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And so it begins…..

Posted on 2 Mar 2013 | 1 comment

Almost 10 years to the day from the date we arrived in Australia, we are finally off. Australia farewells us with a Brisbane summer thunderstorm. Are the gods angry with us?

Months and months of planning and finally we are on our way. We celebrate with a gin and tonic. But, to be honest, we have mixed emotions combined with exhaustion, a result of frantic last minute jobs and perhaps a few too many nights of leaving drinks.

In Singapore we stay with an old uni mate, Graham, his wife Sharon and 4 month-old Kaida. It’s the perfect way to start, not least because they live in a palatial apartment with a pool and a view to die for.

Singapore night sky

Singapore night sky

We are on a budget for the first time in many years – which is going to take some getting used to. Our fiends generously invite us for cocktails at the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, and as we watch the sun setting over the harbour with Indonesia in the distance, we realise its going to be all downhill from here!

drinks at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with Graham, Sharon & Kaida

drinks at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with Graham, Sharon & Kaida

Indeed it is. We are unable to collect our Uzbek visa and will have to try again on the road. The officials are very polite, but the answer is “Its just not possible”. We might be hearing more of this…

big fail at the Uzbek Embassy in Singapore

big fail at the Uzbek Embassy in Singapore

The taxi driver spends the entire journey warning us about Malaysia, its people its prime minister, its anti-Singapore policies and more (we stopped listening) on the trip to the railway station to catch the train to Kuala Lumpur.

It was good to meet up with Guy & Cheryl and Rob & Robyn again at the station.  The Earthcruiser folks of course elected to travel first class, but they quickly redeemed themselves by bringing us cake. Its 6 hours on the ‘express’ train, and we savour letting someone else do the driving for the last time.

We understand the vehicles have arrived in KL. It remains to be seen how long it will take us to get them out of customs…

1 Comment

  1. Hi folks, jullie zijn los! Erg goed en toch ook spannend, maar het wordt steeds duidelijker dat je deze expeditie waanzinnig goed hebben voorbereid, chapeau! In Singapore is het blijkbaar al niet anders als waar dan ook op de wereld. Een Vlissinger zal je waarschuwen voor Middelburgers en in Bergen o. Z. hebben ze weinig waardering voor Roosendaal. Amsterdammers kunnen zelfs het woord Rotterdam niet uitspreken! Zo gaan die dingen, als het maar leuk blijft.
    Alle goeds voor jullie, op de eerste plaats met de gezondheid en met de mechanica. Genieten en ver- en bewonder! Wij volgen jullie met zeer grote belangstelling en bewondering! Annie en Theo. X

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