One might question the sanity of planning a six week round-the-world holiday with a one year old (not to mention a pregnant woman, but that happened after we'd booked the tickets). In 2004 we had set ourselves the goal of returning to London and New York within four years. We also determined that we didn't want parenthood to turn us into home-bodies. Fortunately, Charlie is of a disposition that has allowed us to realise that ambition, although it's going to get a lot harder with two.
A surfeit of credit card frequent flyer miles (one of the advantages of undertaking a home renovation and doing an MBA) enabled us to contemplate a multi-leg RTW - by far the most efficient way of redeeming points, although you wind up spending a couple of hours on the phone to Qantas trying to get half sensible dates and routings. Our itinerary included Singapore, London, with side trips to Northern Ireland and Paris, then New York, Ottawa, Toronto and Hong Kong.
Picking up on his father's insistence that every underground rail system is there to be used, Charlie's count from the trip includes the Singapore MRT, London Tube, Paris Métro, New York Subway, Toronto Subway and Hong Kong MTR. If he has any enduring memory from the trip it will be of trains rumbling out of tunnels and clattering into stations, preceded by that awful rush of acrid stale air.
We'd like to extend massive thanks to our hosts, without whom we couldn't have attempted this trip: JP & Alicia in Singapore, Lara in London, Neil & Jude in Bangor, Roger & Karen in Greenwich and Jam & Cream in Ottawa. And to all our friends who made the effort to catch up with us - it was great to see you!
Click on the links at the left of the page to chart our progress.