Not really. Anyone can do it. It just takes a little forward planning and time to compose blog posts and schedule them so Blogger will publish them when you know you’re going to be just too busy to blog as often as you’d like.
So this morning, while you were looking at photos of my new selvedge bag sitting prettily on a table in my garden, my bag and I (along with Boak) were actually here, more than 10,000 km away, on a plane bound for Dubai. (and how neat is this view from a camera mounted on the tail!)
After an initial complication when we were told we couldn’t use a piece of medical equipment on the flight, we settled down to enjoy dinner, a movie, and a few hours’ sleep before touching down in bright sunshine at 5.30am.
It was nearly 35 degrees outside by re-embarkation time at 9.30am, and a somewhat complicated transfer of several hundred passengers, by a fleet of buses, from terminal to plane, gave us a chance to experience a Dubai ‘scorcher’. It was a 15 minute journey to our plane – right out in the middle of an expanse of tarmac, and we boarded the old fashioned way – up the stairs. The plane’s air conditioning began to struggle and the temperature rose in the cabin as we waited while airline staff dealt with the extra complication of two checked-in passengers apparently vanishing somewhere in the terminal and not making the flight. Their bags had to be found and taken off the plane before we could get going on the next leg of our journey. I needed this!By contrast, Rome was wet and drizzly and provided us with our final little complication – one of our suitcases arrived on the baggage carousel with its extendable handle snapped clean off by a baggage handler with a little more testosterone than sense.
Finding a replacement case was the first job on our list after checking into our favourite little hotel,and gave us a chance to get out and stretch our legs and see beautiful Rome. I’m glad to say this wasn’t a complicated exercise and now all is well.
The sun even came out by late afternoon, making the evening passeggiata a delight.
[What in-flight movie did I choose? ”It’s Complicated”, with Meryl Streep and Alex Baldwin – of course!]