The long road in perspective

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Welcome to my/our daily online blog. On the 27th February, Jane and I will be flying to Amman in Jordan to begin our sabbatical pilgrimage. We will endeavour to write up our daily observations and experiences as we go. This blog will act as a sort of journal for our trip, so brace yourselves for odd thoughts, random experiences and reflections.

Much of it will be written from a cell phone, so please ignore the spelling and enjoy the different possible interpretations.

So, where are we going?
Israel (This is our second attempt. Last time we flew to Tel Aviv it was the beginning of the first gulf war in 1990).
Lisbon, Portugal
Porto, Portugal (walking to Santiago for 13 days)
Santiago de Compestela
La Spezia (walking the Cinque Terre)

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