Logging off

Written by Jane Harris No Gravatar

Our flight back to England leaves in just a few hours so before I log off from Two Views for good I wanted to say thanks to everybody for reading and commenting on the blog over the past six months.

Thanks particularly for your kind words about some of the pictures we’ve included – although I suspect that the success of our photography was often as much down to the amazing places we visited as our skills behind the lense.

That said – a special mention has to go to ace travel companion Stuart for getting some half decent pictures of me. It has taken considerable perseverence.  When faced with a camera I am prone to screwing up my nose or, in an effort not to do so, pulling my mouth sideways. It is so bad that our camera doesn’t actually recognise me as having a face at all. Its facial recognition software flashes excitedly at ghoulish looking snow drifts, distorted visages contrived by urban grafitti artists and overgrown churchyard statuary but my best photo smile leaves it unmoved. So well done Stu.

Thanks also to those of you who kept us sane with your emails. They gave us an enormous amount of pleasure.  I would like to share one that came from a little closer to ‘home’ however.  I woke up from a nap in our Buenos Aries hostel to find a message sent a couple of hours earlier from Stuart’s Kindle.  It read “Help! I am locked in the toilet, can you come and get me out?” I did of course, and despite initial reticense vowed to never question the value of the Amazon book reader as a useful travel tool again.

Thanks finally to my family for filing oh so many letters from the tax man and allowing me to travel more or less free from administrative demands. I couldn’t have done it without you.

I have always felt that I somehow missed out by not taking the opportunity to spend time abroad immediately before or after university – so what better way to spend my fortieth year. OK I was older than almost everybody I met en-route and the experience for me was less of a global pub crawl than it appeared to be for some but I would still thoroughly recommend it.

We met some great people, experienced the freedom of deciding how to spend our time day by day, realised just how cheaply one can live a different sort of life, viewed some awesome (and I don’t use that word lightly) landscapes and glimpsed the very different ways in which people live their lives.

Would I do anything differently?  Absolutely not. The fact that we travelled at quite a pace meant that we didn’t always fully engage with the cultures we enountered. That would have meant spending months if not years in one place and maybe it’s something I’ll look to do in the future.

But right now I’m looking forward to getting back to the UK and seeing all of you more than I can say.

4 Responses to “Logging off”

  1. Pauline and KeithNo Gravatar says:

    It has been a delight and a privilege to share your venture with you via the blogs. So glad that it has been such a wonderful experience for you both, and we look forward to seeing you too, more than we can say.
    Lots of love
    Mum and Dad XX

  2. SusieNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t believe you will be on your way back by now. really looking forward to seeing you and catching up properly. Your last blog made me feel quite emotional for you. Amazing trip and experience for you both.
    see you soon

    susie

  3. JillNo Gravatar says:

    It’s been an absolute pleasure following your adventures online. Now when’s the homecoming bash?! Jx

  4. Lance HorsleyNo Gravatar says:

    Dear Stuart & Jane,

    While we were only able to meet you briefly here in Rio de Janeiro, reading your blog has been an absolute pleasure and allowed us to get to know you further. Thank you for sharing such your life with us while taking us on a wonderful journey!!!!

    Lance, David & Mousse (our dog!)
    Casa Cool Beans
    Rua Laurinda Santos Lobo, 136
    Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Santa Teresa) Brazil 20240-270

    +55 (21) 2262-0552 in BRAZIL
    1 (202) 470-3548 in USA
    http://www.CasaCoolBeans.com
    inquiries@CasaCoolBeans.com

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