Changes and new beginnings

My 15 month long round the world tour was quite a transformative experience. I learned a lot about myself. I do not like sleeping in dorms (except in Japan). I want to have a home base where I can return after each trip. Make up is not necessary and my face is just fine without…

RTW the dollars, dongs and yuan of it all

The value of my Grand Adventure cannot be measured in money. It is measured in memories, in the sights, smells, tastes and sounds: in the furry and scaled animals: the people I met and the places I explored. However, you may wonder how much it cost. The honest answer is that I don’t know exactly.…

RTW journey of a lifetime

After fifteen months and two days it was over. If I only count days when I was not on UK soil, it’s fifteen months exactly. I’ve already written about the emotional fallout further down, but this is the last update on my travel numbers and best-of lists. It was a journey of a lifetime in…

RTW journey’s end and coming home

Returning home after fifteen months of continuous travelling was quite surreal. There I was, onboard one of the biggest container ships in the world, arriving to Southampton in style. I had expected to travel in Europe first and to return home like I always do, by getting off the Eurostar in St Pancras International station.…

RTW crossing from China to UK on a cargo ship

The CMA CGM Kerguelen was two years old, practically brand new. The china had never been used. The sheets had never been slept in. * Needle scratch * No, not that new. And no, not that ship. But it still had that new container ship smell, hardly any rust, and overall much less grime than…

RTW review – month 15

Almost home. As I write this, it’s two days until I disembark in Southampton and finish my Grand Adventure. Most of the last month was spent onboard my last (for now) container ship, which I will have more to write about later. This post is thus shorter than usual, but there will be some sort of…

RTW sun, sand and ships on the Suez canal

Since I decided to stay on the CMA CGM Kerguelen until Southampton instead of disembarking in Algeciras, the blog posts I had scheduled for the journey ran out a few days ago. So, you get a bonus blog post about the Suez Canal to keep you entertained while I travel in all possible comfort and…

RTW Europe preview

Do I look forward to returning to Europe? Yes and no. Yes, because it’s where I feel at home, where my friends and family are, and because it means I can pick up my normal life again. Except everything will be different: a new flat, a new home town, a new job. Well, to me…

RTW dorms and dorm etiquette

After six weeks in hostels in Japan, where they were excellent with few exceptions, and then coming back to China, the dorm quality dropped down considerably. I wrote a post earlier about minimum requirements for accommodation, now it is time for a post on what constitutes a stellar dorm experience. Let’s just assume the bare…

RTW mastering chopsticks

You might think that after almost 8 months in Asia, I would be a pro at eating with chopsticks. Ha ha ha. No. I mean I haven’t starved or anything, so I must be able to eat with them. And I usually manage to eat without anyone laughing and pointing at my sad attempts. But…