Kel: As Matthew says, it's really really great and really weird being back in the UK. Seeing our lovely friends again, no more skyping, no more translating money, oyster cards for the tube, the brilliant invention spotify, the same old tat on the newspaper shelves.... some things change, but overall it's just the same.
We said our sad goodbyes to the Connellys and soon to be Nematis, gathered all the last bits and bobs up from our flat and then drove up the road to our new life in bonnie Scotland.
It was just so exciting seeing our families again. Everyone looks really well and smiley. My Mum and Dad look like little jobbies after a week in the sun. Ian and Diana are glowing too after spending lots of time working away in the garden. Rach and Fife are looking great and are v excited/slightly stressed planning for their up and coming nuptuals. Kate and Dylan are doing well too, with Dylan even starting to overtake Kate in height... scary!
What better way to celebrate coming home than to end as we started. Within 24 hours of being back we were all laughing and giggling together over a lovely meal at First Coast (Rach and Fife's favourite haunt). We were thoroughly spoilt when a massive cake appeared from the kitchen... but not just a cake .... but a beautiful chocolate cake disguised as a 2 foot maori carving just like one we bought on our travels!!! Yeah!!!
When we first started the trip 7 months felt like it would be a lifetime away from our families but with thanks to email and skype we all managed just fine. It's so so lovely being back and seeing everyone again, and especially at such an exciting time. We have 4 weddings to look forward to over the course of the summer (Emma & Iain, Nadia & Khash, Rach & Fife and Anna & Jim) and all of the build up, stags and hens attached.
It doesn't really feel like we're here for good yet. Ian and Diana are very kindly going to put us up/put up with us until we find our feet again. Gulp. The real world.
We wonder how our approach to life will be affected by our experiences. I especially am hoping that I won't get so stressed about the small stuff and be grateful for what we have.... which is so much compared to most around the world. I have so many vivid memories of strong communities and families that were so happy spending time together with really very little possessions or long term security in their lives. We in the western world have a lot to learn at times... it's not all about money. I hope we find a really nice balance in our lives; for family, for friends, for interesting careers and most of all for enjoying the moment with some good times together in Scotland. Oh and some sunny dry weather would be nice too. We feel positive about it. It feels good to be back.