This time last year, had it been suggested I would be flying back to England for a vacation so soon, I would have doubted it but as I am reminded each day, you really can’t plan ahead in the Philippines.
Now returning with some of the Filipino side of the family in tow, for a few weeks in the cold, in late December, it will be very intriguing to see England through the new and fresh eyes. It will be a relief to leave the mosquitoes behind as well.
Flying for around 14 hours on the new Airbus A350 (shown off above with a neat introductory book that has a pop up plane in the middle), reminds me with a shudder of the ‘joys’ of prolonged air travel and the dramas of avoiding Deep Vein Thrombosis.
I was reminded of the duration – and its enduring – recently, after our trip to Cebu last Thursday (photos coming soon) which only took an hour but retained the usual stress one feels of getting to the airport on time and being yelled out to remove your belt, despite not wearing one.
As the mad rush starts to hit, work deadlines, get some clothes that fit – having shed much weight this year – as well as all the other preparations, one of my priorities needs to be to get as tanned as possible so family and friends don’t think I’ve been hiding out in Slough for the year.