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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Some numbers...

So I'm back in the office in Shanghai, and the sun is shining in a blue sky, which is a pretty rare event.  I'd love to be outside since it's a reasonable temperature these days, but here I am getting settled back into the job, with a new boss and a new direction.  I'm actually hopeful, though, which is great.  I'm about to move into an actual office (no more open plan working for me!) and apparently the new boss can get me a deal on a goosedown underlay for the winter.  It'll be like sleeping in a cloud.

I had a wonderful holiday back in the southern hemisphere, and caught up with a lot of people, all of whom it was fantastic to see.  Of course I wish I'd had more time, but hey.  Once you see how many people I had to see, you'll see why the schedule was so tight.  I promise more catch ups when I retire.

So, here is a summary of my holiday in numbers:

  • 20 days
  • 10 flights (1 cancelled)
  • 3 countries
  • 6 towns/cities (1 was just a layover)
  • 4 journeys to Hong Kong International Airport; 3 to Melbourne; 3 to Sydney
  • 6 time zones (if you include changing times for daylight savings twice)
  • 11 - 30 degrees Celsius (approx)
  • 19 family members
  • 69 friends and friends-of-friends (and the new people were all lovely!)
  • 2 runnings into on the street
  • 20.2kg in my backpack on the way home (including 2L of 42 Below)
  • 12.5kg of extra belongings in a box put in the post
  • 1 upgrade to business class (first time in nearly 9 years of travelling!), but only for 2 hours
  • Countless hugs and kisses, and not enough time, or flat whites.
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to see me (including the ones who wanted to, but couldn't), especially those who let me stay at their places, helped me organise things, and gave me directions.  Miss you all already.

[Image: Blue sky over Bondi, Bondi Beach, Sydney]

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