It’s been quiet here at The Two Gallivants HQ this past fortnight because lots of exciting things have happened in our real lives.
We celebrated New Years Eve, and the end of the maddest, most adventurous year we could have hoped for, in style at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
On 2 January, despite jittery nerves in the wake of the AirAsia Surabaya tragedy, we boarded a flight with the same airline bound for Perth, Australia. It was weird saying goodbye to Asia after a full year of travelling by land, sea and air around that fascinating and very colourful continent. From scaling the Great Wall of China, to a very humbling dive with giant manta rays in Bali, we jumped from one unforgettable experience to the next almost daily and we definitely nailed our dream of long-term travel.
It was time to catch up with family though, as I hadn’t seen my parents, Donna and Colm, in over a year and my brother Sean since 2012. So we flew into Perth, where my brother has lived the past three years, for a big reunion, and the fun and festivities have been in full swing since then – Irish style!!!
We even managed a road trip during the week in a break from the partying. My parents, my brother and his girlfriend and Emily and me jumped in a couple of cars and headed south from Perth to Margaret River – a sedate seaside resort town and wine region. There’ll be more about that trip in the coming weeks, but here’s a few photos in the meantime…
But it’s not all fun and games; we rammed so much into last year that we left ourselves with nothing but Asian dust in our pockets! So we have put together CVs and arranged interviews with recruitment agencies here in Perth as first steps back into the scary world of WORK! Ahh, can’t believe the constant moving is over for the time being, but too much travelling makes Jack a spoilt boy and the most beautiful things become merely normal. So it is a good time to take a break and earn some money while sunning it up in Perth – not exactly a bum deal!
There’ll be regular updates about our life as ex pats here in Perth over the next few months, as well as lots of catch up articles from our time in Asia, so stayed tuned!