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Nine Years On…

Nine years to the day since we set off around the world for ten months – here’s how we looked then

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and now.

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[Smaller rucksacks this time – we’re only off for a day out in London to renew Kirsten’s passport at the Belgian Embassy…]

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Welcome!

Welcome to Global Prices’ day-by-day blog of our family round-the-world trip from August 2009 to June 2010. Please use the links on the right to browse our posts and read about our travels.

The RTW Families tab links to our searchable database of globe-trotting families; please let us know of any additions to this list so that we can keep it up to date.

If you are contemplating a similar adventure with your family and you’d like our opinion or advice on anything, then do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

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Yet another slow day today. We all slept pretty solidly after our long and tiring day on the coach yesterday and we weren’t too disturbed by the mystery ‘ding-dongs’ that regularly emanate from the lift in the small hours of the night.

For breakfast we had cereal and some leftover bananas and apples and then most of us settled down in front of diaries or computer. Tim spent several hours trying to catch up with yesterday’s blog entry and Hannah wrote wonderful descriptions about our walk around the botanical garden at Mt Kinabalu.

Meanwhile I handwashed another load of clothes and hung them in the bathroom to dry. Tim and I then chose photos for our respective entries and added them onto the blog.

By now it was lunch time so I popped down to the local “Orange” mini-supermarket and bought some crackers, a tuna spread, jam, instant noodles and water. Tim only managed a couple of crackers as he is slightly suffering from an upset stomach – either a bug, or some food that didn’t agree with him.

The girls practised a new magic show and played a card game and the Lonpos game. Ellen managed to do several 2D puzzles off by heart.

Yet another afternoon thunderstorm, after which we all walked down to the supermarket at the nearby shopping centre. The sky was still overcast and the air felt so much cooler, which made our walk quite pleasant.

At the “Giant” supermarket we bought some more fruit, yoghurts, cereal and “reward” sweets for the girls.

We popped into our local cafe/restaurant for a plate of fried rice with pineapple and seafood and three spring rolls. It wasn’t much but it was enough for all four of us, especially with Tim only managing a small amount.

Not sure what our plans are for tomorrow. We had hoped to catch a ferry back to Sapi island to do some more snorkelling, but it depends on Tim’s tummy as a choppy speedboat crossing won’t do him any good…

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Photos!

Please have a look at our latest batches of photos – they go back to the end of our time in Australia (and it’s just taken me five hours in the middle of the night to put them on…)

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My Soggy Valentine

More rain today. So what? Can’t we just go out and explore anyway? We have raincoats, after all. Yes, but they have a special type of extra-wet precipitation here; a three-minute walk to the bakery (closed) and newsagents this morning left us soaked and in need of a change of trousers/skirts. It is so frustrating being in a beautiful part of the country and missing out on the chance to see it at its best; we’ve already been through that in the Blue Mountains.

So we cowards cowered indoors for the rest of the day, Kirsten and the girls engrossed in their new magazines while I wasted yet more online hours getting nowhere with booking accommodation near Melbourne and in Tasmania. Eventually we had to go $25/night over budget to secure anywhere salubrious in the Melbourne area; at least it looks a darn sight nicer than our Sydney place.

As for Tassie, we are tempting meteorological fate in a huge way by daring to consider renting a tent (plus sleeping bags, mats and cooking equipment) for our two weeks there, with the proviso that we can always book into a cabin if things get too damp for our liking. This was prompted by the high price of cabins and self-catering apartments around Launceston, even at this off-peak time of year. Doing the maths, just one night under canvas would recoup a fortnight’s tent hire.

It would be a chance to see more of the Great Outdoors and get closer to Nature (i.e. meet some creepy-crawlies); a sort of mini-holiday within our trip. Anyway, we’ll keep a close eye on the forecast before making any final decision.

Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted our subtle re-branding; we are now Global Prices’ Family RTW Trip in order to show up in the relevant Google searches. It’s all very well being top of the list for ‘Global Prices’ but we’re misleading a lot of financial researchers. So now we are honoured to be ranked in the company of pioneer RTW families such as the Flemings, the Edmeads and Sixintheworld. The exact mechanism of Google’s page ranking mystifies me – we seem to bob up and down the list from day to day – but it involves the number of links to one’s own site as well as the popularity of those linking sites.

We had our Sunday Roast tonight, but the bird wasn’t the most succulent one we’ve tasted; perhaps the chook was crook.

Even heavier downpours due tomorrow (several inches of rain) so the morning of our departure on Tuesday may be our only opportunity to admire the nearby lakes and beaches (and to take some photos).

A final digression. While Australia is pretty cutting-edge in most respects, it is stuck in a children’s TV timewarp; I am transported back to the early 1970s of my youth when I see Jemima, Humpty, Big Ted and Little Ted still going strong in the Australian Play School of today. The only disturbing anomaly is that they have seen fit to add a diamond window to the traditional round, square and arched ones…

The male children’s TV presenters here don’t quite throw themselves wholeheartedly into the role as they do in the UK; it’s as if they are constantly aware that their mates might be watching, so they make idiots of themselves with a kind of detached irony. And as for the Wiggles (one of Australia’s most lucrative exports), they’re just plain scary…

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Pretty cool

(in a nerdy sort of way…)

If you Google ‘global prices’ we are now the top search result!!!

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Photos!

Please scroll down for photos covering 21-28 Jan…

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