephews' school (with sister Sandra and her husband Peter)

we forgot to grab the camera when we first arrived, but this is at Jude’s nephews’ school (with sister Sandra and her husband Peter)

Niels finishes school and comes running out

Niels finishes school and comes running out

next is picking up Jens from his school

next we pick up Jens

it's not every day you can stand on a car

it’s not every day you can stand on a car

Niels and Jens in Lara

Niels and Jens in Lara

showing our 'house' to Jude's family

showing our ‘house’ to Jude’s family

Jessie behind the wheel

Jessie behind the wheel

we finally arrive in the UK!!!

we finally arrive in the UK!!!

Jon finally sees Olivia

Jon gets a good-morning hug from Olivia

Jon and Sophie

Jon and Sophie waiting to see Father Christmas in Narnia

lovely family picture

lovely family picture

Jude says goodbye to Lara for the first time in a long time when Jon drops her off at Gatwick airport

Jude says goodbye to Lara for the first time in a long time when Jon drops her off at Gatwick airport

We know you’re all keen to know how many kilometers we’ve driven and who has won the sweepstakes. We are doing the numbers right now, but have allowed some time for bribes and will let you know as soon as possible who is the winner. Watch this space!

20 Comments

  1. It has been awesome!! I have no idea how you will return to “normal life” after all your adventures!

    • Fully agree, it was awesome! We don’t know yet either how the transition will go back to a ‘normal’ life but I’m sure we’ll still keep having adventures. We’d miss them too much otherwise 🙂

  2. Have loved reading your posts and seeing all your photos, thanks for keeping us all updated!

    • It’s been a pleasure and you’d be happy to learn there are still a few more adventures coming 🙂 All the best for 2014, hopefully we’ll see you again this year – it’s been too long!

  3. Merry Christmas, dear friends!
    I’m so happy for you! It was a fantastic adventure!
    Thanks God you’ve got home safely and in time!
    Big hug from Russia!

    • Hi Ivan, hope you had a fantastic Christmas too and all the best for 2014! Big hug from Holland!

  4. Hi Guys

    We say hi from GOA

    Merry Christmas

    Robert and Clary

    • Hope you had a great Christmas too and all the best for 2014!

  5. Hmmm bribes…. I know that I totally underestimated when I put in my initial guess so must j

    • Oops! Resort to bribery…. Can I offer you some local hospitality when u arrive home?? Maybe some assistance with finding a job at UWA Jude!!! 😉 Have a fabulous time with your families.
      Xxx

      • Thanks Tara! We’ll definitely take your bribe into consideration 🙂 Looking forward to catching up hopefully in a few months and I’ll let you know if we need a bed. All the best for you and family for 2014! Hopefully your shoulder will stop harassing you in the new year.

  6. Dear Jon & Jude,
    Thanks for sharing your incredible adventures with us!
    For now, enjoy this time of the year with your beloved ones and hope to see you guys maybe in the near future.

    Prettige Kerstdagen en een gelukkig Nieuwjaar.

    Groetjes, Guillaume

    • Glad you enjoyed it, enjoy the remainder of the stories! All the best for 2014 and maybe we’ll see you before we head back to Oz.

  7. Thank you Jon and Jude for the gift you provided to your readers by sharing your tremendous experience. It has been wonderful to travel along with you. Merry Christmas from Mt Maunganui, New Zealand.

    • Thank you! It’s been a pleasure sharing it, very happy you enjoyed it. There are still a few to come so you can enjoy it a bit longer. All the best for 2014 from Europe!

  8. Merry Christmas you two! I am sure you had a fantastic finish of your trip with your family reunions. Looking forward to our reunion!!

    • Hope your Christmas was fun too, only a few more months until we are probably back in Oz 🙂

      • YYYYYYYEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!
        Did you hear that?

  9. John and Jude. What a fantastic account of what must have been a wonderful experience. I enjoyed reading every post and the pictures were incredible. Glad you are safely in the UK. Hope to see you when you are next in Perth or maybe in Brisbane. Kind regards and Merry Christmas. Mike Mellor

    • Hi Mike, hope you had a great Christmas too and all the best for you and your family for 2014. Glad you’ve enjoyed our adventures. There are still a few more blogs to come as we’re still in Iran at the moment (with the blog). Enjoy the last ones!

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