But I did have my little rucksack on my back and I was heading for Spain all by myself.
That isn’t Kev in the photo . He stayed at home with his guitar.
I knew my journey via Liverpool would take most of the day - but I hadn't reckoned with:
i) the closing of Liverpool airport overnight - and
ii) my train from Girona to Figueras passing through lightning which struck down the overhead cables.
So it was quite an adventure!
This time I enjoyed being with the Scousers.
I misjudged Joan. In spite of her shocking pink trousers, white fringed jacket, gold plastic handbag, peroxide hair and wrinkly face, she turned out to be intelligent and interesting.
'John Lennon’ had responded to the bomb scare by closing for the night and cancelling all flights. Poor Joan had been sitting around since 3am. It was now mid afternoon and good old Ryan was sending her to a different destination.
Then there was gorgeous forty something Tracey who explained how to get from Girona airport to the railway station. Tracey and Ian often popped over to Girona for an overnight stay! This time I think she’d come to escape the first day of the smoking ban. We discussed a nanny state that will probably soon ban drinking in pubs as well. At best they might use a swipe card system based on your allocated daily units.
I finally boarded the local train to Figueras. When the lightning struck I hadn’t a clue what was going on as all announcements were in Catalan. Eventually Che Guevera at the back of the carriage took pity on me and explained - he used the word ‘patience’. Even after we got moving again, everything was dark and not even the locals had a clue where we were.
We finally reached Figueras. The last bus had gone and the taxi cost 45euros - about the same as the rest of the trip put together.
Midnight saw me drinking a warm G&T by candlelight as I couldn’t switch the electricity on.
10 lovely days passed uneventfully without a drop of rain . Don’t hate me too much … it was a bit cloudy on Tuesday afternoon.
Uneventful return journey - home at 2.30 this morning.