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September 12th 2017
Published: September 12th 2017
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Surely part of the joy of travelling is returning home? Particularly when, in our absence, Spring has sprung, the sun is shining and it is warm. Yay!

By my reckoning, it is 34 hours since we left Madrid, we lost Monday 11th September but arrived in time to celebrate Great Gran's 93rd birthday. The eyelids are heavy but there is always time for just one more blog and a few random observations.

In Spain we noticed:

- Red lights can mean stop, roll on through or get a head start on the green

- Smoking is still totally acceptable for both young and old and vending machines and Tabac shops are everywhere

- Pedestrian crossings are a great place to cross as long as you are deliberate, quick and don't mind the rush of wind behind you as the vehicles zoom past the second you are out of their way

- Taxi drivers are all practising for the Grand Prix and a speed limit of 60 can mean anything up to 140

- Red wine is chilled if the weather is warm, water isn't (chilled) necessarily and definitely not free

- Totally acceptable to bring your dog on holidays, to the shops or anywhere you like really

- Bicycle helmets are not required but motor cycle helmets are

- Jamon (ham) is revered and you can never have too many Jamon Museums

- Children have dummies/pacifiers much longer than our children and are quite adept at eating and talking without taking out the plug

- Lots of adults ride scooters

- Spanish love life and know how to party

Well dear friends, thanks again for travelling with us, for your kind comments and for putting up with sooooo many words. This time last year we were preparing for the commencement of chemotherapy. Who would have thought that in less than 12 months we would be taking you on our next amazing adventure and, as importantly, returning with so many wonderful memories of people met, sights seen, laughs shared, boats, buses, trains, planes, cabs, funiculars ridden, streets walked, towers climbed, meals eaten, museums visited and on and on and on ... We never want to take this time for granted and are so grateful for those who prayed for protection and health, your prayers were answered exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ever ask or think.

So for one last time ... Adios amigos and arrivederci.

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12th September 2017

Welcome home, Ann and Big Mike!!! So glad you had a wonderful time and safe travels. Thanks for keeping me in the loop of all the outings. I felt as though I was right there with you! Love and hugs, SG.
12th September 2017

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Welcome back. It's good to have you safely home ...but I'm going to miss your wonderful travel blog!! Thank you for sharing your adventures.
13th September 2017
Spring has sprung

Oh...you are back!
Welcome home! Thanks again fro sharing your adventures.

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