Going home

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Feb 18, 2007


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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Going Home

Whilst sitting at the airport, waiting for our flight home, we too had the kind of mixed feelings that so many other long term travelers talk about. On the one hand, after more than 18 months on the road, we were excited about going home and seeing family and friends, eating our favourite foods, and relaxing with our home comforts, on the other hand, we realise that things won't be the same. This obligation free lifestyle, where you decide today what you're doing tomorrow is going to be very much missed, not to mention the excitement of arriving somewhere new, and exploring the place's charms, discovering new cultures, meeting new people, trying new food, partying or just spending the day relaxing.

Our head is full of memories, images, experiences, but we won't go into to much detail here as we'll save that for one big last summary entry.

Just to say that the flight back was comfortable, thanks to Marc bagging two business class tickets with his air miles. We ate and drank well, managed to sleep a good 8 hours, and arrived in Lisbon, relaxed and refreshed. We had a few hours to kill in Lisbon, before our flight to Barcelona, so decided to get a taxi into the centre, get some breakfast and have a quick look around.

It seemed strange to be back in Europe after such a long time. The first things that struck us were how orderly everything was, the amount of old buildings that were around, and that the streets were full of character. We enjoyed a coffee and some Portuguese pastries, before taking the plane on the final leg of our journey to Barcelona.

We arrive at the airport to a mix of tears and joy from Patricia's family who had come to collect us. It was hard to know where to start our conversation, we have so much to talk about after so long apart.

We'll be here in Spain for a few weeks until we see on the BBC weather forecast that the temperature in London has gone above 10 degrees:-) But on a serious note, we want to spend a few weeks here just catching up with people, relaxing, and thinking about what we'll do next. Which will of course, unfortunately involve the words of "work" & "job"! 
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