The awful inbetween bit

Published: January 8th 2013
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Well I guess someone might be wondering what we are doing at the moment and why the blogging has stopped so I thought I better update and explain. We had always planned to return home for a few weeks after Ethiopia to attend Holly’s graduation and catch up with family and friends which we did, having a great time doing it all. However we also had a rethink of our plans and worked out that if we cut down on the last section of our travel plans we would have enough to buy a small place to live in when the adventure is finally over.

So we are still in England and in the middle of a very frustrating and long drawn out house purchase, not helped by discovering that the sellers solicitor had lost all his paperwork and not informed anyone so 3 weeks were completely wasted! Gutted just doesn’t sum up how we feel. Luckily we do have somewhere to stay but conditions are worse than anywhere we have been on our travels!!

We intend to spend 2-3 months travelling in South America once everything is sorted out (and assuming we can scrape/borrow enough cash) and already our feet are really itching to be off. Lots of times we wonder why on earth we decided to do this but I know we have made the right decision however awful it may feel at the moment.

So we remain stuck in limbo for now but hopefully it won’t be for much longer.


9th January 2013

Thanks for the update...
hope the house purchase comes to a successful conclusion. I'm looking forward to your SA blogs. I'm also getting itchy feet. I just made reservations from Colorado Springs to Beijing where I will join my son to take the train along the Silk Road as far as Tashkent, Bukhara, and Samarkand, and then via Air Baltics to Riga, where we will visit the Baltics and Finland before I fly to London and back to Colorado Springs...all in a round the world trip between March 21 and April 16. That will be the extent of my travels in 2013. 2014 is reserved for South I will take good notes from your blogs.
14th January 2013

Hi Bob, thanks for your comments, the waiting is awful (house buying in England is really really slow) but we are trying to fill in the time by planning for south america. Your trip sounds fabulous, have you had any problems getting all the visas you need? It is something we considered doing as part of our trip but ruled it out as getting all the visas was going to be very tricky and we decided we would try and do it as a holiday from home instead. I believe i also have you to thank for nominating me for the blogger of the week! I was so chuffed and as I loved Ethiopia it made it all a bit more special so thanks very much for that. I have missed blogging, which was a surprise as at times it was hard to keep up with it when we were on the road, but hopefully you will find something of interest/use once we finally get going again. A Happy New Year to you and your family!
10th January 2013

Finaly caught up with you.
Wishing you a Happy New Year here in the UK. Hope all your plans sort them selves out soon so you can be off again Love from us both.
14th January 2013

Hi and a Happy New Year to you both too! We are really struggling with being stuck in this limbo but hoping it wont take much longer. We are trying to spend the time waiting by planning our south america leg but not knowing when we can go means we can't buy tickets yet. Lots of love to you both and please pass my love onto Aunty Joyce also x
15th January 2013

Visas are a bit of a problem...
I can't mail my visa application to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago which serves my has to be hand delivered. I think they want you to use their visa agents. Fortunately, my sister lives outside of Chicago and has agreed to deliver the application. I'm just starting to look into the Uzbekistan visa as a heads up for when I get my passport back from the Chinese Consulate. Visas, and their cost, is one reason I decided no to visit Kazakstan. I am transiting Almaty for four hours. I'm going to count that as a country visited even though there are TBers that disagree! Thanks for your response.

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