Facts and Figures

Modes of transport: 10.  (train, bus, car, bicycle, moped, motorbike, tuk-tuk, horse, camel and elephant)

Longest journey: 42 hours (train from Chengdu to Lhasa)

Shortest journey: 3 minutes (rip-off Mumbai taxi driver who charged quadruple the going rate for the pleasure)

Best journey: Bullet train from Qingdao to Beijing.  The future beckons.

Worst journey: Train from Beijing to Pingyao.  Get me a bullet in the head.

Worst food: Chicken’s foot on Beijing to Pingyao train.

Best food: Tandoori Kingfish on the beach in Palolem, Goa.

Craziest drivers: Nepalese bus drivers, like being in the movie Speed but with extra cliffs.  Closely followed by G on his 500cc Royal Enfield.

Most expensive: Tibet (£500 for a week!).  Closely followed by eastern China, they’re getting rich fast.

Cheapest: India (£500 for the first month)

Friendliest people: Tibetans

Worst people: Chinese troops in Tibet

Nicest town or city: Jodhpur, Rajasthan.  Truly mesmerizing.

Worst town or city: Aurangabad, Karnataka.  Truly, mesmerizingly awful.

Most disappointing scenery: Kerala backwaters.  “The highlight of India.”  Really?

Most amazing scenery:  Hampi boulders?  Annapurna high-pass?  Gobi desert near Dun Huang?  Tibet?  Don’t know.

Number of times Spinks defecated himself (all through sickness I may add): 4

Number of times G crashed or fell off something: 2 (horse, motorbike)

Number of times we fell in love (not with each other): Too many.

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