From Vietnam, we flew back to Thailand, and finally spent a little more time there. We went to Phuket, where we met up with Ian and Kate, good friends from California. After being on the move so much, our goal was to have a couple of weeks of quality beach time. In spite of being there during monsoon season, we were lucky and had pretty good weather. We stayed at a couple of beautiful beaches near Phuket and Krabi. While the beaches were nice, the best part by far was being able to spend time with Ian and Kate.
After we said our sad goodbyes to Ian and Kate and the beaches, Warwick and I went back to Bangkok, where we had another week before flying to India. We arrived in Delhi on June 26th, and spent about 3 weeks traveling around Rajasthan and then going to Mumbai (Bombay). In Rajasthan, we spent most of our time visiting forts, palaces, and other holy sites, while trying to survive in the sweltering heat. We also made sure to see the Taj Mahal (which was as impressive as I remember it being from my visit in 1992), and went on an overnight camel safari in the desert near Jaisalmer. The camel safari was incredibly hot, dusty, uncomfortable, and still fantastic!
On July 15th, we flew to London, where Warwick’s dad picked us up and whisked us away to the comforts of home (Warwick’s parents’ very lovely home, to be specific) near Birmingham, England. His parents, Frank and Chris, spent the next two weeks taking excellent care of us, while we basically sat around being lazy. We were both exhausted from the last five months and were quite happy to take a break. On July 23rd, we had the pleasure of going to Warwick’s brother’s wedding, which was beautiful. (Congratulations, Richard and Sarah!) Then, the hard work of being a tourist called again, so we managed to get out and do a few things. We visited downtown Birmingham, took a long walk along the canals and locks to Warwick (Warwick being the name of a town in this case), toured Warwick Castle (which has nothing to do with Warwick the traveler, no matter what he claims!), and took a quick trip through the town of Stratford (Shakespeare’s birthplace). I really enjoyed my time in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, and felt very at home. Many thanks to Frank and Chris for their warm hospitality, and especially to Chris for so many tasty home-cooked meals!
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