Thursday, 12 January 2017

Tuesday 11th - back in Spain

This is the last post that I will write for my journey in Colombia. I am on an AVE train from Barcelona to Girona. I bought the ticket with one minute to spare and just managed to catch the train.
I think I slept about 4 hours on the plane – I was happy with that. I guess most people sleep in their day clothes but I change totally into my pyjamas which puts me in the mood for sleep. The flight was very comfortable and quiet. The plane was advertised as an Airbus A330 but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a Boeing 787, the Dreamliner, very new*. No blinds on the windows, they dimmed with some kind of polarising effect. So I awoke at 4am Colombia time to a purple sun which looked rather like a very bright moon. Most people were still sleeping but since it was now 10am in Spain, I thought that this would be a good time to re-synchronise my clock. I went up front to the galley to ask for a tea.

* Avianca changed to the 787 for Bogotá-Barcelona in January

I keep on thinking about yesterday, I was emotionally very mixed up. Milena almost crying, Alejandra in a medical clinic not knowing when she would be free and Nini who I thought effectively had said goodbye the previous day. I had been expecting her and her mum at 3pm due to a strange idea of mine. I finally contacted Nini when I was in Bogotá Airport.

Part of me wants to go back, a big part. But maybe I will have to do it in economy class next time.

And I am writing this at home the next day, Thursday 12th. I went to my local bar last night for a meal and a glass or two of wine. I went to bed at 11pm, slept soundly till 7am. My body clock seems to accept the sudden change in the hours quite easily. 7am is 1am in Colombia but it felt like daybreak. But it was a shock to discover how dark it was. I thought I had woken up in the middle of the night, so I carefully checked my clocks. I felt as thought I had only slept for a short time which added to the confusion!

I had a list of things to do. Some in Celrá and then I took the train to Girona at 11.30 and returned at 2pm.

I think that just about ends my Colombian blog. But I will write more here about my adventures if you like. At the end of this month I go back to visit Marina in Ukraine.


  1. Privet Steve! Your 2017 is starting off already filled with adventures :)

    Can't wait to hear about your stay in Ukraine!!! I hope you'll write all about it on your blog. Safe travels!

  2. I'm crazy about Ukraine too! For sure, I'm going to keep writing. My friend in Kharkiv is very keen on pole-dancing (I tried it too!) and modelling. So we will take lots of photos and put some in the blog!