See that header picture? That’s outside right now. Miserable. Summer has well and truly ended, which makes my next piece of news all the more sweet. I just got a text message from the Passport Office letting me know that my passport is being printed and should arrive in the next few days. Finally! Progress is being made. But what was the hold up?

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Well the lovely folks at the UK Passport Office have been in possession of my application form for over a month now and their website still claims it is being processed. I did phone up last week to find out if there’s anything I needed to do, and the gentleman on the other end was very helpful, assuring me that everything was in order and I should be getting my passport back soon. He was Northern Irish so he was, and he even said ‘so it is’, which almost made me chuckle so it did.Continue reading

While I’m in Passport Limbo™ (thanks, UK government), I thought I’d refamiliarise myself with this outstanding video. Kinda makes me want to live in Korea. Thanks Ye-seul, I know what you’re up to!

Also, look at that feckin’ train, holy crap! Supposedly the engine takes just over 6 minutes to reach 300km/h, takes 6.4km to stop, and has 18,200bhp. Kinda puts my little 90bhp Corsa into perspective.

I’ve spent a bit of time looking at the cost of travel, looking at the cheapest way to get the destinations I want to go (including direct to Melbourne) and it’s starting to look like I will need to make some compromises. My accumulated Avios points are helping me get further for less, and SkyScanner is amazing for finding the cheapest flights. Predictably, the cheapest options is to go straight to Melbourne, totally doable. For a mere £15 more I can stop off in Moscow and Seoul (with a train trip to Busan thrown in) as well. Sounds good so far, but then things start getting more expensive.

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