This is being written in something of a rush so I apologise for the lacking of proof-reading. Nevertheless, I wanted to get a post in before we left the UK. The bags are packed, we’re just going to eat some lunch and then we’ll be off by taxi then bus and then finally by plane to get out of the UK.
It would appear we’re going to beat the snow by a cat’s whisker. It has already turned up in Cumbria, the northwest of England where we stayed with wifey’s parents up until a few days ago when we descended to Gloucester to stay with good friends. Hopefully it won’t climb down the country before we make it to Heathrow and escape the good old British Winter!
It’s been a good few weeks here and we all feel refreshed as a family and ready to face, what it likely to be, our most challenging and emotionally difficult year.
2013 will be our last year in Bangladesh – at least for the foreseeable future. Every month will be a month of ‘the last time we do this’ for the various festivals and celebrations that take place. As we get closer to December there will be much worrying and panicking about how we get things home.
At the same time I hope it will be a year of growth and development – as much as anything because we will all be taking on very different roles when we return to the UK. One the main tasks this year will be to build up my commercial writing work so I can devote time to writing full-time in 2014. I’ll also have a dissertation to complete for my Masters at that point.
At LAMB school I will need to finish off my work there and hand over all my teaching to others and wifey will need to hand over the running of the Rehab centre too. Both things will be very difficult to do not just because of finding the right people to take on the work but because it will be emotionally very hard to let go. This year will see a lot of letting go.
The big spur for us at the moment is the crazy idea we have that we won’t fly back to the UK on the 31st December (when our visas run out) but will ship our stuff back and go by land with just rucksacks on our backs. We’re thinking maybe going up to Nepal, through China and eventually end up in Russia before coming down through Europe and slip back into the UK via France and the ‘chunnel’. We have no idea if this is going to be possible or even just financially not viable.
If you have any ideas, please let us know. We will need friends and contacts in numerous countries to help get us to and fro railway stations and the like as well as giving us floors to sleep on. If we can build up the contacts we need then this mad plan might just work. I’ll keep you posted.
Right, time to go. Bangladesh 2013, here we come…
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