As we write today’s blog entry, we are on a plane on the way home from Toronto to Regina. The journey is almost over, and it is hard to believe we started the day at 5 AM, 22 hours ago. We still have 3 hours left and then a bit of a drive when we get to Regina.
Travel days, especially those across the ocean can seem like marathons. Today was made considerably easier because Lou had 8 Air Canada Lounge passes, and we used them in London and Toronto during our layovers. The lounges are a nice, quiet, comfortable alternative to the hustle and bustle of the airport waiting areas.
As travel days usually are, today was somewhat uneventful. Unfortunately, we could not book our luggage through from Lisbon to Regina, so each time we landed, we had to clear customs, pick up our luggage, get our boarding passes, and go through security. We have all had enough of lining up for one day!
It has been a trip of a lifetime! Seven countries (Canada, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, back to South Africa, back to England, Portugal, back to England, and finally back to Canada). We have used 5 currencies (Canadian dollars, British Pounds, South Africa Rand, American dollars in Zimbabwe, and Euros). Keeping enough of each currency and all of the separate conversions to the Canadian dollar has been quite a task!
For those faithful readers out there (if there are any left :)), this will be the last blog entry. We have been pretty faithful in writing it, even in those days when we couldn’t post it because of Internet availability issues. We hope you have enjoyed it, but we have really enjoyed putting it together. It will be a really good record of what we did for us. We would certainly recommend blogging for future travelers.
It is nice to be home. Canada is such a great country to come home to. We are all ready to get back to our old routines for a bit. As is usual, we need some rest to recover from the holiday!
There are so many interesting places in the world to travel. We would certainly recommend those visited on this trip. If you are considering visiting one of them, don’t hesitate to give us a call as we would have some suggestions.
Next stop … Russia? South America? Panama?