Sunday, 4 January 2015

The year has turned. Time to pack those bags again.

The decorations are in hiding for another year. We are launched into January, a little older, no wiser, but hopefully with dreams intact after all the festive excess.

It's not an easy time of year. Winter stretches in front of us - the weather can delight or depress us, but always makes life hard work. All that putting in and taking off of clothes. The lost gloves. The heavy coats that get even heavier when they are wet. Soggy feet.

Hang on a minute - what am I complaining about? I'm off to Bangkok on Wednesday.

I'm not actually complaining - I'm trying to be empathetic. To show that I do understand that life isn't all log fires and crumpets while I'm away. That you are all keeping the show on the road while I'm ... swanning around the Far East.

You are unconvinced by my empathy? All I can say, in my defence, is assure you that I've done my share of British winters and know I'm just rubbish at them. I hate the cold, the dark, the wet, the lack of colour.

And I'm privileged - I know I am - to be able to turn my back on the seasonal horribleness and head for the sun.

Why the Far East again? Because I love it. Cuba was hard work (as some of you know) so I want to go somewhere I feel at home, where I know how to get about and look after myself, and maybe to look up a few of the people I met on my long trip.

Will I write about it - I know I say, every year, that I won't make promises. And then I come home and write. This year feels a bit different, because I know more or less what to expect and it doesn't include adventures like cyclones and tigers, nor the trauma of a terrifying history. This is a journey just for me, going somewhere I love.

Having said that, I shall carry on blogging, and there will be plenty of photos when I get back. And if I do stumble into an adventure or two (which is definitely not in the plan) I might revise my ideas about writing another book.

(Forgive me for rushing off, I have packing to do. And I hope you all have excitements of one shape or another to cheer these dark days.)

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    1. Oh, I'm sure there will be fun!

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  2. Can't wait for your pictures and commentary! Have a lovely time. :)

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    1. There will be pictures - eventually. And commentary along the way - when I'm in places that are internet-friendly!

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  3. Have a wonderful trip...and where are you going in Thailand? I'm going on the 15th ...for a couple of weeks on Koh samui and the other islands then on the mainland ending up in Hua Hin...

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    1. I've got 6 weeks to get from Bangkok to Singapore - so probably most of the time in Malaysia. Will probably get my fix of islands on Pulau Tioman

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  4. Have a lovely time, Jo. We have snow forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. We're expecting to be stuck indoors with no power like last year. But I'm not jealous. Well, I am but I shouldn't be. I did just get back from India!

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    1. India - that must have been wonderful!!

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  5. Greetings Jo and travel well. Looks like our catch-up will need to be after your return. Have been back from Kenya a rapid but good 3 months and plan to remain in UK for the forseeable.

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    1. Will be back by the end of Feb - would be wonderful to catch up!!

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  6. Have a lovely, lovely time and don't you worry about us here in the cold and damp... no really! You mustn't give us a second thought. We'll be just fine! ;-)

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    1. I might raise a glass to you all, once or twice, while I'm sitting in a beach shack with a beer ...

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  7. Have a fab time (I know you will!). If you you happen to be at Central World Mall in Bangkok, stop in at the Mejico restaurant (it's a great place) and give my cousin Mike (the manager) a HUGE hug for me. :) :) :) Look forward to your photos.

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    1. Will make a note of it - I'm only there for a few days, but will certainly bear it in mind!

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  8. I'm very envious, Jo, I cannot deny it. But I'm sure you know I hope you have a truly wonderful time, and I shall watch out for the blogs and the photos. Safe travels1

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    1. Thank you, Val. And I'll stay as safe as I can!!

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  9. Enjoy travelling..and we shall enjoy reading about your travels!

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  10. Have a wonderful time, look forward to THE BOOK! x

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  11. Have a smashing time in Bankgok. I look forward to reading about it.

    Greetings from London.

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