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Michael's Round-the-World honeymoon

a travel blog by The Happy Couple


Michael's view on the trip. This blog is really mostly for me, so that I'll have a clearer memory of the trip when it's done, like a journal, so please forgive me my obsessions like sampling and photographing all the local food and the booze. It's just my thing!

Also please forgive all typos, spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes. I'm usually doing this in a rush, and most of the time it's on such a slow PC that it would take even longer to check for mistakes and correct them.

The blog is usually 2 to 3 weeks behind, but I try to keep next few locations on the map up-to-date. You can see the schedule dates associated with the map if you go to http://blogabond.com/TripView.aspx?TripID=4517 and click "Show Newest First" or, if the maps are causing problems try http://blogabond.com/TripView.aspx?tripID=4517&slow=1
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Just setting up the blog...

Glasgow, United Kingdom


I've added everywhere we're flying to (and from), on the map, but the dates after flying from South Africa to Hong Kong are all guesses at the moment. I've filled in some guesses at the overland sections as well, but everything in the Americas is highly speculative.

permalink written by  The Happy Couple on November 26, 2008 from Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Wedding Gifts

Glasgow, United Kingdom


Lots of people have been asking us about a "gift list". We don't have a gift list, partly because we already have most of what you normally put on it, and partly because we won't be able to cart them all round the world with us.

Instead, what we are hoping is that people will donate something towards the account we've set up at STA Travel. The RTW plane ticket is paid for, but it would be wonderful if we could afford some extra excursions while we are travelling. Most of the time we will be living very cheaply, so a pre-paid excursion would be a massive treat.

You can put something into this account by phoning STA Travel on George Street (0871 468 0622) or emailing Robert.Warburton@statravel.co.uk and asking if you can pay something towards booking number 685737.

permalink written by  The Happy Couple on November 26, 2008 from Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Final Countdown

Glasgow, United Kingdom


So little time left and still loads to do!

I've had enough of embassies and consulates. Yesterday I drove to Edinburgh, running rather late for my visa appointment, and the lorry driver in front of me once I'd hit the city traffic was blasting out Europe's "The Final Countdown" as we crawled through the West End. Very amusing and poignant I thought... until I got to the visa place (nearly on time) and they told me I could pick up the passports in 3 to 5 working days i.e. 1 to 3 working days after we leave the country. You used to be able to get your visa in one day, until they outsourced it.

So now we have to get two visas en route: Indian and Chinese.

permalink written by  The Happy Couple on December 6, 2008 from Glasgow, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom




permalink written by  The Happy Couple on December 9, 2008 from London, United Kingdom
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No internet in Joburg

Johannesburg, South Africa


Finally got online! But not for long.... my Mobile is 0783894391 or +27783894391 from outside South Africa

permalink written by  The Happy Couple on December 10, 2008 from Johannesburg, South Africa
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Before the wedding

Henley on Klip, South Africa


When we first arrived in South Africa we thought we'd spend a bit of time with Joanne's family, so we stayed with her brother Kenneth at Henley on Klip, just outside Johannesburg. Their garden was originally mooted as a possible wedding venue.

permalink written by  The Happy Couple on December 10, 2008 from Henley on Klip, South Africa
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Car Hire in Cape Town

Johannesburg, South Africa


I'm trying to organise car hire at the moment... so can everyone who is coming to Cape Town please remind me when they expect to be there until? A text to my SA number would be ideal...

permalink written by  The Happy Couple on December 12, 2008 from Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa




permalink written by  The Happy Couple on December 14, 2008 from Cape Town, South Africa
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Wedding Music

Cape Town, South Africa


Just another quick entry for those attending the wedding. We're struggling to come up with music for the DJ to play, so, to help us out, we are asking for everyone to send us up to 5 requests: favourite tunes for dancing if that's what you plan to do; or just for sitting and listening to while you get sloshed, otherwise.

Of course we reserve the right to pick and choose etc etc :-)

The sooner the response the better. The DJ needs time to download them after all! -- and the "broadband" isn't up to much here.

permalink written by  The Happy Couple on December 23, 2008 from Cape Town, South Africa
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Constantia, South Africa




permalink written by  The Happy Couple on January 3, 2009 from Constantia, South Africa
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