Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Zan On Tour 2015 - Coming Home

I laid down in my own bed last night and realised that I had traveled around the world. Around the whole of it in a complete (albeit slightly) wiggly circle. It feels a little bit like it never happened - I got familiar with home way too quickly, almost like I never left. Yet many of my conversations with Morgan can still begin "Remember 3 countries ago when we...". Now that isn't a phrase that many people get to say!

The more I thought a little more about that "home" feeling, the more I thought that perhaps I had been feeling at home since I got to Hong Kong. I was surrounded by people I knew and hung out with them all week so maybe I had already relaxed about a week ago!

Here is Karen and Amanda, my two cousins who basically spent the entire week showing us around Hong Kong. I did more tourism in HK than I have ever done ever!

Here are 6 folks who used to all live in the UK and now all live in HK. It was kinda awesome to catch up with them for an evening. From left to right, I hung out with Adrian, Victor, Carmen, Wing Chi, Tracey and Valerie.

And just before I left Singapore, I also managed to meet up with Shyen Sook, a friend that I haven't seen for 10 years! Oh my! It was so great catching up! :)

I feel really blessed to have had the opportunity to spend so much time with my family and old friends over the last few weeks. They have definitely helped me to feel at home and I feel warm inside, even if it's super cold here in Manchester. 

Coming home, back to reality, I am tired but grateful. I'm going to rest up, catch up and do one last stop on this tour and then it's time to make some new plans! More adventures ahoy!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Zan On Tour 2015 - Singapore and Hong Kong

This has been quite the busy segment of our trip, so busy that I haven't really had time to blog much. Since I have a few minutes, let me show you some of the things we have seen in Singapore and Hong Kong. Photo highlights include:

Taking photos with the hippos near the boat in the sky in Singapore.

Being completely ecstatic about the road filled with durian in Singapore.

Riding on the super old trams in Hong Kong.

This amazing photo of sunset at the harbour in Hong Kong

Hong Kong by night from the Peak.

And this photo of my new relative (my Dad's brother's son's son, whoever that is). The smiliest baby I have ever met, who it literally named "laughing".

We go home in 2 sleeps and I really can't believe that 2 months ago we were sat in Manchester, kicking off our world tour with our Directors. There are so many stories to tell but for now I will leave them for another day. We had an awesome Pop-Up today and another tomorrow so I must rest up for that. More soon!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Zan On Tour 2015 - Circumference

The official circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles. That's more than twice the journey I did last year when we drove around the US.

When I arrived in Singapore a few days ago, I did some maths. According to my notes, Morgan and I will have traveled 27,856.91 miles (±100 miles) (yes, I like to round to 2 decimal places) on arrival in Singapore. This is astonishing to me. The main reason is because it hadn't occurred to me that this distance would be possible to complete by little old me within 6 weeks of travel. This also makes me laugh because I haven't even completed this adventure yet and we're only technically half way around the world and we've already done more than what I had expected. This is pretty big.

One more time, for me more than anyone else: I have traveled on the Pop-Ups World Tour 2015, in miles, a longer distance than the circumference of the earth. Woah.

I'm not sure what to do with this information, but I know I feel pretty excited. So here is a photo of me, excited, with a colourful hippo in Singapore. More thoughts to come! :)

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Zan On Tour 2015 - Reflections from The Land Down Under

It's the night before another long-haul flight. My bags are packed and I am 99% certain that my PJs, charger and hairbrush will find somewhere to live for the 8-hour flight to Singapore. Now I have a little time to reflect on my adventures in Australia but for some reason I am finding it a little difficult to think of one outstanding moment: there are way too many to pick from! So as I scroll though the many photos I have taken, here are a handful of highlights:

A beautiful sunset in Fremantle, WA.

A lovely flight from Perth to Melbourne.

A stampede of dinosaurs at the Melbourne museum.

The flower I see every time I walk into the shops.

The view into Melbourne at St Kilda Beach.

The epic game of hide and seek at our thank you party.

The boat of sushi that we chose and conquered.

These are a few moments from the tail end of our glorious adventure in Australia. And we really wouldn't have had nearly as much fun without Justine of Malarkey. She has been a wonderful guide, an excellent host and an awesome friend. We meet many awesome people during our adventures around the world, and Justine is one of them.

So we have to say goodbye to Australia. We will always think fondly of the amazing weather and top-quality food here. We hope to be back again soon, but right now, we are off to the next leg of our #PopUpsWorldTour2015: Singapore, here we come! :)