Home again, and I have to say that it was not a bad journey, thanks especially to the clever check in system at Hong Kong whereby you can check in your baggage early at the station. Especially useful because we had to vacate the guesthouse at midday but our flight wasn’t until after midnight. We had a very enjoyable traditional Cantonese meal at a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui with our former lodgers Karen Ding and Sue Lam.
Qatar Airlines was as efficient as ever, and we had a mercifully short stop over at Doha airport, including a seemingly endless tour of the airport in the transit bus (they are obviously in transition between the boring old airport and the spanking new airport.)
Heathrow Terminal 4 wasn’t too bad either. How do you know you’re back in the UK? When the porter service at the airport costs £9 (£18 for a big trolley). We declined their services. Picked up a copy of yesterday’s Evening Standard at the airport. Front page news: Andy Coulson has resigned. Nice to read some good news for once. I knew we were close to home when I saw Arsenal fans on the tube on the way to the match – I forgot for a moment that it was only lunchtime – my body clock is telling me that it is evening. Stack of Christmas cards waiting at home; it does feel strange to bypass Christmas and New Year.
I have a bit of catching up to do with the blog, including the ‘best of’/’worst of’ ratings from our 7 weeks of travels. Lots of people have said they have found the blog interesting and informative, and I hope to keep it that way.