14.06.2012 18 °C
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