Well, I thought I might write a wee update on 'normal' life now that I've been back in Ireland for a few weeks.
I arrived back late on the Friday evening after travelling up from Rosslare and greeted the family who were waiting for my arrival. It kinda felt like I hadn't been gone. Saturday was spent relaxing mainly and catching up on the goss.
Sunday I started back in work, and that was slightly bizzare. I had expected to have forgotten a lot of stuff, but beyond having to spend the first few hours back getting passwords reset for all my computer accounts and reading / deleting about 200 emails, it was back into the swing of things and after the 1st day back, felt like I hadn't been away from the place.
The weather has been awful since my return, but I won't bore anyone with that. I bought a new car; one that's a lot cheaper to run than the old Saab, which I'll be sad to see going, but it's served me well for 18 months. It's just getting to that stage of needing repaired more often as it ages, so I bought a 04 Fiat Panda which will pay for itself in reduced fuel and running costs. I'm still living in Hermione - unsure what to do on that front as I'm perfectly comfortable living in her and not sure I want to be in an apartment or sharing with others. I think I'll stick this arrangement out until the new year and see how I feel about things then.
Travelling was a blast. For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and got to see as much as I'd hoped to when I set out. Hermione performed well - no gripes there. I spent a bit more than I'd planned to, but luckily got a large tax refund in my 1st paycheck which took care of the overdraft and credit card. I'd love to do it all again sometime. There's still Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, etc., to go and see, but for the meantime, my travels will need to be of the package holiday variety.
September sees me off to Antigua for a week of sailing and windsurfing. I'm very excited about this holiday, even though I'll be doing it alone. But I think that the lone travelling lark suits me fine. November sees me off to Tenerife for 2 weeks to my timeshare apartment, with Colette, her Hubby and my daughter Evelyn.
Thanks for reading about my exploits. I hope you've enjoyed reading about them as much as I enjoyed experiencing them.
Hasta Luego until my next adventure!