Well, I'm back!
After a few days of jet-lag recovery, I finally feel a bit more alive. The last leg of the trip and the 12 days in New York were incredible, I managed to see and explore quite a bit of the city.
With Hannah and Emma, we finished off our trip hitting the statue of liberty and ellis island, most of the downtown area, Times Square, a matinee viewing of West Side Story musical on broadway, Central Park, and of a small proportion of the available shopping!
I extended my trip to spend an additional few days in the city with Sam, who joined me there from Nottingham. Managed to do quite a bit of walking, and explored the east village and soho, crossed over the Brooklyn bridge for possibly some of the best pizza I have ever had, climbed to the top of Rockefeller Center for the sunset over the city, went rowing in Central Park (lol), travelled to the Bronx to watch the Yankees destroy Kansas City 10-4 (including 2...or was it 3... home runs), ate possibly the greasiest most massive pile of pastrami meat with cheese and onions (the deli claimed it was a sandwich, it was not. It was just a pile of meat on a miserable slice of bread. A very tasty heart attack).
Basically, New York was a great way to end the around the world travels.
A few additional USA pictures: http://gaellespictures.blogspot.com/2010/07/more-usa.html
And now for a quick little summary/checklist...
Favourite country? Too difficult to narrow down to just one, so I'm going to say Cambodia/Laos/NZ/USA as the top 4.
Favourite cities? Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Byron Bay (Australia), Queenstown (NZ), San Francisco (USA), New Orleans (USA), New York City (USA)
Favourite food? Amok (Cambodia)
Top Activities: Motorcycles in Vietnam, Tubing in Laos, Surfing in Oz, Fraser Island 4x4 tour in Oz, White Water rafting in Oz, Diving at the great barrier reef, scooter-roos in 1770 (Oz), anything LOTR related in NZ, skydiving in Taupo, bungy jump in Queenstown, Tongariro crossing in Taupo, wakeboarding in Fiji, all the national parks in the US, line dancing in Nashville (lol).
Can't quite believe how much we've done in the past 4 1/2-5 months, and it quite strange to think that it is all over. I am absolutely exhausted though, so I'm quite enjoying the break and being back in the UK. So until the next adventure, toodles!