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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

the back of the boat to unsnare us. It was the funniest thing since Camcorder Man, and actually a strangely reminiscent fall from grace...

Geoff, bless his huge heart (no doubt to power his huge body), drove us back to the train, telling us a series of dated circa-1970 "wife" jokes that went down well with the fogies but made me want to eat my own ears. Luckily we were soon back on the train, chugging onward to Alice and dining on new and improved crisp sandwiches - now with two types of mustard.

Day 227: 15th September
A Town Called Alice (Oooh Yeah)
The flag of Australia

Alice Springs, Australia

A loud announcement woke me in my seat after a surprisingly good sleep. It was followed by Belinda Carlisle's Heaven is a Place on Earth. Wow, what a great and inspired way to wake up and start the day! Immediately I felt happy and raring to go. I decided that when I inevitably get back to the ninetofive grind, I will invest in a alarm device with the ability to play Belinda Carlisle to make my day infinitely better.

An hour or so later, we pulled into Alice, and after waiting an age for our bags (in the rain,