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We spent 8 days in England visiting our friends Qads and Sarwat. We also spent a day in Bangkok on our way back to Australia.

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 Our flight on Qads' screen! They have Free wi...
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 It was a nice 2 hour flight. We got snacks!...
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 Roger not letting anyone else see out the win...
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 Nearly there.
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 Coming in to land at Gatwick....
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 Searching for the car rental place....
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 Still figuring out where to go. It ended up b...
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 Our car.
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 Driving to Burton... it was a 4 hour drive....
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 We stopped on the way for food....
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 The stops were elaborate....
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 We finally got there. Qads gives Roger a Stor...
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 Playing with Zidane....
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 They have chooks!...
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 Reminding Zidane of the last time Roger visit...
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 We go to a shopping centre in town....
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 Shopping.
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 Driving through Burton....
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 We have some pilau rice....
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 Pilau rice.
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 Eating.
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 And an asian dessert, called Faluda. It's yum...
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 View of the park from Qads' place....
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 View down the street from Qads' place. There'...
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 Looking the other way from Qads' place....
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 The park! We came here several times to get s...
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 Kicking the ball....
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 Zidane joins in....
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 Roger playing with Zidane....
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 Waiting outside Qads' place to go somewhere....
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 We went for walks around the neighbourhood pr...
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 A sneaky photo of Qads and Sarwat....
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 Throwing the frisbee....
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 Spending time at the park for some fresh air....
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 Roger and Qads.
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 Hanging out in Qads' office....
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 I got the bean bag....
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 Going to visit Qads' family in Nottingham....
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 Qads' sister Shameen and Zidane. We were serv...
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 Roger and I went for a walk into Nottingham c...
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 It's a nice walk into town, only 15-20 mins....
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 Nottingham Town hall?...
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 Old, English buildings....
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 Lots of trees.
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 Very English looking houses. Red brick.......
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 Walking around Qads' neighbourhood....
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 Walking around Qads' neighbourhood....
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 Zidane!
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 Roger watching the F1 qualifying on Qads' com...
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 Relaxing on the bed, playing on my phone....
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 A rare treat - a full rainbow....
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 A foggy morning. ...
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 Roger and I are off to Leicester to get a spe...
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 The drive from Burton to Leicester was exhaus...
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 Almost in Leicester. This is a pleasant looki...
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 How many traffic lights do we need? ...
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 We found a big shopping centre in Leicester....
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 So we stopped for coffees. And I finally real...
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 A Disney store! I was so excited :)...
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 Walking around Leicester, we spotted this old...
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 Walking around Leicester....
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 We stumbled across the Leicester markets....
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 Walking around Leicester. We found the luggag...
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 A selfie as we leave Leicester....
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 We bought a lot of stuff, so even though we a...
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 The weather was uncharacteristic for England....
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 When Roger was here 2 years ago, he helped Q ...
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 Working on the holes in the wall....
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 Sanded back, ready to be painted....
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 Qads helping with painting in other areas....
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 I took the role of observer while the boys wo...
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 Qads!
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 S and Z on their respective devices....
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 Roger playing with Z at the park....
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 Roger had to find a cat to pat!...
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 Zidane playing with the remote control car we...
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 Exploring an English supermarket to see what'...
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 Gastro... a rather unfortunate brand name for...
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 This looked yummy, but we never got to try it...
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 So did this.
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 English flowers....
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 The area where Qads lives....
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 Butterfly!
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 Zidane seeing how fast he can go....
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 Feeding the 3 year old....
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 Qads' backyard.
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 Roger getting some exercise on the trampoline...
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 Roger getting some exercise on the trampoline...
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 Worn out.
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 Paint tins with plastic lids. We've still onl...
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 The Trent River is only a few minutes walk fr...
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 Near the Trent river....
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 Near the Trent river....
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 At the river.
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 At the river. It's a really nice walk, which ...
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 At the river.
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 At the river.
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 We saw lots of swans and ducks....
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 People hanging out at the river with their bo...
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 At the river.
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 Our last full day in Burton we drove in to to...
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 The group.
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 Somewhere in Burton....
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 Shopping centre in Burton....
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 Burton.
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 Burton.
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 Burton.
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 Burton.
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 Interesting fragrances in a store in the shop...
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 Burton.
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 Qads and Sarwat decided to head home, as S wa...
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 Cool building we saw while walking back to Q ...
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 Nisa, the local store near Qads' place that w...
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 We got these from Nisa, because they looked i...
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 Our last night at Qads' place we went out for...
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 Eating junk food :)...
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 Roger and Qads fixing Qads' broken headset....
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 Late last night drinks....
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 Roger put letters up on the wall....
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 Making sure the letters are spaced just right...
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 The finished result. Roger made sure that whe...
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 Leaving Burton to go to Southend to visit Rog...
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 Another beautiful day....
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 Getting close.
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 Entering their street....
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 We have arrived!...
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 Sandra and Vic, Roger's aunt and uncle....
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 Sandra and Vic's oldest cat, Guinevere, who w...
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 Sandra and Vic adopted two younger cats: Merl...
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 And Twinkle, who is the social butterfly....
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 Sandra and Vic put on a barbecue for us....
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 Waiting for food. There was no lack of snacks...
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 Sandra.
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 We tried a type of Spanish melon....
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 Vic doing his typical Vic photo face....
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 Me!
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 Vic doing the food....
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 Sandra.
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 All kinds of food - burgers, sausages, haloum...
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 After talking and eating non-stop for about 8...
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 We stayed at the same hotel near Gatwick airp...
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 Our room.
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 Our room.
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 The bathroom.
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 The restaurant next to the hotel is still the...
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 We went there for dessert....
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 Roger had the lemon meringue sundae, and I ha...
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 Packing and getting ready to head back to Osl...
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 Roger taking a selfie in the breakfast room o...
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 Me, having breakfast....
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 We returned the car. Bye bye car!...
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 I had one of the best hot chocolates I've eve...
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 Watching planes come and go while we wait for...
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 Leaving England!...
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 Plane selfie.
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 And another one, because roger likes making f...
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 We got the same snacks on this flight as we d...
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 Somewhere over Norway....
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 We have arrived in Oslo! We waited for our ba...
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 Dad drove down from Elverum to spend one last...
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 We drove to a town near the airport called Je...
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 The pizza was served with scissors....
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 Weird way to serve pizza, but it was yummy!...
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 Norwegian street - Jessheim....
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 Norwegian street. So spacious, clean, and nic...
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 Where we had pizza....
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 Our room at the airport hotel....
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 Our room at the airport hotel....
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 Our room at the airport hotel....
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 Floor -1. In Norway, ground floor is the 1st ...
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 Norwegian breakfast at the hotel....
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 Norwegian breakfast at the hotel....
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 Norwegian breakfast at the hotel. Norwegians ...
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 Norwegian breakfast at the hotel....
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 Very Norwegian - a waffle maker where you can...
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 My waffles, cooked to perfection, with melted...
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 Norwegian breakfast at the hotel....
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 Norwegian breakfast at the hotel....
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 Roger's healthy breakfast. He also had egg an...
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 No Norwegian breakfast is complete without br...
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 The breakfast room....
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 Leaving the hotel....
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 We found this in the duty free shop at the ai...
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 Oslo airport.
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 We had a few hours to kill in the SAS lounge....
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 The SAS lounge.
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 Boarding our flight to Bangkok. The stupid pl...
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 Business class.
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 Bye bye Norway!
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 Our starter - satay chicken....
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 Somewhere over Europe. (
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 Our entrĂ©e, which Roger didn't touch at all....
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 Flying.
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 Clouds over Europe....
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 Are we there yet?...
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 Estonia. (
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 Roger's main meal....
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 My main meal.
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 The food was average, but at least dessert wa...
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 Eating while watching a movie....
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 11 hours later we're almost there! I didn't s...
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 Arriving in Bangkok....
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 Traffic is a little crazy in Bangkok....
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 We had 18 hours to kill in Bangkok, so we boo...
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 Our room.
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 Our room.
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 Our room. I didn't sleep on the flight, so I ...
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 View from our room...
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 Construction area seen from our hotel. It see...
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 After a 5 hour nap, Roger and I went for a wa...
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 We don't understand what's up with these craz...
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 ....
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 Craziness.
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 We don't know if they're power lines or phone...
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 We walked for about 25 minutes without seeing...
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 Photo from the overpass....
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 The wires were just attached to the overpass....
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 In the 7-11, checking out all the new stuff. ...
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 Going back across the road, next to the wires...
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 Wires.
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 As we walked back towards the hotel, we found...
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 KFC menu, complete with Asian dishes....
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 The shopping area....
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 The shopping area....
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 The shopping area. It's a shopping centre, bu...
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 The shopping area. We so wanted to buy the Ta...
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 The shopping area....
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 The shopping area....
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 They like charcoal stuff here. This is a char...
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 And charcoal doughnuts. In hindsight, I shoul...
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 We stopped at Starbucks for coffee. Their Eng...
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 Starbucks. Enjoying cooling off in the aircon...
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 After walking around the shopping centre for ...
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 More wires.
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 Construction site seen from our hotel room....
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 Construction site seen from our hotel room....
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 The women and kids live there as well....
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 And their pets.
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 The digger at the bottom of the photo arrived...
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 We still had a few hours to kill before we ha...
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 Hotel restaurant....
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 Roger
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 Roger with giant hands....
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 View from the restaurant....
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 The little garden in front of the restaurant ...
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 The little garden in front of the restaurant ...
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 Yummy Asian food. Our two meals came to $5 (3...
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 Back at the airport. Waiting in the Thai airw...
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 Hanging out, enjoying free food and drinks....
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 Getting ready to leave Bangkok....
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 Plane selfie!
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 Bye bye Thailand!...
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 Somewhere over planet Earth....
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 We have arrived in Brisbane!...
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 Brisbane airport was deserted. All of the peo...
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 Going to get the dogs!...
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 Picking up the dogs. I don't know who's more ...
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 Driving home with my babies....
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 Driving home with my babies....
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 Pixie saying to the ducks "Remember MEEE?!!!"...