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From Southend to Barcelona

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Charlie and I have been back in the UK just over one week now. Aside from catching up with family and friends (which has been brilliant for both of us) the continual rain and wind, coupled with the reality of the UK daily grind, has left us both feeling a little flat. It is a bizarre feeling really - the bubble that we have been traveling in for the last seven months has suddenly (temporarily) popped. However much you prepare yourself for this reality before you return to the UK the mini low that follows is quite surreal. On the upside though; BBC 6 Music, the Euros, seeing my nephew Ollie, and my Mum's cooking have all helped distract my attentions somewhat!

As ever with us though our vague plans have already changed. Rather than buying a car here in the UK and driving through France down to Spain we have decided to fly to Spain and rent a car there. I think this seems to be the sensible thing to do with the money we have left. Had we bought a cheap car that broke down within the first week or so then our travels would probably come to a complete halt. Obviously neither of us want that, also the potential thought of ending this incredible adventure in such a way would undoubtably leave a bitter taste in both our mouths.

So, next Tuesday morning we fly out of London(?!) Southend airport to Barcelona. Southend airport is literally ten minutes down the road from my parents house and will be the first time either of us have ever flown from here. We spend three nights in Barcelona before hiring a car and following the coast all the way down to Portugal. This last hurrah is going to be more like a budget holiday than a continuation of 'backpacking'. Don't get me wrong, we are not in 4 or 5 star accommodation (unfortunately!) but we will be looking to enjoy our last few weeks back on the road without 'roughing' it too much. Also, as Charlie mentioned in the last blog entry, we will of course continue to update the blog, the map, and photos as we progress throughout Spain and keep you all abreast of our final chapter!

Ross and Charlie

Posted by charlieandross 04:20 Archived in United Kingdom

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Ross and Charlie
My heart sank for you when I read that you had got home and the reality thing 'bites'. It is a strange time indeed - bitter sweet when re-uniting with family and home comforts again mixed with the rawness of simply 'being back'. Reading your words Ross brought it all back to me a bit, and as you can see I still talk about our trip to this day!!! Anyway (ramble over) - glad you are both OK, and great to hear that you are bouncing off again for yet another chapter. Just to let you know we are in Portugal first 2 weeks in Aug if you are still travelling then? You are more than welcome to visit if you want to. Above all glad to hear that you are both safe and well - please keep the blog up and post any pics, it's evolving into a journalistic masterpiece!!! Love from both of us,
Phil & Ang.x

by philsnipes

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