So the blog was looking a little sad with no posts, so I thought I ought to put in a holding one pre-departure. I'm currently armed with Indian visa (the easy one to get) and my passport is at the Iranian Embassy now. Fingers crossed with that one. Next up Pakistan, which should take 5 days, but who knows how friendly the visa section are being at the moment, what with one thing and another.
Estimated departure date is 24th August, but I'm anticipating a little slippage.